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.


Minuteman Watches has teamed up with Lum-Tec founder Chris Wiegand to design and manufacturer Minuteman’s latest collection. The Minuteman Independence series will come in either PVD or stainless steel versions. The black PVD will retail for $309 with a special $275 preorder and the stainless steel version will run $309 with a special $250 preorder price. Each Minuteman Independence model will be proudly assembled in Mentor Ohio USA by Wiegand Custom watch company. The watches will come with a 5 year limited warranty and free lifetime battery replacement.

Independence PVD
Assembled in the United States of America.
40mm case width without crown.
Sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside.
Ronda 515 Swiss Quartz movement.
Water resistant to 100 meters.
Black PVD finish.
Individually serial numbered.
Free lifetime battery replacement.
5 year limited warranty.
Luminous hands and markers.
$275 for a limited time HERE


Independence
Assembled in the United States of America.
40mm case width without crown.
Sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside.
Ronda 515 Swiss Quartz movement.
Water resistant to 100 meters.
Stainless Steel case and crown.
Individually serial numbered.
Free lifetime battery replacement.
5 year limited warranty.
Luminous hands and markers.
$250 for a limited time HERE

25% of the profit from our net annual sales of Minuteman products goes to charities assisting veterans & their Families. The new Independence line will be the lowest price yet for Minuteman while still offering better case finishing with Lum-Tec/Wiegard Custom Watch Company behind it. And I’m sure with all Lum-Tec watches, you will get excellent lume with this watch as well. Here is your chance to get an American made watch for an incredible low price. Compared to other American made watches, Minuteman stands alone as the best bang for your buck watch in terms of features and styling.

Check out the official site HERE and order your very own Minuteman Independence series watch


One of my early favorite watches of 2016 is the Minuteman Jester watch will be limited to as little as 50. Those who preorder will be the lucky few that will own a timepiece only worn buy a few people. The Minuteman / JΞSTΞR is a collaboration between American Made watch company Minuteman watches that donates a portion of sales to assists veterans and their families and JΞSTΞR a well known Hactivist who in March of 2015 was listed in Time Magazines list of “The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.” The collaboration created a beautiful timepiece will an interesting backstory.

Proudly assembled in the USA by Minuteman Watch Co.
Individually serial numbered
Stainless Steel case with black PVD coating.
Stainless Steel case back.
42mm width without crown.
Screw down crown.
200 meter water resistant.
Comes with one American made Leather watch strap.
Sapphire crystal.
ETA 955.112 Swiss made movement.
Luminous hands and dial.

The Minuteman / JΞSTΞR is available for preorder now at $399 using the case as the proposed Minuteman watch with Swiss auto movement. The Jester watch will use the same high quality Swiss ETA 955.112 quartz movements that our current Minuteman MM0 series models use. 25% of the net profit from each Minuteman / JΞSTΞR ✪ Watch sold will in 2016 will go to Fisher House https://www.fisherhouse.org/

Preorder the Minuteman / JΞSTΞR watch 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



DuFa originates from 1920 in Leipzig, Germany and was registered by the famed Etzold & Popitz watch and clock factory that produced its best work before WW2. The company produces classic, timeless German designed timepieces around the Bauhaus design. I had a chance to check out the Gotha GMT watch by Deutsche Uhrenfabrik and here are my thoughts.







The Gotha GMT features dual time, sub-seconds dial at 2.5, applied bar markers, and a cushion case. The watches comes in 5 configuration with which I chose the Gold case. Other features include a Swiss Quartz 2 Hands Multifunction(Small Second, Date and GMT), 40mm case, 11mm thickness, Gold Ionic Plating, and genuine leather strap.


COLLECTION: Gotha GMT
MODEL: DF-9005-03
MOVEMENT: Swiss Parts Quartz 2 Hands Multifunction (Small Second, Date and GMT)
CASE: 316L Stainless Steel
CASE DIAMETER (mm): 40
CASE THICKNESS (mm): 11
CASE SHAPE: Round
CASE COLOUR: Ionic Plating – Gold
DIAL COLOUR: White
BAND: Genuine Leather Strap
BAND COLOUR: Black
BUCKLE: Strap Buckle
BAND WIDTH (mm): 20/18
WATER RESISTANCE: 3ATM
WATCH WEIGHT (g): 65
WARRANTY: 2 Years International


The Gotha GMT by DuFa is a classic dress watch with GMT function. The German Made watch excludes class and elegance. I like the modern size case and the Bauhaus design of the Deutsche Uhrenfabrik watches.

9.5 Out of 10

The DuFa Gotha GMT is reasonably price at €320.00 and can be purchase today HERE

Disclosure: Manufacture supplied review sample



Elliot Havok successfully funded the Havok Watch on Kickstarter and now the watch is available directly to the consumer for around $95. Everyone needs an everyday watch that they can tell the time and are on time for appointments and meetings. The Elliot Havok Oxford Havok Watch is a blend of style and functionality.

Case Diameter: 39 mm Case
Thickness: 7.5mm
Face Diameter: 35 mm
Band Material: Genuine Leather Band
Band Max/Min Length: 20.5cm/15.5cm
Band Width: 20 mm
Total Weight: 37g
Case Material: Carbon Steel Alloy
Back Plating: Stainless Steel
Clasp: Standard Buckle Clasp
Clasp Material: Stainless Steel
Dial Window Material: Crystal Mineral Glass
Display: Analog
Movement: Japanese Hattori (Seiko) VX32 Quartz
Date Function: Yes
Seconds Function: Yes
Water Resistant: 3 ATM / 30 Meters









The Elliot Havok Oxford Havok Watch features a beautiful silver dial, black strap with Woven Glen Plaid Trim on the back, Japanese movement, mineral glass and 3ATM water resistance. The unisex watch can be worn by both men or women and is the perfect 39mm size for both. The watch strap features reinforced holes and a plaid back that peaks out in the front. The Japanese Hattori (Seiko) VX32 Quartz is reliable so you never late for a meeting or appointment. The date function is useful when you fill out a form. The overall style is perfect for the classic gentlemen and can be worn as a daily watch.


Elliot Havok continues to offer great products at a fraction of other companies. They use crowdfunding to fund their new projects and sell at lower cost than the competitors. The Elliot Havok Oxford Havok Watch is a fun watch that will go perfect with your wardrobe.

9 Out of 10

Buy it now HERE

Disclosure: Review unit


Vierra Watches was created to bridge the gap between durable and stylish watches. Vierra watches is confident in their high quality materials used that the company offers a lifetime replacement warranty. Most companies offer a 1-2 year warranty when the watch starts to break down. With the Vierra watch you do not have to worry about the watch breaking down as the watch is backed forever as long as you own the watch.


The Vierra Watch heading to Kickstarter soon will feature 42mm surgical grade stainless steel case, Sapphire Crystal display, 100M water resistant, and Custom Miyota Japanese quartz movement. The watch will have options for leather strap, metal bracelet, and rubber straps.

We at Watch & Worn have reviewed Vierra’s first release posted HERE so I can comfortable say that this company will deliver a fantastic watch.


The company designed the watch with a sleek, minimalist design that is perfect for the boardroom or at the beach. The Vierra watch was produced for the active lifestyle with a motto of “do what excites you”.


Vierra watches will be launching on Kickstarter in late 2015.


Watches available for over 50% off retail
Normal price is $125, available for $59 during campaign
Be the first to know when we launch by signing up at www.vierrawatches.com


Tangramatic is hard at work with it’s second model, the Nereid. The Neried watch is a leisure oriented watch for the beach, road trips, cruise ships, yachting, and everywhere else you vacation at. The company took inspiration from cruise ships take port in Circular Quay and visited places like Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, and Eden. This allowed them to create the ultimate marine watch.

Specifications

42mm case diameter
~ 11mm height
20mm lug width
flat sapphire crystal
anti-reflective coating under the crystal
Miyota 8245 / 8247 automatic movements, 21600 bph non-hacking
316L stainless steel
5ATM water resistance
12 month warranty


The company will released two version that include the Nereid Pacific, a marine watch has a sub-dial either at 6 or 12 o’clock without a date. And next the Nereid Argo, a Bauhaus style more with less watch that is modest and elegant.

via Tangramatic


Manchester Watch Works next watch series is now on Kickstarter. The Westminster and Vergennes Watches were inspired by the classic pocket watches of the past. The watches will feature either a black or white dial with minimal branding. The dial will feature highly legible, simple, and with beautiful aesthetics.

Summary

– Solid “Sized-For-All-Wrists” 40mm 316L polished stainless steel case, 11mm thick with a 20mm lug width (standard spring bars used)

– Robust and reliable automatic Citizen Miyota 8245 automatic movement with handwinding, 42+ hour power reserve and 21,600 VPH

– 100m water resistance with screwed down EZ grip engraved crown and case back

– Genuine premium leather straps with engraved steel buckles

– Vintage domed sapphire crystal

– Swiss superluminova C1 lumed hour markers

– Westminster has silver hour and minute hands with Swiss BGW9 lume

– Vergennes has blue hour and minute hands with Swiss BGW9 lume

The pledges for a watch will start at $169 and you can find more info at Kickstarter project HERE



This is my first Magrette and I am very excited to review the brand that I heard a lot about from the watch community. I have networked with many new watch startups and Magrette is the gold standard for running a business. They offer great value, amazing quality timepieces and superb customer service to all it’s customers. Magrette is well known for it’s legendary professional diver series Moan Pacific Professional and now branching out to some unique and innovative. The Leoncino aka Little Lion was inspired by 1960’s. This was a time you can find inspiration in design from cars, motorcycles, films and architecture. Magrette founder Dion McAsey wanted to explore new designs and the squarish case design offers something different from the other models in Magrette’s catalog.

Model: LEONCINO
Movement: 9015 Miyota with hacking seconds
Case diameter: 42mm excluding the crown
Case finish: 316L Stainless Steel (polished top and brushed sides with bead blasted back)
Crown: Screw down crown.
Crystal: Sapphire (double domed), AR coating.
Dial and hands: old radium color Super Luminova
CASE BACK: See-through (sapphire) case back , DLC with anti finger-print coating
Water-resistance: 200m/20ATM Water resistance
Strap: Leather tan strap with white stitching, remborde edge, lorica linning
LIMITED EDITION: 667
Price: $625.00 plus $30.00 USD shipping worldwide.
Movement: Miyota 9015






Magrette includes its new signature case with the Leoncino watch. The signature case securely stores your watch in a leather style zipper case that is perfect for travel. The case has room to fit an extra strap and a spring tool. The removable leather envelope pouch can be used for your checkbook, cash or documentation for the watch.








The Magrette Leoncino features a 42mm cushion style case, Miyota 9015 movement, Sapphire double domes and AR coated crystal, 200m water resistance and premium leather tan strap with white stitching. The cushion style case gives it a unique look with a polished metal face and brushed steel sides. The buckle also features the high polished finish with the side profile featuring brushed steel. The mirror finish of the Leoncino gives it a great look from all angles. The white dial is beautiful with rose gold hands/blue seconds and chapter ring with Magrette etch into it. The dial and hands are lumed with old radium color Super Luminova and makes reading the dial at night a breeze. The back features a PVD caseback with the display window.



Magrette has switch to the new Citizen Miyota 9015 to power it’s watches and this is a solid movement that falls between the ETA 2824 and 2892. The 42mm case is the perfect size for me as 45mm is too big and 40mm is too small. The leather strap by Magrette feels of premium leather and one I would buy separately as it’s that good. The 200M water resistance provides ample ability to use this to the pool, water sports or any other water related activity. I personally prefer no date as it’s too much hassle setting the correct date over and over again on an automatic watch. The Little Lion is a watch that makes an impression each time you wear it.




Leoncino is a limited edition piece that only 667 will be produced and will be highly sought after by collectors. The watch looks great dressed up or in casual attire as well. The $625USD price tag is more than reasonable for a watch that feels like it cost several thousand dollars. Magrette has delivered a watch with retro appeal with unique case and solid movement for a reasonable price. The Magrette Leoncino is my current favorite of all the watches I have reviewed.

9.8 Out of 10

Buy it now HERE

Disclosure: review unit