Category Archives: Micro Brands

MVMT Adds Midnight Blue Chrono

Fashion brand MVMT has added a midnight blue colour option to its quartz powered chronograph.

The watch sells at £269 and has old school pushers, minimalist hands and dial layout, plus a mineral crystal. It’s a big 45mm wide watch and the strap is ceramic material as well as the case, so you get that smooth, luxury feel that Rado fans know and love.

Would we like a bigger date window? Yes, that 4 o’clock one is a tad small.

But at considerably less cash than a Rado chrono. OK, this is a fashion brand watch, not a Swiss quality product. But if you like the look of it, find out more here.

Flash Sale Code on Seiko MOD Watch

BBMOD in France sent us a couple of pics of newly completed Seiko MOD watches. The Pepsi MOD has a meteorite dial for that unique textured effect, plus a bit of faded burnt orange on the bezel, rather than the usual red. Stands out nicely.

Price is 755 euros, plus any UK taxes that HMRC can think of on top.

Plus the moody dark SK Falcon has 50 euros off the regular price for this weekend only. That comes in at 635 euro and we love the matte grey bezel. Inside the 42mm case there is the trusty Seiko NH36 movement by the way.

You need code FALCON50 at checkout to claim the reduction.

More here.

Jack Mason Moto Racing: Handy Fashion Watch?

The vintage style motorsport chrono is one of our fave wristwatch designs here at NWC mag.

Not just because we are petrolheads, but the classic two pusher, one crown and twin sub-dials template forged in the 1960s remains a visually pleasing – and easy to read – watch concept today. It has balance, harmony of elements, all that stuff that Seiko keep banging on about. OK, it just works.

So US brand Jack Mason has a new quartz Moto Racing Chrono out now and at £366 it ain’t too cheeky price-wise. Nice perforated strap, square bezel, nice dial that shifts from blue to black.

Inside there’s a Miyota quartz movement. Plus it has quick release lug pins for those essential strap pit stops – at £73 we won’t be buying a genuine JM strap though, when eBay can supply a decent leather 22mm rally strap from £15 upwards.

There is a gold tone version but we just didn’t get fired up for that one.

Great steering wheel motif on the caseback. It really looks the part and you have that feelgood factor of buying a US brand, even if the watch is made overseas.

More at the Jack Mason UK site here.

Rivals include the Accurist Racing Chrono at around £130, the Sturhling Monaco, which we spotted reduced to £105 online, or the Marchand Classic Driver, which is also reduced right now, at £175.

Enoksen Fly Gets The Bronze Treatment

Here’s the latest from NI based brand Enoksen, a bronze automatic for £350 is decent value in these inflationary times;

The Fly E03 in bronze has been immensely popular since its introduction at the end of 2020. The latest edition of the Fly E03 in bronze is called E03/G, and it is available in three different colours: black, brown and blue, on new leather straps in matching colours.

Last but not least the Fly E03/G debuts a new and much improved automatic movement, finished and calibrated here in Belfast.

Price is £350 – more info here.

Zelos Hammerhead Bronze is Back

The latest from Zelos, as a popular bronze case model makes a comeback. Nice that it’s a little bit slimmer in profile, plus you get 300m of resistance for not too much money.

For us, the Bronze Frost, featuring a white dial is one of the sharpest lookers in the range. All the Hammerheads are 44mm wide by the way, so pretty beefy. Here’s the word;

The Hammerhead in bronze was one of our most popular designs launched back in 2016 and we are excited to bring it back in its third iteration. This V3 edition slims the watch to a wearable 13.5mm thick while keeping to its compact size with 48mm lug to lug. This makes the Hammerhead wear smaller than its diameter suggests.

Despite rising costs in materials, movements and shipping, these are priced to offer excellent value at only $349USD for the launch.

The Bronze and Teal fume dial is a crowd favorite, and we have added some new colorways to the lineup such as the iridescent Mother of Pearl. These look striking on your wrist and make for the perfect summer watch.

Besides the bronze cases, we are also proud to present 3 new limited editions with special case materials. These are the dense tantalum, woodgrained Damascus steel, and the lustrous crystallised titanium.

Check them out here

The Hammerhead drops on the 6th of May at 11pm Singapore time. Here’s a quick link for timezone conversion HERE

Quantities for these are limited as usual and won’t be restocked after they are sold out.

Moon Swatch Regret? Try a Saturn Moon Dust Instead

if you were bidding on a Moonswatch on eBay and didn’t want to pay £500 or more, don’t worry, there are other space themed watches out there.

Some of them have Swiss auto movements too, like this one.

LIV watches are known for bold colours and chunky cases and the Saturn V Moondust ticks those boxes. It has a sort of textured finish on the dial, and we love the blue one best. There are steel case variants, plus green, bronze, black, grey and another blue dial option called Comet Blue as well.

The steel and grey is kinda dark side of the moon too.

Here’s the word from LIV;

The SATURN V MOON DUST BRONZE NEPTUNE BLUE features a unique granulated texture blue dial, an Elaboré grade, 26-jewel Swiss automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve, date window, a High-grade bronze case with skeleton case-back, a scratch-resistant & anti-reflective sapphire crystal, a push-down crown, and water resistance of 100 meters.

Let’s be honest, in these time of globalist organised hyper inflation, getting a Swiss powered auto watch for £638 is a bit of a bargain, so we think this is great value for money.

A bronze case is a welcome bonus spec-wise at this price point too, many bronze watches with Swiss movements start at about £850-£900.

If you opt for a steel case Saturn V it just gets better with an RRP of £477. That’s less than Christopher Ward money and for some people the more modern, sharper edged LIV design might win out too.

More here.

 

Milus Snow Star Boreal Green

Milus watches has sent us info on their Snow Star model, which is available in a striking Boreal green dial version. It’s just launched, priced at 1690 CHF. Here’s the word;

The robust 904L steel casing gleams with its mirror polished finishing. The sunray brushed green dial traces the path of “Dauphine” hour hands over hand-laid indexes.

The elongated case blends seamlessly into harmonious contours. The choice of a leather beige strap leaves the spotlight for the Snow Star itself. A brilliant stroke of red to the 3 o’clock date counter sharpens its character.

The ETA 2892 movement, a watchmaker’s jewel, gives the watch an ultimate sense of nobility.

INSPIRED BY THE AURORA BOREALIS
The color green refers to the Boreal forests that can be only found in the northern hemisphere of Earth, mainly between latitudes 50° and 60° N. The bright and bold “Boreal Green” dial encapsulates the uniqueness of the green polar lights and makes you feel as the traveler exploring the beauty of Nordic nature. 
Thanks to its sunray-finish, the Boreal Green dial captures the light, creating a characteristic subtle glow that changes with each movement of the wrist.
More info here.

Stay Resolute With RZE

The Field watch is an integral part of any collection, it’s also an everyday timekeeper, understated and often very weather resistant. Which is always handy in Manchester.

So we have time for the latest RZE Resolute for 2022. This indie brand offers fair value and the Resolute has a titanium case, plus scratch resistant Ultra Hex crystal and Miyota auto movement inside.

You have suyperluminova on the hands and markers, plus screwdown caseback, 100m resistance underwater and a range of dial colours. We like Arctic Grey and Forest Green variants. It retails for $439 by the way.

There is a compressor version of the Resolute too with 200m of water resistance and a rotating inner dial track. That retails at $639.

Delivry is predicted for late June/early July.

More here.

 

Say Hello to Alkin Watches UK

Alkin is a brand new UK watch brand and they have a range of Miyota powered autos just launched. On order at Watch Gecko as it goes.

We like the blue dial version best, so here’s the spec on it;

The Alkin Model Two – Blue is a modern take on the traditional dual-crown diver benefitting from a simple but robust design. Instead of a super compressor system, the Model Two employs screw-down crowns and a water resistance of 300 metres 

The dial is well balanced and distilled down for maximum legibility and functionality while retaining a clean, modern look. The sandwich construction gives the dial a sense of depth, with the stepped bi-directional bezel floating 1.4mm above the lower dial with raised hour indices. The dial is also protected by a double-domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating and features Super-LumiNova® BGW9 on the hands and bezel markers. 

The 41mm brushed stainless-steel case gives this diver a presence on the wrist without feeling too bulky thanks to the short lugs. To reflect Aklin’s modern take on tradition, the dual crowns have been laser etched with a ‘hatching’ motif, instead of machined.  

The Alkin Model Two is powered by a Miyota 9039 automatic movement, visible through the open sapphire caseback. The Model Two also comes on a brushed stainless-steel bracelet with fully articulating solid links, solid end links and a milled clasp with micro-adjustment for the perfect fit.  

Price is £415. More here.

Kartel Munro 282: Tool Watch For The Great Outdoors

Yes, nearly summer and as many people in the UK will reject the globalist 3 hour queues nonsense at airports, that could mean more UK holidays.

If love mountains then trekking up some of the 282 Munro peaks in Scotland is a grand way to get away from it all and burn off a big breakfast. Pure freedom; no masks, no politics, just you and the big sky. It’s always good to have a rugged watch as part of your kit, along with an anorak, boots n water of course and Kartel Scotland are on the job.

Here’s the promo video;

So a tool watch that has simple, bold numbers, reliable Citizen movement, sapphire crystal and some night-time lume is welcome for those adventures.

Kartel, who are based in Scotland, have created a modern classic we feel, with a 41mm steel case, beautiful blue or green dials – there’s a black too – and a range of bracelets and straps. Quick change mechanism built in for swaps too.

Love the big day window, and the knurled crown, it has a sort of old school railway pocket watch vibe on the dial layout as well. If we are nitpicking, then we would love to see a slightly bigger date window. Just saying.

Prices start at £225. More here.