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Vario Empire Chronograph Review

Vario Empire Chronograph Review

Guilloche is a technique that I really love, it is hard to appreciate without the virtues of a good macro lens but there is something nice about knowing that is there, a good hand made guilloche dial is an art that if is well executed, it would look incredible, great depth, intricate patterns you name it, but it comes at a cost of course. I happen to have a Breguet Marine which has this old century technique and when I am comparing it with the Empire chronograph under macro, it was hard to me to believe the price of the...

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A Finnish Japanese AndoAndoAndo A-1 Automatic Microbrand Watch Review | VARIO

A Finnish Japanese AndoAndoAndo A-1 Automatic Microbrand Watch Review | VARIO

I first got to know Yu Ando, a Japanese reviewer living in Finland, through his reviews of VARIO watches and accessories. As fellow watch enthusiasts, we began to stay in touch regularly. Needless to say, when he let me know he was working on a watch of his own, I was excited and encouraged him to go for it – thrilled to see what he would come up with. My first impression when he revealed his design? Minimalist Scandinavian and uncluttered modern industrial Japanese design. To be concise, I loved it and reach out for it very often when I...

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The Great Find Breguet Marine 5817 | VARIO

The Great Find Breguet Marine 5817 | VARIO

I was in a watch collectors meeting and we were talking about a one watch collection, this topic always comes around and the sole winner is always the Rolex Explorer 36mm, really you don’t need anything else, you can wear it everyday as a casual piece, then at night as a dress watch and even in formal occasions it can blend like nothing else but to me it lacks the hand finishing element, yes it is utilitarian and very austere but it is a mass produced watch, there is nothing wrong with that but in my books a hand finished...

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Timex Triple Play | VARIO

Timex Triple Play | VARIO

A look at 3 modern Timex watches that capture the DNA of their previous iterations but with an updated modern take. First up is the the Cali-Marlin automatic salmon dial paired with a Vario crazy horse bund strap. Timex debuted the Marlin in the 60’s but through the decades that followed up until the release of the Cali-Marlin, the Marlin really wasn’t as sought after as other Timex watches. But the Cali-Marlin changed that two years ago with its release. Now, the Marlin models are one of Timex’s top sellers and come in two color options(Cali-Marlin), both 40mm. The salmon...

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Citizen Promaster Diver – NY0125-83E | VARIO

Citizen Promaster Diver – NY0125-83E | VARIO

Here is a Citizen diver that I purchased recently. This watch was first released in Japan and was subsequently made available in other parts of the world. It was announced by Citizen Singapore in January 2022 and released in February 2022. The difference between the model sold in Singapore and the Japan model is that it has English/Chinese instead of English/Kanji day wheel. This watch has a diameter of 41mm (excluding crown) and lug width of 20mm. Thickness is 13.7mm which is a little on the thick side but not a deal breaker for me. Seiko King Turtle and 62MAS...

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