Hands-on with the NTH Antilles and Azores – Take it to the limit one more time

February 18, 2017 . by Victor Marks

The NTH Tropics were inspired by the compressor-case diving watches which proliferated from the late ’50’s to mid ’70’s – marvels of engineering which established an iconic design language. Fortunately for us, the Tropics are made by Chris ‘Doc’ Vail, a man who isn’t afraid to push a good design to the limits, and push…



Rethinking Swiss Made: Hands-on with the Lundis Bleus

February 16, 2017 . by Jim Manley

It’s a story as old as Kickstarter: Two friends get together to start a watch brand, sourcing the parts from Asia to make a three-hand watch. But with Lundis Bleus, there’s a rare twist: These two guys are legitimate watchmakers from La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the heart of the Swiss watch valley, and they are using…



Travelling around with the Ball Pilot GMT

February 6, 2017 . by Patrick Kansa

Over the past few years, I’ve dipped into the Ball catalog more than a few times, and have sampled quite a variety of their offerings.  With my renewed focus on models with GMT complications, it was only natural I would return to that well.  Surprisingly (for me), the watch I was looking for is part…



Flying High with the Oris Big Crown ProPilot GMT

February 2, 2017 . by Patrick Kansa

As you may have noticed, I have been working specifically to focus in on reviewing GMT watches lately.  This has been my favorite complication for some time now, and I am of course aware of some of the “big” models that are out there, the ones everyone thinks of from Switzerland.  That said, there are…



Getting busy with the Alpina GMT 4 Business Hours

January 17, 2017 . by Patrick Kansa

It was not all that long ago (see here) that I fell pretty hard for the Alpina Alpiner 4. It was my first time going hands-on with the brand, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw there. Well, if you know me, you know I like GMT complications. I’ve been starting to focus in a little more closely on those watches lately, and I saw Alpina had a few in the mix. Put two and two together, and you’ve got our review today of the Alpina GMT 4 Business Hours.



Votum claws itself out of the history books with new models

September 21, 2016 . by Victor Marks

There are a lot of vintage brands out there that have lain unused. Here’s what happens when they come out of cryogenic sleep. Votum used to make watches in the heyday of Swiss watchmaking, from 1962 up until the 70s. They were fairly short-lived, but did make some nice pieces. This year, two Swiss designers…



DWISS M2 – A Swiss-powered watch with looks

August 13, 2016 . by Victor Marks

The awkward-to-pronounce name aside, what we have here is an interesting watch. What makes it unusual is, well, almost everything. M2 is the third model made by DWISS, and they’ve funded their kickstarter to the tune of $376,668 USD at this time. The hours in the M2 (the name of this new model) are represented through…