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Introducing the Tissot Quickster Lugano


Ah, summertime. Temperatures are warming up, and the strap collectors are swapping out their leather straps for nylon and rubber options, getting ready for the outdoor activities. What if, however, you are looking for something new to add that gives you something bright and lightweight, and easy on the wallet? Well, then, the Tissot Quickster Lugano may be just what the doctor ordered.

Getting bronzed for the summer, it’s the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage

Alpina has really been on a roll this year, introducing quite a number of new watches. Some have been completely new things (say, like the AlpinerX), and others have called up the history and heritage of their brand. The latest is in that latter category, and shall forever be known as the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage.

Zisanzo makes a sub-$150 quartz with some classy sass

While the name Zisanzo may sound like the latest Cirque du Soleil epic it is really a watch company with a lot of class, a lot of size, and a certain urban/classic aesthetic that I can really get behind.

The $107 Nova that I wore had a 43mm case made of coated stainless steel and a Miyota VJ21C movement. For such a bargain price you’re getting a huge watch with nice styling – I like the arrow hands and Roman numerals – and a nice strap.

It’s the new old school with the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression

There is no doubt that, for me, the Zodiac Aerospace GMT was the clear star of the BaselWorld show this year. In fact, it was for a great many people, as evidenced by how quickly it sold out. IE, no loaners available for us media types to ogle over in person. Such is life of a popular model, I suppose. However, no sour grapes here, because we instead got to spend some time with another vintage-look watch from the brand, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression.

YouTube – Blue Jeans

How do you wear your jeans? Blue demin straps, blue denim look face!

TO Watch

Very cute piece with two rotating disks designed by Issey Miyake. Priced at $350, I like the recessed band.

Check it out here.

Review – Nooka Zot

Rarely does something come along that forces you to rethink old ways of doing things. Think about it… what piece of design or engineering, in the past, say, ten years, has really caused you to reconsider the ruling paradigm?

Gerlach takes to the rails with the Pm36 railman’s watch

Gerlach, a newly-minted Polish watch company run by the aptly-named Krzysztof Zegarek aka Chris Clock, has just announced a real beauty. Called the Pm36 this hand-winding railroad watch commemorates the Pm36, a steam locomotive designed in 1936 at the first Polish locomotive factory, FABLOK.

The watch has giant, luminous hands and numerals and everything is hand-applied. It is hand-wound and looks as big and beefy as a nice pocket watch. It runs a Seagull ST3620 movement movement.

The Altitude Flieger is soaring onto Kickstarter

While there are a lot of brands producing fliegers (aka, those very German-style pilot watches), we have not seen a lot of them come up on Kickstarter.  Sure, we did cover a quartz one a little bit ago (here), but divers seem to be much more popular.  Well, no matter. If you like the flieger style, but want something of a Swiss automatic nature, then the Altitude Flieger is one you’re going to want to check out.

Hands on with Bronze TC-9 Navy

Just yesterday, Patrick wrote up the new TC-9 Navy which is available on Kickstarter. Pictures from the company are all well and good but nothing beats holding the actual product in your hands, and better yet, wearing it on your wrist. Fortunately for you, our connections to a lot of these new startups run deep, and we were able to go hands-on with this new watch. This is actually my second hands-on review of a TC-9. I also reviewed a nice TC-9 vintage bronze diver previously (here). Toby from TC-9 was kind enough to send me the new TC-9 Navy for review and – spoiler alert – I like what see.