It was almost a year ago when Nodus first graced our pages, with Jim’s review of the Nodus Trieste (you can check that out here). I’ve been aware of the brand in the intervening time, but had not had the opportunity to check them out in person. That is, until they went PRO! Or, you know, create a professional dive watch (as defined by the WR rating) known heretofore as the Nodus Avalon.
When we published our stance on how we handle editorial content (you can see that here), we weren’t sure how it would be received. We know it was the right stance for us to take, because, well, it’s right. But we also know it’s, well, not the norm for some of the other review sites out there. As it turns out, at least one other brand agreed with us that it was the right way to go, and were refreshed to see our clear and transparent approach. That’s how we got around to being loaned a couple examples of the Jon Oscar Vanguard.
If you recall, it was just last month I reviewed a watch that I took to calling the Armitron Explorer. This is not, of course, what the brand calls it, but it’s what it made me think of when I had the watch in, so it’s what stuck. Now, it’s your turn to have a chance to win it, and form your own opinion!
The last pair of Lem’s I wrote about, the Lems Trailhead kept a rather traditional sneaker profile, while mixing in some hiking boot flair that made for a shoe that looks ready for the trail. While I know I prefer the more padded (though still zero-drop) nature of Lems ( as with my Boulder Boots), many prefer an even more minimal look and feel. For those folks, we’ve got the Lems Primal 2.
Vescari Chestor sounds like it could be an Italian-Japanese giant fighting robot or maybe an expectorant cough syrup. But that’s not important, because it’s actually a very comfortable two register chronograph.
The Chronomètre FB 1L is one of those watches that stops the heart. This beautiful piece shows the time at 12 o’clock and “large hand at 6 o’clock indicates the age and phases of the moon in a continuous back and forth movement.” The watch is accurate to within 577 years of operation. Yeah, you read that right: the moon phase will be correct for centuries.
Something unusual is happening in the microbrand world. Chris “Doc” Vail is launching “Microbrand U”, a weekend course to help watch microbrand owners overcome hurdles and become more efficient in running their business. Doc likes to shake things up, so this fits our impression of him.
It’s not just the big, high-end brands that are on a roll releasing all manner of new watches. Some of your favorite affordable brands are also getting in on that game. In the Orient Kamasu release, the brand teased that it was just the first of their new divers. We didn’t have to wait long until we found out what the next one is – the Orient Kano was just released yesterday.
Oh, sure. I could have led with some awful “release the Kraken” comment. I could have resorted to that sophomoric sort of humor, or I could have referenced the epic film of my youth, Clash of the Titans. “The Kraken is the end of us. A colossal, elemental beast. Even the gods fear it.”
And it’s true. The Kraken’s gaping maw of teeth, and the ability to destroy whole cities, lives on in that madman’s mind, Hamtun’s creator Ross Davis, and the H2 dive watch named humbly, The Kraken.
We’ve all seen the flood of new releases coming out of BaselWorld, and we all have our own personal favorites. By and large, the product we see coming out of the show is firmly in the four-figure and above range, which makes those watches a bit more aspirational. Alpina, though, they’ve got your back (and your bank account). The swooped right in with an affordable winner in the form of the Alpina Alpiner Quartz.