When I first became aware of Ball Watch, it was their Engineer lineup that caught my eye. Sure, it was the sheer volume of tritium tubes used (looking like those 7-segment LCD displays), but I was also into much larger watches. Since then, my tastes have changed, and I?ve found myself more drawn to the Enterprise and Fireman lines. Well, now that I?ve spent some time with the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II, I?d have a tough decision to make.
Over the past few years, I?ve really come to like and appreciate the watches that Alpina has been releasing. Back in 2016 I spent some time with the Alpina Alpiner 4, and then in 2017 it was the Alpina GMT 4 Business Hours. Why bring up those two watches? Well, frankly, a lot of that design language carries forward into the just-announced Alpina Alpiner Quartz GMT.
Pheon? Pheon? What’s the deal here, Kansa – last time you wrote about this watch, you were calling it the Broad Arrow collection. And you now, you’re write, but there’s also a certain Swiss brand that feels very protective of the “broad arrow” name, so Hager wisely decided to change the name up. So, yes, we got to spend some time with the 38mm variant of the Hager Pheon GMT.
I have done several reviews now for Phoibos and not a one of them have disappointed me. Phoibos recently contacted me about reviewing their new Phoibos Eagle Ray GMT. I was really interested in this one since – aside it being their newest – it lowers the entry point for the brand. Let’s see what you get for the money!
Citizen is a brand that may not get as much attention or mindshare from us watch folks, and that’s a shame. They actually produce some very nice pieces, some with some very interesting twists. One of the more recent releases – which happens to be a Macy’s exclusive Limited Edition – is the Citizen Promaster Marine.
While we here at WWR tend to focus very much on the affordable end of the spectrum, we – like anyone – enjoy the occasional foray into the world of luxury. With watches, that can mean a few different things. But, as it was the other month when I reviewed the Versace diver we?re going into the catalog of a luxury fashion brand. Today, that foray takes the form of the Salvatore Ferragamo 1898 Sport GMT.
Seven Continents, five oceans, and one eXperience is what inspired the makers of Twelf-X. The name is a play on words, combining the 7 continents and 5 oceans and life’s experiences. They currently have two lines of watches: Ocean (diving) and Sky (aviation). They were kind enough to send the Sky 1914 Auto Flyer for review.
Magrette is a brand that I will freely admit I have a soft spot for. The Magrette Regattare 2011 was my first automatic watch, and since then, I have reviewed a number of the watches that have come from the New Zealand brand. Things have been quiet for awhile, but now they are back with a big splash. Introducing the Magrette Moana Pacific Waterman GMT.
You know me – I like my GMT watches, and I seem to have a thing for them coming from smaller countries, like Sweden and Iceland. Well, JS Watch Co seems to be hitting me on that particular itch, along with serving things up in a very dress-watch look in the form of the JS Watch Co Vinland GMT.
If it’s not obvious by now, I am a fanboy when it comes to GMT watches. And this is despite the fact – which John and Victor will gleefully point out – I really do not travel all that much these days. To them, I say “You do you, I’ll do me” and keep my GMT fires stoked up. Given that, it should be no surprise that the Armand Nicolet JS9-44 caught my eye.