Category Archives: Modern Quartz

Timex Falcon Eye Makes UK Debut

Timex UK are adding to their Q range in the UK with the Falcon Eye model, which has been around in the US market for a year or so.

Two dial colours; blue and green, vintage 70s style battery compartment ready for a 20p piece to slot in, plus steel case, and an adjustable sliding clasp on the bracelet.

These can be fiddly to set up, but you only have to do it once and then the clasp folds down in the perfect spot.

We like that sleek, multi-link bracelet too.

Quartz movement, 70s styling, and that classic day/date layout at 3pm too. Pricey at £159 though. Alternatives in the retro quartz field include the Accurist Retro at £78, or about £90 for the bracelet version. How about a Ben Sherman Ronnie Original, which we also spotted online for £78.

The Name’s Brand, James Brand

Timex has a partnership deal with The James Brand, which sees the Expedition North get an eco-friendly strap made from recycled plastic, plus a solar movement – so no battery changes. Well not for a decade most likely. Not to mention a titanium case.

It retails in the US for $349 but is currently out of stock. Not available in the UK yet by the way.

Here’s the press info;

Timex is expanding upon its heritage in the outdoor watch segment by adding new styles to its much-loved Expedition franchise. Having first introduced the collection in the late 80s, the newest Expedition North line brings together quality craftsmanship and an outdoor design, boasting ergonomic, functional capabilities and a rugged aesthetic, alongside premium materials and sustainable manufacturing processes.

Nice chunky crown guards, eye-catching inlay colour too.

In fact, Expedition North marks a new era for Timex, forging the path to a greener future by implementing an eco-conscious approach to watch design. Of note, each watch is outfitted with straps made from 100% Recycled Plastic Fabric and zero-water Ecco® DriTan™ Leather. Our solar-powered movements can be recharged by any light source, while our hand-wound movements allow consumers to forgo the batteries altogether.

  • Tide-Temp-Compass: Releasing in 2022, this timepiece is built for the long haul. The bidirectional center hand reflects local tide and temperature conditions to always point its wearer in the right direction.
  • Field Post 41 Solar: With luminescent hands and dial markings powered by light, the sun works overtime to make this watch legible in the dark.
  • Field Post 36 Solar: Take what you love about the Field Post 41 Solar, and scale it all down to a slightly retro profile. The Field Post 36 Solar harkens back to military-issue watches from decades past.
  • Field Post 38 Mechanical: Featuring a hand-wound mechanical movement and anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the Field Post 38 does more than look the part.

The highlight of the Expedition North collection, however, is the timepiece crafted in collaboration with The James Brand—a style that is similarly guided by our commitment to preserving Earth’s wild spaces. Designed around both brands’ pledge to deliver on modern minimalism, true craftsmanship and attention to detail, the new Timex x The James Brand wristwatch is crafted with an adventurous lifestyle in mind, while simultaneously embodying the kind of tradition you can wear every day.

“Partnering with The James Brand allowed us to apply our mutual appreciation for craftsmanship and functionality to a piece that honors our respective passions for watchmaking and everyday carry essentials” notes Giorgio Galli, Chief Executive Creative Director of Timex Group. “The resulting watch is not only the pinnacle style of our newest Expedition North collection, but also the embodiment of the future we have in store for outdoor watch design.”

Portland, Oregon-based Ryan Coulter, Founder & Chief Creative Officer of The James Brand, states that one of the brand’s main objectives is to “elevate traditional tools, like the pocketknife, from the tactical realm and into a space in which they carry some form of emotional currency.” He continues, “Our collaboration with Timex tells an integrated story—one that’s centered around strengthening the connective tissue between the product and the wearer.”

Lightweight and built-to-last, The James Brand x Timex Expedition North collaboration accomplishes this and more, featuring a 41mm titanium case that packs a sturdy 21-jewel automatic movement, classic Timex dial layout, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, and Super-LumiNova® C3 luminescent infill on the hands and dial—neatly packaged and 200 meters water resistant. The result guarantees all-around functionality, whether you consider yourself a budding explorer or epic adventurer.

For more information about Timex x The James Brand, as well as the full Timex Expedition North, please see HERE. Both Timex x James Brand and Expedition North are available for purchase on Timex.com.

Timex Pac-Man Is Fun, Retro and Affordable

Remember Pac-Man? If you do then you must have creaking joints like your NWC mag editor, as the 80s video game was once a staple feature of British pubs. Yes, pubs had video games, some housed in stand-up cabinets, some were sit down table screen affairs. Anyone recall Firebird?

Anyway, Timex has a fun Pac-Man watch, which is 38mm across, has the Indiglo night light, mineral crystal,  conventional caseback for battery changes using a case knife, plus that jazzy video game dial. At £59 it’s affordable too.

We couldn’t find the T80 retro digital Pac-Man model on the UK Timex site, but we did spot it on sale at Mr Porter for £70, another very cool vintage style watch that’s just fun.

A future classic we think, just like the early Swatch models.

More here.

Torgoen Adds New Dial Colours to the T43

The T43 model from Torgoen gets new blue, green and red dial/bezel colour options. The 200m dive watch has a beefy 44mm case diameter, a Swiss Ronda quartz movement inside, plus a spahhire crystal.

Screw down crown naturally. It comes as standard with a leather strap, and it’s worth noting a PU synthetic is an extra £36. Bit steep, we think you could buy a decent 20mm silicone strap from eBay for a tenner frankly.

All adds up to nice spec for the RRP, which is £209.

More here.

Skagen Ancher: German Minimalism, Without The Price Tag

Skagen has released a new slimline chronograph, called the Ancher.

The case has 50% recycled content, there’s a new movement inside, plus the lugs are kinda chamfered, so you should get a smoother wrist fit. We like the black coating too. Understated and not too big at 40mm, this makes a nice everyday quartz watch.

Full chrono flyback functionality too, plus some lume on the numbers. Price is £149 and there’s optional engraving for that birthday gift experience.

There is a blue model but it’s already sold out.

What we like about this watch is that it has that super clean, minimalist Junghans/Glashutte sort of flavour without the 1K plus price tag.

There’s also an Ancher automatic model at £249, witha  skeleton dial. Kinda nice.

 

Timex Digital Captures That 70s Vibe

Digital watches were a huge thing back in the 1970s, to the extent where the Swiss watch industry was almost destroyed by the Japanese brands. The Japanese pioneers like Seiko and Casio were followed by US watch brands and even a few UK companies like Accurist finally jumped on the quartz/digital bandwagon.

The classic `TV dial’ digital watch design still looks cool today and you can add on some 1971 Coca-Cola advertising colours too, for that super retro touch. There are other watch designs in the Timex-Coke range too by the way.

The Indiglo lume button is a feature that we love at NWC mag too, just handy if you wake up in the night all dazed n confused.

Here’s the word from Timex;

Timex are pleased to announce a limited-edition collection of vintage-inspired watches, in partnership with Coca-Cola®. The capsule collection brings together two iconic American brands, Timex and Coca-Cola®, to herald an enduring message of tolerance and hope. Meant to inspire watch wearers around the world to make time for what matters – peace, love and harmony – Timex is releasing three commemorative styles, a Timex T80, a Timex Standard and the Q Timex, to celebrate Coca-Cola’s® time-honoured 1971 ‘Hilltop’ commercial and the unity message it portrays.

“In the same way you offer to buy someone a Coke®, the act of asking for the time is a meaningful gesture – a way of bridging differences, striking up good conversation, and finding community,” says Shari Fabiani, Senior Vice President Brand Marketing and Creative for Timex Group.

“We are dedicated to bringing quality timekeeping to all and have always believed in making time for community. We’re thrilled to team up with Coca-Cola® in their original message of solidarity and continuing to inspire the world to sing together in perfect harmony.”

Available at Timex.co.uk, RPP: £79 – £169.

Two New Models From Skagen

The Skagen design ethos of minimalist looks, thin cases and qiartz movements has served them well – they have their fans. So two new models, the Freja and Melbye are worth a look.

The Freja has crystals set as hour markers, plus a partially recycled steel case and mesh, Milanese type bracelet strap. It definitely looks like jewellery and that is what ladies watches are usually all about -the tech stuff on movements and chrono functions doesn’t really grab many female buyers.

For gents the Melbye has a segmented dial, with that cool `sunken’ centre look that it’s vogue now. Possibly. We aren’t hip at the NWC mag, still wearing Regatta hoodies.

A mesh strap, titanium case, plus a dab of orange or blue on the inner chapter ring help this one stand out. It needs to for £159 which is expensive for a fashion watch in our humble opinion.

More here.

Top Of The World? Definitely Top Value

We bought this watch from Ali Express in our quest to find cheap timekeeping for the masses, because sometimes that’s all you need for everyday wear. Save the Swiss watches and Seikos for Sundays and special occasions maybe?

OK, so what we have is a basic 42mm watch with a white dial and grey/black chapter ring. It looks a little bit like a slimmed down Ingersoll/Triumph pocket watch from the 60s, with a bold red second hand plus a date window at 6pm.

The steel case feels smooth, well polished and has the TPW logo on the back. Looks easy to pop the tab on the caseback when it’s time to change the battery too.

The crystal is raised slightly above the bezel, which makes the watch look a bit more finished, more designed, than the average sub-tenner basic watch.  The TPW is about 11mm thick in total, so it sits neatly under a shirt sleeve.

A faux leather strap completes the budget look and at £6.50 including shipping from China, yes six pounds fifty pence, this has to be one of the better looking cheap-as-chips chinese watches NWC mag has road tested.

There’s no box or paperwork so you can’t fob off an annoying relative by buying them this watch for their birthday and pretending it cost twenty notes. Nah, not that we would ever do that.

VERDICT; A winner at this money.

 

Coke Themed Timex Editions On The Way

Timex have some Coca-Cola themed watches in the pipeline. The pics on the Timex site suggest that there’sa  classic 80s retro digital model, an automatic featuring a 70s Peace graphic, plus a basic quartz with an onion crown and pocket watch style case, in the range.

All have Coke branding on the dials. Soon as we get more info we shall let you know. As you were.

New Lazuli GMT From Torgoen

Torgoen are well known for making stand out designs and the new Lazuli GMT is in that ballpark. Big numbers on the dial, vivid colours, decent price. It’s all you could want in a fashion quartz watch and you have the bonus of a mineral crystal, Swiss Ronda movement plus a good choice of Italian leather straps too.

At £146 it’s in the same price bracket as many Indie meca-quartz GMT watches, or some entry level Citizen, Seiko or Armani/Boss brands. Worth a look we think.

More here.