Off the Cuff: Benarus Moray 38 “Pac-Man Dial”

The Moray measures 38mm in diameter and 13.5mm thick, with a 48mm lug to lug length and a 20mm lug width. It is entirely brushed and looks great as such. The bezel is solid steel, like the case, unidirectional and 120 clicks with a lumed pip at twelve. The lugs are drilled and both the crown and case back are screwed down. It is every inch a tool watch. And can we just spend a moment on that water resistance rating? That's right. It's 1000m.

Off the Cuff: Audric Strider

The Strider weighs in at 42mm in diameter with a lug to lug measurement just under 48mm. Despite these slightly larger dimensions, it is a relatively slender 11.5mm thick--owing, in part, to the flat sapphire crystal. This is a multi-faceted watch with curves and angles in all the right places. While largely brushed, it has a sharp line of polish on its twelve-sided, dodecagon bezel--certainly one of the highlights in this design.

Other Watchy Bits: ‘Eza’ on the Eyes

Trampe, unlike a lot of microbrand founders, is himself a watchmaker. He studied the craft for four years in Schoonhoven, Netherlands before seeking to launch his own company. In fact, he also studied commercial economics and undertook two important internships—one at a jewelry and watch business, the other behind the bench at a Rolex service centre. Simply put, Trampe had apprenticed himself to both sides of the watch industry: technical and commercial.