Zodiac has been on a tear. As evidenced by how quickly their Basel release (which we wrote about here) sold out, they know how to take their “old” designs and refresh them for modern consumers. If a pure dive watch isn’t your thing, how about something from the Space Age era? The Zodiac Astrographic made its debut back in 1969, and it’s back again now, 50 years later.
We’ve made no bones here at WWR at being fans of what NTH is producing. In fact, when it came time to talk about the homage and replica world on the Hourtime Podcast (check that here) , we had Chris Vail and Josh Irons on. Partly because Vail got dragged into a controversy, but also because we think that NTH has done something quite clever in that their homage watches are a well-sorted mix-and-match approach to a sub homage. So, today we’re talking about a collabo they did with WatchGauge, the NTH Nazario Ghost.
First, a confession: I’m not typing on the Mercury Rocketeer keyboard right now. It’s not because I don’t love the design, the colors, the keys, and the switches. It’s because I can’t use the type of keyboard the Rocketeer is without driving myself nuts.
This keyboard, a collaboration between designer Zslane and Massdrop, is a 60% layout. This means its about as big as a standard typewriter but doesn’t have arrow keys or a number pad. This means, in practice, you have to press a function key to access the arrow keys and other things that you might be used to if you use a lot of command lines and shortcuts.
So, do you remember how earlier this year we brought you word on the new Astor + Banks Sea Ranger? No? Well, you can catch up right here. Don’t worry, we’ll wait. Ok, you all caught up? Good. Today’s an exciting day if this looks like a good watch for you, because it just launched on Kickstarter.
BOLDR, a solid microbrand, is coming out with a new line of rugged divers designed for trekkers and those who like to pretend they travel. The latest line, the Expedition, features unique colors matching various mountains and an internal locking and rotating bezel.
Do you remember the watches from Xetum from a few years back? In my mind, they really capitalized on the idea of a “lugless” case design, where the straps actually connect in a recess on the underside of the case. Take that idea, and mash it up with the “crown on top” aesthetic that you see with CT Scuderia, and you’re starting to get the idea of what Bolido Watch has on offer.
Panerais are usually good in steel. But how about gold mixed with “with a percentage of copper that imbues the material with a rich and intense red hue?” That’s goldtech, Jerry, goldtech!
That’s what you get with the new Panerai 42mm Submersible, a gold watch for those who like to get dirty and wet.
It should be no surprise to anyone that, when Ball introduces a new watch, I am more than a little interested. Sure, what I gravitate towards in their lineup has shifted over time, but they are still producing things that I’m finding interesting. The latest of these, which is now up for pre-order, is the Ball Watch Roadmaster Icebreaker.
Today, we’ve got the pleasure of introducing you to another brand you’ve likely never heard of before – Kronhauser. The fun part of this watch reviewing gig is finding gems like these, that give you an interesting design, solid specs, and a rather affordable price. To that end, we were able to get a loan of two different models from Kronhauser, and here’s what we thought.
The Nordgreen Philosopher is billed as an expertly designed minimalist Scandinavian quartz, with a couple layers of “social responsibility” and “ethos” layered on. The watch has simple and clean lines, and looks like it pretty much goes with anything. But is it worth wearing as a watch, despite its ethically messaged branding? I wore it for a week to find out, and WWR Associate Editor Hilary wore the women’s model for a week too.