Pak Swiss Watches With 3D Configurator

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Today I want to present you a watch start-up called Pak Watches based in Courgenay in the Jura region of Switzerland.

This brand has developed a special 3D configurator that allows you to make and customize swiss made mechanical watches from the brand’s website.

This watch brand goes even further in customization by offering customizable engravings on the folding buckles.

Here you can find their site

https://pakwatches.ch/

Pak Watches – The 3D Configurator

The configurator is pretty easy to use and you can have a clear vision of the watch during all the process.

Here is the link to the configurator

https://www.pakwatches.ch/Shop/en/content/1-configurator

You can choose different options, for example, the movement, case, dial, hands, strap, and buckle.

There is also the possibility to engrave the buckle with different font options.

The price of their watches varies between 1’200 EUR and 2’400 EUR.

This is the first time I’m talking about a 3D Configurator and after checking their website I have to say that I’m impressed!

The quality of these watches is very high as we are taling about a Swiss Watch Brand.

There is also the possibility to save a pdf of your configuration or to send it by email,

This is an example of specifications that you can find in Pak watches but of course you can see on the left of the configurator the live evolution of the spefcifications depending of your choices!

– Diameter 42mm

– Thickness 11mm

– Polished steel case

– Navy blue imitation crocodile strap with folding clasp

– Movement 6497 rose gold color

– Power reserve 46H

– 18’000 vibrations per hour

– Water-resistant to 3 ATM

Pak Watches – Why Buy?

  • Swiss Made Watches
  • Good ratio quality/price
  • Cool and easy 3D Configurator
  • Free Shipping
  • Very unique timepieces, never saw something like that

Discovering Sekvens.com

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As I always talk and inform watch lovers about new timepieces every day is also really important to keep the community informed about very interesting watch dealers and this is why today I want to present you Sekvens.com, a very cool online shop in Sweden founded by Anders!!

Anders started collecting watches in the early 2000s and in his 20+ years of collecting he has seen the market evolve, the early 2000s was the golden era for watch enthusiasts who dared to shop online.

Also the introduction of “Microbrands” has also changed the market.

For this reason today you can find unique and high qualitative brands that often give you more bang for the buck compared to traditional brands.

Anders will offer a small selection of interesting vintage and pre-owned watches and mircrobrands. Today he’s an authorized dealer for Bertucci field watches and Unimatic watches. More brands will be added in the future.

sekvens.com
sekvens.com

Sekvens is Anders’s way of contributing to the watch community, he will share photos, findings and experiences on social platforms and in the blog (coming soon…).

Anders’s ambition is to source and offer a variety of both new, pre-owned and vintage watches that he finds interesting and have good value and high quality.

Sekvens.com – Why choose it?

The site is really simple to use and there is a free shipping for orders over 200 eur and 14 days return, all the important info are available on the site so you can contact Anders when you want.

I see a lot of transparency and trust on the site, so what you see is what you get. Every watch Anders puts up for sale is meticulously sourced, cleaned, photographed, presented with care by himself.

Details and informations

All the informations of Sekvens are available and super transparency on his site but you can find it also here!

Check out the site here!

https://www.sekvens.com/

Mobile:
+46-762574857

Whatsapp:
+46-762574857

Email:
hello@sekvens.com

Instagram:
sekvens_collection

Location
Malmö, Sweden. By appointment only.

Fledderman von Rieste Microbrand Watches

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It’s time to discover new watches on Kickstarter and today I want to present you the microbrand Fledderman von Rieste and their first timepiece!

This campaign will feature The Muncher, a Swiss Made small seconds dial watch and is now available on Kickstarter from today (May 1) for 60 days.

The May start of their campaign positions for delivery of production watches to backers by December of 2022.

The Muncher is a watch inspired by the Bavarian capital with an independent streak as strong as its economic might.

The residents of Munich have long enjoyed a harmonious existence with their surroundings, and take every opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty in and around their city.

The Münchner – discovering the watch

This watch has a 44mm polished medical grade stainless steel case.

Both case sides feature parallel lines representing the twin spires of the Frauenkirche, a defining feature of the old city’s skyline, and a foundation of the city for centuries.

The dial is where The Münchner stands apart from other watches.

The small seconds’ complication at the six o’clock position harkens to Munich’s independent streak.

The framed small seconds sub dial serves as a tribute to the famous city squares where Münchners come together. Like Munich and its residents, this watch does things its own way and on its terms.

This watch is super comfortable and three dial options are available:

Victory BlueCharcoal or Antique Map

The centerpiece small seconds dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal featuring water resistance to 300 feet.

The heart of the Münchner is a Sellita SW260 series automatic self-winding movement, the SW260, born in the heart of Switzerland, features 31 jewels and an impressive 38-hour power reserve making sure you are always the master of your time.

Also the clasp of the watch is very elegant and Fledderman choose a very nice deployant option.

Fledderman von Rieste – Why Buy?

This watch has many features and I have to say that for the price and the movement that this microbrand is offering I totally suggest this timepiece, especially if you like Munich and you like this style of watch.

Despite we re talking about a dress watch, The Muncher is very versatile for different occasions!

Check out their Kickstarter campaign here !

Check out their site here!

https://vonrieste.com/

Specifications:

Movement: Sellita SW260 Series

Bracelet: Cognac Italian Leather (22mm) (Cognac, Black, or Mahogany)

Case: 316 Stainless Steel

Case diameter: 44 mm

Case Thickness: 11 mm

Lug to Lug: 52 mm

Dial color: Victory Blue, Charcoal, or Antique Map

Crystal: Scratch‑resistant sapphire crystal

Water resistance: 10bar (100 metres / 300feet)

The Project:

Pledge Levels:

Stage One – Early Birds: $550, limit to 50

Stage Two – Almost Early: $650, limit to 100

Stage Three – Not so Early: $750, limit to 150

Stage Four – Everyone Else: $900, no limit

MSRP $999

Timeline:

December 2020 – June 2021 – Product Development

September 2021 – Prototyping

October – December 2021 Testing

December 2021 – Refinements

January 2022 – Design Freeze

May 2022 – Kickstarter Launch

June 2022 – Campaign Closes

July 2022 – Production Begins

November 2022 – Qulaity Control

December 2022 – Packing and Shipping

Clockwork Watch App

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Do you know that there is an App called Clockwork that helps you to measure the accuracy of your watches?

Clockwork – Watch App is new mobile app that is made by and for all the watch enthusiasts out there!

Let’s see how it works!

In short it has three main features:

  • it can measure the accuracy of your watches
  • it can safely store information about all your watches
  • you can see super accurate time from an atomic clock!


Measure watch accuracy

Since mechanical watches do not use a battery, they rely on mechanical parts to tell time.

This implies that mechanical watches does not keep time 100% accurately, and that this accuracy is dependent on how much/little the watch has moved, the temperature which the watch has been and of course the movement inside and how well it is calibrated.


Clockwork – Watch App comes with an easy and convenient way to measure the accuracy of your watches.

It lets you take a picture of your timepiece and then ask you to write down the time shown on the image.

It then syncs the image capture time with an atomic clock before we compare it with the time shown on the watch to get an offset.

After waiting a minimum of 12 hours you can do the same again to get a new offset.

Once you have at least two offsets, the app can calculate the differences in these offsets to tell you how many seconds too fast or too slow your watch runs each day!

Taking several measurements over time will thus provide a real-life scenario for how accurate your watch is!


Why should I care to measure the accuracy of my watch?

Finding the accuracy of your watch is interesting on it’s own, but it also has several use cases. 

First of all, it can give you a good indicator for when it is time for a service. If you measure the accuracy regularly, it can ensure you that the watch is in good shape.

A sudden change in accuracy means that something is wrong with the movement and that it is time for a check.Secondly, having proof that the watch is running accurately can increase resell value.

This is especially the case for vintage watches, as accuracy can wary a great deal and service history is often hard to get. If you watch is hard to sell, then having a good accuracy to showcase will definitively help to close the deal with a skeptical buyer.


Other apps can also measure watch accuracy, what makes Clockwork – Watch App different form the rest?

Most other watch measurement apps either listens to the sound from the movement inside your watch or require you press a button when your watch shows a specific time. 


Listening to the sound from the movement of your watch can give you very accurate seconds per day measurements, and additional metrics like beat error and amplitude.

However this either requires the use of a simple microphone, which can give unreliable results, or the use of special third party equipment that is expensive.

Seconds per day is also the only metric you need to worry about for day to day usage.Additionally these apps only give you an accuracy at a single moment in time, while Clockwork – Watch App calculates accuracy as an average over time to give you a real-life scenario for how accurate your watch is.

clockwork watch app


Apps that make you press a button when your watch shows a specific time compares the time of the button tap with a central clock to get an offset.

You then have to do this again some hours later to get a new offset.

The two offsets can be compared and to say how many seconds + or – the watch runs each day. Clockwork – Watch app actually use the same technique, but by registering the time of an image capture and the time shown on the watch to create the offset, instead to timing a button press.

Timing a button press is hard to do precisely within milliseconds and hard to do evenly between measurements.

It it however much easier to set milliseconds off an image, more precisely to use image capture time than button press time. Using images is not only more accurate than relying on you thumb, but also, who doesn’t love taking images of their watches anyway?

Store watch information

In Clockwork – Watch App you can create your digital watch collection! It lets you store relevant and important information about your watches, safely and securely.

Storing information about your watch is important, especially in case of theft or accidents.

In such circumstances it will always help to have information such as reference number and serial number stored in a secure place. 

You can also keep notes on each of your watches to remember things like when and where the watch was bought, dates for services, memorable things that happened with the watch. After all, everybody likes a watch with a good story!

clockwork watch app

Atomic Clock

Clockwork – Watch App is connected to a pool of atomic watch servers through a technology called NTP, which assures extremely accurate time.

Internally, the app uses this watch as the main source of true time, and uses it to calculate the accuracy of your watches correctly and reliably.

You’d be surprise how much the internal clock of your phone differs from this atomic time, so it is really important for accuracy to have one source of truth.

clockwork watch app

The app comes with its own dedicated page to show this atomic clock in both a digital and analog format.

You can use this clock to set the time of your watches as precise as possible!

Additionally, Clockwork – Watch App comes with powerful settings:

  • Setting Dark or Light mode
  • Separate day/date representations
  • Different ways of sorting of your watches, so that you can customize the app to your liking.

Where I can download the app?

Website link:https://clockworkwatchapp.com
Direct link to the app:http://onelink.to/clockworkmrwatch

Overall, the app makes it super easy to measure watch accuracy, and I really recommend it!

The Ugly Watch Co

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It is time to discover new watches on Kickstarter and today I just discovered The Ugly Watch Co!

The UGLY Watch Co, has given a facelift to one of the most iconic designs in watchmaking history, the “Sport Watch”.

Not redefined but re-imagined, with four Mother of Pearl Dials to choose from: Classic Black, Pink, Purple and Blue.

The UGLY Watch Co. is paying homage to the golden age of Sport Watch history by re-imagining the well-known classic style and adding a new take on the affordable luxury Sport Watch.

It has a little larger 41mm case than the 36-38mm cases from the 70s and 80s, to satisfy modern tastes that gravitate toward styles with a larger case design while preserving the shapely silhouette inherited from the vintage sport watch style, staying loyal to the original essence.

As a Microbrand watch company, The UGLY Watch Co. promotes the spirit of defying the current status quo and distinguishing their unique Sport Watch look from others on the market today.

These guys share their passion for preserving the history of classic dress, yet casual sport watch while paying homage to classic styles from the past.

At 41mm and 48mm lug to lug with a total thickness of 11.1mm, this case is crafted with meticulous attention to detail. The highly polished fitted Stainless Steel bezel, the brushed finish on the center case body extends to the contoured lugs, ensuring an exceptional fit and finish for the bracelets solid end links.

Finally, the case is finished with high polishing on top and bottom.

First and for most, Mother of Pearl! We love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Mother-of-pearl is the iridescent inside lining of a mollusk shell.  Its an organic substance that gives mother-of-pearl its iridescent effect and distinct beauty.

This multicolored iridescence is caused by the way light reflects on the layers of nacre on the shell.

While continuing to pay attention to detail, we have applied three dimensional highly polished rectangular hour markers at all 12 positions, with a strip of BGW9 SuperLuminova applied to the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock markers as well as a small strip of lume at the end of each hour marker. There is also a simple bordered date window at the 3 o’clock position.

Three dimensional polished logo at 12 and the word AUTOMATIC at the 6 position.  Keeping a minimalist approach allows the iridescence of the Mother of Pearl to take center stage

Super-J Louis bracelet is more than an upgraded version of vintage J  Louis watch bracelet.

All links are composed of solid 316L stainless steel.  

Screw-in adjustable construction instead of pressure pins to keep it solid and stable.  With its 22mm width tapered down to 18mm at the clasp.

This Super-J Louis Jubilee watch bracelet is designing  for diver or sport watches. 

 

The UGLY Watch Co. 100m Sport is sealed with a stainless steel exhibition screw down case back that shows off the ST2130 High Beat Automatic movement with perlage polish on all bridges and Geneva stripes on rotor.

Why Buy?

Despite the name of the company these watches are ubsolutely not ugly and I really like the remind to the vintage old time but with a modern view.

The materials are really good and I think this brand has made an intelligent use of both lume and mother of pearl, creating a very interesting watch to add in your collection!

Where to buy?

Available from today april 22 on Kickstarter for only 289$!

The link is here below!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/laune/100m-sport-mother-of-pearl-dial-sport-watch-automatic/

Here you can find also their site!

https://uglywatchco.com/

Quick Specifications:
    Function : Date, hour, minute, second
    Winding : Automatic
    Frequency : 28,800bph
    Diameter : 26.0mm
    Thickness : 4.6mm

SPECIFICATIONS :

  • Case – 41mm, 316L Stainless Steel 
  • Lug To Lug – 48mm
  • Thickness – 11.1mm
  • Bezel – Stainless Steel
  • Crown – Gasket Screw-In and signed
  • Crystal – Sapphire Crystal
  • Water Resistance – 100 meters (333 feet)
  • Movement – ST2130 High-Beat Automatic Movement (28,000 bph) with perlage Hacking Second, Quick Set Date, Power Reserve approx 48 hours
  • DIAL – Mother of Pearl, 3D Markers with Swiss Super-LumiNova BGW9
  • Bracelet & Clasp – 316L Stainless Steel, Solid screw constructed Links with Folding Clasp and three fine adjustment
  • Warranty – 12 Months

Luxury Watch Rolls

As you know I’m always looking for new very good quality products to show you here on my blog and today I just discovered a really interesting brand from UK called Luxury Watch Rolls!

This brand was founded at the start of 2022 by Jamie (30 years old) and he is now preparing to start the Kickstarter campaign (may 23) for these very useful accessories, absolutely great for travel!

Jamie began to notice that most watch rolls simply weren’t that good. They looked great in photos, but then in real life the quality was lacking, not in keeping with the luxury feel of his watches.

He therefore decided to create his own brand of handmade genuine leather watch rolls, which he would be proud to store and display his watches in!

Luxury Watch Rolls – design and quality materials

The innovative luxury design of these watch rolls allow watches to be secured in a high quality, entirely handcrafted roll.

Each watch roll has a flat base allowing for secure placement on any surface.

The exterior is made of Italian vegetable tanned leather, and each edge is hand oil painted in the French style.

The use of this style of edge finishing removes the possibility of frayed edging providing the highest durability.

Contrasting deep brown interior is the softest material for maximum protection against scratches.

Each watch pillow is removable on a sliding rail for easy access.

Interior of the watch roll and removable pillow

Each watch has it’s own individual compartment that floats inside the watch roll providing the greatest protection against damage.

Luxury Watch Rolls microfiber watch pillows are compressible and flexible, creating a secure and accurate fit for watches of any size.

If you have a smaller wrist, depressing the pillow will not put additional strain on your watch bracelet or watch band.

Each watch pillow is individually removable, and slides in and out through a sliding rail system.

This unique system allows your watches to be suspended within the roll and held firmly in place, while not touching any other watch.

The flat base of the watch roll prevents any accidental rolling or tipping while using or displaying your watches.

This shape allows for your watch collection to be displayed while the case is open or closed.

The watches are secured within the roll with silver snaps, sewn into the roll. They are not visible from the exterior.

Watch Roll Dimensions and Options

Single Slot Watch Roll – Vintage Brown

Dimensions – 9cm (L) x 11cm (W) x 8cm (H)

Including free worldwide shipping

To be delivered by August 2022

Double Slot Watch Roll – Vintage Brown

Dimensions – 17cm (L) x 11cm (W) x 8cm (H)

Including free worldwide shipping

To be delivered by August 2022

Triple Slot Watch Roll – Vintage Brown

Dimensions – 24cm (L) x 11cm (W) x 8cm (H) 

Including free worldwide shipping

To be delivered by August 2022

Stretch Goal 1 – £12,500

If the funding goal is reached and the stretch goal of £12,500 is exceeded, all backers will receive a Luxury Watch rolls branded watch cleaning cloth (worth £5) for each watch roll ordered. For example if 3 watch rolls were ordered then 3 watch cloths will be sent with the watch rolls.

Stretch Goal 2 – £15,000

If the funding goal is reached and the stretch goal of £15,000 is exceeded, this will unlock a second colour combination for both the leather and the suede.

This second colour combination will be communicated to all backers.

As the campaign progresses more stretch goals may be added, so be sure to keep checking back for updates!

Luxury Watch Roll – Prices

Initial Kickstarter pricing can be seen below (all including free worldwide shipping):

  • Single: £80
  • Double: £115
  • Triple: £150
  • Single & Double: £175
  • Single & Triple: £200
  • Double & Triple: £225
  • Single, Double & Triple: £275

Why Buy?

So now that I told you all these informations here comes the point.

Why I suggest these watch rolls?

Here are the 3 main points

  • Quality materials
  • Easy use and removable pillow
  • Good ratio quality/price

Where to buy?

Here is the Kickstarter link to the campaign!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/luxurywatchrolls/watch-roll-case-storage-for-watches-at-home-and-travelling

If you like these products and you want to discover more get in touch with the brand!

www.facebook.com/luxurywatchrolls

www.instagram.com/luxurywatchrolls

www.luxurywatchrolls.com (site is coming soon)

MT&W Microbrand

I just found on Instagram a really cool microbrand called MT&W that live on Kickstarter with their first campaign!

MT&W is a new microbrand founded in 2021 and inspired by the vintage style of the Seventies.

Some of their favourite designs came during this decade, including the Omega Chronostop, the Zenith El Primero, and the Fortis Marinemaster.

By the Seventies, the chronograph watch had come to resemble the designs we know and love; curved lugs, three subdials, and a tachymeter bezel were all key characteristics that you will find in this microbrand MT&W!

Eclipse is their first model and this watch combines a vintage shape with a slimmer, contemporary case.

One of the most noticeable ways the brand balances vintage style with modern detailing is through carefully selected colors.

MT&W – the Patina dial.

Patina is a scientific process that occurs naturally over the years through oxidation and can be quickened with the help of chemicals.

It gives certain materials like metal and wood a tarnished finish with subtle fading and changes in the surface texture.

Simply put, patina is an effect that gives items a more aged appearance.

These days, the technique is frequently used by luxury fashion brands to give jewellery and accessories an antique finish.

MT&W Microbrand – the color choice

All the Chrono watches are characterized by a range of distinctive color schemes as you can see.

Unlike more traditional colourways such as the familiar black and white Panda, the Eclipse aims to do something a little unexpected.

This name comes from the contrast created when the dark backdrop and subdials meet the lighter tones of the golden dial – an effect which resembles three moons eclipsing a sun.

The most unique aspect of the Eclipse watch is in the finer details.

Designed in a classic Tachymetre style, the bezel is finished in a matte black tone along with the dial background and three subdials.

While it’s common practice to combine opposing colors and tones like whites and blacks, MT&W wanted to do things in their way and break with this tradition.

All of the numbers and markers are also finished in matte black, complementing rather than contrasting the other elements of the design.

MT&W

The result is a unique combination of dark tones that keeps things low profile, while the deep red minute and second markers on the main dial catch the eye nicely.

As always with MT&W’s timepieces, the dial is finished with their signature patina effect, which lends an antique touch to the design and ensures every watch is truly one of a kind.

The case of the Eclipse is crafted from hand-polished 316 stainless steel with a double curved lug.

They assemble the golden patina dial with Seiko VK63 movement, which allows the watch to retain its slim shape once it’s all put together.

MT&W
Patina dial

MT&W’s skilled watchmakers assemble each piece by hand, combining the black bezel with thick dome crystal.

When it’s finished, the whole watch measures just 12.7mm in thickness, while the 40mm case allows it to maintain a classic appearance on the wrist.

MT&W Microbrand – Specifications and contacts

Their site here www.mtw.watch

Their Kickstarter campaign here https://bit.ly/3OVbDpP

MOVEMENT

Japanese Seiko VK63 Mechanical-Quartz Chronograph

DIMENSIONS

Bezel Width – 40mm excluding crown

Case Thickness – 13.5 mm including crystal

Lug to Lug – 48mm

MATERIALS

Case – 316L Stainless Steel

CRYSTAL

High Clarity Domed K1 Mineral Crystal

DIAL

Metallica dial with our Signature Aged Patina

STRAP

Premium Leather / Nato Strap with pin buckle

WATER RESISTANCE

3 ATM / 30 Meters

WEIGHT

58g

MT&W Why buy?

Many brands make watches inspired by vintage times, especially chronograph brands.

In this case, this microbrand has really made something original and I think that if you are a fan of microbrands watches, you absolutely must have this watch in your collection.

Definitely good value for money, choice of materials and especially originality of the dial!

Seiko dials by Hazeninety

Today i want to talk about something special, not specifically about watches but about Seiko dials!

I just discovered on Instagram a really talented guy @hazeninety and he is making really interesting custom seiko dials and customized watches also on commission.

You can find some very interesting timepieces and dials on his site here

https://www.seikodials.com/

Seiko Dials – Kintsugi dial

As you can see the use of gold is really important for these dials and the final result is absolutely incredible.

This dial has been plated with twice the amount of 18K gold.

The matte black dial is also embossed in the traditional Japanese Seigaiha wave pattern that along with the gold plated cracks plays with the light like never before.

The dial is 28.5mm in diameter, and has no feet, dial dot adhesives are provided with each purchase.

Price of the dial 55 $

Dial + watch 575 $

Seigaiha

The Seigaiha wave pattern has been weaved into Japanese culture for decades, symbolizing Japan’s historic connection to the Sea.

Matte black & gold dial celebrates that ornate tradition in a simple and elegant way. The dial is 28.5mm in diameter, with a date window at 3 and outer portion of the dial is plated with 18K gold, in addition to the Kanji symbol “Umi” meaning “The Sea” seen at the bottom center-left.

Central portion of the dial has been kept black to enhance legibility, it also previews the Seigaiha wave in black embossing that creates texture and plays with the light.

This is the very first Dial released with our own Logo plated in Gold, its a limited run of 75 pieces.

Price of the dial 50 $

Dial + watch 300$ (sold out)

One of my favourite is the California Kintsugi Dial,a mix of Roman Numerals with Japanese Kanji hour markers. Separated by gold plated cracks inspired by Japanese Kintsugi art.
Limited to 50 pieces!

Being influenced by Japanese art and tradition for a long time, this watchmaker decided to take inspiration from California style dials, and put a spin on it.

He realized that in essence this isn’t a California dial truly, however he believed that the Roman & Kanji hour marker combination in an East meets West has its own appeal.

Gold cracks are inspired by Japanese Kintsugi art and run the length of the dial.

The hour markers, logo and the cracks are plated with 18K gold, with Automatic white print in the bottom center and the word “KINTSUGI” in gold print.

Dial sits in an OEM Seiko case, covered by a Sapphire and running a 4r35 movement.

Hands hands are Swiss diamond cut Dauphine hands, with an OEM SARB needle seconds hand. Would love to hear your thoughts!

Bronze 62 Mas Watch

This is 62mas bronze case with a custom bronze bezel insert and top-hat sapphire, running a 6r15.

The Seigaiha wave pattern has been weaved into Japanese culture for decades, symbolizing Japan’s historic connection to the Sea.

Matte black & gold dial celebrates that ornate tradition in a simple and elegant way.

The dial contains no text, only a date window at 3. Outer portion of the dial is plated with 18K gold, in addition to the Kanji symbol “Umi” meaning “The Sea” seen at the bottom center-left.

Central portion of the dial has been kept black to enhance legibility, it also previews the Seigaiha wave in black embossing that creates texture and plays with the light.

This is the very first Dial released with my own Logo plated in Gold. Would love to hear your thoughts, Thank you for checking this out.

Two-tone 62 mas homage watch

This custom build uses top of the line parts. Highly finished 62mas style case, with slim case-back, triple gasket screwdown crown, a top hat sapphire with Blue Anti reflective coating, a lumed sapphire bezel insert with matching gold gilt.

The dial has been designed and made by me. It’s 18K gold plated, with lumed and applied indices installed. The dial is inspired by the Japanese Seigaiha wave pattern, showing around the periphery of the dial plated in gold, while is embossed onto the matte black background of the dial.

The Kanji script is read as “Umi” meaning the sea.

Of course on the site https://www.seikodials.com/ you can find a lot of options both for dials and for the watches so you can choose your favourite!

Satori Watches

Today is time to take a look to a new microbrand called Satori Watches and to their first collection The companion collection!

These timepieces take inspiration by adventure and self-discovery.

The companion collection is inspired by the iconic Field watch and the watch features minimal complications with precision time-telling.

Satori watches has made a highly versatile timepiece and these watches are light on the wrist and designed to be ergonomic for everyday wear but can easily transition to complement every occasion, created to take you from work to a weekend expedition.

The companion collection – inside the watch

Unlike the classic microbrands this watch is powered by the famous Swiss Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement with 38 hours of power reserve.

This movement features second hacking for precise time-telling and hand-winding for on-the-go moments.

Despite we are talking about a microbrand, the presence of this movement is a step forward in comparison to classic Kickstarter watches.

Companion watch is recognizable yet innovative in its design, it features an eye-catching bezel with faceted detailing that creates a visual impact.

The case is a robust 43mm diameter, fully machined marine-grade 316L Stainless Steel, measuring 46mm Lug-to-Lug and completed with a sleek bead-blasted Satin effect.

This collection is divided into four distinctive dial colourways, for tonal styling, discreet Covert Black and a contemporary Metropolis White, for the expeditioners the Forest Green and Marine blue.

I also really like the caseback and the choice of use a screw-down is really good because as we are talking about a famous swiss movement we don’t need to see it.

Also the clasp and the crow have the “S” Satori logo. Really nice!

Caseback, crown, clasp details

Satori watches – Adaptable to any environment

The Companion watch is synonymous with adventure.

Presenting 10 ATM/100-meter water-resistant casing ideal for exploring the oceanfront, also equipped with a sapphire crystal, scratch-resistant lens for those hard-wearing moments.

One of the key features Satori Watch delivers is the hand-painted premium BGW9 Super-LumiNova numerals that allow for practical and efficient time telling under all conditions, no matter what the activity.

One of the key features Satori Watches delivers on is the tool-less, uncomplicated quick release Strap, allowing the wearer to easily change the straps depending on the environment they are in without risk of damaging the lugs.

Unlike the classic Field watch, Satori watches have opted for lightweight canvas upper with Leather backed strap for an ergonomic and comfortable fit.

The companion watch offers, sophisticated colourways; discreet Covert Black for all occasions, a city grey to match the Metropolis white dial, Forest Green, and Marine blue for the adventurers.

Technical Specification & Features

  • Case size: 43mm diameter, 46mm lug to lug, case thickness 11.25mm
  • Case material: 316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel
  • Crown: Custom embossed Satori emblem, satin-finished to complement the case
  • Dial: Printed Dial with hand-painted Swiss Super-LumiNova BGW9 Numerals/Indices (including hands), in four colourways; black, white, green, and blue
  • Movement: Sellita SW200-1 Swiss Automatic Movement with a date calendar, second hacking, and hand-winding feature
  • Weight: Case 63 grams (including strap 86 grams)
  • Water Resistance: 100m (300ft) / 10ATM perfect for swimming and snorkeling expeditions   
  • Lens: Scratch-resistant flat sapphire crystal
  • Strap: Canvas upper in four complementary colourways, calf leather backing with quick-release catch  
  • Limited edition bracelet: Satin finished 316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel with quick-release catch

Satori watches is offering a limited edition; a sleek stainless-steel bead-blasted bracelet with a quick-release feature exclusive on Kickstarter.com.

The addition of a fifth strap will be solely offered with the Metropolis White dial (only), for a limited time and will not be available at retail.

These are the option that you will have on Kickstarter:

  • SUPER EARLY BIRD – The Companion Watch GBP £446 save 25% off (£149) future retail price of £595
  • EARLY BIRD – The Companion Watch GBP £495 save 15% off (£100) future retail price of £595
  • KICKSTARTER DEAL – The Companion Watch GBP £535 save 15% off (£60) future retail price of £595
  • ELITE COMPANION – Metropolis white dial watch with canvas and satin finish metal strap with butterfly clasp a limited edition to kickstarter offer of £580 save £115 from retail price £695  


This element increases the watch’s versatility and desirability – wear it at any time whether on an adventure, in the office, or for a special occasion.

The full retail price will be £595 (inc VAT) – special prices will be available on Kickstarter!

Picture during my test period

The final timepiece will be also supplied to all Kickstarter backers with the branded Watch box, Manual (incl 1-year warranty) and cleaning cloth.

Limited edition with metal bracelet
Metal bracelet with deployant clasp

Why buy?

The main reason i suggest this microbrand is because of their choices, starting from the movement and caseback.

There is a nice color option and I enjoy the satin finish of the case.

Personally, I tried the green version and the color looks better live than in the photos and the green is fun and powerful!

The product is really good for the price especially if you get it on Kickstarter.

Also if you like the steel bracelet this is plus increasing the versatility.

This model has also a nice symmetry and as a field watch could be an interesting friend or companion!

Check out their site here!

Airain Watches

Today i want to show you a really different and unique brand, let’s discover Airain Watches!

Airain was originally conceived by the illustrious Dodane family in 1934 and rose to fame for its trustworthy, high-quality timepieces. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Airain was one of the selected suppliers (along with Breguet and Dodane) of the Type 20 model for the French Army.

After reviving Airain’s original sister brand Lebois & Co in 2014 a French entrepreneur and watch aficionado owned also Airain,making this brand once again the sister brand of Lebois & Co, just as it was in 1934.

Today Airain has a new life. Starting with a new version of the higly sought after ‘Type 20’ Flyback Chronograph.

Now that we have the correct informations abut the brand, let’s discover his masterpiece, the Type 20 model!

The original vintage Type20 Chronograph
The original vintage Type20 Chronograph

Airain Type20 – the past and the future

First of all let me say that i never saw something interesting like this, we are talking about one of the coolest re-edition ever made for a chronopgraph.

Type 20 refers to a specification for pilot’s chronographs issued by the French Ministry of Defense.

The unique feature of the Type 20 was the ‘flyback’ function, which allows the pilot to easily reset the chronograph hand, and quickly start timing a new event without the lag in time of pushing two more buttons.

The vintage and original version of timepiece was a 38mm diameter and 14mm thick case, a black dial with luminescent indexes and hands, a self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of at least 35 hours.

Today the new version has 39,5mm stainless steel case is slightly bigger than the original to match modern standards without losing the allure of its famous ancestor.

The Type 20 Re-Edition is powered by Airain’s caliber AM1, developed and made by Manufacture La Joux- Perret S.A. in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

The new re-edition of the Type20

Its black dial, protected by a domed Hesalite crystal, has the same Arabic numerals as the original 1950’s Type 20, with a small seconds sub- dial at 9 o’clock and 30 minute recorder at 3 o’clock.

Hand-applied beige Super-LumiNova color has been carefully chosen to recall the original luminescent material of the original Type 20.

The new re-edition of the Type20

The Airain Type20 is available also with a very nice chocolate dial and straps and is limited to 134 pieces which refers to the founding year of Airain 1934.

Airain Type20 Chocolate
Airain Type20 Chocolate

Why Buy?

This re-edition is really cool thanks to the premium materials used and to the new dimensions of 39.5 mm, perfect for the wrists of our times! This brand despite is owned by new watch lovers has find again it’s origins! The price of 2.600€ is correct for what this brand is offering.

Technical Data

Case

Material: Stainless steel
Diameter: 39.5mm
Height: 10.85mm (without crystal)
Crystal: 3.92mm domed Hesalite with anti-scratch treatment Lug-to-lug: 47.7mm
Caseback: Screw down
Bezel: Bidirectional
Water resistance: 50m (5ATM)

Movement

Caliber: Manual-wind column wheel chronograph caliber AM1 with flyback complication Power reserve: 60 hours
Chronograph: 30 minutes
Jewels: 24 jewels

Shock protection: Incabloc

Strap

Strap: Genuine Suede Leather Strap Lug Width: 20mm

Where do buy?

If you are interested in these timepiece please check out their site airain.com