Hanging out on Massdrop I spotted something that is just weird enough – and cheap enough – to be worth a second look. It’s called the Giorgio Fedon 1919 Skywalker and it costs $179 for a 24-jewel SII Japan NH39 movement inside a case that owes allegiance to the Panerai brigade.
I know what you’re thinking – because it’s the same thing I thought when I got the press release. That being that, well, changeable bracelets aren’t really an innovation. Sure, quick release spring bars are the newer hotness, but it’s been done. But what it seems Tom Ford has done here has taken the idea of a pass-through textile strap, and applied it to a bracelet.
Well, not in the sense of representing the year, given that this year really isn’t in anybody’s top anything given all the problems. But, if you’re going to limit yourself to releasing 2020 pieces of a watch, well, the tie-in is there. This new Rado True Thinline Anima takes everything we like about the True Thinline and dials it up a notch.
We first got to do a hands-on review with the Mido Ocean Star diver last year (which you can see here). I came away from that hands-on experience impressed, but Mido knew there was another way to up the game, and they have my number. By that, I mean they put my favorite complication into the new Mido Ocean Star GMT.
To hear Carl F. Bucherer talk about it, this watches designed for the “cosmopolitan man” who enjoys “being open-minded and exuding the confidence and style to succeed, wherever [he is.]”
Try as we might, sometimes we just can’t give you as much lead time with Kickstarter projects as you (and we) may like. One hidden benefit is – for some slower-moving projects – you can see if a project is funded prior to putting your pledge in. So, without further ado, the Krons Stone Original S.
A few weeks ago, we had something I called “Yema Week” which had us featuring two different watches (here and here), and then a third article where we had a hands on review (here). Well, while we aren’t going to have another week of coverage, I did have one more model I wanted to highlight – the Yema Navygraf.
This is my sixth Phoibos watch review and – as with the previous five – I was not disappointed. The Eagle Ray is probably their most popular model and they comes in a few different styles. This is the new Phoibos Eagle Ray 300M Blue dial. They were kind enough to send one out for review and I like what I see.
Hublot’s Big Bang series has long done a lot of heavy lifting for the brand. Launched at a time when multi-material watches – rubber, ceramic, steel, gold – were just coming into vogue, the concept has sustained Hublot for decades.
I’ve been fortunate to handle a variety of different watches from Ball as of late. While I tend to request models that sort of fit into my own personal tastes, sometimes it can be good to get out of that comfort zone, and check out something a little different. That’s the boat I found myself rowing when the Ball Engineer Master ll Diver Worldtime landed on my review desk.