French brand Yema have been creating some great looking watches recently and must be applauded for taking the bold step of manufacturing their own calibre. So many smaller brands adapt bought in versions of the ETA 2428, Sellita SW500/200 series, or something from Miyota that ticks the automatic box. And that’s OK, as far as it goes, but pure watchmaking is about thinking of ways … Continue reading Yema Yachtingraf Tourbillon is Where In-House Art Meets Engineering
One of the most elegant retro chronographs on the Indie watch market, the Baltic Tricompax is back on sale, as the French brand offer new stocks. White or black dial, your choice and same price tag of £1585 and the high quality Sellita SW500 Swiss movement inside. That offers 63 hours of reserve power on a full wind btw. There are lots of automatic retro … Continue reading Fresh Stocks of The Baltic Tricompax Are Back Online
Got to admit this Jack Mason Strat-o-timer looks the biz. Love that domed crystal, retro Joker purple and black bezel, lone star Texas detail on the dial, plus it’s an automatic. With a steel bracelet this US assembled watch ticks the right boxes and has a GMT feature as well. Plus C3 lume splashed all over the dial for night moves. This is your classic … Continue reading Jack Mason GMT Joker: Cool Looker But Kinda Pricey
Timex has added a green/black bezel option to its M79 automatic range. Powered by a Miyota auto unit, the 40mm wide watch has a see-thru caseback, acrylic crystal, plus a day/date feature. It’s a decent all-rounder watch, although at $299 this has some strong comepetition from many Indie and Ali Express brands, who also use the Miyota 9000 series auto movements. Bracelet is steel with … Continue reading Timex M79 Gets a Green Bezel Option
Good question and one we had no clue about until today. Seems there was a mid-20th century lateral thinker called Curt who invented a pocket sized cylindrical calculator. Back in the 1930s that was groundbreaking stuff and although Curt was sent to a concentration camp during WWII, he survived and eventually persuaded a rich guy in Lichtenstein to fund factory production. So the Curta was … Continue reading What is A Curta Watch?
Timex have been making some very nice looking watches for the last few years now. Automatics, retro 80s digital, everyday quartz, chronographs etc. They have all the bases covered and some of their Waterbury autos make an interesting alternative to an Accurist, Seiko or Citizen auto or solar watch. But when we get to £475 we are in entry level Tissot territory, or up against … Continue reading Hmm a Timex Dress Watch For £475 – Worth It?
RZE are one of our fave Indie brands at NWC because they offer great value and always have an eye for vintage details. The Valour chronograph being a case in point. The case styling has echoes of the 1970s BWC, Zenith or Breitling chronos, all angular edges and chamfered profile on the wrist. The pushers are sort of semi recessed on the Valour, bit like … Continue reading RZE Valour Chrono Has That Spa Endurance Vibe
Why? Well first, take a look at the clean, balanced and deep blue dial. No fancy logoscript messages, just a bold twin sub-dial layout, classic chrono style, with that graduated blue colour adding visual appeal. Big piston type pushers bring the 50s and 60s to mind, the golden era of motorsport chronograph watches of course. Broad arrow hands. Decent sized date window too. So yeah, … Continue reading If You Only Buy One Omega, The Speedmaster 57 Should Be It