Author: Nick Warner
I first saw a picture of the Taniwha Ururoa 200 m dive watch, on Microbrand Watches group on Facebook, it was around the same time that Ururoa was live on Kickstarter. That funding got canceled by the author, in order to do some revamps on the watch. This review is based on the prototype used for that campaign, which means that the next time Taniwha will do a crowdfunding, there will be some minor changes/improvements. Read in full on Watchpaper.
Minuteman have just announced they are accepting pre-orders for this special edition watch that features American Hactivist The Jester. Currently they plan to build just 50 with the possibility of adding 25 more to the production run if there is demand. Each watch will be built in the USA and 25% of the profit will go to charities that assist veterans and their families. So who is Jester and why should you care?
Micro brands live and die on exposure to the wider world and exposure doesn’t come much bigger than Top Gear Magazine, Britain’s leading general interest car magazine and published in more than 20 countries. A huge congratulations to Mercer, Helgray and Straton on their feature!
Blacklist aim to create the ultimate driving watch and the new Streetmatic is an excellent step in that direction. Blacklist is designed in California and made in Switzerland, their earlier models using Swiss quarts movements and the Streetmatic using an ETA 2824 automatic movement. The styling is automotive inspired and the designs feature colours and materials found on iconic automobiles.
One of the newest micro brands to emerge is Helm Watches, and their first model is the Vanuatu. (Pronounced Van-Wa-Tu). Manufacturing and shipping out of Hong Kong, Helm Watches are your typical micro brand budget diver, and has that “tool” diver look many watch guys like these days. The case, dial and bracelet take cues from a few different brands and models, but I would not call it a homage of any kind. More of a cocktail model if you will. Read the full review on WatchReport
By my count this is the 5th watch from crowdfunding veterans, Cobra de Calibre. They’ve gone back to basics with a 500m water resistant diver featuring a very striking California dial. It’s definitely going to be polarising with fans loving or loathing it but at least they’re not playing it safe with a boring design.
The life of a micro brand watchmaker is not always easy. Oh sure, it looks glamorous from the outside: doodle up a new timepiece, send it off to the factory for production, then jet off to party with supermodels while those sweet, sweet Kickstarter dollars come rolling in. But in fact, making your own watch brand requires hard work, late nights, and the bloody-minded determination to endure Sisyphusian frustrations to create something you love. Case in point: the Airavata. Read the full review on The Time Bum
Nothing breathes new life into a watch like a new strap. This project offers a wide selection of options using using the highest quality Horween Chromexcel and Cavalier leathers. The Earlybirds are great value at $40. Available now on Kickstarter
The dials of this Ronda quartz powered watch from Brillier really caught my eye with their beautiful design. The dials are constructed from pieces of natural gemstone in a Native American pattern that has a strong Art Deco vibe and the end result is just fantastic. The watch comes on a Horween Chromexel strap with a 43mm case. Earlybirds are still available at $265. Available now on Kickstarter
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a 9015 based watch on Kickstarter. But just when it seemed the VK-64 mecha-quartz had taken over crowdfunding along comes this pilot/diver hybrid by Raven Watches. Raven is brought to you by the same guys behind popular microbrand Benarus Watches.