80s Power Ballade: The Tissot Ballade Powermatic 80

May 16, 2017 . by Victor Marks

The Tissot Ballade Powermatic 80 is an excellent watch. It has an 80 hour power reserve and a silicon balance at the lowest price I’ve seen for a watch so equipped. There’s a lot to like here, and a few criticisms.



Review: Greyhours Vision Moon – Say It’s Only a Paper Moon

February 24, 2017 . by Victor Marks

There have been many simple, minimalist watches made, all claiming to be the quintessence of a beautiful, reductionist watch. Greyhours Vision Moon is one such watch, with a completely different approach.



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.