Cheap Bastard: The Undone Urban 34 Killy Black Rose is a $300 tangerine dream

Unlike my erudite and learned colleagues on this website, those who have read this column in the past will know my horological lusts aren’t governed by the usual parameters.  Which is my way of saying that a bargain is where I’m at. To paraphrase the great Billy Connolly: “My dad was so tight he’d wake up in the middle of the night to see if he’d lost any sleep.” Me and the Big Yin’s father would have got on famously…. Read More

INTRODUCING: The Farer Lander IV GMT puts a British twist on a classic watch

Every time I encounter a new Farer, I’m looking forward to a double delight. This brand specialises in juxtaposing a very British sense of elegance with an unreserved flourish of colour. The closest thing I can equate the Farer Lander IV GMT to is the Savile Row tailoring of Oswald Boateng, whose immaculate silhouettes are enlivened with a bold dash of colour. The Farer Lander is a well known model in their range of mechanical timepieces, and the Lander IV… Read More

EDITOR’S PICK: Is the shockingly light G-Shock GMW-B5000TCM in titanium worth the price premium?

EDITOR’S PICK: The G-Shock remains an enduring favourite for combining a super-tough build with a very accessible price point. But with the brand now launching watches in new materials those prices are starting to creep up. So does the G-Shock GMW-B5000TCM still provide bang for its buck? Zach looks back at his first month with the watch on his wrist. In what could be seen as an appeal to Swiss watch collectors – or perhaps just those who prefer lighter… Read More

6 watches that tell the history of Longines dive watches in the ’60s and ’70s

Longines is one of the more successful and storied Swiss watch manufacturers over its lengthy history, which dates all the way back to 1832. But when most of us think of vintage Longines, we think of beautifully proportioned dress watches from the 1950s and their critical contribution to pilots watches from the early ’30s. In short, we sometimes overlook the important history of Longines dive watches. In fact, several horological underwater firsts are attributed to the Saint-Imier based brand, including… Read More

OWNER’S REVIEW: a month in with the Kurono Anniversary 朱鷺:Toki

At this stage in my collection I look for variety. Truth be told, I have already ticked a lot boxes: a stainless-steel professional Rolex, a high-horology watch with exquisite hand-finishing, divers, GMTs, chronographs etc, so it is hard for me to justify buying more and more of the same. One example: I love the new SLGH005 White Birch from Grand Seiko, but as an owner of the SBGA211 Snowflake, the disciplined collector in me feels that it may not be… Read More

On-the-wrist reviews of the latest and greatest timepieces.