A Trio From Avi-8: Patriot, Flyboy Engineer,Type 300

I’ve been spending some time this past week with three watches from AVI-8. All slightly different but all very unmistakably AVI-8 in design. If you haven’t heard of AVI-8, they manufacture a bewildering line of aviation-themed and inspired watches that always feature interesting and exciting dial designs with a very affordable price tag. The three watches I want to talk about today don’t stray very far from what has made AVI-8 a trendy brand at this price point. This isn’t a detailed review, but more of a teaser for the…

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Povey Albion Watch Review

Povey has its roots firmly planted in the UK’s capital, and that is where their story began. Founded in 2015, Povey draws inspiration from the past and use that to fuel their passion and drive to make timepieces that can be passed on to future generations. Not content on cutting corners, Povey travelled the globe to work with well-established watch manufacturers from the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Hong Kong in order to ensure that had the right ingredients to make their first creation. That brings us nicely to…

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William Wood Valiant Watch Review

William Wood was the name of the founder Jonny Garrett’s grandfather, he served in the British fire service for over 25 years winning commendations for his acts of bravery. A real hero, in 1966 William and 3 other firefighters saved 5 children from a severe house fire and was awarded a certificate of merit for their bravery, the first of its kind to be awarded in the history of the Newcastle and Gateshead fire brigade. Jonny’s vision is to be a leading sustainable watch brand that up cycles rescue materials…

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Nite Tritium Keyring – the perfect watch enthusiast gift?

Nite is a UK based watch brand who specialise in tritium illumination on all their models. I’ve reviewed a few of their watches, all are impressively made and well designed. Check them out here. What is tritium illumination? Tritium is a gas; also known as super heavy hydrogen. It emits electrons through beta decay and when these electrons interact with a phosphorous material, fluorescent light is created that can last up to 20 years. This cold illumination is completely self-powered, which makes it an extremely reliable light source. It doesn’t…

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British Watch Brands Partake in the “Great Britain” Campaign

What would it take to get you noticed by 17 Government departments? By more than 350 private and public partnerships?  How would you stand out to 144 markets across the globe as a great British brand? Would you need to be an authentic company drawing on century-old manufacturing techniques that shine a light on Britain’s heritage? Certainly. How about a company that uses handcrafted methods to exemplify the highest level of craftsmanship? Most definitely. Independent watch manufacturers, Fears and R.W Smith are the only two to be selected to help…

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Harry’s Watch Accessories Buttoned Leather Watch Case Review

Who doesn’t love a good travel accessory for their beloved watches? Especially when they’re hand made with genuine leather? You can go disgustingly expensive (some leather accessories can cost £500), or you can have a dig around and find some great smaller brands creating lovely hand made products at very reasonable prices. Harry’s Watch Accessories are quite new to the scene, but what immediately struck me whilst browsing their store was the variety of products, with interesting and unique designs, as well as the reasonable price. This Buttoned Leather Watch…

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Spinnaker Fleuss Chronograph Watch Review

So this last couple of weeks I’ve been spending some time with a new release from Spinnaker Watches. The original Fleuss was a solid diver from the brand and had quite the following. It was available in some very fun and exciting colourways which I think led it to become quite the popular diver. The version I have been testing out is the Chronograph version of the Fleuss, the ref SP-5085-11 in what I would call a slate grey colour with some charming blue details used for the some dial…

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Nth Näcken & Tikuna Watch Review

There’s something you should know: Nth watches have a reputation for having class-leading cases and bezels in their price range. You might think to yourself “why is that so impressive?” – but once we go through this review of the Näcken & Tikuna, you’ll see why this is such a great feat. These two models are very similar in construction – the differences being the dial and bezel insert, and both pose different questions. Whilst both boast vintage vibes; you may prefer the slightly more traditional vintage Tudor snowflake sub…

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L’heure Luxe Classic Chrono Watch Review

A quick introduction to L’heure Luxe I did not hear about this brand until very recently when I stumbled on their “Mens Classic Chrono”. Captivated by its dazzling white face and subtle yet captivating shine I decided to give it a go and make my very first watch review. Located in Solothurn, Switzerland lies the heart of the brand. They promise timeless styles, high quality materials and craftsmanship, at a more affordable price – offering unrivalled value. Let us investigate whether this promise holds up to the test. The specs…

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A novice’s guide to Oris watches

One of the things I love about Oris is that it hasn’t had the same exposure as the likes of Rolex, Omega and Patek Philippe. Its unblemished reputation in creating quality watches at an affordable price has flourished as a result of determination and perseverance. The company sits in the middle of the pricing scale. Founded just over a century ago, it only acquired its recognisable red rotor logo in 2002. The company has specialised in creating wristwatches for four sectors in particular; diving, motorsports, aviation and culture. That pretty…

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