Say hello to the Viper and the Vulcan. First up, let’s consider the very utilitarian looking Viper, which has a case modelled on an aviation instrument or test rig. The hands are really jet pilot tester, the screw down bezel plate is kinda in your face with its crudeness, the template simplicity. The rest of the case is black, again functional and uber industrial, all … Continue reading Two New Aviation Watches From Bremont
British brand Bremont has posted some financials and for the first time in seven years the UK watch manufacturer has NOT made a loss. That’s encouraging on its own, but they have also announced a new wealthy investor, on Bill Ackman, a US billionaire, who has taken a slice of the pie. All good stuff, especially as Bremont has invested a fortune in making watches … Continue reading Has Bremont Finally Turned The Corner?
Your NWC Editor tried racing motorcycles a few times about 25 years ago. It was comical, kinda humiliating to find out how slow I was, but after some tuition and two more race meetings, ultimately inspiring as I notched up a 14th place at Cadwell – on a Triumph T595. At that point, riding home from Lincolnshire – yeah I was sure I wouldn’t crash … Continue reading Omologato Tifosi: Racing is All About Team Colours
Yes, we know Tudor keep saying that dare to be different all the time, but in reality, it’s just an alternative to a Rolex Submariner, let’s be honest. No if you want to be really different try a Duckworth Prestex Verimatic. What the heck? You ask. Well DP are a UK brand based here in the NW of England, just down the road from the … Continue reading Duckworth Prestex Verimatic: Dare To Be Different
Bremont have carved out their own niche in UK watchmaking and classic car affinity watches are a big part of that. Same with Breitling for Bentley really, except we like the sharp, clean looks of this new C-Type better than the Cluedo library vibe the Bentley has. Here’s some inspirtation/history from Bremont; In 1948 Jaguar launched its first post-war sports car at The London Motor … Continue reading Bremont C Type Jag Has a Classic Elegance
Farer are one of those Brit watch brands that rarely feature on people’s radar, but they should, because they’re excellent value especially when compared to something like Bremont. Not every collector can afford three grand for a watch, and if you want to buy a British brand name, then Christoper Ward, Marloe, Duckworth Prestex and others all offer interesting timepieces at well under a grand. … Continue reading Farer Three Hand: Modern Tech, Retro Style
Two guys from the NE of England had an idea about ten years ago and this year, Winton watches has launched. The brand name was inspired by Alexander Winton, who emigrated from Britain to the USA in the 1890s and built a car called the Bullet. He was recorded covering the mile at an average speed of 68mph – that was Bugatti Veyron stuff back … Continue reading In Profile: Winton Watches Capture The Pioneer Spirit
Strange to think that way back in the late 1960s Accurist was arguably the dominant mid-market watch brand in the UK, with Timex, Smiths-Ingersoll taking much of the bread `n’ butter customers and the Swiss brands like Omega, Rolex, Garrard, Heuer and many more competing for the posher end. The genius that help give Accurist a huge market share, and export plenty of watches around … Continue reading Britpop Genius: Richard Loftus & Old England Watches