Timex is staying on the retro path with new colour choices for the Q Reissue series, including a deep blue dial/bezel combo that we love. It has a 38mm case, steel bracelet, easy-change battery compartment on the caseback – all that good stuff from the past, with a modern quartz movement inside.
It is a great looker although £175 is expensive for a basic fashion watch. Rivals from Sekonda, Accurist, even a Seiko 5, can be had for about £110. Just saying.
Now if you rock the Pride month then the Timex Malibu models will be right up your alley. Featuring Miami art deco colours, these watches have a 36mm case width, quartz movt, acrylic crystal and gold tone painted bracelets, which are the expandable type.
Good news for older customers who often miss these expanding links, although taking the pins out to remove links can be a bit of a faff, even for jewellers and watch shops.
Bizarrely, they feature a rotating bezel, which seems pointless on a fashion watch but still. Price is £175.
The Monsieur Ranomo (Panda) Quartz has a handy 20% off its list price of $199.00. Just use “take20” at checkout for 20% off all purchases says the brand. If, like us, you haven’t heard of the make, here’s the spec on this motorsports themed chronograph.
Monsieur Ranomo Series feat. Vintage Racing Chronograph. It has taken the 60s & 70s inspiration inspired from the likes of the Rolex Daytona to the Zenith El Primero, we decided to craft a panda and reverse panda with a racing tradition.
– Case Diameter: 38 mm Case
– Thickness: 10 mm
– Band Material: Genuine Italian Leather Band
– Band Width: 20 mm
– Total Weight: 40 g (Miyota 0S21)
– Case Material: 316L
– Back Plate: Sapphire Crystal Exhibition Back
– Buckle: Standard Brushed Buckle
– Buckle Material: Stainless Steel
– Dial Window Material: K1 Domed Sapphire Coated
– Display: Chronograph
– Movement: Japanese Miyota 0S21
– Date Function: Yes (*Only For Miyota 0S21)
– Seconds Function: Yes
– Water Resistant: 5 ATM / 50 Meters
Climate change is all the rage and so watch manufacturers must now tick sustainability boxes or face action by globalist governments, keen to tell consumers what to buy, and brands what to produce. That’s just how it is. Nobody gets to vote on it, OK? So please welcome some striking new ladies watches from Citizen, which consume less raw material to produce. More details below.
With its sustainably produced line of women’s watches, Citizen L has championed the effort to manufacture sustainable watches that prioritize the preservation of our global environment and societies of people worldwide. The first in the Citizen brand lines to adopt synthetically lab-grown diamonds, Citizen L uses these to express the natural beauty of Earth elements for the Ambiluna collection. This collection of women’s watches features a new model inspired by “water” and two other models influenced by mineral elements.
Inspired by “water” — one of four natural elements that make up all things — the new model philosophically completes the connection of the Earth to our future. The current models intro-duced in 2020 were inspired by the three elements: “Earth, Fire and Air.” The watches feature straps made from recycled plastics, gathered from beaches, so we get to clean up a little part of the earth every time we shop online. It’s all good. We love the deep blue one by the way, it has a great simplicity of design.
As you might expect the new models use the Eco-Drive system, which gives a ten year battery lifespan, rather than the typical 2-3 year span from a normal watch battery. Oh you thought that a Citizen Eco-Drive could defeat physics and just keep recharging its battery cell using light forever? Er..no, physics doesn’t work like that. The capacity to hold charge diminishes over time – nobody can stop that process, not even Elon Musk. That’s why battery smartphones, bicycles, cars, watches or anything else eventually dies – it cannot charge itself anymore.
Further, two limited-edition models influenced by “minerals” will be included in the Ambiluna collection. Drawing on the organic transformations of mineral elements over Earth’s long geo-logical evolution, these new models incorporate many stunningly unique colours and patterns.
The UK price and release date are to be determined, says Citizen.
Consider Tissot for a minute; once a prestige watch brand, that commanded a high price, it’s now an entry level name in the Swatch empire, with the great value Powermatic 80 and models like this PRX quartz re-issue. Well, not strictly a replica of the old 1970s PR100 or Seastar quartz models of course, although the bracelet on the modern one has the same graduated links, which smoothly shrink to a narrow point at the clasp.
It’s a very elegant watch and bears a passing resemblance to the AP Royal Oak, although it hasn’t got the angular case design of the Oak. But for £295 this classic everyday gents watch has a perfect balance between case size at 40mm, functional quartz movement (Ronda) and that slimline, 70s style that is arguably one of the best things about the entire decade. While Casio, Seiko and others were making digital watches that looked like baby computers, Tissot made quartz watches that looked exactly like an automatic model, but had the new tech inside.
The original Tissot quartz watches had a sort of hybrid movement in them, with mechanical gear wheels driven by a quartz engine. Lanco shared the movements, and I seem to recall fitting huge 301 size batteries inside them to get them going again. This modern PRX has a durable ETA 115 series quartz, which features three jewels and takes the 371 battery, very slim and easy to fit yourself. Assuming you have the right case knife and a steady hand of course. One thing worth noting with Tissot watches is that they often have a very slim, red plastic seal ring inside the caseback. This sits in a groove and if damaged, the caseback will not go on properly, no matter how many times you screw down the case press.
There are lots of quartz watches around the 300 quid mark but the Tissot name still has a little bit of kudos compared to some micro brands, or fashionista watches like Armani, Boss or Kors. Also better built than stuff like Boss or Armani which often have mediocre Miyota movements inside. Currently, the Tissot PRX is sold out, which just goes to prove that if you make something that looks like a Royal Oak for under £500 you cannot go wrong in 2021. Just saying.
Canadian Fashion Designer and Project Runway All Star, Sunny Fong (VAWK) has launched VIEREN, a new brand of luxury automatic Swiss Made watches.
“In the fashion industry and on the runway and the red carpet, everyone is asking ‘what’s next’ from designers -and this is what’s next,” said Fong, Creative Director and Co-Founder of VIEREN. “I’ve always wanted to design a watch that makes people feel powerful and will last forever.”
“I grew up in watch factories and my family has more than forty years of experience in luxury Swiss watchmaking, so I’ve had the privilege to learn what it takes to create a quality, long-lasting mechanical timepiece,” said Chow, “And when I met Sunny, we knew it was time to establish a brand of our own.”
Built In their La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland studio, VIEREN’s statement timepieces are subtle and sexy – with bespoke design elements from minimalistic art and modernist architecture to bring timeless sophistication to an everyday essential.
The limited edition OG AUTOMATIC collection features:
Swiss ETA-2671 automatic movement with 25 jewels and 44-hour power reserve
Slim and sleek rectangular case, specially engineered at only 9.2mm with an open exhibition case back
Modern matte black and white tone-on-tone monochromatic designs
Signature 18K gold-plated reflector ring with subtle minute tracker detail
Quality materials like 316L high grade stainless steel, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and hand applied diamond indices
Four gender neutral styles: Matte White, Matte Black, White Diamond, Black Diamond
The full collection of automatic watches will be available to shop online at 12PM on September 29, 2020 at vieren.co/shop.
VIEREN is the new generation of luxury watchmakers handcrafting limited edition automatic Swiss Made watches to Power Your Time. Designed by Project Runway All Star, Sunny Fong, (Project Runway Canada winner, VAWK designer) in Toronto, Canada, and handcrafted in his watch studio in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, VIEREN’s first capsule collection – OG AUTOMATIC – will be making its North America debut this September 2020 with only 100 limited edition watches of four styles (and more styles coming later this year). Become a Member to shop the collection and get your hands on the limited edition automatic watch.
Fast fashion is a term that means cheap clothes, often worn a few times and then binned. Not good and arguably one the reasons why sweatshops exist in the UK to this day, instead of being consigned to the grim history of the hungry 30s. Of course there are `fast’ watches too, priced at under £15 and usually battery powered quartz models made from cheap plastics – you can see them in supermarkets, market halls and car boot sales.
But maybe it’s time to change all that. Ditch battery powered watches completely, phase them out by 2025? We think solar powered watches are the future of fashion brand watchmaking. Let’s be honest, the battery powered quartz watch is a 1970s mass-market technology and incredibly wasteful of the planet’s resources, although many batteries CAN be recycled as scrap metal.
The market leading brand is Citizen of course with their Eco-Drive movements, and Seiko has also done well as regards selling the solar dream. So it’s good to report that Indie brands are doing it too. Vervandi are based in Norway and as you’d expect their watches are clean, kinda minimalist and feature a nice fume grey dial too.
Priced at £135 on an early bird Kickstarter deal, the project has exceeded its funding target and deliveries are expected in September. You get the watch in a travel pouch made from bamboo, which is sustainable wood and there’s a choice of 36mm or 40mm case sizes.
No shortcuts were made when sourcing for materials. These timepieces are made to last. You’ll find a lot of the same materials used in high end watches by well known brands. By using 316L surgical grade stainless steel as case material, the finish on the watch looks amazing. The same material is used for the mesh band that comes with the watch. The glass is a very scratch resistant sapphire crystal with an anti reflective coating on the inside. These timepieces will be available in a 36mm and a 40mm option.
Size: 40mm Case – 46mm lug to lug – Lug width 20mm
Size: 36mm Case – 42mm lug to lug – Lug width 16mm
Here’s a confession, the first watch I ever owned was a Timex mechanical. Technically, it was bought for my 10th birthday so I didn’t pay hard cash, but what a feeling it was to wind that tiny 33mm watch up and see the second hand running.
Then came the 80s and I bought a Casio digital watch with one of my big overtime wage packets, yes people got paid in cash every Thursday night back then! Crazy. That Casio probably cost about half a week’s pay, say £25, which was serious money. But digital anything was so cool then, including games like PAC-MAN™
You could visit arcades and even pubs in the 80s across Britain and find a PAC-MAN machine lurking in a corner, hoping to relieve you of any spare 50p coins.
Now Timex has recreated the early 80s vibe, with a PAC-MAN’s 40th anniversary edition model. It features all the functions you’d expect from a T80, like an alarm, stopwatch and date display, but also plays the iconic PAC-MAN melody and has a retro flair to spare.
We would say it is ideal for an 80s themed retro night out, but then, when are we going to be allowed back out and dance like Marty McFly or Kevin Bacon again? Maybe 2021.
Meanwhile, channel the decade of Spandau Ballet, Adam Ant, The Young Ones and Top Gun on your wrist. It retails for $79 in the USA, and £69 in the UK.