Review of the NTH Santa Fe and Näcken Modern Blue by Wrist Watch Review, 17 April 2017
I’ve written about the NTH Submariner homage watches by Chris “Doc” Vail before, and also talked about his Tropics compressor style watches again. Doc is back at it with a new set of Sub case watches.
The original run of NTH Subs paid homage to early Submariners and Tudor divers, picking out key elements of the originals to honor. They were largely 1954 to 1969 style watches, but with Doc’s twist of making them more water-resistant than the originals, and thinner (with the exception of a very rare Tudor hand-wound Sub, written about in that earlier article.)
These new Subs are, at their simplest, dial, hand, and bezel insert changes on the same excellent case and crown formula. But that’s not enough to say, really. This time, he’s shifted the time range being offered from late 60s, to include a watch from the 1980s. He’s shifted focus from Rolex and Tudor to Heuer / TAG Heuer, in a watch named the NTH Santa Fe...read the full review at Wrist Watch Review.
Review of the NTH Amphion Vintage Blue and Näcken Vintage Black by MicroBrandWatchWorld, 12 April 2017
One of the biggest characters in the microbrand watch world is undoubtedly Chris Vail of Lew & Huey fame. Love him or hate him there’s no denying he takes his business seriously. One of the earliest pioneers of Kickstarter crowdfunded watches, Chris launched Lew & Huey in 2013 with the successful crowdfunding of the Riccardo Chronograph. Since then he’s gone on to successfully fund 6 models on Kickstarter under the Lew & Huey brand. Successfully transitioning away from crowdfunding, Chris has expanded his stable. In a similar Google/Alphabet rebranding, he’s created Janis Trading Company which sells Lew & Huey and his new brand, NTH...read the full review at MBWW.
Review of the NTH Amphion Dark Gilt and Barracuda by The Time Bum, 1 April 2017
I don't think it's any secret that I like NTH watches. In my humble opinion, the brand's creator Chris Vail has found a winning formula here. I've said it in these pages when I reviewed the first line of Subs last July and the new Tropics series in December, and put my money where my mouth was when I purchased an Amphion Vintage for myself. I'm a fan, so when I learned that a second round of Subs was on its way, I had to get an early look. Chris sent me two prototypes for this hands-on review...read the full review by The Time Bum.
Review of the NTH Antilles and Azores by Wrist Watch Review, 18 February 2017
The NTH Tropics were inspired by the compressor-case diving watches which proliferated from the late ’50’s to mid ’70’s – marvels of engineering which established an iconic design language. Fortunately for us, the Tropics are made by Chris ‘Doc’ Vail, a man who isn’t afraid to push a good design to the limits, and push his manufacturing partners to deliver...read the entire review at Wrist Watch Review.
Chris Vail is really on to something with his new NTH line. The formula is not complicated: take a classic watch, stir in some new details, build it to modern specs, sell. He isn't the only one doing this (arguably, this is the formula for 95 percent of the watchmaking industry) but he is doing it exceedingly well, and proves it once again with NTH's sophomore effort, the Tropics. I previewed these back in October, but today I have prototypes of the new Azores and Antilles in hand...read the full review at TheTimeBum.com.
Review of the NTH Oberon and Scorpène by WatchPaper, 13 November 2016
Back in January, I had the pleasure to review two Lew & Huey Phantom models, that you can read here, and soon after I posted the review, Chris Vail, the founder of Lew Huey told me about a new project he was working on, a completely new brand, NTH. In the same time, he also created an umbrella company called Janis Trading Co. that includes both Lew & Huey and NTH...read the full review at WatchPaper.com.
Interview with Wrist Watch Review, 5 October 2016
Welcome back to what has proven to be a very popular feature, the “Interview with a Watch Maker” series. We’re planning to talk with a wide variety of folks in the industry, so you can get some insight into what makes them tick. Today, we’re speaking with Chris “Doc” Vail, the man behind Lew & Huey, as well as NTH...read the full interview at Wrist Watch Review.
Review of the NTH Scorpène by Tempus Fugit, 17 August 2016
So seven days have come and gone and it is time to send the NTH Scorpène back home.
It is important to understand that this particular model is a prototype, and one of the nice little perks of writing a blog is from time to time you get to have an advance peek and test-drive of something before it is available to the general public. This past week with the NTH Scorpène has been informative and fun...read the full review at Tempus Fugit.
Review of the NTH Santa Cruz and Amphion Modern by A Blog to Watch, 12 August 2016
NTH? Janis Trading? Who, or what, is that? If you were not aware, Janis Trading is actually a brand you are probably already familiar with - they were formerly known as as Lew & Huey. Now, that is a name that should be familiar to most of you (and if it isn't, check out our interview with brand creator Chris Vail). As part of the rebranding, the Janis Trading NTH Subs are a completely new line that will hit the streets soon, and we recently got to spend some quality time with a pair from the new lineup, which we first brought you word of back in the spring...read the full review at A Blog to Watch.
Review of the NTH Näcken Modern and Oberon by Wrist Watch Review, 11 August 2016
There are Submariner watches a-plenty in this world of homages and replicas, but every one in a rare while, comes a man, a man who isn’t intimidated, and his watch. And I’m talkin’ about the Doc here. Sometimes, there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s the Doc...read the full review at Wrist Watch Review.
Review of the NTH Amphion Vintage, Näcken Vintage Black, and Scorpène by The Time Bum, 13 July 2016
Submariner homages, am I right? They're everywhere. Perhaps no other watch has been duplicated, imitated, faked, borrowed, and downright ripped off as the iconic and ubiquitous Rolex Submariner. And why not? The real thing has achieved iconic status and is the standard bearer for the entire industry. Even non-watch lovers (or especially non-watch lovers) know it and want it. If you are in the business of selling watches, you'd be a fool not to offer something like it. The trick is to make one that does not elicit a collective yawn from your potential customers...read the full review by the Time Bum.
Review of the Phantom by WatchPaper, 8 January 2016
When it comes to microbrands, there are a few that are know by everyone, and Lew & Huey is among the most popular micros out there, it even has a dedicated Wikipedia page…read the full review at WatchPaper.
Review of the Phantom by The Wrist Watch Review, 3 December 2015
Lew & Huey is a brand that I look to when I want to talk about the potential success of the crowd funded marketplace. The brand began on Kickstarter, with multiple watches launched on that platform, all well received. I put the brand in the category of “friend of the site,” and they are always happy to send us information on upcoming watches and then lend us review copies when they are available. I first reviewed the Lew & Huey Phantom in April, and now I have a chance to take a two of the three options out for a test drive...read the full article on The Wrist Watch Review.
Interview with MicroBrand Watch World, 15 November 2015
This new feature on Microbrand Watch World, is about introducing the people behind our favourite watches to the world. This week we talk to Chris Vail from Lew & Huey...read the full interview at MicroBrand Watch World.
Review of the Phantom by the Time Bum, 5 November, 2015
Did you pre-order a Lew & Huey Phantom? If so, then you took a bit of a chance. Sure, Lew & Huey is a known quantity. I have reviewed every one of their products and have been consistently impressed. Still, you (and I for that matter) ordered the Phantom off of a spec sheet and a 3D rendering, not a photograph of an actual watch and a lot can happen between concept and reality. Well, you can rest easy. I just spent a week with all six Phantom prototypes and they are absolutely freaking awesome...read the full review by the Time Bum.
Review of the Cerberus by French Blog Le Petit Poussoir, 6 May, 2015
Nous sommes friands de petites marques étrangères, ce n’est pas un secret. Cela faisait plusieurs mois que nous rencontrions des montres Lew & Huey sur des forums ou sur Instagram et nous l’avions bien mis de côté sur notre to-do list. Autant vous dire qu’à force de chercher voire d’errer dans les fins fonds du web à la recherche de garde-temps abordable, celle-ci est très longue… Nous avons donc contacté Chris Vail, co-fondateur de la marque, afin de mettre la main sur l’un de leurs modèles phares: la Cerberus...read the full review at Le Petit Poussoir.
Reivew of the Cerberus by Worn & Wound, 20 February, 2015
Young, internet-born watch brand Lew & Huey has had a number of successful runs on Kickstarter, launching a total of five watches from the platform. Their first was the Riccardo automatic chronograph (which we reviewed here) followed by the Acionna, Spectre, Cerberus and most recently the Orthos...read the full review at Worn & Wound.
Review of the Cerberus by Watch It All About, 16 February, 2015
The two dog brothers in Greek mythology, Orthos and Cerberus, are the focus of the recent releases from Lew & Huey. Chris Vail is developing a great following on Watchuseek, and is almost becoming the darling of the Affordables section (although don’t tell him I called him that). His brand displays a lot of influence from our canine friends, especially through Sparky, the dog in the logo. I’m a dog lover, and have a spaniel. He’s pretty cool, although not quite as cool as the pet of a Greek god...read the full review at Watch It All About.
Review of the Orthos by Watch It All About, 9 February, 2015
Lew & Huey are consistently releasing cool, affordable watches. The brain-child of Chris Vail, a much loved member of Watchuseek, he uses all of his experience and knowledge of being experienced on the buying side of affordable watches to create high quality, low priced watches that we all want, as he would..read the full review at Watch It All About.
Review of the Orthos by The Time Bum, 28 January, 2015
You may recall I predicted great things from the Lew & Huey Orthos dive watch when I previewed it last August. Well, The Time Bum put his money where his mouth was and ordered a red/grey model right before the pre-order discounts expired. Last week, the postman brought it to my door, along with a blue/orange model lent to me by company founder Chris Vail, right off his wrist. Having worn and reviewed both over these past few days, I am pleased to report that the Orthos has exceeded my expectations. Quite simply, it is one damn fine watch...read the full review by the Time Bum.
Review of the Cerberus by Total Watch Reviews, 5 December, 2014
Over the last few years I have received exceptionally detailed press material from a variety of different companies. A lot the personnel I originally made contact with have moved to other groups or different industries. I have also noticed that on some occasions the marketing executives I speak to don’t show a true passion for the world of horology. Certainly nothing like the same interest that is displayed by small independents. When I talk to innovators like Jean-Marie Schaller, Maximilian Büsser and Konstantin Chaykin I feel completely energised. This enthusiasm has now filtered down to smaller brands like Lew & Huey...read the full review at Total Watch Reviews.
Review of the Acionna by Total Watch Reviews, 29 September 2014
It is amazing how many brands are now producing entry-level models. Recently I have spoken to many personalities involved in the world of horology who believe that this is the most lucrative area of the market. Certainly consumers are more likely to make an impulse purchase on a $500 timepiece. Whereas more expensive watches may require a lot more deliberation...read the full review at Total Watch Reviews.
Review of the Cerberus by Wound For Life, 26 September 2014
If you haven’t noticed, our favorite timeless brands seem to be getting more and more expensive. While this throws a wrench into our watch buying plans, it has also opened up several price brackets below the $3,000 price range. One of the most competitive of those brackets is the $500 – $1,000. You’ll find anything from homages from brands like Steinhart and Raven, to unique offerings from Halios and Deep Blue. One of the newer entrants is Lew & Huey...read the full review at Wound for Life.
Review of the Cerberus by The Time Bum, 23 August 2014
Regular Time Bum readers should already know a little bit about Chris Vail. He is the iconoclastic founder of Lew & Huey watches, boldly waging a one-man war on boring watches. He is also an occasional Guest Bum and all around mensch. This past week, he shipped me all three versions of his new Cerberus, the everyday watch in the Lew & Huey line up. Let me tell you, Chris has a refreshing idea of "everyday."...read the full review by The Time Bum.
Review of the Orthos by The Wrist Watch Review, 30 July 2014
For a lot of guys, a diver is the default tool watch. The cases are usually fairly beefy, and that translates to masculine, the watches themselves are rugged, they serve a purpose, and they broadcast to the world that you are a man of action. So you might as well inject a little style into the watch as well. That is where the comes in with their latest Kickstarter campaign. These ‘friends of the site’ have put their fifth model up for sale, and the first true diver of the bunch...read the full review at The Wrist Watch Review.
Review of the Cerberus by The Wrist Watch Review, 30 June 2014
We’re on a bit of a Lew & Huey streak here, covering quite a few of their watches. We’ve also been fortunate to be in a unique position with the brand, being able to spend time with prototypes (and, eventually, the production version) of their watches. Given that, we’re able to give you a hands-on take on their latest project – the Lew & Huey Cerberus...read the full review at The Wrist Watch Review.
Review of the Acionna by The Wrist Watch Review, 23 June 2014
If you think you have seen the Acionna by Lew & Huey on our pages already, you would be correct. I wrote up the Kickstarter project for the site back when I was still a “friend of the site,” and Patrick had a chance to spend a little time with a prototype. Now that they are in production, the company sent over a pair of watches for a final hands-on review...read the full review at The Wrist Watch Review.
Review of the Acionna at Watch It All About, 19 June 2014
If you haven’t heard of Lew & Huey or Doc Vail (Chris Vail really, not sure of he’s actually a real doctor) before, chances are you haven’t been cruising around the affordables section on Watchuseek within the last year or so. He’s a very active member and his new watch brand Lew & Huey has become a favourite for all who visit f71, myself included. When offered the chance to have a look at the Acionna, his second model, I snapped at the chance. After all, many forum members have said how pleased they are with theirs...read the full review at WatchItAllAbout.
Review of the Spectre by Vouch Mag, 10 March 2014
Harkening back to the classic flieger pilot watch, and exuding both retro and modern aesthetics, the Lew & Huey Spectre Pilot Watch is everything any avid watch collector looks for when in search of their next timepiece...read the full review at VouchMag.
Review of the Spectre on Envynde, 2 March 2014
It’s not very often that you come across a watch company that has built an impressive cult following in a matter of two years. But Lew & Huey has done just that and understandably so. The Spectre is the third and latest installment of a line of beautiful and visually stunning watches from Lew & Huey and just as its predecessors; the Spectre gracefully carries the touch...read full blog post at Envynde.com.
Interview with Wristporn about the design of the Acionna, 27 February 2014
I had a little bit of “writer’s block” coming up with the follow-up to the Riccardo. I had a lot of vague ideas, but couldn’t bring them together into one cohesive design. I was looking at dual-crown, “compressor” style diving watches like the Longines Legend Diver, also watches with odd-shaped or angular cases, like the Stowa Seatime, and some diving watches from the ’70′s, but also thinking about what would make for a very versatile style, something you could wear every day...read full story at Wristporn.net.
Review of the Acionna prototype posted to Wrist Watch Review, 28 January 2014
For anyone who spends any amount of time checking out the watch projects on the various crowd-funded sites, you’re not doubt familiar with the Lew & Huey brand, which started up in 2012. They just wrapped up funding one of their latest models, the Acionna, and they’ve sent over one of their prototypes for us to spend some time with. Read on to get our hands-on take on this new watch...read full review at WristWatchReview.com.
Review of the Spectre prototypes by the Time Bum, 6 January 2014
Chris Vail of Lew & Huey does not make boring watches. Each successive model has explored a new and unexpected direction. The Time Bum has reviewed each. His first, the Riccardo, was a large mechanical chronograph, inspired by late 1960s race timers. His next model, the Acionna, incorporated aviation elements into a stout compressor style case. With his third effort, the Spectre, he continues to push the envelope by placing a blinged Beobachtungsuhr dial in a barrel case to create a military aircraft sport... disco... um... It really has no easy category. Just look at the picture and read on...read full review at theTimeBum.com.
Review of the Riccardo by Worn & Wound, 18 December 2013
Not too long ago, we introduced you to the Lew & Huey Riccardo. At that point, the brand was trying to raise money via kickstarter to get the watch off the ground, which clearly was successful. Chris Vail, the brand’s founder, did an excellent job of building community support via WUS and various blog posts, creating a following before the watches were ever even made. Now, the Riccardo is practically sold out and people are awaiting his next watches, the Acciona and Spectre...read full review at Worn & Wound.
Review of the Riccardo by Watch This Space, 15 December 2013
In this post, we are going to be having a quick look at Lew and Huey’s Riccardo rally inspired automatic chronograph. Chris Vial is the owner and founder of Lew and Huey Watches in Philadelphia. His story started in 2012 when he “got it into his head that he could design a watch that people would like, get it made and sell it at an affordable price”. I think that with the Riccardo he has succeeded in that...read the full review at Watch This Space.
Review of the Acionna prototype by the Time Bum, 10 December 2013
It seems like only yesterday that Lew & Huey burst upon the scene with the Riccardo Automatic Chronograph. Actually, I think they started shipping last month. Regardless, the world of watch commerce waits for no one. With Riccardo project rapidly selling out, Lew & Huey owner Chris Vail has not one, but two watches in the pipeline. The first of these is the Acionna available for pre-order on Kickstarter now from $450, in blue, black, or silver dials. Chris was kind enough to provide a blue dial prototype for evaluation...read the full review at TheTimeBum.com.
Interview with Wristporn, 8 December 2013
If you had to make and “elevator pitch” of Lew and Huey, what would you say?
They’re serious watches for people who don’t take themselves or their watches all that seriously. Too many brands put too much effort into adding gravitas to their aura with their marketing. It’s just a watch!!! Our designs are handsome, and they’re a good value. We want the brand to be fun, for people to love their watch without worrying about what anyone else thinks about the brand...read the full interview at Wristporn.net.
Video Review of the Riccardo by Chicks With Watches 24 November 2013
Review of the Riccardo by The Time Bum, 17 November 2013
If there is one thing The Time Bum likes more than watches, it is cars. I have found that I admire many of the same traits in both: the precision machinery, sculptural beauty, and the inherent tension between form and function. In both cases, practical tools are elevated to become objects of desire. Watches and cars are not just complementary interests, they are inextricably linked through the history of motor sport where chronographs served as race timers for the teams, and fashion statements for their smitten fans...read full review at The Time Bum's blog, thetimebum.com.
Praise for the Riccardo from Worn & Wound 6 June 2013
We’re always glad to see people trying to make new and affordable mechanical watches, and we’re happy to help spread the word when they are using Kickstarter or other crowd-sourcing platforms to fund their project. This most recent project that was brought to my attention is of particular note, because the watch isn’t just a mechanical, it’s an automatic chronograph, which is especially difficult to make affordably. The problem, naturally, is a lack of movement options...read full review at Worn & Wound.