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GallioTempo Trident – KickStarter Update

If at first you don’t succeed…   An old adage for sure but one that was taken to heart by GallioTempo with their unfortunately unsuccessful KickStarter campaign earlier this year (new campaign is now live!)

Not to be beaten they sat back took stock and pushed forward with a new revitalised campaign,  learning from past mistakes, (an overly ambitious funding goal, too many different backer rewards and a lack of clarity in the pitch) the team has sharpened up and relaunched to a resounding success (fully funded in 24 hours).

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GallioTempo Trident – Preview

Hardly a week can go by without another new micro-brand watchmaker popping to the surface,  not that I am complaining I think it does bring some vibrancy to the industry and I think it is a great opportunity to challenge some of the larger watchmakers, the GallioTempo Trident is the latest of these new micro-brands.

Hailing from Italy and keen to promote the local craftsmanship of their young dynamic team, the watch is designed and assembled in Turin, however the name GallioTempo comes from a small town close to Vicenza,  Gallio.  Home to the founders grandfather who used to show off his collection of pocket watches which had been passed down the family line,  the inspiration to design and build watches was born and GallioTempo was started.

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Humism Kinetic Art Collection – Preview

The Humism Kinetic Art collection, is the inaugural art movement based watch range from independent Singapore watch design studio, Humism.  Funding production via Kickstarter, they are taking a different spin on the traditional crowdfunded watch, in more ways than one, the trifecta of this watch design is Art, Quality & Charity.

With lofty goals and a commitment that stretches beyond design, delivery and profit but into the lives of those less fortunate than your typical watch crowd.  Let us dive into the detail and see if a watch can challenge not only how we view time and art but how we may use art to change lives.

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Hamtun H1 – Kickstarter Preview UK Designed Watch

The Hamtun H1, is the first watch from a brand new UK company Hamtun Watches who are based out of Southampton.  As is fashionable nowadays (and financially prudent) they are crowdfunding the H1 production via Kickstarter. They aim to rise above the sea of Kickstarter watch campaigns that fill the site, and in their own words “build something that was both truly affordable and high quality”

As aways the devil will be in the detail so let us delve deeper and look at what they consider high quality in a watch and how that high quality translates into affordability.

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Rotary Les Originales Tradition Review

Announced at Basel World this year, the Tradition family of watches is the Rotary Les Originales new signature collection.  Taking design clues from their rich history and looking back at pieces from their heritage, the Les Originales Tradition range is an attempt to marry that history with a modern contemporary feel.

Presented in stainless steel, gold and rose gold, each is powered by an automatic Sellita movement, with double domed sapphire glass, a display case back and a sleek hidden crown. Earlier this week I had the opportunity to test drive the stainless steel variation (GS90161/32) to see if what Rotary had been aiming for had been achieved.

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Vostok Komandirskie Review

This is the first watch review I have written, so if it is slightly hamfisted you shall have to forgive me.  Having amassed a reasonable collection of watches, I thought it best to start reviewing some of them, both to help me look objectively at my collection and to help others should they consider purchasing any similar watches.

The subject of my first review will be a Russian made Vostok Komandirskie Model 811055. This watch was purchased new at the end of March 2015 from eBay and shipped direct from Russia to the UK.  The seller on eBay was MoscowTimeSeller and the watch took two weeks to arrive (typical delivery time).

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Restoring And Repairing Affordable Watches

Affordable watches that require work especially ones that may not have a particularly high resale value can present a problem, you may find yourself in the situation of not being sure if your cash is better spent on a new watch. I have been in this situation recently with three watches, one was an Rotary quartz watch given to me in 1998, another was the best bargain eBay find I have had so far – a Citizen quartz watch for £1.20 – and the third was a pocket watch my father asked me to enquire about.

All of these watches required work of varying degrees (some found to be far worse than previously thought) and all presented different associated costs and decisions about the value of any repairs. I thought I would write a short blog post about these decisions and the reasons behind my choices and why cost is not always the primary deciding factor.

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Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition

To celebrate 175 years since Patek Philippe was founded, it is hosting a one-off event at the Saatchi Gallery in London, The Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition. The event only runs for twelve days (May 27th to June 7th) and is something that is unlikely to be repeated.  The exhibition takes visitors through a well crafted and presented journey from company formation to its current crowning achievements in the form of its anniversary timepieces.

I had the opportunity to visit the exhibition last Sunday, dodging the rain and the crowds on the Kings Road my partner and I ducked into the Saatchi Gallery and we were warmly greeted by the Patek Philippe representatives.  We handed in our coats and bags, were given free headphones made for the event to use with guide app and stepped through into the immaculately presented exhibition.

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So You Want To Buy A Watch?

Choosing a watch can be mind-boggling. They all have their unique selling points and if you aren’t sure what they do in the first place, no amount of labelling will help you. What can be done about this? Where do we start?

How about my ultimate rule for starting your watch collection…

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