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Hands-On Review With The Grand Seiko SBGW257 And SBGW259 Watches

HomeHands-OnHands-On Review With The Grand Seiko SBGW257 And SBGW259 Watches Hands-OnHands-On Review With The Grand Seiko SBGW257 And SBGW259 Watches A couple of sleeper hits from the Japanese giant by Rob Nudds July 01, 2020 MIN READHands-On Review With The Grand Seiko SBGW257 And SBGW259 WatchesI never get tired of getting new watches in hand. Even after thousands of timepieces have passed through my possession, I remain surprised at how surprised I am still able to be. The more watches I encounter, the more I must remind myself to keep an open mind and to get them on the wrist. If I’d ignored that sage advice, I might still be sleeping on the Grand Seiko SBGW257 and SBGW259.
The Grand Seiko SBGW257 and SBGW259 watches would not have been watches I’d have gravitated to in the boutique. “Why not?” I hear you cry. “Do you not think they’re beautiful?” Well, yes, actually, I do think they’re beautiful. In fact, I would go as far as to say that their beauty far outstrips almost anything ..

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Audric SeaBorne 500 M Dive Watch Prototype Review

HomeWatch ReviewAudric SeaBorne 500 M Dive Watch Prototype Review Watch ReviewAudric SeaBorne 500 M Dive Watch Prototype Review A task that raised some interesting questions… by Rob Nudds June 26, 2020 MIN READAudric SeaBorne 500 M Dive Watch Prototype ReviewWorking as a watch journalist is obviously a massive privilege. It’s something I am reminded of in myriad ways on a daily basis. Probably the clearest example of this privilege is being privy to new releases before they hit the market. In many cases, this means having the chance to see, wear, and review groundbreaking releases from some of the most prestigious brands in the world. At the other end of the scale, however, is the opportunity to see fledgling brands come to life. We are frequently sent watches for review from makers hoping to catapult their efforts into the limelight. Recently, I spent a few days with the new Audric SeaBorne 500 M. The model I received for review, however, was a prototype, which made for an interesti..

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Urwerk UR-100 Gold Watch Review

HomeWatch ReviewUrwerk UR-100 Gold Watch Review Watch ReviewUrwerk UR-100 Gold Watch Review A spaceman came traveling on his ship from afar… by Rob Nudds June 20, 2020 MIN READUrwerk UR-100 Gold Watch ReviewMaybe it’s the green, red, and gold color scheme. Maybe it’s the fact the Urwerk UR-100 Gold limited edition watch looks like an alien. Or maybe it’s just because I’m a covert Chris DeBurg fan. Whatever it is, Urwerk’s latest showstopper had me feeling festive…
I’m not a devout Urwerk lover. I’m not one of those watch nerds that loses their mind every time the hyper-creative crackpot team of Baumgartner and Frei drop a new release. Despite that, I’m rarely anything but impressed. But that always comes after digging a little deeper, looking under the hood, and taking my time to form an opinion. Because, in truth, some Urwerks are better than others. We don’t have to agree on an order (it’s all down to personal preference), but I think it is safe to say that the models are sufficien..

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Watch Strap Review 42 — Two Stitch Strap — Four Years Later

HomeWatch Strap ReviewWatch Strap Review 42 — Two Stitch Strap — Four Years Later Watch Strap ReviewWatch Strap Review 42 — Two Stitch Strap — Four Years Later The latest and greatest from our favorite Serbian strap makers by Balazs Ferenczi June 01, 2020 MIN READWatch Strap Review 42 — Two Stitch Strap — Four Years LaterAlmost four years have passed since we first talked about Two Stitch Straps on the pages of Fratello Watches. A lot has changed for both parties during that time. It was always inevitable, however, that we revisit the young company based in Serbia to check out its new designs. Enter; Two Stitch Straps Vol. 2.
Ivan and I see each other from time to time, during watch fairs mostly. Although he doesn’t live too far from my hometown in Hungary, we have yet to catch up there. We chat every once in a while on the phone, and he even accompanied me to one of my meetings at the last Baselworld. That was back in the Swatch Group days — a distant memory now. To keep me abreast of..

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Watch Strap Review 42 — Two Stitch Straps — Four Years Later

HomeWatch Strap ReviewWatch Strap Review 42 — Two Stitch Straps — Four Years Later Watch Strap ReviewWatch Strap Review 42 — Two Stitch Straps — Four Years Later The latest and greatest from our favorite Serbian strap makers by Balazs Ferenczi June 01, 2020 MIN READWatch Strap Review 42 — Two Stitch Straps — Four Years LaterAlmost four years have passed since we first talked about Two Stitch Straps on the pages of Fratello Watches. A lot has changed for both parties during that time. It was always inevitable, however, that we revisit the young company based in Serbia to check out its new designs. Enter; Two Stitch Straps Vol. 2.
Ivan and I see each other from time to time, during watch fairs mostly. Although he doesn’t live too far from my hometown in Hungary, we have yet to catch up there. We chat every once in a while on the phone, and he even accompanied me to one of my meetings at the last Baselworld. That was back in the Swatch Group days — a distant memory now. To keep me abreast..

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Hands-On Fortis Official Cosmonauts Amadee-18 Review

HomeHands-OnHands-On Fortis Official Cosmonauts Amadee-18 Review Hands-OnFortisHands-On Fortis Official Cosmonauts Amadee-18 Review A collab between Fortis and the Austrian Space Forum by Robert-Jan Broer May 14, 2020 MIN READHands-On Fortis Official Cosmonauts Amadee-18 ReviewI must confess, it has been a while since I last wore a Fortis watch. Not that I don’t want to, but we have quite a large team of editors these days, and others jumped on Fortis a bit faster. After having the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Amadee-18 on my wrist for a few days, I’m going to make sure I’m at the front of the queue next time…
I am positively surprised by the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Amadee-18 reference 638.18.91. The first thing to notice is how good this watch looks on the wrist. And that specifications can be so deceiving. According to the spec sheet, the watch measures 44mm in diameter and has a lug-to-lug size of 53mm. Now, before you sigh and stop reading, hear me out.
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Review: The Hexagonal Bennett Winch Watch Roll

HomeAccessoriesReview: The Hexagonal Bennett Winch Watch Roll AccessoriesReview: The Hexagonal Bennett Winch Watch Roll Designed in conjunction with Wei Koh by Robert-Jan Broer May 09, 2020 MIN READReview: The Hexagonal Bennett Winch Watch RollIf there’s one useful accessory for a watch guy, it’s a watch roll. I’ve had and tried many, but only a few make it to become one of my “travel essentials”.
Before I start with the review of this Bennett Winch watch roll, I think it is good to spend a few words on what I think makes a good one. For me, the most important thing is that a watch roll is sturdy. I often put it in my cabin luggage, and it might float around in there as I don’t overpack. A soft watch roll, especially those that are not made of leather, provides too little protection in my opinion.
What Makes A Good Watch Roll?I also want to have at least two spots for a watch. If I travel with just one extra watch, I could live with a service pouch. However, you never know what you wil..

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Penarosa Hands-On Review

HomeHands-OnPenarosa Hands-On Review Hands-OnPenarosaPenarosa Hands-On Review Penarosa makes me believe in design-flexibility again by Franziska Bücker April 30, 2020 MIN READPenarosa Hands-On ReviewI have to say, I am not often a fan of DIY stuff. And so it follows that I didn’t expect to be a huge fan of a build-your-own-watch kit. But after wearing this Penarosa for a while, I was forced to reconsider my position…
My appreciation for design, art, fashion, and watches begins with the designer(s). I’m interested in the thoughts that have crossed their mind during the creative process. Was there an aim? A purpose? Or is the design simply a stroke of genius? A moment of inspiration?

Oftentimes, watches come across as exceptionally considered. As such, one could argue they are made to be worn as the designer (more likely the brand) intended.
But that would mean that you shouldn’t really change a thing — not even a strap. But I don’t always want to stick to the “rules”. Nothing should be..

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Watch Strap Review 41. – Dangerous9straps From Germany

HomeWatch Strap ReviewWatch Strap Review 41. – Dangerous9straps From Germany Watch Strap ReviewWatch TalkWatch Strap Review 41. – Dangerous9straps From Germany American built straps with German efficiency by Balazs Ferenczi April 28, 2020 MIN READWatch Strap Review 41. – Dangerous9straps From GermanyWhat can we do these days when leaving the house is no option? We can rediscover a watch from our collection —something we have not seen in a while. We can also get out the strap box and change some bracelets and straps around. Or, in case we want fresh stuff, we can order some new ones. Let’s say, from Dangerous9straps…
Watch Strap Review of April brings you a brand that, although hails from Germany, has roots in the USA. The man behind Dangrous9straps, John, comes from California but is living in Germany for close to 10 years now. He creates terrific leather objects (straps, rolls, pouches), and we will have a look at them today.

Dangerous9strapsEven though we both live in Germany, I hav..

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Raketa Polar Watch Hands-On Review

HomeHands-OnRaketa Polar Watch Hands-On Review Hands-OnWatch ReviewRaketa Polar Watch Hands-On Review A cool story guiding polarising looks by Jorg Weppelink April 07, 2020 MIN READRaketa Polar Watch Hands-On ReviewSometimes it’s difficult to describe how a watch makes you feel. That’s exactly what I had when I received this Raketa Polar Watch. My first reaction was one of amazement because of its retro Soviet looks. Now I appreciate some retro style communist-style design because of its boldness and clarity in getting the message across. But I wasn’t too sure about what the Raketa Polar Watch was trying to tell me.
Let’s be clear, Raketa is a Russian brand with a lot of history. From Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin to former Soviet leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Mikhail Gorbachev, Raketa is connected to some amazing stories. But it’s not just a great story that makes a great watch. And for the last two weeks, I have been going back-and-forth between great stories and quirky off-beat looks..