Classicism and Émail Grand-Feu – Focus on Lundis Bleus

Classicism and Émail Grand-Feu – Focus on Lundis Bleus

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What’s great about independent watchmaking is that you’re not only talking about watches. You’re talking about esthetic choices, technical skills and passion. All mixed together in order for some brands to propose watches made with great creativity, great craftsmanship, recognizable among all thanks to their design. And all that sold for a reasonable price. Lundis Bleus is one of those brands. Initiated by friendship in 1994 when the two founders, Johan Storni and Bastien Vuilliomenet, meet in the watchmaking school of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland; the brand started to produce watches in 2016. In between, 1998 was the year of their graduation. Then, they both continued their studies and got experiences and skills in several domains such as design, watch restoration or watch construction in manufactures like Renaud & Papi…
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DWISS – The awards winning microbrand

DWISS – The awards winning microbrand

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DWISS was created in 2011 by Rafael Simoes Miranda, a Brazilian born naturalized Italian designer, who has been designing watches for over a decade now, with a portfolio of more than 300 different watches designed for 15 different brands, awarded with important international design awards, like the Red Dot Design Award. DWISS (Design Watch Independent Switzerland) offers premium watches with a world-class design at reasonable prices – combining Swiss watch engineering, precision and quality. DWISS has been in the market for almost 7 years and has presented in several of the most important watch fairs worldwide such as BaselWorld (2014 and 2015) and Hong Kong watch and clock fair (2014 and 2015). DWISS has won an IDA - International Design Award for producing the very first Niobium (Nb1Zr) watch in…
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David Daper – A Swiss & Lifestyle “Signature” Brand

David Daper – A Swiss & Lifestyle “Signature” Brand

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Press Release - Time Square Collection from David Daper David Daper, with its first collection, Time Square, has positioned itself as a “Signature” Brand, thanks to a distinctive and highly differentiated product offering.   David Daper creates its own Brand Territory with a unique and minimalist design which answers the request of a generation in search of a strong identity working with their lifestyle. It caters to a mobile community in search of multicultural and urban experiences; a trend-aware community, with sharp product and quality knowledge. Far from the simplistic patterns of 'me-too' brands, David Daper's founders bring their own interpretation of a lifestyle brand. Their experience of high-end watchmaking allows the creation of this first iconic collection, despite a cluttered segment, it is a design recognizable amongst all. The…
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Vratislavia Conceptum Formmeister Sport

Vratislavia Conceptum Formmeister Sport

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The Formmeister Sport is the newest watch of the Vratislavia Conceptum, a young microbrand from Wrocław, Poland. The independent polish watchmaker has now several years of experience with limited series collections. The new watches are the successors of the Formmeister collection released in 2016 and it can be considered a good example of brand maturity.     The Formmeister Sport is an elegant wristwatch, despite the "Sport" nomenclature. It has the elements of the former collection but with several improvements. The 40mm diameter steel case has the same slender, Bauhaus design inspired case. The highly polished case has long, inward curved 20mm wide lugs. The delicate lines are enriched by the excellently polished round bezel. The case's proportions are perfect.     The case attractiveness is increased by the compelling steel crown. Shaped as a cone's trunk,…
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Perlon straps for the summer

Perlon straps for the summer

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As summer is there it’s now the time to put some colors on your wrist and we think that the Perlon strap is a good solution. Stop wearing your heavy steel bracelet and choose something a bit more lightweight. I must admit that when I first saw a perlon strap I was not sure what to think about. But, I’m a watch enthusiast and so I love different kind of straps and bracelets… So why not a Perlon? The pattern of the perlon strap is really nice and makes it very attractive; It adds texture and character to the strap and it’s ultra breathable. I personally choose the strap from WatchBandit to enhance my style during this hot season. Perlon watch straps are 100% water proof, so they are ideal…
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The new classic – Straton Syncro

The new classic – Straton Syncro

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I see, more and more in the last years, a comeback of the classic watches designs. I could not be happier to have the opportunity to choose between a wide range of new, modern ideas and reiterated classic designs, most of them iconic, especially when these come with an affordable price tag. A modern watch with a classic design comes from the Straton Watch Co., a company that already had two successful campaigns on Kickstarter and made a new one which raised more than 250,000CHF with a watch named Straton Syncro. Following a classic chronograph design, inspired from the successful names from the 70’s as the Seiko Speed-Timer, Bulova Deep Sea or Breitling TransOcean Blue Dial, this watch has the advantages of the modern technique and a warm, vintage look.…
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Is It Smart To Get A Smart Watch? A Few Things To Consider

Is It Smart To Get A Smart Watch? A Few Things To Consider

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With the introduction of the Matrix Powerwatch smart watches have overcome their final hurdle: their limited battery life. Endless power by simply wearing the smart watch has taken away the last advantage that regular quartz watches have. I strongly suspect that this will seal the deal for the quartz watch, which will soon start its decent into oblivion. But does it also seal the deal for you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHZjoV9PKt0 Especially with the holiday season coming up, smart watches will undoubtfully be a popular gift. They are relatively inexpensive, and most of them are indeed cool gadgets to play with. Remember that about 25 years ago you could buy watches that also had a very basic version of Super Mario on them, that you played on the LCD screen? That kind of…
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Lumbr Troy: Heavy Duty Wood Watch

Lumbr Troy: Heavy Duty Wood Watch

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Want a watch that matches your wooden shoes? The Dutch-based watch brand Lumbr might just have what you are looking for! Troy is the name of their latest creation, which already reached double the funding threshold at Kickstarter.  It's a wooden watch with a nautical touch. Wooden watches are not the rarity that they once were. In fact, there are so many that at Watchisthis?! we even decided not to feature some to prevent repetitive articles (which really kills my inspiration). Brands like Vejrhoj come with a very polished and refined wooden watch, and Lumbr represents the opposite with the Troy. With a diameter of 46mm it is as subtle as a Man-o-war, but fortunately equally beautiful. The beauty of the Troy lies not in refined design, but in a…
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Affordable at Auction: Sinn U1000 S

Affordable at Auction: Sinn U1000 S

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Sinn has a long reputation of making very technical watches. For many people their specifications are much more then they would ever need in their daily life, but that only adds to the appeal. A great example of such a Sinn is the U1000 S, that Sotheby's is auctioning on November 28th. It starts with the case which is crafted from the same steel as Germany makes its submarines. This material not only ensures that the watch can handle high pressure, but also that it is seawater resistant. For this particular model, Sinn coated the 44mm case black through a PVD-process. The result is a thin layer of titanium-aluminium-carbonitrite with a hardness of 2000 Vickers. That is strong enough not to wear off anytime soon and can take quite a…
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Neonos Holland//01: Forged Carbon From Ireland

Neonos Holland//01: Forged Carbon From Ireland

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Let's first clear something up: it might seems very strange as an Irish brand to name your watch "Holland//01". However, this has nothing to do with the country that sometimes goes by the same name, but refers to John Philip Holland (1841 - 1914) a brilliant, Irish engineer that without any modesty can be seen as the "father of the modern submarine.". This all makes it a bit more logical why Neonos choose him to name their first watch after. [caption id="attachment_1412" align="aligncenter" width="632"] John Philip Holland (1841 - 1914)[/caption] That watch is 44mm of design delight. Neonos did an excellent job in transferring the work of Holland a century into the future. The front is crafted from forged carbon, the back from marine grade stainless steel with a diamond-like…
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