On the radar
Get your wallets out! Here are some upcoming Watch releases that I’m really excited about!
Who: Alkin Watches
What: Alkin Model One
When: Fall 2017
Why you should buy: Fresh on the scene the Model One looks like it’s set to knock it out of the park. The watch looks like pure class with a healthy dose of functionality, legibility, versatility and timelessness! It’s sensibly sized at 42mm and boasts the trusted NH35A, sapphire front and back, and will be offered in a brushed stainless or black case. Follow them on Facebook and stay tuned for more info!
Who: Hamtun Watches
What: Neon Automatic
When: In the not too distant future follow on Facebook for updates.
Why you should buy: After delivering the fantastic H1 dive watch, Hamtun is back with a follow up that is sure to impress! The Neon will be driven by the Swiss STP 1-11 movement, have 5 colour accents to choose from, double domed sapphire crystal, sapphire display back, and is offered in brushed stainless or PVD black cases. It’s set to tick smoother, glow brighter and steal more wrist time than the rest of your watch collection wants!
What: Big wave and Grey Seal
When: Live right now!
Why you should buy: This watch is a work of art, and being an owner of other products from Balticus not only can I personally attest to the spectacular build quality, but the customer service that comes along with ownership is above and beyond. Stay current with Balticus on Facebook.
Who: Draken Watches
When: Early September
Why you should buy: Tough adventure watches are my absolute favourite! Well it just so happens that this watch was designed for just that purpose. It’s powered by a high beat Miyota 9130 with a power reserve which Draken has taken to the next level by using their logo in the reserve window and having it change colour to indicate power levels. I can’t wait for this one, get in at early bird pricing at around $300USD. Here are the specs
Lug to lug: 51.5mm
Movement: Miyota 9130 with 28,800 hz and power reserve indicator
Water resistance: 100m
Straps: Leather, nylon or sailcloth
Crystal: Sapphire with AR coating
Dial: Lume BGW9 lume (possibly C3 for production).
Who: Navis Watches
What: Aqvantis collection
When: Stay tuned here
Why you should buy: built from tough materials with 300meter water resistance this watch is shaping up to be a seriously capable wrist companion. With 4 variations of the watch to pick from, 2 movements (Swiss SW200 or Japanese NH35A) and 3 straps, you’ll have the perfect combination to suit your personality. Here’s the specs.
Case diameter without a crown: 42mm
Case diameter with a crown: 46mm
Lug to lug: 47mm
Strap width: 22mm
Weight: 112g (depending on the strap)
Water Resistance: 300m/1000ft
Crown: screw down
Buckle: NAVIS premium buckle
What: The Spaceman collection
Where: Follow here for details
Why you should buy: Because this collection is literally out of this world! I’m a sucker for uniqueness, I’m a sucker for individuality, I’m a sucker for a stunning dial. Oh and did I mention I can’t get enough of capable tool watches? Well here’s a watch that’s shaping up to tick all the boxes! Choose between the Swiss ETA 2824-2 or the solid Seiko made NH35A. The design of this watch takes cues from space craft and it’s soul celebrates exploration, adventure, and the human spirit! Way to go Neminus can’t wait to see this one.
Neminus has been kind enough to offer to loan me a prototype to do a hands on review, so stay tuned for that Article in the future. Thank you Neminus!