One of the biggest characters in the microbrand watch world is undoubtedly Chris Vail of Lew & Huey fame. Love him or hate him there’s no denying he takes his business seriously. One of the earliest pioneers of Kickstarter crowdfunded watches, Chris launched Lew & Huey in 2013 with the successful crowdfunding of the Riccardo Chronograph. Since then he’s gone on to successfully fund 6 models on Kickstarter under the Lew & Huey brand. Successfully transitioning away from crowdfunding, Chris has expanded his stable. In a similar Google/Alphabet rebranding, he’s created Janis Trading Company which sells Lew & Huey and his new brand, NTH.
For this review I have two NTH dive watches, the new Amphion Vintage Blue and the Näcken Vintage Black. These particular models sold out their first production run with the second run opening for preorder in a few days on 17 April 2017.
The watches have the same case, bracelet, crown, back and movement with only the bezel, face and hands being different. Both of my examples are without a date window, which is optional on the Näcken. According to Chris, the NTH brand can stand for either “nod to history”, referring to their new twists of classic watch designs or “Nth degree”, meaning the designs are as far as they can go. You decide!