Watch Review: Valhalla Orm

“Why is he always late to our meetings?” Asked Tony. Steve replied“I certainly can’t answer for him, what about you Bruce you seem to know a lot about everything?” “Even science cannot explain why is he always late” Bruce replied in a know it all tone. “Well perhaps he is still on Asgaurdian time?” Chuckled Peter. “Maybe we can buy him a watch so that he may have some control over time” said Dr. Stephen Strange in the most cocky of tones. In other words, don’t be a Thor and praise to Odin that Valhalla decided to help the Avengers out. This opening paragraph is dedicated to the great Stan Lee.

The stainless steel case at first glance looks like your standard watch case, long curved lugs, even polished finish, solid screw down case back. But under closer inspection the real beauty of this case shines through more so that the light reflecting off the high polished finish. This watch has a fixed bezel which I had mix feelings about initially but those feelings quickly vanished like the Invisible Girl once I saw the killer details on the bezel. By killer details, I mean the dragon that decorates the entire circumference of the bezel. This dragon has that cool, old Viking/Norse feel to it that absolutely looks fantastic. I admit that this is one of my favorite bezels that I have ever experienced. I love the look of the overall look of the dragon and I also love how when it plays with the light it changes appearance. What I mean by this is sometimes you can tell that it’s a dragon and other times it looks to be an edged design. The reason that I had mixed feelings about the bezel is I am a fidgeter by nature;therefore, I like having a bezel that I can rotate/fidget with during the day. Thankfully the push-pull crown allows me some fidget time.

The crown is signed with the hammer logo which adds a smashing bit of detail and overall cohesive styling that pulls the details of the case together with the details of the dial.(which we will discuss in a moment) I like how Valhalla integrates the crown protection on the Orm which adds unique detail to this case and offers a break from the traditional crown guards. The non-crown side of this case also has a touch of detail giving the Orm a touch of profile detail with a nod to the Florentine Italian case design. The Orm’s case definitely has charm with all of the unique and beautiful details that Valhalla managed to add but managed to keep it all in an organized cohesiveness. Rest assured because I believe that they managed to pull off the same Norse magic on the dial. Let’s start with blue dial and it’s waffle detail which adds a level of depth especially when the light catches it. It creates a great backdrop for the Orm and the other details on this dial. Following in that cool Norron mythology the indices used on the Orm are absolutely perfect. I really like the look of these symbols and the fact that they are lumed just adds so much to this dial.

The hammer logo that you see on the crown is also carried over to the dial as you can see in the picture above. I personally think that the second hand is a fantastic design. What I think would make this design even better is if the hammer portion of the second hand was treated with lume. If Valhalla used the same hammer design on the logo located under the 12 o’clock position, the white portions would be the parts of the hammer that I would lume. Just my personal suggestion. As for the hour and minute hands, well they are just perfect. Perfectly proportioned, perfectly shaped and perfectly lumed. Valhalla definitely knew what they were doing when they picked these hands for the Orm. There is a date window located at the 3 o’clock position on the dial which is a detail that I can live with or without. I know some old school guys who prefer to use the date window instead of referring to technology and I also know some who prefer the clean look of a dial without a date window. At the end of the day it comes down to your own personal preference. Just like watch movements, which in the case of the Orm, it houses the 8215 automatic movement.

The Orm is a great piece that is definitely a break from the norm/current trends. I love this piece. It really inspired me as a watch geek, as a reviewer and as an artist. The execution of vision is quite apparent in all of the Orm’s details. I highly recommend this watch to anyone looking for a unique wrist experience. My only areas of improvement that I would suggest would be my above mentioned lume second hand and my other would be making the crown screw down. The Orm is a great under $400 USD option especially if you are looking for a gift idea for the upcoming holidays. You get a beautiful designed case, a cool dial, a nice domed sapphire crystal, all at a good price in my opinion. There are some nice strap details on available on https://valhallaofnorway.no/en/forside-2/ I personally liked the black ballistic for the Orm, which I used from my personal collection. It’s always addicting to try new shoes on a watch and the Orm is no different. The watch wears incredibly comfortable and has great wrist presence. The case is the perfect size in my opinion/preference at 44mm.

Thank you all for reading and sharing my love for all things watch related……and comic related.

Thank you so much Valhalla. ⚡️🌈🌩

Specifications

Automatic 8215, Sapphire, 44 mm, 10 ATM, Date at 3, screw down case bac, secondhand like hammer of Thor, Genuine leather strap

Watch Review: Modern Made Man Belfort

Time. Something that we cannot control and there never seems to be enough of. Watches. Something we can control but there are so many out there. Time. There is not enough time to experience them all. Limitations. Set by oneself to control something. Restrictions. Can limit experience. Time…… This can become quite circular as you can see. My point here is why limit your experiences in life just because of the limits of time? Something I really thought about when I first saw today’s watch that we will be exploring together. It made me think about my review process quite a bit and my approach on the various style of watches that I do experience in my review endeavors.

The geometric shapes and the polished/brushed combo finish of the Belfort watch is what caught my eye initially. The stainless steel case has some very nice angles that are created by the merging together of the said geometric shapes. I not only like the eye pleasing aesthetics that the shapes create but the light catching effect of these angles really add to the watch whether it’s on or off the wrist. These shapes do make the watch wear larger than the 42mm circumference suggests but I personally don’t have a problem with that and it does look nice on the wrist. What I do have a slight issue with that I want to get out of the way early on in this review is the fixed bezel. Now my issue isn’t with the fact that the bezel is fixed nor is it with the combination of brushed and polished finishes. It looks beautiful. My issue is with the screws on the bezel. This is my plea to all watch companies. If you are gonna do a fixed bezel and decorate it with screws, make the screws actually functional. When they are just faux screws it really takes the watch in my opinion.

Now everything else on the Belfort’s case works well in terms of design aesthetics and function. I absolutely love the absence of crown guards which allows you to really admire the geometric shape that matches brilliantly with the case itself. The generously sized crown is easy to grip and operate. I like what I have been seeing  from watch companies lately. No matter what the style of watch, dress, dive, etc the company is now making the crown screw down which is an awesome design addition. The added protection that a screw down crown offers is always appreciated. This geometric design of this case gives the Belfort a very industrial feel. Had the screws on the bezel been functional it would have added functional detail to the exhibition case back as well. The Miyota 9015 is nothing special to look at if you seen one before, well you know.

MMM really added the detail to the Belfort’s dial. In my opinion they nailed it. The dial is full of depth and detail. It conquers the cohesion between case and dial by utilizing the same finish combination of brushed and polished. Look at the above picture and you will see where this dial could have been taken from awesome to totally awesome in the words of Bill S. Preston Esquire. The holes in the layer that line up with the hour markers would have looked damn cool if the were each filled with the same screw style as on the bezel. The brushed hour and minute hands look incredible in length, width and finish. The finish on the dial creates a nice sunburst effect. I like that the 12 and 6 have a polished finish because it makes for better legibility and when the light hits the dial it is aesthetically pleasing. The hands have just enough lume for nighttime legibility. Take a look at the pic below you can see the chapter ring in which the added details allow you to tell the time when viewing the dial at angles.

Modern Man USA has created a watch that is an alternative to what is currently trending with the masses. There are a few areas for improvement in terms of design and quality. These areas are not deal breakers by any means, but are areas that Modern Man should address to make their watch a true competition for watches in this price point. There are some really good details on this watch that I really like. The domed sapphire crystal, the geometric shapes, the screw down crown, the thick brown leather strap just to name a few. This watch definitely falls into that category of when my female friends ask me which watch would be a good gift for their husbands/boyfriends. It’s a tough little watch that has some good wrist presence and isn’t just another sub clone. The polished and brushed finish combination with the geometric shapes/angles allow the Belfort to play brilliantly in all lighting situations. This watch definitely has some sexy angles especially at the lugs. You can check the Belfort out on Modern Made Man’s website via the link below. Be sure to checkout all of their other products as well.

I want to thank you all for reading and sharing in our crazy passion/love of watches.

Thank you to MMU. https://modernmademan.com

Technical Specs

  • 316L  Stainless Steel Case
  • Domed Sapphire Crystal With Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Screw Down Crown
  • 3-Piece Case Construction
  • Automatic Movement: Miyota 9015
  • 20 ATM Water Resistant
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Case Thickness: 12.4mm (including domed crystal and case back)
  • Size Of Crown: 7mm
  • Assembled in USA
  • 10 Year Warranty On Case And Construction
  • 1 Year Warranty On Automatic Movement

Watch Review: Boldr Globetrotter prototype

I like that companies are keeping their ears close to the tracks and collaborating with watch groups/watch enthusiasts. It adds to the vision of the watch by infusing what watch fans want to see on their wrists. You can’t please everyone and it saddens me that there are watch snobs out there that want to shit on everything that doesn’t fall into their narrow minded wants. Heavens forbid that you question or go against them though! 🙄🙄🙄 We are talking 0-10 seconds tighty whiteys in a bunch. But that small group is easily ignored. I believe that the collaborations usually produce an interesting and inspired watch. Usually.

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The Boldr Globetrotter comes in from collaboration with the DFBG as we are reminded of this on the dial with that logo. Which in my opinion would look far better on the case back of the watch, but at least the logo is small enough to look past. The bezel on this travel inspired dive style watch is not so easy to look past though, nor do I want to look past it. It is a thing of beauty which is decorated with city names from around the globe hence the name Globetrotter. The dial is armed with a GMT hand and the inner chapter ring is armed with 24hrs of second time zone goodness. The bezel, teamed with these two details really do allow the Globetrotter to live up to it’s name. Thankfully function is just as beautiful as looks as the orange arrow tip GMT hand/function works well both when setting it and when it functions. The same can be said for the bezel, the blue insert is beautiful, the white/orange filling on the city names are done well and the bezel rotates with tight precision.

B83C41C7-6A44-451C-AAE7-0786EA58F6A5.jpegAnother nice similarity can be found between the hour/minute/second hands, the date wheel/window and the signed screw down crown. All of these details look great, adding to the overall aesthetics of the Globetrotter but they all function with precision as well. Without both function and aesthetics coming together like this, you end up with disappointment. You can have looks without function and vise versa. As you can see in the picture above, the edges of the bezel allow for extremely easy gripping when rotating this bezel. Also in the pic above you can see the nice edges on the crown which also allow for the same ease of use. I also want to mention that I love how flush the bezel sits against the uniquely shaped stainless steel case. Not gaps whatsoever, and no extra play either. A sound bezel through and through.

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Speaking of soundness, checkout the lugs in the picture above. I absolutely love the geometric shape that these lugs have. It adds to the profile to the watch and gives the Globetrotter a commanding wrist presence. The lugs give way to a rubber dive strap that must be cut to size to your wrist. I have never been a fan of this style of strap. Thankfully Boldr includes a micro adjustment and dive extension found within the deployment style buckle to allows you to get a more accurate fit to the wrist. The rubber is pliable and conforms to the wrist for the most part. It is rather thick, so you won’t get that tight wrist hug if you prefer that kind of fit.

The case back is a work of art, literally. I love Boldr’s case backs, they are always a true extension of the watch’s personality. It adds a wonderful complete feel to the watch. It’s definitely one of my favorite design details on the Globetrotter. The blue sunburst dial is also a beautiful work of art. It really captures the changing color of the ocean itself. I found it extremely mesmerizing. The oversized rectangular shaped applied hour markers allow for optimal legibility both in daylight settings and dark settings(as you can see by the lume shot below) Of course allowing a nice view of the dial is thanks to the double domed AR treated sapphire crystal. The hands are an ideal size both in width and in length, the added touch of orange is a welcome design choice which pulls together the bezel/case in with the dial. Cohesiveness horological style.

The Globetrotter is finished off with a true, trialed and tested movement, the ETA 2893-2 Elabore-grade automatic movement with independent adjustable GMT-hands. The Globetrotter GMT watch is made with a wonderful recipe, that recipe being a combination of passion, quality, enthusiasm which has been delivered in fine execution. If you jump in on the pre order, you get yourself one heck of a watch which in my opinion is total bang for your buck. The two things that I would change that would make this watch even more appealing to me is, move the logo from the dial onto the caseback and execute the strap differently where you don’t have to cut it. The 44mm case is the perfect size for this style/design in my opinion. I want a easy to read dial, a tough/rugged case that I don’t have to worry about when traveling, especially on those adventure type travels. I never baby my watches, so it has to be able to keep pace with me or it becomes a hindrance as opposed to a travel companion.

Specifications

  • Case: 44mm 316L Stainless Steel Case
    Movement: Swiss ETA 2893-2 Elabore-grade automatic movement with independent adjustable GMT-hands
  • Water Resistance: 300m (990ft) / 30ATM
  • Crown: Screw-down crown with custom embossed BOLDR logo
  • Ceramic Bezel: Rotating cities bezel, engraved with the names of major cities
  • Dial: Sunburst dial with applied indexes with Swiss Superluminova BGW9
  • Hands: Customs hands with Swiss Superluminova BGW9
  • Lens: Double dome sapphire crystal with Anti-Reflective coating
  • Strap: Custom moulded natural rubber strap with custom dive-extension buckle
  • Case Thickness: 14mm
  • Lug size: 22mm
  • Lug to lug: 50mm
  • Case Back: Screw-down stainless steel caseback with embossed limited edition designer artwork

Shipping Dec 2018

Pre-order Pricing: US$559 (SG$769)

Shark Mesh Add on: US$59 (SG$79)

FULL MSRP US$799 (SG$1099) after pre-order

https://www.boldrsupply.co/collections/boldr-globetrotter-gmt

Thank you to Travis and the Boldr Team

Thanks to all of you for allowing me to share watch loving obsessions with you all.