Category: Brands

Podcast Insights E29 – The Watch Collector / Enthusiast Dichotomy & Its Discontents

Allen upends our current way of diving up the watch community into collectors, enthusiasts and consumers and suggests that we’d be far better off describing different levels of horological experience. Not to be missed for the die-hards, in this episode Allen’s  “phenomenology of watches” finally pays some dividends.

Hands-On anOrdain Model 2 Large Enamel Field Watch

The Skinny Get On The Waiting List Watches are going bonanza in 2022, and even small brands like anOrdain are now putting customers on waiting lists. No one likes this, especially when you’re waiting for some plastic thing made by robots in a factory like The MoonSwatch, or some cheapy from a small-batch microbrand that… Read more »

Hands-On Seiko Shogun Titanium Dive Watch SPB191 SBCD131

The Skinny Extending Seiko’s Heritage (Not Regurgitating It) I’m done with Seiko’s reissued dive watches. They’re never just like the original, the large Prospex logo announces that fact, and I’ve just grown bored with the whole enterprise. Seiko was always a forward-looking brand, and I think advanced design and technology celebrates Seiko’s heritage more than… Read more »

Hands-On Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Skin Automatic – The Allure of Core Collections In the Age of Proliferation

The Skinny Hard Core, No Riffs It’s 2022, and we are living through an horological renaissance. A proliferation of iterations has flooded the marketplace with monthly, even weekly, releases from nearly every brand, with the result being new watch announcements every day. Largely based on “novel colorways” that “remind us of nature” or “inspire us… Read more »

Collector Guide Vacheron Constantin Time-Only Movements of the 20th Century – A Complete Catalog of Serially-Produced Large-Format Round Calibers

This guide is a one-stop reference for Vacheron Constantin’s serially-produced, large-format, round, time-only wristwatch movements of the 20th century. As such, this guide should help the collector of vintage Vacheron Constantin dress watches which were, to use the era’s lingo, intended for gentlemen. The Era of Serial Production With Jaeger-LeCoultre Well into the 1920s, Vacheron… Read more »

Hands-On Ianos Mihanikos Dive Watch

The Skinny Dive Watches as History Lessons Jacob Hatzidimitriou wants us to know about the history of Greek diving, and he uses his watch brand, Ianos, to teach us. Specifically, Hatzidimitriou takes sponge diving as his subject, a harvesting practice that dates back millennia in Greece. With Ianos’ first dive watch, the Abyssos, we learned… Read more »

Collector Guide Vacheron Constantin Dealer Deck From 1960s

Half curiosity, half collector’s resource, I bought these “dealer cards” on eBay in 2021. I thought they’d be both lovely and useful for others once digitized. These cards present the watches roughly life size, the cards uncannily similar in size and shape to an iPhone. Vacheron Constantin sent these to dealers so that they could… Read more »

Podcast Conversations E17 – Bulova’s 20th Century Mechanical Prowess (w Michael Benavente of Bulova and Colin de Tonnac of Semper & Adhuc)

Allen speaks with Michael Benavente of Bulova and Colin de Tonnac of Semper & Adhuc about the history of Bulova as a mechanical watchmaker. There’s a lot to learn here. For example, did you know that Bulova once employed more Swiss mechanical watchmakers than any other brand, including the Swiss ones? Michael provides historical perspective… Read more »

Hands-On Yema Navygraph Marine Nationale Automatic

The Skinny Marine Nationale Watches The Marine Nationale (MN) is the French Navy, which includes a diverse and international array of legendary SCUBA squads. Watches made for the MN divers are highly collectible, and a few of those watches have been reissued over the past decade. Tudor seems to steal the spotlight for vintage Marine… Read more »