Introducing iKi Watches

October 27, 2016 . by Victor Marks

We see new thin simple watch faces show up all the time. Just two days ago, Patrick said to me, “yet another… Yawn.”Usually, these minimalist watches say they’re in the Bauhaus heritage. That’s a philosophy about the absence of ornamentation, where form and function work together. This watch is not Bauhaus. The Japanese heritage is one…

Hands-on review with MAEN and the phases of the moon

October 25, 2016 . by Victor Marks

I don’t know how to pronounce MAEN. They make a moonphase watch that’s classically proportioned. That means, it’s not a ridiculously large diver watch that dwarves my wrist.

Oblako, and what you learn from crowdfunding

October 19, 2016 . by Victor Marks

There are many watch crowdfunding campaigns, and it’s the rare ones that attempt something other than just placing an order in China that deserve respect. Even when they fail.

MSTR MEISTER: Take these broken wings

October 18, 2016 . by Victor Marks

MSTR is a brand pronounced MEISTER, the result of a fever dream where Hublot, an IWC Ingenieur, and a Royal Oak Offshore had a key party. The goal was to make something luxurious and attainable. Have they reached that goal?

Techné and the UTC Harrier for Air Traffic Controllers

September 8, 2016 . by Victor Marks

Techné watches, founded in 2007, has been making quartz and mechanical watches for a while. Now they’re making a GMT targeted at air traffic controllers. Seriously, they wrote, “Techné dedicated a year to develop a sturdy watch that helps air traffic controllers keep track of Coordinated Universal Time.”

Coloring outside the lines with the Nomad Outline

July 26, 2016 . by Victor Marks

Nomad watches are an interesting watch in the most genuine use of the word. Patrick and I looked at our first email from Nomad and the attached images we got, and Patrick’s first comment was that the shape of the watch was “interesting.”

The CJR Airspeed Regulator

June 30, 2016 . by Victor Marks

The CJR Airspeed Regulator watch launched on Kickstarter a short while ago, and so far, has raised over 93,000 US dollars. It’s powered by a Miyota 9015 movement. It’s got a really nice leather strap, sewn with cotton thread. I could tell you all these things, but none of that would tell you how cool a watch this is.