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Introducing Kurono Tokyo Mystic Grey by Hajime Asaoko

Introducing Kurono Tokyo Mystic Grey by Hajime Asaoko

Introducing Kurono Tokyo Mystic Grey by Hajime Asaoko 


If you’re a seasoned watch enthusiast, or a savvy collector of things in general, you know to look in the opposite direction of where everyone else is looking. In this current climate, stainless steel sport watches are what’s in, but if you do take the time to look at the whole picture, and notice the subtle shift, Independents, and the dress watch itself, is making a comeback. With that said, the Hajime Asaoko Kurono Tokyo in Mystic Grey is...


Oris Topper Diver 1965 ‘Maxi’ Limited Edition

Oris Topper Diver 1965 ‘Maxi’ Limited Edition

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The OG Seiko 6105-8000


SUF Helsinki 180 LT Purple LE

SUF Helsinki 180 LT Purple LE

 

Legendary and storied independent watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva recently announced a line of more attainable, simplistic field watches. The SUF Helsinki brand aimed to bring Finnish design philosophy and simplicity to the masses. This all feels deeply Scandy in philosophy and aesthetics. Think of this as the Volvo XC90 of mid-level watches: dependable, modern, attractive, and unpretentious.

I have a theory which I’ve espoused once before while discussing the Kurono Tokyo pieces here. Microbrands are clamoring for attention in every corner of the market. One feels that any random combination of components from Alibaba...


A Bizarre Value Proposition: Urwerk 105 TA

A Bizarre Value Proposition: Urwerk 105 TA

If Bruce Wayne wears a ‘Batman’ GMT-Master II (with Nolan, in fact, he wore a Reverso), the actual Batman suit would include this Urwerk. Urwerk’s engineered approach to watchmaking lends such a unique aesthetic that it almost seems like it belongs on the pages of a comic book. Completely disregarding all common rules of classical watch design, this 105 TA is a standout in every sense of the word. Perhaps MB&F can rank comparably in creativity, but in a much more discreet way. Excluding Max B., Urwerk are in a...