Fin Watches Spire arrived on Kickstarter

Fin Watches Spire arrived on Kickstarter

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We too often see the same kind of watches on Kickstarter, so when you have a new project with something completely different, you have to talk about it. And it’s a pleasure when it’s a product well thought - something with style, practical application and a genuine philosophy behind it. Fin Watches is the fruit of the imagination of the creators behind the successful « Town 30 photography bag » which was on Kickstarter in 2015 - a camera bag that is stylish and versatile, allowing you to integrate your love of photography into every aspect of your life. It was seriously a great project with a really nice product. Back to the watch – Hin Fan the founder of this new brand told me : « we seek to…
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From an Autosport legend to modern watches – Direnzo DRZ_Type250F

From an Autosport legend to modern watches – Direnzo DRZ_Type250F

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Founded just two years ago as an homage to family and vintage race cars, Direnzo Watches promises exquisite design and excellent quality. The story of Direnzo starts years in the past in the small town of Bomba near the Abruzzo, in the province of Chieti, Italy with the grandfather of Sergio Godoy Di Renzo – Founder of DIRENZO watches. Sergio honors his name and the family’s heritage by creating a legacy. The Type 250F watches has a deep root in the race cars of the ‘40s and ‘50s that made history: more precisely the exceptionally automobile that was the Maserati 250F driven to the victory of Formula 1 Grand Prix race of Nürburgring by Juan Manuel Fangio. With such a muse, these timepieces can only have an elegant look. Packed…
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Fromanteel – Pendulum Special Dark Edition

Fromanteel – Pendulum Special Dark Edition

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Some months ago the Dutch brand Fromanteel launched their first mechanical wriswatch under the name of Pendulum. Its name is a direct reference to the pendulum clock made by the Fromanteel clockmakers family in the 1660s. The pendulum became known as the world’s most innovative and precise clock – an amazing manifestation of the craftsmanship of that time. The Dutch team make a vivid connection with the Fromanteel history, and we can see that everything from the past has its influence on the present of the brand. For sure Ahasuerus Fromanteel would be really glad to see what Afredo Silva and his team have made of his brand and name today. So now they are proud to present a second version of the Pendulum – The Special Dark (We wrote…
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Willis and Judd goes almost full carbon

Willis and Judd goes almost full carbon

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You probably heard about their first collection that they launched in October 2016. For this one they used carbon fiber for the dial and a quartz movement. You can read more about it on Watchisthis?! by clicking just right here. Today and after a successful first Kickstarter campaign, they are back with the launch of a new watch. As for their first piece they decided to use carbon as the center piece of this product.   This time it’s not the dial that uses this material but the case. Indeed the watch has a 45mm forged carbon case and when you think that the price is starting from $530 (AUD) $395 (USD) you can only be impressed. It’s « rare » to find a watch using forged carbon, because of…
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In search of the new world – Maen Manhattan 40

In search of the new world – Maen Manhattan 40

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Maen Watches is a brand originated from Stockholm, known for their affordable “Classic Moon” timepieces released a while ago and reviewed recently by Watchisthis?!. The two Dutch founders continue their quest in offering high-quality affordable pieces by releasing a new collection named Manhattan 40. The new collection’s name has the same inspiration from the Dutch ship, Halve Maen (Half Moon), which reached in September 1609 the coast of what is known today as New York, the island of Manhattan being one of the most known parts of “the big apple”. This collection will be released on Kickstarter soon and we are happy to be one of the first to present these charming timepieces. The Manhattan 40 has four models in a 40mm diameter case: two 316L stainless steel versions with…
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A touch of elegance with ERROYL Duke Collection

A touch of elegance with ERROYL Duke Collection

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ERROYL is a watch brand coming from Australia with some high quality and affordable watches and which is not a stranger for Watchisthis?! as we interviewed Wes Knight, the ERROYL CEO, for the Summer 2016 edition of the Magazine. In this one we also had the opportunity to present and review their Regent Collection. The ERROYL team released this year a new collection under the name of "The Duke" in which you'll find the Hawker, Melrose and Oskar. Three watches designed and manufactured with a special attention to details, which at the end, are really elegant and suitable for any situation or environment. The 133 grams Duke timepieces are presented in a 39mm diameter polished side and brushed surfaces stainless steel case with 11 mm thickness, if the double domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflexive coating is excluded. The see-through case-back with…
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Building an empire… of watches – Imperium

Building an empire… of watches – Imperium

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We are witnessing, once again, a micro-brand’s attempt to conquer the horological market using a crowdfunding platform. In this case, the Imperium Watches, a small company from Singapore, is trying the impress with not one but three distinctive collections wearing the name of great empires: The British Empire featuring 4 models, the Persian Empire with three watches and the Roman Empire with four watches. “Imperium” comes from Latin and means, in a rough translation, the “power to command”, being at first a military concept used as “General” or “ruler of the Army”. Today, this word is used more with the meaning of “empire”, the names of the collections being quite adequate with the brand name. The Imperium British Empire collection has four watches in 40mm diameter polished steel case, with…
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Introducing the Tate Wade Bokeh watch

Introducing the Tate Wade Bokeh watch

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On Kickstarter we find to often classical and simple watches with nothing exciting and sometimes you fall in front of something really appealing. Wade Park and Stephan Roesli are the two entrepreneurs behind the Tate Wade brand. They came up with the concept of a watch back in 2015 and on May 2nd, 2017 they finally launched their Kickstarter campaign – Which is already a success as it’s almost funded. Honestly it’s not a surprise when you look at this piece called BOKEH. Why this name? The timepiece is named after the visual effect in the field of photography which evokes a mystic feeling. Bokeh, also known as “Boke” is one of the most popular subjects in photography. The reason why it is so popular is because Bokeh makes photographs visually appealing,…
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Pramzius Trans-Siberian Railroad inspired by pocket watch

Pramzius Trans-Siberian Railroad inspired by pocket watch

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The North-American family-owned, Détente Watch Group based in Connecticut, is since two decades importer of Eastern European and Russian watches. The brands that Détente Watch Group represents in the US include Vostok-Europe, Sturmanskie and Tsikolia. The company was involved in the design and development of the watches dedicated to North America, that's why they decided to use their knowledges and created their own micro-brand – Pramzius, a name inspired by the ruler of time from the Baltic pantheon of mythological gods. The first watch of this new brand, the Trans-Siberian Railroad, is a relative big watch of 48 mm diameter in 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel. The shape of it is an interesting pocket watch metamorphosed in an unusual wrist watch through an innovative strap system. The watch, covered with a…
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NOWA Shaper – World’s Thinnest Hybrid Smartwatch

NOWA Shaper – World’s Thinnest Hybrid Smartwatch

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The combination between a classical watch and a smart function in a single timepiece, a hybrid Watch, is not new on the market: at the beginning of the year, the well-known watch brand Alpina released an affordable Swiss Made watch – the Seastrong Horological Smartwatch, a classical looking diver watch with a smart core, reviewed by Watchisthis?!Magazine here; last week we reviewed the ZETime which has a different approach – a let’s say “classical” touchscreen smartwatch with hands for hours and minutes. We found the NOWA Shaper thanks to their Indiegogo Campaign and we were impressed by the design, functionality and price. The Nowa Team, located in the romantic city of Paris, designed together with Eric Gizard a clean looking watch inspired by the Contemporary Decorative Arts and powered by Smartime, combining…
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