Milus Snow Star Watch Review

Circa 2019-2020, historic Swiss watchmaker Milus made a comeback — with some fresh concepts, as well as a smart re-make of the classic Milus Snow Star. In addition to being an attractive dress-style watch with good value that uses quality materials, the Snow Star has one of the coolest stories around. Today, Milus is actually owned by a member of the Tissot family — the same that sold the eponymous brand to the Swatch Group some years back.
width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Before talking about the latest Snow Star watch, just a bit about what Milus is all about today. In the early 2000s Milus, as a company, focused on higher-end watches that included complicated luxuries, each exceeding $100,000 in price. They also had a good collection under the “TriRetrograde” name that featured three retrograde hands on the dial for indicating the seconds. Those recent Milus watches are now “history” with today’s Milus focusing on practicality, classic des..

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Casio Pro Trek WSD-F21 HR Watch Review

If you’re in the market for a tough, durable, outdoor watch and ask a watch enthusiast what to buy, 10-to-1 odds say the answer is a Casio G-Shock. Not a bad suggestion, by any means, but it’s not the only worthy contender within Casio’s line. Casio’s Pro Trek line is often overshadowed by its über-popular older sibling, but the Pro Trek line was designed specifically for rough-and-tumble outdoor use. For those in the know, the Pro Trek line was (and to some extent still is) the choice du jour if you are looking for features like altimeter, barometer, compass, and thermometer without paying the premium for a high-end G-Shock. Sure, you don’t get the G-Shock’s Shock Resist, but you gain access to a myriad of high-end features and access them at an attractive price point.

The Casio Pro Trek WSD-F21 HR (hereafter: Pro Trek) is a fully-featured GPS smartwatch with optical heart-rate monitor that runs on Google’s Wear OS system and certainly doesn’t suffer in the toughness category, featu..

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Bremont HMAF Argonaut Diver’s Watch Wrist Time Review

Britain’s beloved Bremont, a still youthful house in an industry boasting a slew of centenarian brands, already has a surprisingly lengthy history of producing special editions of its standard models for military units, such as the Royal Navy Clearance Divers, U.S. Air Force C-130 operators, and Royal Air Force Flight Engineers. In fact, Bremont co-founder Giles English has indicated that as much as 25 percent of Bremont’s business is with military clients. Given that important relationship, earlier this year Bremont unveiled its Her Majesty’s Armed Forces collection, a trio of watches representing and approved by Britain’s Royal Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Though not actually issued to military units, the watches have reportedly been designed in collaboration with the forces they are meant to honor, which, obvious marketing value aside, makes for a cool design concept. As a deep-sea diver and former Coast Guard search-and-rescue boat operator, I like my watches nautical. I was excited..

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Chopard L.U.C GMT One Stainless Steel Watch Review

L.U.Chopard, or L.U.C for short, stands for yet more high-end variations of the luxury watches made by Chopard, the Fleurier-based independent watch manufacture. Invariably equipped with juicy in-house calibers, recent years saw L.U.C introduce more competitively priced models in stainless steel, ranging between $8,190 and $13,700. From then on, it’s all gold and platinum. In for review is the Chopard L.U.C GMT One in stainless steel — and I’m curious to see if this could be the thinking man’s luxury GMT.

When you say GMT, I say Rolex. Not because I wish to imply theirs is the absolute best (there’s no such thing in watches), but because it seems to be the GMT that so many around the world think they need to quench their thirst for a daily-wearable, luxurious watch with a piece of additional functionality that they can actually use. And yes, that’s where the Chopard L.U.C GMT One reference 168579-3001 comes into the picture.

Priced at $10,200 (or 9,880 Swiss Francs), the L.U.C GMT ..

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Alexander Shorokhoff Model 63 Watch Review

Russian-born Alexander Shorokhoff makes watches in Germany, offering some of the more interesting avant-garde yet still horologically worthy timepieces out there. This isn’t my first look at an Alexander Shorokhoff timepiece, but this Model 63 (aka “Model Sixtythree”) is probably the least expensive product from the brand that I’ve reviewed, with a price well under $2,000. Let’s take a look at the dressy daily-wear Alexander Shorokhoff Model 63 watch, available with four dial colors and a thin wrist profile,
width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Alexander Shorokhoff claims that the Model 63 is inspired by 1960s thin-profile dress and casual watches. At the time (especially in Europe) watches were being produced in a dazzling array of colors and styles — a trend that peaked in the 1970s — I recall being in Glashutte, Germany in the town’s watch museum and being very impressed by the unpredictable level of fun and fashion built into watches produced..

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Rado Captain Cook Automatic 42mm Watch Review

Not counting various colors and whether or not a watch is on a strap or bracelet, Swiss watch brand Rado currently has five watches on its website with “Captain Cook” in the name, the most recently of which is this inconspicuously titled “Captain Cook Automatic.” In my opinion, it is the best of the Rado Captain Cook watches currently available. This particular version is the steel with blue dial and matching ceramic bezel Rado Captain Cook Automatic reference R32505203 | 01.763.0505.3.020.
In addition to the ocean explorer many people learned about in history class, Captain Cook is the name of a Rado diver’s watch collection that, according to Rado, was debuted in 1962. For many years the Captain Cook collection had zero relevance to the Rado brand, which in the 1980s decided it was going to be a brand that was all about being modern. Rado was the first brand to popularize ceramic as a watch case material — though it wasn’t until 2000 when Chanel used ceramic for the J12 that it beca..

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Axia Kronos Watch Review

Before being offered this piece to review, I had never heard of Axia Time. I think this is one of the significant challenges for independent watch brands that want to operate in the sub-$1k market: it is crowded. As a consumer, this isn’t a bad thing. It provides us with a plethora of options and brands that want to compete tooth and nail for your hard-earned dollars. As a brand, however, this must be incredibly challenging (and frustrating, I’d imagine).
Axia attempts valiantly to provide a good option when it comes to a pilots/travelers GMT with their Kronos collection. I do believe that this attempt falls a little short of Axia’s competition, but we’ll discuss that in detail as the review goes on.
For now, the Kronos is a 40mm steel GMT. Axia states that the Kronos will be available in an edition of 500 pieces per dial color, but at this time, it appears that only a white-dialed version is available. I’m not sure if that’s due to other versions being sold out or just that they hav..

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Q Timex Falcon Eye Watch Review

In the last year or so, American Timex released two re-issue watches in the “Q Timex” collection, both meant to celebrate Quartz movement-based (hence the “Q” name) Timex watches it released in 1979. The first of the two watches was the popular Q Timex Reissue reference TW2T80700ZV and the second (and arguably more visually interesting) is this Q Timex Reissue Falcon Eye reference TW2T80800V3 that I am going to discuss today.
The “Pepsi bezel” Q Timex has a diver’s watch look and sold out quickly, namely for its resemblance to various popular Rolex watches. How could it not for this affordable a price? The Q Timex Falcon Eye has the same under-$200 price but is an entirely different watch when it comes to case, dial, hands, and bracelet. Still, the Q Timex Reissue watches are clearly close cousins.

Timex is no stranger to “vintage re-leases,” in addition to producing brand-new watches that are inspired by vintage models. With the advent of the increasingly ubiquitous smartwatch tech..

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Mauron Musy Armure MU03 Watch Review

Timepiece creations like the Armure collection from Swiss Mauron Musy are what help keep the traditional watch industry feeling fresh. The brand is a collaboration between Eric Mauron and Christophe Musy who founded Mauron Musy and their products deserve some attention. While not cheap, watches like the Armure MU03 have a lot of interesting features, a great wrist presence, and a design that is highly distinctive. Let’s dive deeper into this water resistant watch that requires no gaskets…

That’s right, the principal technical selling point of Mauron Musy Armure watches is that they have been designed with “nO-Ring” technology, which is basically a way of saying that the case does not require any o-rings (rubber gaskets). Gaskets are the traditional means to create water- and dust-resistance in watches. Seals between metal parts create strong barriers that keep water out even under pressure. That’s actually quite a challenge, and it took decades for the watch industry to get it right…

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Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation “Blaze” ZO9509 Watch Review

The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation watch collection isn’t brand new, but for 2020, Zodiac has released my favorite model so far in the collection with the Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation reference ZO9509. Internally at Zodiac, they call this Super Sea Wolf 68 watch the “blaze,” given its fiery orange hour markers and minutes hand. The heat is certainly up on this traditional-looking diver’s-style watch with its “liquid hot magma” markers that add some welcome personality. Actually, according to Zodiac’s design team, the orange colors on this and other Super Sea Wolf 68 watches that came before it (this is just my favorite model with the tone) are inspired by orange-colored reef-dwelling invertebrates such as corals and sea anemones. Another good way of looking at the ZO9509 is as a more accessible Omega Planet Ocean. Both timepiece collections have traditional steel, black, and white diver’s-watch looks with hints of orange and deep water resistance ratings. At not much over $1,500, ..

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