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Recently I reviewed The Chronograph from STOIC, a new microbrand started by the well known English watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin. Currently there are three watches in the STOIC line and for this review I have the STOIC Sports watch, which as the name indicates, is designed for sporting activities.
NOWA is a relatively new watch brand in a category that is best described as the hybrid smart watch or smart travel watch. In this case the watch looks like a conventional minimalist analog watch, but when linked to your smart phone with Bluetooth the watch can do many things that not too long ago did not exist to a timekeeping device worn on the wrist.
NODUS Watches is a new Los Angeles based microbrand that should really be noticed. The company has developed two exquisite lines of watches at this time, the Contrail and the Retrospect. For this review I have a Retrospect in Industrial Brown.
User Submitted: The aim of ARPIEM (located in Bordeaux France) is to propose an original design for a quality but affordable racing watch. The Tribute is unique using shapes, words, numbers and colors finding their meanings in the memories of the motor racing world of the 60’s – early 70’s.
New watch brands are emerging from all over the world, with many having the idea of using well proven components with a unique mix of elements. For this review I have the Pontvs Fonderia Navale Veneto, one of three lines from the company.
Crafter Blue is a new Hong Kong based watch company begun in 2013 by Steve Chan, a Seiko enthusiast. The first product line manufactured by Crafter Blue was and is their high end curved rubber straps, primarily made for various Seiko dive watches.
Virtually all of the dive watches I have reviewed have been just that, dive watches. For this review I have a dive watch that is different, which I classify as a dress dive watch.
STOIC is a new microbrand, developed by Peter Speake-Marin, the original founder of Speake-Marin, a Swiss-based manufacturer known for limited edition high-end watches.
The second edition of the International Festival of Independent Watch Brands, AuroChronos 2018, will take place in Lodz in the last weekend of September (29th – 30th).
Back in 2016, I was invited by TACS to review their sample model, Automatic Vintage Lens (AVL) which was then launched on Kickstarter (successfully raised ~HK$800k) and the first version being limited edition, were all sold out after that. Back in August, I was re-invited again by TACS to check out their newer version of Automatic Vintage Lens (AVL2), and how could I say no to such a beautifully designed watch and also a chance for me to compare what has changed from the first version.