The Second Hour Mandala got a lot of attention upon release. Here was a watch with a face like nothing we had ever really seen, and on photos at least, looked like an absolute home run. As it turns out, it both was and is since if you want one now, you’ll simply have to wait. Most of the colour combinations proved so popular for this small Melbourne, Australia brand that day jobs were put on hold and future plans were made.
How did the team cope with a small crisis and what's the finished product like? Read my full review here.
I'm finally back with a new watch for 2021!
Today I have a new watch from MWC, the Collins Auto Classic. Once again I may be in the unique position of being the only Melburnian to review the watch, which means I’m well aware of Collins Street in Melbourne. That said, the surname Collins is one of those historical names that seems to show up absolutely everywhere in Australia, much like Bourke. I won’t go into the history of the name and how it relates to English explorers, let’s just concentrate on the Melbourne financial district which is a rather pleasant area of Melbourne.
Read the full review here
Tudor is an interesting brand. It was often in the shadow of its big sister. This changed with the launch of the Black Bay line in 2012. All of a sudden, the little sister stepped out from the shadows and took the limelight.
The Black Bay 41 flies under the radar. It's sporty and elegant, intricate and plain. Should you consider it over a Rolex Explorer or even the standard Black Bay line?
Read review here
Is this the perfect first Rolex? I'd argue that if you are looking at buying a Rolex, this is one of the most beautiful and understated models you can actually obtain...that is, not waiting forever, trawling the second hand market etc.
If you're looking at purchasing one or even a little 'Roller-curious'?
Read my article here
It's Mel-burn. Not Melbooorne. Probably the first thing you are told when visiting, so doesn't hurt to re-iterate in a review of a watch with its origin right here in Melbourne, Australia. We're not exactly spoilt with local watch brands, so it'd be nice to have a few good ones around. So do we?
Read review here.
Actually, that is, 'well dressed samurai' time! My leather band arrived and I've now had plenty of time to form an opinion on the lovely Seiko SARX045. It's a beauty and despite being a JDM model only, I really think you should pull the trigger.
Read full review here.
So, my Seiko SARX045 finally arrived and I'm starting to think about my review of this lovely time piece. One thing that I'm really struck by is why this is not called the Tuxedo Samurai? There are so many dramatic angles that it does remind me of my actual Samurai.
This was my first dealings with Gnomon Watches, how did that go?
Classy Swiss luxury watch made of titanium and metal, with fancy skeleton dial and priced at a gazillion dollars? Heard it all before and not interested? Me too, but I got to handle this lovely Hublot Classic Fusion and came away impressed.
Read my full article here.
This is like nothing else that I own. It’s a rather angular case and it definitely does not hug your wrist. Is this form over function? Perhaps a little bit. But it still looks as good on your wrist as off it, so what’s wrong with a watch that breaks the norm here without getting silly. I love wearing this watch and it's extremely photogenic! Read my owner's review here.
Is that blue dial as amazing as everyone says it is? It's a Seiko so we know it'll last and it will be well made. I do like cocktails so there’s another nickname I can get behind.
However, is it too fancy? Can/should it be worn even when not wearing a suit?
Read my owners' review here.
Well known fact, buying vintage watches is like buying vintage car. They'll spend more time being repaired than their intended purpose. But, they certainly have the looks department sorted! Here's an assorted collection of some relative's vintage watches for your enjoyment. Read article here.
Like Mad Men the tv show? Yep, me too. All the many old machines, type writers, cars and of course watches.
Whilst this watch was heavily inspired by the 40's style of watches, it still reminds me of Mad Men. What is it like to live with? Is it annoying to have to hand wind the watch before you leave the house? Is it too small for a 19cm wrist? Read full article here.
I review watches that I own, there are no paid reviews here. I want to give you an honest view of what it's like to live with these watches.More about me.