Last week’s sudden heat wave had me walking around with my sleeves rolled up for the first time in months. As such, I’ve been able to show off a few pieces that have been hidden under cuffs for far too long. Unfortunately, what I’ve really been craving to wear is a watch that we reviewed and gave away some time ago, the Orient Bambino.
Our recent run-in with the green-dialed brass-cased Maranez Layan gave me an itch for all things bronze. Little did I know that I would be so susceptible to the warm and rugged charm of that soft yellow metal. What I found so appealing about it was that it brought color into the watch without being loud or adding anything precious.
We were super excited about the Anstead Oceanis kickstarter that happened a few months ago. We thought; finally, someone is using kickstarter to fund a watch that isn’t a piece of tech, but rather a well-designed and affordable watch with styling we can get behind. The Oceanis is a bit vintage, a bit tactical and all around masculine and rugged.
Minimal and structural are the two first words that pop into my mind when I see the Issey Miyake To watch. It’s so simple that it’s daring and so subtle that it’s bold. Designed by Tokujin Yoshioka and built by Seiko for the venerable Issey Miyake brand, the To is just not like any other watch out there.
The Hamilton Intra-Matic is a throw back to another era of watch making. This clearly mid-century style piece has the charm of a vintage watch, with the components and reliability of a modern mechanical. The look is utterly simple with a no-frills case, a domed silver dial, black hour marker, black minute and hour hands, no seconds and a date window at 6.