Let’s face it. Watch complications are cool. Who among us doesn’t salivate at the sight of a flyback chronograph, a perpetual calendar, a cool looking moon phase, or any tourbillion? Then again, much of the time what we’re looking for is just a solid, basic, hand-wound mechanical watch to tell us the time. In this case, the new Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical fits the bill nicely, especially if you’re also a fan of the vintage/retro re-issue trend.
Simplicity is hard to do. Features and flash move product. It takes courage to market a watch based on what it lacks. But that is the essence of the Christopher Ward C5 Malvern 595—a watch that is great for what it leaves out.
Back in July of 2017 I reviewed the TOC19 ,which was TOC’s first model. Taking inspiration from the Bauhaus era, they came up with a very stylish, minimalistic, and retro dress watch. Keeping with that same theme, TOC has comes out with a thinner and – in my opinion – more refined model called the TOC Ulysses. Toc was able to send me out one to review so lets check out this latest TOC watch.
Who is Merci? Is this another one of our forays into the world of menswear? Well, it could be (as they carry men’s clothing) but that is not the case here. No, for all of the things that Merci (based in Paris) has carried (including men’s, women’s, and home goods lines), they have not really featured a watch. Now, I’m guessing that if you visited their shop, you would likely have seen some watches kicking around somewhere. But nothing that was really their own, you know? And for a self-professed watch guy, which Arthur Gerbi (you know, the CEO) is, that just could not stand. So, that brings us to today, and the Merci LMM-01.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen watches that commemorate nature in some form or fashion. This could be from artistic interpretations (say, engravings, or interpretations like Frederic Jouvenot or Dietrich), or could even take simpler paths to this, by including materials from nature, like we saw with Khamama. Or, you know, you could do something like putting the leather from an exotic animal on the strap of your watch (we’ve seen this on a few brands, and the real deal blows the embossed-leather stuff away). Or, you know, if you’re a luxury Swiss brand, you can do all of that, and that’s what we’ve got with the Christophe Claret Maestro Mamba.
I’ll admit up front that I’ve not paid all that much attention to the micro brand Ferro & Company out of Vancouver, Canada. I’ve heard bits and pieces over the years, but never really taken a close look at their offerings. That is, until now. After several quite successful Kickstarter campaigns, Ferro’s latest project is the Traditum (Latin for “Traditional”), an aptly named Swiss powered, hand-wound mechanical time piece. Let’s take a look.
Marloe Watch Company is a new company, starting in 2015, but specializing in vintage-inspired, heritage-rich timepieces. Based out of Oxfordshire, England, they now produce four varieties of wristwatches, each with their own story. Their latest piece is the Haskell – inspired by British Antarctica adventure, this watch features a classic design, and most notable, an incredible etching of the continent of Antarctica on the caseback.
Mechanical watches in the under-$1,000 price range tend to be thicker and larger these days. A 42 mm x 12 mm automatic can pass for a dress watch, and even the slimmer manual offerings are mostly thicker than 6 mm—until now.
When it comes to watches featured reused, repurposed, or otherwise recycled movements, I am all ears. I like the idea of new life getting breathed into these tiny mechanical machines which, if properly maintained, can live for quite a long time. Sure, vintage movements may not have the accuracy of modern movements, but there is no doubt of the appeal of a 100+ year old movement ticking away on your wrist. Which brings us to today’s watch. the R. Paige Duo.