Ciga Design Z Series Watch Review

Ciga Design may not be a brand that you are familiar with and to be honest nor was I until they approached us to have us take a look at one of their watches – in this case, their Z Series DLC Automatic. But let us rewind and go back to the start. Ciga Design was established in November 2012 by Zhang Jianming, an accomplished designer with over 30 years of experience in industrial design and is known for being in the top ten designers in China. Just a mere…

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D1 Milano Xray Watch Review

D1 Milano is pretty great at nailing the Gerald Genta style at an affordable price. I reviewed the Ultra Thin and was suitably impressed. When they reached out for me to check out the D1 Milano X-ray, I certainly was intrigued. I mean, just look at it – it still boasts that GG style, but with a very modern take. The question is, is it worth it at €630? Let’s check it out. The specs Dimensions: 41.5mm diameter x 11mm height x 48.5mm lug to lug Weight: 157g Water resistance rating:…

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G-Shock G-Steel GST-B100 Watch Review

G-Shocks are well known as being exceptionally tough; in fact, their ethos is that they are the “toughest watches of all time”. But what if you need something even tougher than a standard G-Shock?! That’s where the new G-Steel range comes into play, with a steel construction and carbon core guard structure. You thought standard G-Shocks are tough? This is on a whole other level. On top of that, it’s got many tricks up its sleeve: solar power, 200m WR, bluetooth connectivity, dual time, timer, stopwatch, alarm. Costing £349, the…

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An introduction to Tribus Watches and a Q&A with one of the founders

On January 3rd 2020, Christopher Ward surprised the watch industry when he left the company that he cofounded 16 years previously, which was named after him. All seemed quiet until some eagle-eyed folks on the Christopher Ward Enthusiasts Facebook Group discovered a new watchmaking company registered at companies house, with Chris named as a director. Excitement ensued. This new brand, TRIBUS, launches today with an impressive lineup of watches and boasts the incredible coup of being the official timekeeper of Liverpool FC, the current Premier League champions. As a Liverpool…

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Rotary Super7 Scuba Watch Review

Rotary has teamed up with WatchNation to release their latest release, the Super7 Scuba. WatchNation’s founder Dave Parry is not only a keen watch enthusiast but is also a certified diver. He recognised the need for an affordable tool watch that can perform whilst being under £250. Sounds good to me! Much like the Seiko 5 range, the Super7 range is based on the number of features they possess (7 believe it or not). They are: 300m water resistant Miyota 8205 Automatic & Hand Winding with Day/Date Scratch-resistant sapphire glass…

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Benson Black Series Watch Winder Review

Watch winders come in all shapes and sizes. I’m sure, like me, you’ve bought one of those £20 ones off Amazon and were immediately disappointed – firstly when it arrived and it felt cheap and nasty, and secondly when it broke much quicker than you were expecting. With winders, you do get what you pay for – in terms of overall build quality, hardware, and most importantly, the motor and controls. To expect something decent for under £50 is a tall ask; after all, you wouldn’t expect an incredible watch…

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Peren Hintz Watch Review

The Peren Hintz boasts a neo-vintage design code while incorporating elements of art-deco composition. It is a pretty serious nod to the first the first Transylvanian watchmaker, Eugen Hintz; as well as Transylvania itself in the form of the Andesite Sun Stone. Available for pre-order and starting at CHF496.00 (~£415), it’s a solid watch for the money! The specs Dimensions: 42.5mm diameter x 10.6mm height x 49.5mm lug to lug Weight: 76g Water resistance rating: 10ATM / 100m Movement: ETA Unitas 6498-1 Accuracy: -1.9 sec/day Lug width: 22mm Warranty: 2…

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Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer Watch Review

The Maurice Lacroix has been on my radar for quite some time. The design is extremely eye-catching, the build quality seems pretty special (at a glance anyway), and I find it an attractive proposition for an affordable alternative to anyone after an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak style watch (or any Gérald Genta design). Stefan Tiuca published an insane review of the regular blue Aikon here – and it supported my theory that it’s a pretty special watch. Here we have the Aikon Venturer, a more rugged, aggressive and slightly more…

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Spinnaker Boettger Watch Review

When I saw the first pictures of the new limited edition Boettger, I must confess I was quite excited. Initially I wasn’t aware it was from Spinnaker, so when I realised I was all the more eager to get my hands on one to try out. Generally for new releases from Spinnaker they are variations on a theme and quite recognisable in terms of the finishes they use and their colour palette. But when I saw the Boettger, I didn’t think of Spinnaker. I saw shades of the Sinn 809…

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Orient Defender MKII Watch Review

Orient has a rich history of watchmaking, and they’ve been in the game long enough to know how to make a great affordable watch. It’s often said that Orient is the new Seiko as the latter appears to be pushing their watches further into the realm of more expensive timepieces whereas Orient (for now), is staying rooted in the more affordable spectrum. Yes, they have their premium line of watches, but their less expensive models haven’t been cast aside – yet at least. Speaking of affordable, this brings me to…

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