Category: Brands

Insight – The Argument for Cheap Tool Watches and Expensive Dress Watches

Vacheron Constantin Tradionelle Triple Calendar Moonphase

Despite believing the subjective experience of watches is ultimately all we have, I am not one of those egalitarian folks who believes that because someone enjoys a watch it thus belongs in this world. Watch critics like that really aren’t critics at all. They practice what a colleague recently called reportage, as if by using the French word sucking up to advertisers for a living was somehow sophisticated.

Hands-On – Yema Superman 500 GMT 39mm

Yema is a watch brand that grows on me a little more with every new release. Its designs range from the futuristic LED Kavinsky to the vintage-inspired Navygraph Marine Nationale. Yema’s designs are thoughtfully familiar while being unapologetically French. Yema has reached a point with enough unique design language that it’s unfair to classify the brand as a wishful homage. The latest iteration of Yems’a Superman 500 GMT is a welcome update to its catalog. 

Podcast Conversations E18 – Walt Odets On His Five Favorite Watches

Walt Odets Five Favorite Watches

Walt Odets is legendary in the world of watch writing, having penned some of the most impactful watch criticism back before watch brands held sway over publications. In Walt’s second podcast with Allen, the two discuss Walt’s five personal favorite watches from his own collection. And they are stunners.

Curating the Collection – A Vintage Seiko Speedtimer 6139 Pogue Chronograph Ousts a Ceramic Daytona From a Rolex Collection

Seiko Speedtimer 6139

Where I once thought of my Seiko Speedtimer 6139 as the anomaly in my Rolex-centric collection, I’ve since started to see that it actually plays an important role somewhere near center stage. The 6139 has somehow managed to work its way through my tangle of collecting rules and straight onto my wrist with nearly the frequency of any other watch I own.

How Horology Helps – Monta Noble Pink to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

How Horology Helps is an ongoing column in support of what we deem to be the most important contributions to social, medical, environmental, and scientific efforts coming from the world of horology. A Personal Connection Back in 2002, I lost my great aunt Aroxie Bedrosian to breast cancer. She was a spinster, living alone in… Read more »

Iteration Tracker Tudor Black Bay Chrono (All Models 2017-Present)

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Iteration Tracker

A unique and indispensable resource, our Iteration Trackers provide chronological information on all iterations of a specific watch model. Model Overview The Tudor Black Bay Chrono combines elements of the brand’s vintage Prince Date Chronograph with various versions of the Rolex Daytona Chronograph. Launched in 2017, the first Tudor Chronograph involved a movement produced in… Read more »

Hands-On Tudor Black Bay GMT Pro (Reference M79470-0002 of 2022)

The Skinny 39mm Stainless steel 200 meters water resistance Released March 2022 Price when released – $3675 on leather or fabric, $4000 on bracelet Movement –  MT5662 GMT, integrated GMT function with jumping hour and date, auto-winding, certified chronometer Precision – +2secs/day on our timegrapher How The GMT Pro Nails The Rolex 1655 Vibe Well… Read more »

Iteration Tracker Modern Zodiac Super Sea Wolf (2015-present)

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf

Originally a Swiss watch company, Zodiac issued the Sea Wolf in 1953, tying Blancpain and beating Rolex with the first commercial release of a dive watch. Zodiac puttered out during the Quartz Crisis, but in 2001 Fossil Watches bought the Zodiac name and prepared for a relaunch. The revived Zodiac released the first modern Sea Wolf in 2015. Fossil owns and operates Swiss Technology Productions (STP), which builds the ETA/Sellita-equivalent movements used in the modern Super Sea Wolf