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If you’ve ever wondered how a mechanical alarm sounds like, find out now in our video below. 

Sturmanskie Strela Alarm

The Strela Alarm by Sturmanskie holds a special place in our hearts. In this tech-driven world that we live in today, how charming is it to own a mechanical watch with an alarm complication that sounds nothing like the beeping of the alarm found in your digital or smart watch – or more commonly now, your mobile phone? As you’ve experienced first-hand, the alarm complication on the Strela Alarm sounds more like crickets chirping in the wild – and you can’t beat the nostalgia it stirs up.

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Russian watchmaker, Sturmanskie, is perhaps best-known as the watch the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, wore to space on his historical space expedition on 12 April 1961. Till date, Sturmanskie watches' design revolves around space designs.

It wasn’t too long ago in 2015 when Sturmanskie started releasing more watches with updated designs. One particular collection that stood out was the Open Space collection, with a series of designs that were both fresh and trendy. Throw in a healthy mix of mechanical and quartz pieces, there was something for everyone looking to own a Russian watch.

Open Space Auto Bracelet

What particularly stood out for the Open Space 2015 was its sporty look. The Open Space collection tends to be more reserved but Sturmanskie opted for something drastically different in 2015. Sturmanskie bumped up the case dimensions to 42mm, threw in a steel bracelet and a pair of oversized hands for a masculine look. This was definitely one of the standout pieces from 2015. 

Sturmanskie Open Space

Open Space Quartz Chronographs

Minimalist or retro designs continue to be the go-to designs for watch manufacturers. Two pieces from the Quartz Chronograph hit the bull’s eye - one with a minimalist approach while the other was a faithful reinterpretation of a cult favourite from the early years. 

A watch with a clean, symmetrical Bauhaus-inspired dial tends to be a winning formula. Throw in a sunburst black dial and the Open Space chronograph is a smart looking accessory that complements virtually all outfits. If retro is your style, the cream dial chronograph will probably hold a stronger appeal. Inspired by the Strela Chronograph, it shares a similar dial layout with the subtle use of red print as well as the tachymeter and telemeter scales.

Sturmanskie Open Space Chronograph

Sturmanskie Open Space Chronograph

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The world of watches is an interesting one, with THE exhibition of the industry, BaselWorld, taking place in March accompanied by a flurry of activities on magazines and watch blogs. But new arrivals showcased during BaselWorld typically only start appearing in shops from June onwards, at the earliest. So while this piece might seem long overdue, it's actually quite timely.

We can’t help denying that it is with a ripple of excitement that we unveil the BaselWorld 2017 watches from Vostok Europe. Let’s dive in for a quick look at the new collections.

Energia

The Energia is without a doubt the major release for Vostok Europe in 2017. After making its debut 9 years ago, Vostok Europe has re-released the Energia with several updates such as an integrated helium release valve, a tritium pearl encased in a sapphire capsule on the rotating bezel, tritium tubes laid in v-shaped reflective holders for maximum illumination and a set of redesigned lugs.

Energia PVD

Energia Bronze

Energia Stainless Steel

The Energia is currently available in stainless steel, PVD or bronze cases. Each Energia watch comes in its very own XL dry box, which can be repurposed as a watch storage case, strap changing tool and a set of leather and silicone straps.

Lunokhod

The multi-functional Lunokhod 2 gets a cleaner dial layout, thanks to its new movement, the S. Epson YM86. The movement features a perpetual calendar with date, month and leap year indication on the inner chapter ring, a day register, a 24-hour chronograph and an alarm function. The multi-functional Lunokhod 2 is available in PVD Yellow, Stainless Steel Yellow and Stainless Steel Orange.

 Lunokhod PVD Yellow

Lunokhod Stainless Steel Yellow

Lunokhod Stainless Steel Orange

Other new models include the Almaz bronze with 2 different dial colours – brown or grey and the Lunokhod Grand Chrono with a blue PVD case and matching blue dial and a black PVD case with a grey dial.

Almaz Bronze Grey

Lunokhod Grand Chrono Blue PVD

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