Black Friday is here and the biggest shopping time of the year has just begun. For watch enthusiast that means big discounts for some of their favourite brands. Sometimes the biggest discounts and value purchases can be with microbrands, since these brands are very value centric often out performing big brand names while also keeping the style unique and on trend. Let’s take a look at some of this years outstanding microbrand watch models that could be excellent personal purchases or gift ideas for the holidays in 2020.
Undone watches is making incredible progress in terms of building its brand reach for a company that is only two years old. There’s a reason for that, just take a look at their Aero model with the “scientific” cream coloured dial, syringe shaped hands and 24 jewel Seiko NH35A automatic movement. This is a brand that truly listens to its customer base, frequently launching new models with new features and highly desired retro designs.
Isotope Goutte d’Eau Orange
Dive watches are incredibly popular at the moment and Isotope has certainly capitalized on this with their own version of a 200 meter diver. Behold the Goutte d’Eau Orange, an ultra cool watch with a vintage compressor style layout and layered sandwich dial. The cherry on top has to be its very wearable size, coming in at a comfortable 40mm case size and 13.3mm thickness.
SYE Mot1on Automatic Chronograph
SYE coming out of Paris, France has their gorgeous Mot1on racing chronograph on offer. The dial has a nice grey hue with two chronograph sub-dials on the left and right side for timing minutes and hours. The SYE Mot1on also features a date at the 6’oclock position and a blue chronograph seconds hand. One of its highlights happens to be the integrated strap with a deployant clasp for quick fastening and removal of the watch. Be warned though that the strap is not interchangeable with regular straps, only those offered by SYE will fit.
Zero West CR-1 Cafe Racer
The Zero West CR-1 Cafe Racer is for those with larger wrists and a passion for racing. This British inspired race watch is very large with a case size of 44mm, but it’s beautifully finished with a high polished look. The CR-1 is also sporting a classic mechanical movement known as the Valjoux 7750, quite famous in the watch industry for being extremely reliable.
If you’re after something a little more classic looking the Hervé Alvia could be the one. This is a watch with a restrained aesthetic clearly evident by its simple time only dial and smooth contouring case shape. The case size is only 38mm large and 12mm thick making it one of the most comfortable watches on our list. The Alvia is no slouch spec wise either as it has a domed sapphire crystal, SLC1 luminescence, and a Seiko NH35 automatic movement. Sometimes less is more and this is an excellent example.
Biatec Golden Ratio LE 03
The Biatec Golden Ratio is a piece of microbrand art for the wrist designed in Slovakia by Michal Stasko. This is a visually stunning watch that is truly pushing the limits of design and creativity in the microbrand world of watchmaking. Starting from the center of the dial a Fibonacci spiral emerges giving off a sense of motion even with the lack of a second hand. This is a watch that needs to be handled and worn in person to truly appreciate.