Blythe plants new ideas with Draken Kalahari

When Michael Blythe’s love for the outdoors mixed with his watch addiction, an interesting thing happened – he discovered a passion for designing utilitarian military-inspired watches suitable for the most rugged trekking. The owner of Draken watches is now on his third Kickstarter release, and judging by the initial repsonse from backers, the Kalahari is…

The Marriage Watch: Couple channels metropolitan spirit

HONG KONG — Sally Lim was so fed up with her husband Glenn’s horology obsession, she issued an ultimatum: Find something constructive to channel his watch addiction into — or else. Little did she know, she would be pulled along with him into the microbrand watch world with Ayers Watches’ “The Metropolitan.” Glenn Lim had…

Heitis: Brewing a serious dive watch in Buffalo

If you grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., or any of its many sprawling suburbs, you know this is a city of tough and prideful underdogs. For D.J. Heider, Western New York is also the birthplace of his vision: To make high quality watches at a good value with Heitis Watch Company. With his latest Kickstarter…

Vilhelm: Carbon forging a bronze “Helmet of Will”

SINGAPORE — Vilhelm’s new Talos bronze watch may look like a beefy tool timepiece for tough guys, but the watch company’s origins come from a more sensitive, familial place. Brand creator Nop Srinara named the brand to honor his son, Liam. “I had been toying with the idea of launching a watch for years,” Srinara…

ARCTURUS: Loh takes aim with Deco-inspired timepiece

For teenagers in Singapore, the military is just part of life. Every male who turns 18 must enlist and serve two years. While some might view this as a daunting requirement, Alex Ian Loh picked up the skills he needed to pursue his watchmaking dream by becoming a weapons expert. And he’s shooting for the…

That ’70s Watch: Clawing to the top with Straton

By Shane Snider Editorial Director Thawil, Switzerland — Kyle Schut’s introduction into the watch business didn’t come from years of industry exposure — his horological sales prowess was born in a most unusual place: A video game arcade in South Africa. The 32-year-old owner of Straton Watch Company was only 15 when he managed to…

Jumping through time with the Isotope Rider

By Shane Snider Editorial Director LONDON — José Miranda had a radical vision for a timepiece that would jump out among the growing landscape of micro brand watches. The London-based TV commercial producer may be an avid race car enthusiast and speed freak, but he found the road to brand ownership long and winding. Miranda,…

Herren Marke: Leather strap venture born in the ocean

By Shane Snider, Editorial Director Buford, GA —Ben Crumley’s love affair with watches and strap making started in a most unusual place – at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Georgia. While he wasn’t even there at the time, his father was diving with friends when he spotted something shimmering on…