The Grumpy Collector: All I Want For Christmas… Is You… And A New Watch

If the title of this post doesn’t have you singing Mariah Carey either out loud or in your head, then you’re obviously not in the spirit of Christmas. In the watch world, I’ve slowly collected a mental list of things I’ve always wanted and yet no brand or manufacturer has taken on. After realizing that…

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Review: Tidewater will cure your blues

McDowell Time is a 5-year-old micro brand that has so far released three watches in various iterations (the Maxton, DelRay and Sonoma) and now offers their first dive watch – the 42mm Tidewater available in blue, black and white dials. Micro brands in the sub-$600 segment of dive watches have greatly proliferated in recent years…

Review: A delightfully peculiar Visitor

Since the launch of the brand in 2014, Visitor Watch Co. has not been bashful about promoting a bold and unexpected vision for their timepieces. While I was heavily into vintage American watches at the time, I remember stumbling across the bizarre and exciting Duneshore. It was really my introduction to the world of microbrands…

D-Day: Tockr takes flight with bronze tribute to Normandy mission

When is a watch more than the sum of its parts? That’s the question posed and answered by Tockr’s D-Day collection of timepieces, which each contain a piece of Allied WWII history. The dial is cut from a piece of an American C-47 paratrooper transport plane named, “That’s All, Brother,” which led the airborne invasion…

Engineering Elegance: The Mauron Musy Amure 03 mixes ingenuity with luxury

Every year, the horological faithful await new offerings from major producers and drool over the spectacular inner workings of high end timepieces. Rarely do the external components of the watch generate the same sort of excitement. But when a company essentially reinvents the way water resistance is achieved, it should raise plenty of eyebrows –…

Review: Ardor & Forge’s Rothrock has roots in outdoor adventure

With most companies, it’s enough to make a watch tough enough to withstand the elements outdoors. Ardor & Forge has taken things a step further with its inaugural Rothrock series, creating a a timepiece hearty enough to brave the elements, while featuring elements of the outdoors within the watch itself. Creator Zack Rackovan drew inspiration…

Review: TSAO Baltimore dives into naval history with the Torsk

With the Torsk Diver, Alan Tsao of TSAO Baltimore has taken his company to new depths, offering a robust diver to complement his earlier dress watch release. The young microbrand pays tribute to the U.S.S. Torsk, a WWII submarine. A portion of the proceeds from each watch sale will benefit the submarine’s maintenance as a…