Squaring up with the Shinola Guardian

November 29, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

Once again, I find that Thanksgiving is coming up on the calendar, and I have a new Shinola on my wrist for review.  This is a happy coincidence, as I’m often headed back home for the holiday, which is just up the road a bit from where Shinola is based (you can check out our…



Building a look with the help of Grand Frank

November 28, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

As you’re no doubt aware, we here at WWR have started to broaden our focus.  Yes, watches will be our primary mission (that is not changing), but we are expanding into taking a look at interesting items that would fall into the category of “Men’s Style”.  Then again, a watch could simply be viewed as…



Getting smart with the Fossil Q Marshal

November 23, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

I have reviewed a few different watches that would fall into the smartwatch category, but none that would fall into the “true” smartwatch category (i.e., ones that run an operating system and can have apps installed).  As I am not an iPhone user, picking up that watch really made no sense, and in the Android…



Hands On With Eldon

October 24, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

When it comes to new watches, especially from newer brands, they have to do something to set themselves apart. This may take the form of using interesting materials, crazy dial designs, or unique case shapes. In other words, unless they’re competing on value in a segment, they have to show us something we have not seen before. That is what we have going on here with the case of Eldon.



Spending time with the Alpina Alpiner 4 Automatic

October 6, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

Just the other month we brought you word of the newest watches in the Alpina Alpiner 4 lineup, where the 4 represents four features – anti-magnetic, anti-shock, water resistant, and stainless steel.  These make for an extremely solid and robust base from which to build out a sports watch.  This is our first foray into some…



Introducing a new Estonian watch, the Wõitleja

August 24, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

With watches, we are often curious about those that come from countries that are not particularly known for their watchmaking, or perhaps as a way of diversifying a collection to represent all those different countries. Estonia is a small Baltic country that really is not known for watches. We did review one a while ago, and now we have another one to add to the list of those you could be on the look for – the Wõitleja, by Estonia1918.



Introducing the Virata VRT1 Series

August 12, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

Somewhere along the way, I became rather drawn to interestng case shapes. Then again, that should not be all that surprising. There is plenty to like about a well-executed, classic case design, as production (and sales) numbers will attest. With the flood of watches from new brands though, how best to stand out? Prior to today’s example, the best one I can point to, in terms of standing out with a new case, was Visitor Watch Co. Well, there’s a new (patented) case out in the world, in the form of the Virata VRT1 series.