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.


Boldr Watches is back with a new meca-quartz timepiece that can follow your journey through life. The new watch is from the same team that successfully launched the TRAVISLEON Heirloom mechanical timepiece.


The BOLDR Journey is a vintage, aviator-inspired watch with a mecha-quartz movement inside. The mecha-quartz movement gives you the smooth sqeeping hand of a mechanical watch with the precision of a battery powered quartz.





The BOLDR watch will feature a limited-edition art piece on the caseback that will be created by Malaysian tatoo artist Kevin Tan. The microbrand watch company under the new banner BOLDR Supply Company, the team behind the TRAVISLEON Heirloom and BOLDR Voyage created the BOLDR Journey as a timepiece that represents their trials and tribulations in setting up a microbrand watch company.


BOLDR Jorney blends the old and new into a timepiece that will have watch enthusiast impressed. The BOLDR Journey Chronograph starts at an early bird price of $162 USD with a September 2016 delivery.


Preorder the BOLDR Journey on Kickstarter now HERE


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

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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


Minuteman Co. is looking for input on a name for it’s upcoming Swiss Automatic Watch. The company is currently taking a poll on Watchfreeks with the winning poll leader the likely choice. The selection of names includes Minuteman Eagle, Minuteman Field Auto, Minuteman Independence, and Minuteman Commander. Take one minute of your time and vote on your favorite name on Watchfreeks HERE



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


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


http://vanspeyk-watches.com/
I am always on the lookout for an affordable diver that offers a lot for the money. Van Speyk, a brand that I first learn about from Watchuseek in 2012 has a new diver being released to the market.


Before we get started with the new diver watch, let look at a little history of the brand. Van Speyk watches is named after Jan Carel Josephus van Speyk, a Dutch national hero.

In the Golden Age the current Kingdom of the Netherlands occupied a global perch in terms of Trade, Science, Art and Military Power (especially at sea). This period of time formed an important part of the foundation of the wealth, both economically and culturally, that we in present time Netherlands find ourselves in.

Economic decline and turbulent years is what The Netherlands in the 18th century had to endure. Amidst this social rumble Jan Carel Josephus van Speyk was born in Amsterdam on the 31st of January, 1802. Although educated as a tailor, Van Speyk was fascinated by the adventures that go with the life of a sailor. He followed his heart and in the years that followed, he became a marine lieutenant and conducted many naval trading- and combat missions across the globe and even acquired the “ridderkruis der vierde klasse van de Militaire Willems-Orde”; the Dutch equivalent of the Medal of Honor.

On the 5th of February 1831, Van Speyk (29) became a Dutch national hero when he headed for the Antwerp harbor in Belgium to examine shiploads. A year prior, the Belgium Revolution led to the dissolution of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and the proclamation of an independent Belgium. Upon arrival in Antwerp, a furious party of Antwerp workmen boarded Van Speyk’s gunboat “No.2”. Van Speyk then spoke the legendary phrase: “…and going down in history as an infamous Dutchman? I rather blow this ship and myself to smithereens, than surrender”. By throwing a lit cigar into a barrel of gunpowder in the ships armory, the ship exploded. Van Speyk did not survive his act. Because of his reluctance to comply and as a result of his display of devotion to his flag, he is considered an important hero in the history of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. He inspirited the Dutch civilians.

Today, more than two centuries hereafter, we follow our hearts in the spirit of Jan Carel van Speyk by manufacturing these splendid Van Speyk watches. Van Speyk precisely unifies the feeling of a majestic Dutch history and our national pride. A watch brand with an international allure, as well as an undeniable Dutch identity.


Now that we learned a little history of the brand, let look at the specs of the new Van Speyk Dutch Diver. The Dutch Diver features a reliable Miyota 8215 automatic movement along with a 42mm Sandwich dial case made of stainless steel. The dive watch also features a sapphire crystal, unidirectional bezel, 200M water resistance and a screw down crown. The watch features SuperLuminova on the hands and hour markers. The bracelet is stainless steel with brushed and polished links to offer a sophisticated classic look.


Tech Specs from Van Speyk

Made in the Netherlands (Dutch Made)
Miyota 8215 automatic movement
316L Stainless steel bracelet (logo engraved); 22mm
316L Stainless steel case (logo engraved on backside); 42mm by 13mm thick
Sapphire glass
Water resistance: 200 meter
Screw down crown
Uni-directional bezel
SuperLuminova
Double layer dial
Available in: black, brown, grey, white and blue (dial color)
2 year warranty
Wooden watch box & certificate
Price: 329,00 euro incl. VAT = 272,00 euro excl. VAT (incl. worldwide insured shipping).



The Van Speyk Dutch Diver will be shipping this month with a price tag of around $300 (excl. VAT, incl. shipping). The Dutch Made watch has already received a fair amount of press from the watch community and it is almost all positive. Those that want to preorder the Dutch Diver can contact the company through the official site HERE.

http://vanspeyk-watches.com/

via WristwatchReview


The Tangramatic 39a was a successfully funded watch on Kickstarter that had all the forum a buzz. The watch brand was founded by Frances del Mundo also known as Bombfish on WUS. The Sydney, Australia based company has had great success with their Kickstarter campaign and the watch can now be purchased directly to the consumer.


Miyota cal.9015 (automatic & hand-wind),
Sapphire crystal single-domed watch glass,
Anti-reflective coating (underside only),
Art deco-style 316L stainless steel case,
Water resistance of 100m / 10ATM / 330ft,
C1 Superluminova on hour markers, black Luminova on hands,
Date window at 6 o’clock,
Engraved, solid, screw-down case back,
Push-pull crown







The Tangramatic 39a comes in three dial types, the white Bauhaus reviewed here, the blue Nautilus, and brown California dial. Each of the watches have their own personality and stand out from the usual stuff you find on Kickstarter. The watch is a great size for almost any man with a 39mm case diameter without crown, 20mm lug width, 45mm lug to lug, and 12mm high at the peak of the crystal. I found the white dial Bauhaus great as a formal wear item while the other two dials to be more casual in style. The company also has an amazing black Penta pilot watch to round out the collection.



The Tangramatic 39a is powered by the Micro-Brand favorite movement, the Miyota cal.9015. The Miyota 9015 movement is better than the workhorse ETA 2824 and is comparable to the ETA 2892. Some have mention the rotor noise on the 9015 movements, but I have not noticed this at all with the Tangramatic that I’m reviewing. Tangramatic gives you many choices of straps from Nato straps, Genuine leather strap and steel mesh bracelet. You can buy the straps directly from Tangramatic for $15-$20. Tangramatic has you covered for changing the look of the watch with a great selection of strap choices.


The Tangramatic is one cool retro watch with modern appeal. I compare the Tangramatic 39a very favorably to one of my favorite dress watches, the Tissot Le Locle. The beautiful dial, automatic movement, and fresh and unique design gives it a permanent place in my watch rotation. The Tangramatic can be dress up or down with your wardrobe selections and would look good with a polo shirt, blazer or suit. The Tangramatic gives you a luxury feel without breaking the bank at less than $500. I can’t wait to see what Mr. del Mundo has in store for us next with Tangramatic as the first watch hit a home run.

95 out of 100

Buy it now HERE

Disclosure: Review sample