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Zero Compromises Given: The Orange Watch Co 6538 BOND

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What happens when you as a small micro-brand want to make the ultimate dive watch? The first step is, how do you define ‘ultimate’? Orange Watch Company (OWC) makes their vision a reality by optimizing each part for its job. What’s that even mean?

WMT Walter Mitt custom watches: I like this.

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The customizable watch trend has been growing for the past few years – you go to a site, pick out your dial, hands, strap, and a watch shows up. And that’s fine, but I’ve never been deeply attracted to these kinds of watches.Until now. WMT Watches makes this all better. I had a difficult time selecting the watch I wanted to make, only because so many of the options worked well together.

The TAG Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph has a long name, light hairspring

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Almost every word in the name of TAG Heuer’s new watch – the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph – is important. Carrera connects it to TAG’s long history of chronographs while Calibre suggests a handmade watch made with some technical prowess. Tourbillon means you can expect this thing to cost more than a car (about $25,000 when it goes on sale) and Nanograph suggests that this thing is doing something quite unique. And it is.

Setting things aglow with Rune Refinery and Anilo Carbon

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There’s just something about luminous stuff.  Whether it’s the lume on our dials, fireflies in the summer dusk, or glow-in-the-dark stickers, lume is something that I have truly been drawn to.  In the past few years, there’s been a seeming (at least, to me) of new makers popping up incorporating luminous materials into rings.  The leader of that pack, in my book, would be Black Badger – he makes some amazing stuff, but it’s more what I’d equate to the luxury end of the segment (still, it’s on the “one day” list).  So, what’s out there for us affordably-minded folk?  That’s where you’ve got brands like Rune Refinery and Anilo Carbon coming into the mix.  I’ve managed to pick up a few different rings from them, and thought we’d talk about them today.

Jotting notes with the updated Schon Dsgn Classic Machined Pen

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If you recall, it was last year when we surveyed a bevy of pens from Schon Dsgn.  Well, Ian Schon (the guy behind the brand) has found success with these pens, as they’re still being produced.  Not only that, they’ve had a handy upgrade occur to them as well.  So, let’s have a look at this latest version of the Schon Dsgn Classic Machined Pen.

The Henry London is fantastic, for the vintage Anglophile

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Henry London makes affordable, British watches. For fashion on a budget, they’re quite nice, and wear well. The one I’m going to show you here has become one of my favorites.

Coming in from outer space, it’s the Gruman Sputnik 3

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When it comes to the world of Russian watches, you don’t have a lot of choice.  Basically, you’re headed into the used aftermarket (and if that interests you, check out Kaz over at TWBS as that is his jam).  But what if a Raketa or Vostok is not quite what you had in mind?  Well, the folks over at Gruman have something they’d like to show you, with the Gruman Sputnik 3.

The Christoper Ward C65 Trident GMT – a great candidate for the “one watch” in your collection

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For me, there is no questioning the appeal of the Christopher Ward Trident lineup.  It’s how I became exposed to the brand, and was one of the very first watchesI reviewed from their collection (you can see that here).  At the time I reviewed it, the C60 Trident was a perfect fit for my tastes, as I was a big fan of chunky divers, and the Bond-style strap just clicked for me.  At the end of that review, the C60 Trident was my favorite from the brand, and has remained in that position since then.  Today, I find myself drawn to thinner case profiles and GMT complications, so when the Christoper Ward C65 Trident GMT was announced, I quickly reached out to the brand.  It was time to see if something would dethrone the C60 as my favorite watch from the brand.

Coming at you, Straight Outta Newport

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Guess who’s back, Rogue is back.  Back again, tell a friend.  At least, tell your beer-loving friends.  Earlier this year (here) we dipped our toes into the hoppy water of beer reviews.  That went over well, and so we’re back with another (and are working on some others with Rogue for this year).  Today, we’re talking about the Rogue Straight Outta Newport.

Matrix PowerWatch: a watch that will keep alive for as long as you are

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I’ve written about my concept of the apocalypse watch before. I’ve written about quartz and eco-drive. The process is this: What’s going to keep time under an apocalyptic situation where there are no replacement batteries, where there’s no service for mechanical watches, and where shocks are probably prevalent. Matrix PowerWatch 2 presents an interesting solution. It’s powered by the sun (okay, that’s been done before) and energy generated based on the temperature differential between the surface of your skin and the back of the watch.