When you write about consumer products (be it electronics, cars, or watches) you get used to all sorts of random, unsolicited pitches. That’s how I first became aware of Riskers, but it was – of all things – via a connection on LinkedIn. Mr. Pierre Guerrier – an ex-Richemont executive reached out, and we started talking. He started sharing some details of a new project he was forming with some others, and I was definitely interested. That project was unveiled to the world earlier this month via a Kickstarter project for the new brand, Riskers Watches.
In my recent acquisition of a new to me watch. I was asked to do a review of it. Admittingly, I was surprised to be asked to do a review, given that I have never officially written a watch review before. Editor’s note: we asked because he’s been creating interesting content over on Instagram! The watch I was asked to review? It’s known as the Ollech and Wajs P-101.
Vegan leather is usually shorthand for saying “plastic”. It’s usually not very comfortable, feels cheap, and is best replaced with a nylon strap. What if there were a better way to make a strap, one that would still be vegan, but feel more comfortable, more sustainably than plastic?
When I first started writing about watches, it seemed that there was an arms race to create bigger and bigger cases. And I’ll admit, I got caught up in it as well. These days, though, I’ve shifted more to classic designs and slimmer, more compact cases. Fortunately, there are watch brands also swinging the pendulum back in that direction, and the Oak & Oscar Olmsted is an example of how well it can be done.
For many brands, there’s a flagship watch. In fact, they may have several, and you know when it comes time for a refresh, you’ll see some new twist on the platform. For Christopher Ward, one of the legs that they stand on is their C65 Trident lineup. Recently, the British brand introduced models paying homage to post-war military watches actually commissioned by the UK Armed Forces.
While I have been a fan of a number of Shinola watches (in fact, talked about an interesting new one just the other week), the Monster series was one of the most interesting ones. Those saw the brand break from the mold they set for themselves and create a classic – yet recognizable as a Shinola – Swiss-powered dive watch. It started with a limited editionand then a regular production model (which we reviewed here). Now, they’re back with a new version – the Shinola Bronze Monster.
When watch brands are looking for partners to work on projects together, those who work primarily in leather just make sense – can take their knowhow (and name recognition) to create some interesting straps. Here in Chicago, I most commonly see that with local crew Horween, but Hamilton has stuck in New York and gone to work with the folks over at Schott NYC.
When you produce as many watches as a brand like Fossil does – and have been doing so for decades – you have a wide variety of options when it comes to re-introducing watches from the back catalog. And you don’t even have to go that far back. One of the latest additions to the Archival series, the Fossil Starmaster, originally popped up back in the 90s.
While browsing around for new watches something new caught my eye. At first I thought it was an Omega Proplof, which I love. Turns out it was more of an homage to the Omega Proplof, called the EVOX DV1. I had to get ahold of one so I contacted EVOX and a couple weeks later, it arrived. Lets check it out.