http://foresttime.co/


North is the first watch from Forest Time Co. that is debuting on Kickstarter. The brand was started by two young Montreal-based designers that wanted to create a watch that was simple and timeless.


The stylish 36mm watch could be worn by either men or women. The watch was designed with minimalism in mind. It feature high quality materials, stainless steel and brass cases, and genuine leather straps. The watch sells for a mere Early Bird price of $99 CAD/$75 USD.

36mm Diameter
10mm Thickness
Stainless Steel or Copper Plated Case
Stainless Steel Caseback
3ATM Water Resistance
Genuine Leather Wristband




The company went with a Japanese Quartz Miyota movement that will provide great accuracy and years of use without maintenance other than changing out the battery every couple of years. The watch size is perfect for men who hate the trending large watches and for women who like a slightly larger case. You can choose from colors for dial, case and leather band that you prefer. The case it a bit taller at 10mm and lugless design gives it a minimal design.


Two years in the making, the North by Forest Time Co. is available now for preorder at Kickstarter HERE Expect to see the watches to start shipping in December 2016.


Airspeed offers cutting edge new design in the world of watches. The company CJR watches has previously launched a successful Kickstarter campaign in the past and is promoting it’s latest new watch, the CJR Airspeed. The CJR Airspeed offers up curved glass that goes all the way to the edge. The curved casing is made from Hesalite crystal, a robust, and shatterproof material. The great thing about Hesalite is that it reduces smudging and the dial has a warmer look.

The Airspeed is powered by an Automatic 21 jewel 21,600 BPH Miyota 8219. The Miyota 8200 series is considered a workhorse movement and should be reliable for years to come. The watch comes in black which is considered the Pilot watch and the beige dial Vintage style timepiece. The markings on the dial and the hands are coated in in Super-LumiNova. This should make for easy readability at night.

Case Diameter: 43.0 mm
Case Thickness: 10.0 mm
Lug Width: 20.0 mm
Case Material: Hesalite Crystal
Movement: Miyota Caliber 8219
Dial: PVD Coating with Super-LumiNova (Pilot Ver. Only)
Water Resistance: 3 ATM (30 m)

The CJR Airspeed features a first curved regulator watch. The regulator complication first appeared in the late 17th century and was used by watchmakers for verifying the rates of their creations. The basis of a regulator dial is the second, minute and hour hands are separated into sub-dials. The black dial Airspeed includes a black genuine leather strap and the beige dial watch includes a light brown genuine leather strap.

CJR Airspeed watch is truly innovative and futuristic watch with a little vintage thrown in as well. The curved glass dome shape draws in light and reflects the internal fluorescent blue(black dial model)/fluorescent red(beige dial model) ring. Pricing starts at an incredible $329 and can be preorderd on Kickstarter now HERE


Minute & Azimut will launch it’s first line of watches on Kickstarter starting on June 1st. The capsule collection, Brisham, is inspired by the enduring design features of the 1960’s. The watch will come in silver, gold or copper cases. The Bisham watch will feature Swiss Made Quartz movement, Sapphire crystal, and a genuine leather strap in a variety of colors. The crown has been moved to the second hour to add another layer of refinement.


The Bisham collection offers affordable luxury watch with a retro feel. The name was named after the Bisham Woods in Berkshire, England. The collection is dedicated to preserve the ancient woodland in this area and the company is donating a portion of each sale to an UK charity for the planting of new trees.


We will update this post with a link to the Kickstarter page when it launches on June 1st, 2016. You can view the website HERE and follow them on Kickstarter HERE


Vescari Watch Co. is a young watch brand based in The Netherlands. Vescari Watch Co. after several years working in luxury retail is set to release their first timepiece.

The first model The Heritage Chronograph’ will be powered by the reliable Mecha-Quartz movement provided by Seiko (VK63). The movement has the reliability of Quartz with the sweeping of an automatic. he chronograph sweeps 5 times a second and has an instant snap-back reset. The other benefit this movement has over traditional quartz movements is that it doesn’t needs battery power to reset. This improves the overall energy efficiency. At last it’s also possible to change the time when the chronograph is still running.

The watch case features 316L Stainless Steel with a case size of 41mm and thickness of 10mm. A PVD rose gold plated case will be also available. The watch will also feature Sapphire Crystal for additional durability.

Case Material – 316L Stainless Steel or 316L Stainless Steel with ionic rose gold coating
Case Size – 41mm
Lug To Lug – 46mm
Case Thickness – 10mm
Lug Width – 22-20 mm
Movement – Seiko VK63 mecha-quartz hybrid
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Hands – Hour/Minute, Chrono Hands, 24 hours/ hour and sec. subdial.
Dial – White ceramic or Black
Strap – 22mm leather strap with croco print combined with a butterfly folding clasp
Water Resistance – 10ATM/100m
Warranty – 24 Months

Check out the Kickstarter page HERE




Uhuru is an South African brand created by Nick Warner who later moved to New Zealand. Warner who was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, took design cues from his native land to make his first watch. Uhuru in Swahili means “freedom” and the logo is a raised fist for freedom. Uhuru watches successfully raised enough funds through Kickstarter to start selling their watches directly to consumers.

316L stainless steel case
44mm diameter case (excluding crowns)
Miyota 8215 movement
Exhibition sapphire crystal back
Double domed sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating
Internal rotating bezel operated by the 9H crown
Super Luminova hands
20 ATM water resistance




Uhuru watches was one of the first Microbrands I found on Facebook. At the time it was only a concept and the watch has come along way from the original design concept to the present finished product. Kickstarter is a popular way to start out your watch company with limited funds. I have seen the Microbrand world blow up in recent times. The amount of Kickstarter watch campaigns have increase so much that it’s tough to cover each one. This is why I tend to weed out the common pieces that look the same and choose to cover the truly original designs. The Uhuru Impi is certainly a piece that is unusual and different from any other watch I have covered. The Impi was name after a Zulu warrior armed with an assegai spear and a large cowhide shield. The curves of the case and the strap design of the Impi Automatic draw on the shapes and textures of the shield. The assegai can be found in the shape of the spearhead hands. The watch features a unique double crowns with the one at 9 o’clock operating the internal rotating bezel and the one at 3 o’clock sets the date and provides hand winding.






Uhuru features a 44mm case, Miyota 8215 movement, and double domed sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating. The watch also feature double crowns with internal rotating bezel, 316L stainless steel case, Super Luminova hands and 20ATm Water resistance. The Uhuru double crowns at 9’oclock crown used for the internal bezel that rotates and the 3’oclock crown that sets the time and date as well as provides a hand winding option. The 200M water resistance should provide ample protection for swimming, showering and scuba diving. I prefer Uhuru’s matte finish case to polished steel as fine scratches are less visible. I normally prefer watches with a 40-42mm case but the 44mm wears surprisingly well. I also own a Panerai watch with a 44mm case and like the solid wrist presence of a larger watch. The Uhuru feels solid on the wrist and has a bold design that differentiates itself from other Microbrands watches on the market. The dial comes in black or ivory and the one in this review is the ivory which is a yellowish-white matte finish color. The ivory color dial is a nice change of pace from the usual black/blue/white dial divers. The lume on the watch could be a little better although I had no issue reading the time at night.








When I first got a hold of the Impi watch I was impressed with the level of craftsmanship that the watch offers. I compared it to higher end Microbrands such as Magrette and Lum-Tec. I have recent timepieces from both companies and the Impi compares well with these brands. Kickstarter is a great place to find new watches but when all the watches look the same I get bored and it’s refreshing to find a uniquely designed watch like the Uhuru Impi. Overall the Uhuru Impi is something special and a great first watch from Nick Warner. If I had to pick just one watch to introduce someone to the Micro Brand Watch World it would be the Impi.

Positives
Unique design
Great backstory behind the brand
Affordable price
Nice premium leather strap
Quality timepiece
Superb customer service
Great wrist presence

Negatives
May be too large for some
Lume
Some would prefer a 9015 over the 8215

The Impi Automatic is available now in Ivory dial with brown strap for $349 HERE

Nick Warner is working on his next watch release for Uhuru Watch Company as well as founding Microbrand Watch World, a community focused site that promotes crowdfunded watch brands and the blogs that review them. Check out MBWW HERE

Disclosure: Manufacturer supplied review sample for the review



JP WATCH DESIGN a new Australian brand that has set out to change the world with their classic sustainable watches. The company is launching it’s first collection called the Bearing collection with a custom kangaroo watch band. These ethically sourced straps are a by-product of strict government population control programs. JP Watch Design is donating 15% of all sales to conservation causes worldwide, they are hoping to be able to contribute to global preservation efforts for years to come.

The Bearing collection had 12 days to go in it’s Kickstarter project to raise $12,847.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign HERE



Camber Watches has 53 hours to go and has already pass it’s goal of $21,271 with a current tally of $36,773. Camber Watches made a watch inspired by Hill climbing where every tenth of a seconds counts. This is why the company produced a timepiece with a special chronograph movement which is measured down to the tenth of a second. The dial is inspired by the early mechancial stop watches that were used at motor sporting events.

Case Diameter : 45 mm
Case Thickness : 13 mm
Lug Width : 22 mm
Lug-to-Lug : 52 mm
Crown : 7×3 mm, engraved with logo
Weight : 81 gram
Crystal : Mineral, slightly domed
Case Material : Alloy, Black PVD, Rose gold plated
Case back : Stainless steel
Movement : Quartz Chronograph, Sunon Caliber PE903
Genuine leather strap : 22 mm, leather, tapers down to 20 mm
Clasp : 22 mm signed pin buckle
Water Resistance : 3 ATM (50 m) Dial: ivory and black
WE RECEIVED FEEDBACK ON THE SIZE AND WE DECIDED THAT YOU CAN ALSO CHOOSE FOR A SMALLER SIZE : 42MM CASE DIAMETER

Back this campaign now on Kickstarter HERE


Ventus Watches began as a Kickstarter campaign and now is becoming a reality with watches shipping to backers. Those that missed the Kickstarter campaign can still order on the site HERE and receive a watch by the end of December.

42mm PVD Stainless Steel case, 50mm lug to lug length and 22mm lug width. 13.5mm Thick

Seiko NH35 Automatic Movement : 24 jewels, 21600bph, hacking and winding

Domed Sapphire Crystal

Water Resistance of 100m

Engraved logo on crown and caseback

Sandwich Dial

Orange Superluminova

1 Year international warranty

Delivery scheduled for end December

$249 Preorder HERE



John JY Lee is back with his 3rd Kickstarter campaign. The new Crossfire 500M features a bold new take on the California Dial. Cobra de Calibre Crossfire 500M will have a depth rating of 500M and run the reliable Miyota 9015.


Other specs include

42mm External Bezel case in 316L Stainless Steel Case with Sapphire Crystals Top & Bottom

Miyota Calibre 9015 with Smooth Sweeping Second Hand

Custom Rotors with Beautiful Geneva Stripes

Swiss Super-Luminova on Dial & Hands

Soft Genuine Leather Bands with Signed Matching Buckle


The project is fast tracked for a February 2016 shipping date with prototypes already made and the factory ready to start production.


Check out the campaign HERE


Hastings & Co offers up a timeless classic minimalist dress watch that is a mere 6mm thick. In comparison it is 1mm thinner than the Rossling & Co quartz watch. The watch size is a perfect 40mm that should fit your dress shirts rather easily. Hastings & Co created the perfect watch to wear on special occasions, the office and on dates.



The Hastings & Co is a beautiful watch that weighs almost nothing and has the feel of luxury. The watch has a rose gold plated case and rose gold indices with a white dial. The second hand is black and the watch features a premium genuine leather embossed crocodile strap. The company opted for a scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal instead of the cheaper Mineral crystal found on other watches. The Hastings & Co Rose Gold Classic Edition Watch is powered by a Swiss Quartz Movement.






The watch can easily change straps from the calf crocodile straps to the Nato strap options. You can order additional straps directly from the site HERE Hastings & Co offers a Rose Gold case and Silver case with options for crocodile leather strap, genuine leather straps in black or brown, or two Nato strap options.



The Hastings & Co classic edition watch can be dressed up with crocodile or genuine leather straps or worn casually with the Nato options. The watch is a perfect everyday watch to wear at the office, special occasion or just hanging out with friends. Everyone needs a nice slim dress watch in their wardrobe and this is perfect for the recent graduate, young professional, or groomsmen to wear. An affordable timepiece that I am glad to have in my collection.

Positives
Premium looking dress watch
Minimalist
Rose Gold case
Crocodile embossed calfskin strap
Sapphire Crystal
Slim

Negative
Maybe too plain for some people’s taste

Buy it now HERE

Disclosure: Manufacturer supplied review sample for review