Lundis Bleus Ref. 1110 with blue enamel over radially- lined dial

Lundis Bleus: Relatively Affordable Swiss Independent With Eye-Catching Enamel And Engraved Dials

Joshua Munchow likes brands that blur the lines and stir up discussion. One such brand that has been building steam over the last few years is Lundis Bleus, an independent Swiss marque out of La Chaux-de-Fonds producing some really cool timepieces with a mixture of sourced components and in-house production with clear disclosures about both.

Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38

Naughty Or Nice? A Down-To-Earth (Under $5,000) Wish List Including Breitling, Baume & Mercier, Tutima, Nomos Glashütte, and Seiko Presage

Makin’ a list, checking it twice . . . The holiday season is almost upon us, and while “’tis the season to be jolly,” it is often also a time to hustle to find the perfect gifts for loved ones. In case you needed another reason for watch shopping (and Sabine doesn’t) – a watch certainly would help navigate through stores to find everything on time. Here are five wallet-friendly suggestions that might just be the ultimate “tra la la la.”

Swatch Tresor Magique on the wrist

Swatch Tresor Magique: The Watch Harry Potter Would Have Worn

The Swatch Tresor Magique might have a platinum case, but it looks like something Harry Potter would have appreciated wearing while attending classes at Hogwarts. However, there is more that is even notable about this watch, which Martin Green divulges here.

anOrdain Model 1 with blue oven-fired enamel dial

anOrdain Offers Affordable Enamel Dials Made In Scotland Powered By Swiss Mechanical Movements: Results Of Long-Term Test

Affordable enamel dials made in Scotland and powered by Swiss mechanical movements? Elizabeth Doerr investigated anOrdain further to see for herself what this was all about and shares what she learned here.

Habring2 Doppel-Felix on the wrist of Richard Habring

Our Predictions In The Petite Aiguille Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève And Our Panel Is Split Between Two Favorites

What a diverse selection we have in the Petite Aiguille category. Ian Skellern thinks that if you bought all six pre-selected watches you would have an excellent collection of 2018 contemporary watchmaking. This is a very competitive price range, and at this level customers have serious expectations of both quality and delight. We pick our winners here; which one is your favorite?

Tudor Black Bay GMT

Our Predictions In The Challenge Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie De Genève: No Clear Consensus And Quite A Few Surprises

The GPHG Challenge category is for watches retailing under 4,000 Swiss francs (approximately $4,000) and that makes not only for a very competitive category, it’s also an entry for many to the world of fine watchmaking. Check out which watches our panel thought stood out this year.

Viceroy watch winder by Wolf

Taking A Closer Look At The Wolf Viceroy Watch Winder (Spoiler Alert: Key Word Is “Enticing”)

George Cramer was so impressed by a photo of a Wolf watch winder in a magazine that within minutes he was browsing online through the company’s complete collection of winders. He found the large number of watch winders and other watch-related products like cases impressive. So impressive that he asked to review one.

Ikepod chronograph side on

Ikepod: Just Another Mystical Phoenix-Burns-In-Fire-Then-Reborn-Better-Than-Ever Story. Except That This One Is True

Ikepod was born 24 years ago and has since died not once, but twice (well, three times, sort of). It is now coming back for an overdue third coming. Joshua Munchow thinks that the third time’s a charm for this iconic brand from the 1990s.

Gorilla Fastback GT Mirage and Bandit on the wrist

Gorilla Fastback GT Mirage, Bandit, And Drift: Racing Forward

In just two years Gorilla Watches has launched seven relatively affordable models that have steadily increased in coolness and complexity, with only the last three seeing any price increase for reasons Joshua Munchow explains. Here is how he thinks that Gorilla manages to avoiding plateauing in its designs yet continue with the cool.

Qlocktwo W39 Pure Black

Word For Word: Qlocktwo Presents A New Approach To Telling The Time

The very cool thing about Qlocktwo’s timepieces is that they spell out the time every five minutes using a typographic indication with letters: so instead of “7:30,” the time on a Qlocktwo “dial” quite literally reads “it is half past seven.” Sabine Zwettler finds this eminently intriguing!