Welcome and thanks for stopping by to check out our weekly feature, Watching the Web, where we highlight interesting watch related articles from other sites, and pick out what were our most popular articles from the last week or so. From the net, we have Magrette Waterman, Nomos Club II and the launch of a new brand. From our own site we have the Pegasus Nettuno and Mercurio diver, a musing on homage watches in general, and the Hamilton Khaki Automatic.
Magrette is a favorite brand around here, and a favorite brand of mine. I was a little late to the party, as the cushion case had to grow on me a bit, but I am a full convert. I like the size, but there are those that want something a tad smaller, and Magrette heard these folks with their 42mm cases. You can check out the Waterman, an automatic diver with a thick retro sapphire crystal at Watch Report
Nomos is another brand that I love, though the watches tend to be a bit smaller than I care for. If you like a near-40mm watch, and want to stay in the mid-price range (by Nomos standards), the Club II might be for you. Worn & Wound has a hands on review of the watch.
Finally, ABTW takes a look at the new automatic watches by Farer. When I saw the descriptors: British designed, Swiss made, affordable, I was already bringing up Christopher Ward as a point of comparison. But looking at the watches, especially the color scheme above, Bremont is the brand that leaps to mind, though with a price point of just north of $1,000, they are much less expensive.
John brings up the top post of the week with the crowd funded Pegasus Nettuno and Mercurio. Sure, you could complain that it is just another Rolex homage, but it is a sharp-looking watch with an automatic movement, an optional Milaese strap, and a price tag hovering around $400.
Speaking of homage watches, Victor penned an interesting article about homage watches and some of the lengths folks go to recreate designs. He does not really take a side, just talks about the give and take required to want something unreachable, for whatever reasons, and then get something close enough.
Lastly, we have an older article by Ken regarding a watch he bought, the Hamilton Khaki Automatic. You can call this an homage from the same brand whose watch he wanted from the 60s.
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