Hey, everyone! Between working on new reviews for Journeywind Junk, I’ve also been testing gear for two larger website: GearJunkie and BladeReviews. Rather than just linking them on my Instagram, I’ve decided to gather all the articles into one blog post. Check out the list below to read my writeups on several watches, knives, and miscellaneous tools.
Greetings, all! I’m back at it with a review of the Victorinox Maverick, a watch marketed as “The perfect blend of elegance and function.” This timepiece has both thrilled and frustrated me, often to a comic degree. So much so, in fact, that I was forced to invent a new word to capture the experience. Read on to see how my awkward style holds up to a watch claiming to be “effortlessly elegant in every situation. Just like those who wear it.”
What the heck is this? A near-$800 watch on a backwater, budget-focused review site? That’s right – In a first for Journeywind Junk, I’ll be tiptoeing into the world of high-end timepieces. Here to tempt me with its fit and finish is the Longines Conquest V.H.P., a high-accuracy quartz watch from the fabled horologists of Switzerland. Let’s see if the quality of this rarified Alpine air is all it’s cracked up to be.
“Warning: Pretentious, Ponderous Philosophy Ahead.” Thus reads the intro to my review of the Invicta Pro Diver, a $50 watch with $5,000 branding. It’s a small, shouty timepiece desperate to convince you of its status as a luxury item. But just how good (or bad) is it, really? I embarked on mental quest to answer this very question. And, quite frankly, part of me wishes I hadn’t.
Honestly, I thought I was finished with mechanical watches. Between my disappointing experience with the Seiko 5 Series and the crazy price of higher-end automatics, my appetite had shifted entirely toward quartz. But then, like a shark scenting its prey, I caught a whiff of the Orient Mako 2. I circled it for months before finally taking a bite. And let me tell you – It tastes really, really good.
I’ve always enjoyed the concept of time. As a child, my favorite video game was Chrono Trigger, the story of a boy roaming the past, present, and future on a quest to save the world. It was a touching tale, and one that helped me learn the importance of all things temporal.
So, when Timex offered to send me one of their Expedition Scout Chronographs, they inadvertently helped recapture a spark of my childhood.