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A brother and sister team has just launched a new Chrono on Kickstarter. The watch is two years in the making a modern chronograph that is functional, aesthetically pleasing and at an accessible price. The pricing starts at $161 USD for the watch and is available now for preorder on Kickstarter.

The Watch features the Seiko VK67 Meca-quartz movement. The chassis is a 40mm 316L stainless steel or rose gold PVD. The watch also has Sapphire Crystal, Silver white or black dial and 20mm Genuine leather with stainless steel clasp and quick release. The watch has 5ATM or 50 meters water resistance and chronograph movement with hour and minute subdials.

Preorder HERE

Minuteman Watch Co. to date has released high quality quartz watches with a portion of sales going to charity. The company has announced it’s first automatic watch for those diehard enthusiasts who prefer automatics over quartz. The new line of watches will be assembled in the United States by highly skilled American watchmakers. Minuteman Watch Co. has been one of my favorite Microbrand watch company as they make high quality watches and give back to veterans.

The Minuteman Darby model will be offered in a choice of black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) as well as brushed stainless steel. Both versions will be constructed of 316L stainless steel.

The Minuteman Darby is named in honor of Brigadier General William O. Darby. General Darby is credited with bringing the Army Rangers back into existence in the United States during World War II. General Darby formed and commanded the1st -3rd – 4th Ranger battalions, and was killed in action near the very end of the war while serving as assistant Commander of the Tenth Mountain Division.

The Minuteman Gray Man The Minuteman Darby model will be offered in a choice of black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) as well as brushed stainless steel. Both versions will be constructed of 316L stainless steel.

The Gray Man name comes from a term used by many regarding Navy SEALs BUD/S training. “There is a saying in BUD/S: ideally you want to become the gray man. In other words, you become invisible, nobody notices you, because you do everything so perfectly that you never stand out.” The dials for this model have a black background and a very light grey printing for the text, numerals, and markers.

The Minuteman RWB The Minuteman Darby model will be offered in a choice of black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) as well as brushed stainless steel. Both versions will be constructed of 316L stainless steel.

The idea behind the RWB, is to offer an eye catching watch with blue sunray dial in a patriotic yet tasteful looking Red, White, and Blue color combo.

Here are the specifications for the above watches:

Proudly assembled in the USA by Minuteman Watch Co.
Stainless Steel case with brushed finish
Double domed sapphire crystal.
Clear type A/R coating on the inside of the crystal.
42mm width without crown.
Screw down crown.
200 meter water resistant.
American made Leather strap.
Miyota 9015 automatic mechanical movement.
Luminous hands and dial.

Check out Minuteman Watch Co. official site HEREHERE


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


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


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



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





http://en.benson-watchwinders.com/
$375 €399/$440 Retail price
Dutch Brand Benson Watch winders released a new high end watch winder line by the name of the Black Series Collection. The models come in black, white and carbon. The watch winder is 24cmx24cmx26cm in size perfect to put on a desk or shelf. The attractive glossy paint finish will fit into any home decor. I was fortunate to review the Benson Black Series 2.16.W in white and here are my thoughts.

Benson black series high gloss white finish.
Wood constructions.
Wind and maintain all brands of automatic watches.
Automatic timed winding cycle prevents over winding.
Quiet winding operation.
Independent individually programmable winding heads.
Winding heads rotate clockwise only, counterclockwise only or bi-directionally.
Adjustable turns per day. 600, 900, 1200, 1500, 1800 and 2100.
Hinged door with push button latch and glass viewing window.
Easy to use touch screen control panel.
White LED interior lighting with on / off function.
Programmed winding cycle repeats automatically.
Speed winding feature.
USB port to charge and device.
Operates on the included AC wall adapter.
Self-adjusting watch holders are suitable for both mens and ladies watches.
Winder dimensions: 10.25″ wide, 9.5″ deep and stands 9.5″ tall. Weight: 12 pounds.
2 year parts and labor warranty through Ohio based H&H Enterprises – WatchWinderPlace.




The Benson Black Series Watch winder that I received can wind up to two automatic watches at one time. Also there is three watch holders on top to put three automatic watches. So you can rotate the automatic watches. The watch winder is made with 12 layers of white paint over wood that creates a glossy finish. The white paint is perfectly coated and gives the watch winder a luxurious feel.






The motors used in this watch winder are reliable Japanese motors compared to cheaper Chinese motors found in other watch winders. Each rotor is individually adjustable in terms of direction of rotation and TPD (turns per day: number of rotations per day). The winder has adjustable turns in six different settings from 600, 900, 1200, 1500, 1800 and 2100. You can choose to set one watch at 600 turns per day and the other watch 2100 turns per day. Winding heads rotate clockwise only, counterclockwise only or bi-directionally. The winder has a nice glass window to view your watches as they turn. The watch winder also has a USB port to charge your electronic devices into such as Smartphone, tablet, camera and more. The watch winder is almost silent and you can barely here the watch winder in a silent room. The company will include an AC Adapter based on your country of location.





Benson Black Series watch winder is the new standard in high quality watch winder for your luxury watches. If spend thousands of dollars on your automatic watches then you would want a high end watch winder to pair with it. Benson Black Series Watch Winders are well made, feature Japanese motors Mabuchi Motors that are silent, perfect glossy paint finish, three watch holders on top and two separate winders on the bottom. I have such a large collection of automatic watches that it is difficult to wear each one so a winder is a must to keep my watches wound and ready to go.

10 Out of 10

Buy it now HERE if you are in the USA

or check out the official site HERE to find your local dealer from the country you reside.

The company is working on distributors in the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong to distribute the Black Series and their other watch winders. In Canada the company watch winders are sold by several jewelers which sell the premium watch brands as Rolex, Patek, Omega, Breitling, and IWC. In three months Benson Watch winders plans to release a new single watch winder in black, white and carbon.

Disclosure: Review unit


Minuteman Watch Co. has announced a new watch that is now available for preorder on Indiegogo. The Independence Watch is inspired by patriotic American heroes both past and present. Minuteman has a large following former and or active duty military. And that made them decide to create an updated version of a classic Hamilton W10 military watch circa 1970’s. The new series is available in a black canvas strap with black dial and natural stainless steel case finish or in a black canvas strap with black dial and military grade black PVD finish.

Watch Specifications

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.
316L Stainless Steel case. Black PVD finish optional.
Individually serial numbered.
Free lifetime battery replacement.
5 year limited warranty.
Luminous hands and markers.


Lum-Tec founder Chris Wiegand through his team at Wiegand Custom Watch LLC will assemble the watch. The Minuteman watch co Independence Watch will be assembled in the United States of America In Mentor Ohio by Chris Wiegand. Lum-Tec has always been a favorite of watch collectors and we can expect the same quality to transfer over to the Independence line of watches.

Minuteman Watch Co. raises funds for great causes such as The Gary Sinise Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and now Fisher House. The company is offer a Independence watch in Stainless steel for $250 or one in PVD for $275. This is great prices for a quality watch that will likely cost more once it is release at retail price.

Check out the Indiegogo watch HERE