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Microbrand Corner: June 2023’s Best New Releases 

Rosenbusch The Quest

Rosenbusch The Quest RBX

Rosenbusch’s The Quest is a 42mm steel watch inspired by the design codes of integrated sports watches from the 1970s. That means it has a broad, flat surfaces and a hexagonal bezel with decorative screws. That hexagonal shape is also makes it way to The Quest’s dial, which features sunray brushed finishing and bathtub indexes. The project is currently being supported on Kickstarter where you can pledge to support three versions of the piece. There’s the RB35 housing the Seiko NH35 movement, the RB200 with Sellita SW200 Elaboré and the Kickstarter exclusive limited edition RBX with skeletonised display.

Price & Specs

  • 42mm stainless steel case with 100m (10 bar) water resistance
  • Seiko NH35 with 41-hour power reserve (RB35), Sellita SW200 Elaboré with 41-hour power reserve (RBX, RB200)
  • €469 (approx. £404) (RB35), €669 (approx. £575) (RB200), €999 (approx. £859) (RBX), available at Rosenbusch.

Gyavius NAVI Batch 1

Gyavius NAVI Batch 1

Some schools of design often say less is more; others opt for maximalism above all else. The NAVI, from Bulgarian watch brand Gyavius, hits both ends of the spectrum at once. On the one hand it’s removed its lugs entirely for a cool, retro-futuristic silhouette. On the other, it’s massive. It’s executed similarly to something like the Seiko Tuna, but with a much more retro futuristic vibe. The NAVI is a beast of a watch thanks to 45mm of stainless steel and with depth resistance to match its submarine looks – 1,000m to be exact.

Price & Specs

  • 45mm stainless steel case with 1,000m (100 bar) water resistance
  • Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement with 38-hour power reserve
  • $2,750 (approx. £2,200), available at Gyavius.

Sherwood Commander

Sherwood Commander Black

In imitation of everyone’s favourite least secret agent, the Commander is designed to take you from Casino Royale to Thunderball, gambling along the Cote d’Azur to diving into it. As Sherwood’s first timepiece, that boat-to-bar vibe is a tough nut to crack but between the handsome dials, svelte (for a diver) silhouette and workhorse automatic movements, they’ve nailed it. That’s doubly true of the bezel, which has stripped off the numbers and has a centrally placed 20-minute counter for symmetry. We’re not the only ones that like it either; they just hit over £30,000 on Kickstarter, with pre-orders available now.

Price & Specs

  • 40mm stainless steel case with 200m (20 bar) water resistance
  • Miyota 9039 automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve
  • £450 (£400 pre-order), available at Sherwood Watches.

Von Doren Runde II

Von Doren Runde II

The original Runde in sunshine yellow was a fantastic – and fantastically accessible – summer watch. The only downside really was that it was just a touch smaller than we’d have liked for something with that much visual impact, something that Von Doren has rectified in the model’s second, upsized generation. Now with a 41mm diameter and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, it feels better-built than before without losing any of those summer vibes, particularly in the paradoxically Arctic Green. It’s also available in warm yellow, if the colour name brings a chill to your wrist.

Price & Specs

  • 41mm stainless steel case with 50m (5 bar) water resistance
  • Rhonda 1069 quartz movement
  • €319 (approx. £280), available at Von Doren.

HTD Watches Hesagraph Dollarone

HTD Watches Hesagraph Dollarone

Move over British racing green, it’s time for the Irish – specifically the Irish green of a classic Porsche 912, the inspiration behind the latest Hesagraph from Florentine studio HTD watches. Built in collaboration with the Italian watch lovers at Toc O’Clock, the Dollarone’s tactile curves are taken from the aerodynamics of the car, as is the unusual emerald colouring, interrupted by high contrast silvered bi-compax chronograph subdials. Think of it like a green panda. It’s not just about the colour either; HTD have upped their game with a Sellita Elabore movement to round off the aesthetic confidence with the mechanical.

Price & Specs

  • 39mm stainless steel case with 50m (5 bar) water resistance
  • Sellita calibre SW510M manual wind movement with 63-hour power reserve
  • €2,500 (approx. £2,200), limited to 150 pieces, available at HTD Watches.

 BWG Isaria Isar Green

BWG Isaria German Made Automatic Watch

A world away from the Bauhaus flavoured German watches we’re used to, the Isaria’s faceted case and water-inspired dial are anything but minimal. A serious sports watch with 200m water resistance, it’s visually a world away from the usual Submariner-adjacent diver design, opting instead for a distinctive visual identity and an off-kilter Landeron 24 movement inside. This particular version is coloured after the Isar river in spring, hammering home its Bavarian provenance. If the name on the dial weren’t enough, anyway.

Price & Specs

  • 42.2mm stainless steel case with 200m (20 bar) water resistance
  • Landeron 24 automatic movement with 40-hour power reserve
  • €555 (approx. £490), available at BWG.

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