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



Virata Watches will debut it’s first line this summer with a preorder starting May 1st ,2016. The new line was created by Engineer Patrick Wacks from Canton, Ohio who was inspired by race cars. The watches feature an innovative edgy design that you normally won’t see from other MicroBrand watch companies.

The Virata watches VRT Series will come in six different configurations that include different dials and case finishes. The watches share features such as 44mm case, 22mm lugs, leather strap, Miyota 9015 automatic movement, Sapphire Crystal, and 100m water resistance.



VRT 1.1

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Bead Blast Case
Black Dial, White Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $645 Preorder price $545



VRT1.2

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Bead Blast Case
Silver Dial, Black Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $645 Preorder price $545



VRT1.3

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Bead Blast, Black PVD Case
Black Dial, Yellow Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $695 Preorder price $595



VRT1.4

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Bead Blast, Black PVD Case
Black Dial, Orange Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $695 Preorder price $595



VRT1.5

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Bead Blast, Black PVD Case
Black Dial, Grey Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $695 Preoder price $595



VRT1.6

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Mirror-polished Case
Silver Dial, Black Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $709 Preorder price $609

Check out the official site HERE
and Facebook page HERE

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Founder Samuel Tay based out of Singapore launch a new Micro Brand Reverie and first model called the Sea-Spirit. The company skipped the crowdfunding route and is selling the watch directly to consumers in a limited 125 piece Edition. The two models you can choose have either a black dial or blue dial watch. The nautical inspired timepiece sells for $420 and comes with a 1 year international repair warranty.





The Sea-Spirit is presented in a nice leather gift box and the watch includes an extra black sailcloth inspired watch strap. The Sea-Spirit comes with a brown leather strap with butterfly clasp. Both straps include convenient strap-change (CSC) design function for effortless changing of straps. I am a big fan of quick changing straps as the spring bar tools tends to damage the watch case and strap. The convenient strap-change makes it easy to swap straps in seconds for a new look.



The watch features a unique Guilloché dial inspired by sea waves. The Guilloché dial transforms under different lighting conditions. As the dial hits the light it’s almost looks like the dial is moving in a wave-like matter. The squarish cushion case measures 41mm diameter with 47mm lug to lug. I found the watch to be a perfect size for my 7 inch wrist. The polished and brushed case is full of nice angles that show off the polished and brushed metals.



The white numerals is highly readable with a small seconds hand offset to the 5. You will find a date window at 3 o’clock with thick hours and minutes hands that are lumed. The Sea-Spirit also features Sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating, Automatic Miyota 8218 movement, and 10 ATM water resistance.


The Reverie Sea-Spirit was one of my favorite watches released in 2015. The limited edition timepiece is a must have for any watch collector. The unique sea wave dial alone makes this different from any Micro Brand I have reviewed. At $420 you are getting a great value for watch that only a few will have a pleasure to own.

Positives
Sea Wave dial
Rich blue dial
Watch that looks good in all angles
Perfect everyday watch for casual and formal wear

Negatives
Would prefer 9015 over Miyota 8218


Buy this limited edition blue sea wave dial 125 piece watch 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


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


Here we preview a new unique designed watch from Don Kylne & Co watches. The company has produced some prototypes and plan to launch on Indiegogo(We will post a link once it goes live) in the near future. Don Kylne watch was started by a bunch of guys that ran their own businesses away from their hometowns for a large part of their lives. The principles the company follows are life, modern, classic designs and the best quality.


Drawing from life, life is not fair or square and neither is it a smooth circle. The cushion case represents the ups and downs of life. The second hand is placed in a corner, symbolising how time passes us by, unconsciously slipping out of our grasp. The company inject a modern touch into a well loved classic template. The Don Kylne &Co. Watch was made with quality in mind with quality materials that last for generations.



The Don Kylne &Co. features a 40.5mm case, Domed Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal, Automatic Miyota 82xx series movement, 50m water resistance, 22mm Leather Strap and Genuine Leather Custom Selected Strap with Butterfly Deployant Clasp. The watch will also feature Custom Designed Flower Motiff Engraving for customers that choose this option.

Rêveurs Comme Nous collection is only engraved in our first collection. The phrase means dreamers like us. Once this project is successfully funded, it would mean you would have helped make our dreams into reality. Therefore this phrase will only be engraved for this first collection and never repeated. Thus, making this first collection more valuable in future.


The pricing will be around $300USD early bird on Indiegogo with a retail price of $450USD. Each watch to be individually numbered from 001-500.


Check out Don Kylne &Co. website HERE and follow them on Facebook HERE


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


Everwood Watch Co. is launching it’s first line of wood watches on Kickstarter. The watches come in three color choices: Maple, Red Sandalwood, and Black Sandalwood. The Kylemore uses the highest quality of sourced wood and the grain of wood makes each timepiece a one-of-a-kind. The Everwood Kylemore uses a special treatment that protects the wood from water and sweat. The watch can be submerged to 30 meters (approximately 100 ft.) under water. Each timepiece is backed by a 24 month warranty. Watches start as low as $89.

Specs
Bezel Material: Natural Wood (Watches may have a slight variation in color due to natural wood)
Case Material: Natural Wood (Watches may have a slight variation in color due to natural wood)
Case Diameter: 45mm wide by 10mm thick (this makes it a great size and gives a sleek, low profile on your wrist)
Face Material: Hardened Mineral Glass (Very durable and high quality to help protect against scratches and breaking)
Band Material: Natural Wood (Watches may have a slight variation in color due to natural wood)
Band Width: 24mm wide
Band Length: 210mm (with 6 adjustable push pin links to help fit any size wrist)
Movement: Japanese Miyota Quartz 3 hand with date (a great movement trusted and featured in many top brand watches)
Display: Analog with Date Function
Water Resistant: 30 meters (Not water proof), not recommended to spend a prolonged amount of time in the water

Check out the 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




Ferro Watches is now on it’s second watch release on Kickstarter. After successfully funded the one handed watch, Ferro returns with the Airborne Titanium Watches. The Mecha-Quartz version will be Chronograph with sub-dials while the automatic will not. The new watch was inspired by vintage airplanes. The design of the watch combines a vintage look and feel with a bold design. The 44 mm watch case gives the watch a modern masculine feel. The Ferro Airborne Titanium Pilot will feature Genuine leather straps with stainless steel embossed logo on the buckle. A stretch goal when funded $85,000 includes a free zulu strap.


Ferro will use two movements for the release, a Japan Made Seiko VK64 hybrid mechanism and Automatic Japan Miyota 8215 21 Jewel. The watch case will be either Titanium or Copper case. The watch dials colors of your choosing can be black, gray, green and white.



Specs (Hybrid Mechanical Quartz Movement)
Case: 44mm diameter with 22 mm lugs
Case height: 11.1 mm
Crystal: Sapphire (durable and scratch resistant)
Strap: 22 mm / genuine leather
Material: Titanium Case and buckle OR Copper Case and Buckle
Movements: Japan Made Seiko VK64 hybrid mechanism
Water Resistance: 100 meter (10 BAR)
Engraved logo on crown, buckle and back case


Automatic Japan Miyota 8215
Case: 44mm diameter with 22 mm lugs + See through glass back
Case height: 12 mm
Crystal: Sapphire (durable and scratch resistant)
Strap: 22 mm / genuine leather
Material: Titanium Case and buckle OR Copper Case and Buckle
Movements: Automatic Japan Miyota 8215 21 Jewel
Water Resistance: 100 meter (10 BAR)
Engraved logo on crown, buckle and back case

Check out the Kickstarter project HERE