Giveaway: Xetum Stinson Watch

Giveaway: Xetum Stinson Watch

California-based Xetum watches have appealed to watch lovers both new and old with their fresh, modern designs and unpretentious style. The Stinson model comes in a 40mm wide steel case with a lugless style and cool hexagonal crown. Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement and it is a matched to a soft leather strap with an Italian cork lining. The Stinson comes in three dial colors being black, off-white, and brown. Retailing for $995 on Xetum's website, you can enter below for a chance to win a Xetum Stinson watch on a leather strap with the dial color of your choice. Also, check out this review of Xetum's similar Tyndall watch here.

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3. Wait until the giveaway is over on January 31st, 2012 for the winner to be chosen at random.

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  • JoseCristian

    Xetum wins hadns down!

  • JoseCristian

    Xetum wins hands down!

    • stevej2001

      Great watch– I’ve been thinking of getting a Xetum watch… it’d be great to win one instead

  • BNG

    Fantastic giveaway- have coveted one of these for some time but a magrette ??kia kaha got in the way!. They have nice clean modern lines as well Thanks!

  • siggyboss

    MB&F Horological Machine Number 2. Happy New Year!

  • avdejesus

    The Mooren New Vintage watch (which happens to be coincidentally similar to the Stinson with the lugless design) has that modern look without totally turning its back away from the old school designs. Plus, it is made by Mick Mooren, a young watchmaker…rarely do we find young people who has this certain appreciation for innovation while valuing the essence of the past. That is Class A “hybrid” in my book! Go Mick! Go! Go! Go Xetum!

  • NoSmoking

    Not something I would typically wear but I have a soft spot for the Tokyo Flash styled watches.

  • skullpin

    Porche design watches in titanium!

  • Tattoo

    I really like LACO pilot watches with short lugs.

  • whitney smith

    i like a new german watch group called defakto. i will be the owner of a pvd defackto inkognito soon.

  • Hadzi Dalibor

    Very nice watch but the price could be lower!

  • GregHall

    I enjoy the Ressence watch as it appears unique

  • PaulHeuer

    The Maurice Lacroix Men’s ‘Pontos’ with the grey dial looks quite modern. Cheers, Paul.

  • danieluy

    The Xetum Stinson watch surely tries to embody a new look for a timepiece with as swiss movement inside the watch, but with the numerous brands that also offer such privilege, it might be a risk on their part to produce such a watch as the Stinson. The design that the watch has is similar to Porsche design just as “skullpin” mentioned the brand. Many watch brands nowadays try to feature a timepiece with a good swiss movement in a modern case and look, one being Skagen, the Danish brand, which offers swiss movement watches for less than $400. I’d say that for what Xetum has to offer, the price shouldn’t be around $1000, for an outlook that is similar to other brands. If they really want to produce a modern watch, it would probably best if their design wouldn’t look similar to other designs or at least cost less.

    In the viewpoint of a person like me, who’s only heard this brand for the first time, I wouldn’t purchase such a watch for $1000. I would rather go for a Skagen, which would cost much less but offers a really unique and modern outlook. Rado, on the other hand would offer more prestigious timepieces, which are also very unique compared to other brands, but would cost about $1,500, the Rado D-Star (

    In addition, a 42 or 44 mm case would be much cooler since most of the youth prefer bigger watches nowadays.

  • subroc

    I really like the look of the Schofield that you featured a few months ago. Modern, but clean and simple. If only it weren’t so expensive…

  • PaulHeuer

    I think the Maurice Lacroix Men’s ‘Pontos’ with the grey dial looks good as a modern automatic. Cheers, Paul.

  • winterwold

    I like the watches of Enzo Mechana. His divewatches started up a whole new bunch of microproducers based on the same casedesign he made.

  • leningr

    Nice watch i like it !!

  • ariffshah

    Always wanted this!

    Happy New Year!!

  • Prout1418

    The Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo looks unique and great! I love that watch

  • thenlec

    The Xetum watches have a timeless look! For something more contemporary and edgy, I really like the Linde-Werdelin Spidospeed. It was nice to hear interviews with the creators of both of these watches on Hourtime podcast.

  • MikeFig

    This is the best giveaway yet! Easily the best watch under $1000 I’ve ever seen.

  • Andrei Bv

    Looks nice! The brand name may not be perfect but looks like a nice watch!

  • Andrei Ion

    Looks nice! The brand name may not be perfect but looks like a nice watch!

  • SidhartaGT

    Issey Miyake’s Twelve. It’s clean, it’s simple and it’s form follows it’s function.

  • nsudhir

    Nice watch! A win would be a perfect start to 2012!!!

  • msiajk

    Someone beat me to it but I must say the Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo has my vote as being the watch I most covet. It is truly a modern work of art and epitomises for me what is good and great about a design that is both utilitarian but at the same time at the very cutting-edge of innovation.

  • FaresAlnsair

    Nice watch, love to win it …thanks

  • awundrin

    I like the Tissot Gents Veloci-T Watch’s modern look.

  • BostonTime

    Love it. Typically prefer retro, but like Ball Spacemaster modern look.

  • Walteryz

    great style for xetum!

  • JohnnyJohnnyJohnny

    I like the freak diavolo.

  • propergation

    Very sweet watch, I love my Angular Momentum, 7750

  • Bernard1

    B&R square Aviation watches

  • evan_yeung

    near perfect watch under $1,000 price range!

  • Azua

    Very much enjoy the clean and simple design. Similar to many of the models of the Edmond Brand

  • JamesSemaj

    I like the Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Watch which is stylish and has a well balanced design. Thanks.

  • molnART

    Hi, nice watch to win, would be nice… My other favorit is “Continue Time” by Sander Mulder

  • pras

    great work! thumbs up!

    i like the stinson off-white dial

  • parkus

    My favorite is cartier’s rotonde astrotourbillion~ i know i can never afford one, but sure is a beauty.

    Would love to have this watch though! :)

  • mgluck

    Movado Sapphire. Modern minimalism at its most pure.

  • bernardos70

    Does it get any more modern than the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave? Such unique timepiece!

  • ShaanWare

    I love the MB&F HM3, Legible enough to actually wear and with such a great crazy out there design

  • Bao

    I really like the direction that Movado’s going with the Movado Bold collection.

  • Freddy_C_Two

    Beautiful watch. I’d love to win one.

  • Freddy_C_Two

    The new Movado has caught my eye, the Sapphire Synergy.

  • edwinek1

    This may be a no-no, but I really like the Yes Zulu. Now if they would make a machanicalversion of that. I know, dream on…

  • rayc

    I really don’t have a favorite but I do like short lug watches. With a small wrist, L2L is very important to me. The Stinson sure fits the bill. Great looking watch.

  • jtfremont

    The Porche Design Worldtimer is what I like.

  • cadillacman

    I love my Tag Monaco LS.

  • Floormatt

    My Favorite contemporary design has always been the Corum Trapeze on a bracelet, followed closely by the Zetum.

  • amarzban

    the movado bold collection is eye catching and extremely modern.

  • bongoboy02

    Xetum’s design sensibility is incredibly clean, more reminiscent of jewelry than timepieces. As crazy as it sounds, I’m drawn to the over-the-top look of the Oakley Minute Machine.

  • GStuck

    In terms of modern, clean design, I just bought an Obaku V126GBBRB, a Danish designed chronograph using the Miyota OS20 quartz movement. Hoping you will review some of this brand’s offerings soon.

  • haifidelity

    Really like the linde werdelin oktopus!

  • Ronkat

    Ventura v-matic EGO Pi is a good example of a clean contemporary design, easy to read with a useful simple slide rule.

  • JABriseno

    Really like Ocean 7 line of watches. Particular to the LM-1 right now.

  • Moky

    Modern for me would be the Cabestan Scuderia Ferrari one, hands down!

  • Duchead

    I really like the Angular Momentum Freehand, Illum and Lumineuse watches. Too bad they are out of my price range!

  • jroot

    I normally prefer more traditional look but wouldn’t say no to a Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo.

  • Brentano

    Hubolt F1. I’d mug Bernie for one.

  • ssallen3

    I think Praesto’s Modern Fliegeruhr is a nice contemporary touch on the Aviator.

  • BrianGodfrey

    I really like the Hublot King Power Unico GMT watch for a non-traditional type watch.

  • NWP

    Most of the watches in my collection have a traditional style with one exception my Lip Dark Empire. I love the modern style of the case and fact that it was designed in the 70’s by Roger Tallon.

  • mugwumpr

    In nontraditional styles, I guess I’m partial to most of the things Alain Silberstein does.

  • nsshah311

    Really like this watch, would love to win one!

  • LarryAyonn

    I’m really liking the Devon Tread 1! Great piece of engineering.

  • Humanloop

    I’ve been a fan of the xetum brand for a while. Really like the Tyndall!

  • bradokg

    I’ve considered a Xetum but also quite like the Namos Tangomat

  • Zarik

    My favorite modern designs are definitively Linde Werdeline, especially the Spidolite in titanium with blued hands!

  • LarryAyonn

    I’m really liking the Devon Tread 1! Great piece of engineering.

  • MKeenan

    I’m in love with Urwerk’s offerings at the moment. Their recent pocketwatch UR-1001 was interesting, but their UR-110 is my favourite. You could argue that their styling is more futurist, than modernist or contemporary!

  • kaninax

    Xetum’s is a good example of modern design with a clean look. I especially like the Tyndall.

  • PaulElam

    Great looking watch and great giveaway! I liked Xetum watches on FB… as far as modern design, I really dig the MB&F HM3 Frog Watch. Simply amazing!!

  • Schmidty

    The Tank Américaine Tourbillon Volant by Cartier is an updated hole-in-dial version of a classic, and very nice.

  • http://yahoo/com kdking

    I like watches that take classic inspiration & mold into a practical today style of design. Android would be an extreme example. This Xetum uses the 7750 mov’t in a practical active watch. Dig the coin edge bezel w/ nulon strap.

  • LucasHarbeck

    this watch has always intrigued me…i see it all over the web on advertisements…my wife thinks it is ugly but I think it is a really neat looking piece. i would love to be wearing one. i like the more modern designs just cause the movements can be really interesting. and as far as a digital goes i really like that slyde watch.i really am looking forward to getting my first automatic watch.this would be a great first

  • DamianGentry

    Love their style. Favorite contemp. watch would be the Romain Jerome Space INvader Watch. The bee’s knees.

  • ukwolfeman

    Love the giveaway thanks. Probably the Prometheus GT Chrono comes to mind as a contemp design. Please count me in on this one.

  • DavidDrecktrah

    This beautiful watch would be a great start to 2012!

  • dempseydunn

    Love the Xetum style. Would be nice to show on of these off to friends.

  • DeLusional

    Most futuristic looking in general would go to the HD3 Slyde, but if we’re talking purely mechanical, I would probably pick the Opus 11 from Harry Winston.

  • MacAck

    Don’t consider Hublot too referential!

  • kinzieb

    Linde Werdelin Spidolite, but if you want to branch out into digital, I like what Nooka is doing too with a lot of their designs. Love the Xetum watches as well.

  • Rsheeley

    Very much like Xetum look. Modern design is best on the Linde Werdelin. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • checkov

    Thanks for the giveaway! With regards for a modern design watch, have had my eye on the Mutewatch, quite a nice piece of kit integrating robust technology with a minimilistic design

  • sjoconn

    Nice looking watch. My favorite “modern” looking watch I own is a Chase-Durer SF UDT. There are just so many great watches out there!

  • tbego1

    Beautiful watch! Not just because it’s the give away, but I love the Xetum line of watches, they are the modern and minimalist look that I like. Xetum is like the Apple of the watch world

  • nothen2do

    I really like the style of the numbers on the Xetum. My favorite modern/retro watch is the Bell & Ross 03-92. Love the look and feel of the watch

  • JoeWelke

    I like a lot of what Rado has done with their Ceramica and Integral lines. Nice design and well integrated bracelets and cases.

  • micaela6955

    I love the very cool modern design of the Ziiiro Mercury Chrome Ocean (the blue is gorgeous with the black).

  • manuelz

    I like the clean lines of this watch as well as the more extreme style of the Linde Werdelin chrono line.

  • ericshen

    Definitely the Hydrocarbon line from Ball. Would love to win this watch!

  • GeoffA

    Not sure if the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk qualifies as contemporary enough, I do tend to like classic and clean designs, however, I wouldn’t be adverse to owning an AP Royal Oak Offshore. The Xetum watches have definitely been on my list of watches I could hope to afford and would want to wear.

  • kubafast

    itay noy

  • MarcAlberts

    My favorite modern watch design is the Urwerk UR-110. I absolutely love this watch, and just wish I can one day have enough money to justify owning one. Very, very cool design. In a more reasonable and attainable pricerange, I love the Nomos World timer, and I do think the Piaget Altoplano ultrathin is about as elegant a modern (I don’t think of it as retro, but maybe folks disagree?) dress watch can be.

  • TonyAlexander

    I’ve always thought it a strange looking watch. Funny how the missing lugs can affect perception.

  • RondeJong

    Like the lug-less case of the watch.

    Would fit very nice on my wrist!

  • spardo

    although I don’t know anything about their build quality, I am a big fan of the Botta single hand 24h watches.

  • MarcoFranken

    How about the Mooren New Vintage?

  • kayhjoo

    I find ochs und junior watches to have a simple and modern look.

  • Neil C

    I love the lug-less design of this watch and the smaller 40mm makes this an ideal smart-casual, dinner-dress style watch. A nice alternative to the sports watches I have, especially the contemporary and menacing Lum-Tec M-Auto I have on order.

  • Luis Guilherme Menezes

    The Bauhaus inspiration of the Junghans Chrono. Minimalist and very classy. And I`ve being looking for the Xetum for quite some time… I hope I`m lucky now…

  • raspringer

    I love Xetum and have been dying to get my hands on one. I think Xetum is very contemporary and I love their style. I also like the fact that it is an American company based in California. Good luck to all.

  • mule_variant

    I’ve always liked these and would love to have one!

  • ragincajun

    digging that lug less look

  • wbilly

    I like the Uniform Wares Series 300 – sort of a Bauhaus-inspired design. I would be happy with a Xetum, however.

  • mbaj4

    Meo coveto the Azimuth Gauge Mecha1 BMF. The Xetum is as classic as Sammy Pepys.

  • rman_da_man

    I love the NOMOS and XETUM watches for their minimalist and elegant designs

  • mel_kam

    Watches that have a unique and non-generic look about them always appeal to me. I’m always looking for something different, and Xetum is one of the few that has attracted my attention. The simplistic design of the case (it looks like a compass!) and dial really stands out.

  • lomarti


    I would love to see The “Fiona Kruger Memento Mori Skull Watch” come into being!

  • Andrew O

    I really dig the Movado Master collection, Hublot Big Bang, and Issey Miyake TO automatic series. Unfortunately the Movado and the Issey Miyake are too wide for me. I find anything bigger than 40mm to be too big. Fortunately, the big bang comes in a 38 mm size!

  • NunoTerra

    I’m loving the clean design of the IWC Aquatimer, it has the German functional,simple yet rugged and stylish design Iove!!!

  • ArjanHoekstraa

    Xetum is fantastic, really like this watch. My favorite watch would be the ”Sinn Flieger Chronograph 103 Ti Ar”

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  • proto99

    I like the Zenith Futura both old and the XXL. The newer ome is a bit much but you have to love it for what it is.

  • skids

    I think I like the ??Fiona Kruger MeMento Mori Skull Watch the most, but almost all would work as I just like watches that are unusual.

  • grazor

    Still not certain about the Xentum. I am definitely intrigued but cant come down definitively on loving it and not sure why; but happy to enter a contest to win one. I love my Perrelet double turbine in red and black. Its my fun watch and invariably draws comments,

  • carolyn h

    AWESOME! I started regularly reading ABTR when you last gave away a Xetum watch. Yay, I get a second chance. Somy favorite modern style watches really are the Xetum watches, which I actually have bookmarked on my desktop, I really also like the design of Giuliano Mazzuoli watches.

  • crumley

    I really like Xetum watches because of the simple and timeless (no pun intended) design. One of my favs for sure.

  • andrewd

    I actually really like the Xetum watches in terms of their design approach. But Linde Werdelin get me excited too.

  • pbates99

    Nice watch. As for a truly modern watch, I keep coming back to the 100% LED Watch (google it). It is just a bracelet with thin LED’s between the links…cool

  • cmmatt

    Cool watch, sort of a fusion between a dress and sport watch. I think they are bay area local too.

  • dcbehan

    I’ve had my eye on Xetum for some time now. Really like the off white face and the lugless case. It somehow conveys a modern look yet evokes a World War II era sensibility (to me any way). Would love to wind it.

  • Thierry

    I like the LUM-TEC watches, especially the fantom models. The T-Sovet, too, look really modern / agressive (AVT-S76)

    Thank you.

  • spitflyer

    I like the Xetum Stinson here, the Halios 1000M (“puck”) is another modern design with invisible lugs.

  • rychastings

    I really like the look of Xetum watches but the modern watches I really like are the Bell and Ross square pilot watches. they seem like the perfect epitome of a tool watch. I really like my Dad’s old Tissot dress watch too though

  • Wha

    I love the classic dials on Meister Singer watches, but I feel like the contemporary Xetum dials strike a nice balance of new and old.

  • SeanDJ

    I love the Tyndall’s modern styling and the stinson presents this same quality with the simplicity of a second hand which I prefer. I also really enjoy the Mondaine models.

  • HarkHDC

    This one looks really nice – it seems a lot of my favorite stuff is designed in California. My modern favorite is the Schofield Signalman watch you covered earlier ( I like the minimalist, clean lines of this Xetum.

  • jose75

    Este es mio!!! La verdad un diseno muy simple pero muy bien terminado…….Puede ser una pieza para toda ocasion.

  • nsquared

    I’m a big fan of the clean modern look of Montblanc’s TimeWalker series of watches. Beautiful bold simple lines.

  • anand_patel_05

    this watch looks great. i’m also a fan of the classic movado look for moderns…

  • Rockymet

    It’s been a long time since I have surfed but with this cool watch I could at least look the part Dude!

  • dharms

    Really like the clean smooth lines of the Xetum. Easy to read.

  • mookroch

    Please give me this watch…thanks.

  • AdamFine

    The lug-less designe is very clean. Ive considered this watch a few times.
    Alternatively I’m a big fan of Orient star’s retro-future motorcycle diablo.

  • interval

    Would love a Xetum watch!

  • Marcrovner

    I like the simplicity of this watch. And, in fact, I greatly prefer to the Swiss Army Infantry watch I have. The stem and face are much cleaner. Plus the leather band is simpler.

  • KennethCusse

    I love the look of the Xetum, and I also appreciate the Tissots modern look, in particular the T Race

  • JMCraig

    I like the look of some Barcelona 666 pieces, as well as most of the the huge Haffstreuners. This Xetum is a very fresh watch too.

  • OmarB

    I love the contemporary design of the Stinson, even more than the Tyndall. I also like German Bauhaus style watches. The Nomos Tangente/Tangomat are favorites.

  • pkansa

    I think Defakto has some pretty interesting designs.

  • elbilo

    i like the look of xetum watches. the lugless case offers a very clean design, and the two polished against the brushed case are an elegant touch.

  • elbilo

    i like the look of xetum watches. the lugless case offers a very clean design, and the two polished rings against the brushed case are an elegant touch.

  • lesnichei

    I actually like this particular watch, the Xetum Stinson. Simple, yet elegant, face; black background on date; unique way the strap fits into the watch body. I don’t think I’ve see this on other watches.

  • JohnKim

    The Zetum watches have a very classic militaristic look which I find appealing, but not necessarily a new modern or contemporary approach to older designs. Looks like it would wear well with any attire and it definitely has a legible dial. I prefer this watch over the Tyndall which I find to be a little cluttered.

    If I had a choice of contemporaries, I think Alain Silberstein, Hautelence HL02 or Rebellion T-1000 are some fantastic modern/contemporary watches with brilliant mechanical engineering behind them.

  • Mstein4


    I have been impressed by the collection from Linde Werdelin specifically his SpidoSpeed watch. A special piece to add to a sophisticated collection

  • Genesys

    Eexcellent watch! Will they be releasing one with day-date and GMT complications any time soon?

  • Genesys

    Excellent watch! Will they be releasing one with day-date and GMT complications any time soon? My favorite retro-inspired watch would be the Glashutte Senator Seventies vintage date panaroma automatic.

  • jstevens74

    timeless classic! MUST HAVE!

  • Squadra

    Thanks to Xetum for this wonderful opportunity ! One of the contemporary watch that I really appreciated this year is the KING POWER 48 mm MINUTE REPEATER CHRONO TOURBILLON in carbon. What a crazy mix of materials and shape.

  • socksguy

    I think Alain Silberstein, or Hautelence HL02 are some awesome modern/contemporary watches with brilliant mechanical engineering behind them in contrast to the classic glasutte senator collection

  • Bennett

    My favorite modern watch is an Oakley watch I have. I’m not sure what model but as everyone knows, Oakley watches are pretty modern. It’s older now, maybe 5 years old so it doesn’t look in style as much as it once did but it’s cool.

  • SparkyEOT

    I think classic “Modern” is best illustrated by the Movado Museum Watch… Mondaine does well, too!

  • JayM

    Another outstanding giveaway! I’m a big fan of NOMOS (the modern dials, in-house movements, “boutique” brand) and can’t wait for the opportunity to check out the new Zürich Weltzeit in person. Beautiful execution of a modern-day world timer.

  • thomashan1

    awesome giveaway!

    I’m a fan of the IWC Portuguese

  • Ghotire

    I would also go with a Movado. One of their new models, the Bold (3600071), with its orange-on-grey, half-life appeal is still fresh in my mind. It struck me as one of the most modern-looking watches I had ever seen, and it would actually look nice with a suit, I think.

  • FrankLima

    I would love this watch.

  • jdor13

    I like the ARCHIMEDE Outdoor watch. Very good visibility with clean lines.

  • justinfeinstein

    In love with this watch.

  • speterson73

    I’ve always like the Bell & Ross models.

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  • Gassy

    Love the One Hertz.

  • Gassy

    Love the new One Hertz… This setup has been on my short list!

  • WirasatriaMdHusni

    In relation to modern designed watches, I believe nothing beats a Richard Mille (any one).

  • kapitanshaun

    Thanks for another great contest. According to Officine Panerai the Luminor 1950 10 Days GTM 44mm is a contemporary watch. So, I like that one.

  • jmyers2011

    I’ve been wanting a Xetum ever since I saw your first article about them. However, I can’t really justify the purchase as a broke college student. I would love to win this watch.

  • MFH

    The Arnold & Son TB88 from yesterday is probably the coolest contemporary I’ve seen recently. Would love the Xetum.

  • RandyTorres

    I would go with a MB&F HM2 as my choice of watch with a modern or contemporary design. I already have the LE Tyndall would love to add the Stinson to my collection!

  • salamakha

    The latest contemporary watch I liked was Bremont Supermarine – a superb watch from a newly established company

  • jbesson

    The case seems a bit rough to me, based on the pictures, but still Xetum developed their own DNA. Looking forward on how they will develop in the future.

  • jxavier

    Linde Werdelin Spidolite II

  • raol

    MIH watch – cold, clean and sober design I lust after.

  • poussin

    The Edmond Pole Guardian is my favorite watch this year. Cool and original design, I ordered one for Christmas. 😉

  • MaxyJaxx

    I really like Linde Werdelin’s 3-timer as a contemporary watch!

  • transacto

    For modern watches, Projects Watches are very elegant and carried by MoMA in NYC or online:

  • albinhultman

    Would really love to win the Xetum. In regards to the question, the flyback chronograph version of the Blancpain 50 Fathoms blends different features in a way that shows how watchmaking has evolved. Operational to 300 meters.

  • TSpark

    Thanks for nice giveaway again! Really like this Xetum. From modern design selection I like Montblanc TimeWalker.

  • benjaminkc

    Great giveaway! I like Maurice de mauriac, linde and xetum!

  • cyrildelatorre

    Great giveaway, love the simplicity of Xetum watches

  • rjsinger12

    I really like the Xetum watches, they have a contemporary yet classic design. As far as modern designs go the Citizen Satellite Eco-drive really catches my eye.

  • Cedric

    First thing that caught my eye about the Xetum Stinson is the simplicity of the watch. As far as I am concerned, simplicity also top of my consideration. AS far as modern is concerned, the MIH is defintely one watch with simplicity at it best, but with complexity with it’s functions.

  • mathlaflamme

    I like the Devon Tread 1 😉

  • webking

    Xetum watches look great.

  • Bls8925

    Xetum watches look great, love the simple design. My favorite contemporary design to date is the MB&F HM4 Limited Edition. That is a crazy cool design

  • generic

    I really like the MIH annual calendar.

  • jeffbuzzell

    Sharp looking watch. I like the Tisso watches for a modern look.

  • manivelle

    I’m not sure that the Cartier pocket skeleton qualifies, but that’s my choice.

  • NoleenELT

    The TAG Grand Carrera Calibre 36 is a very modern design.

  • jwoodsy

    Interesting watch, from a US watch brand. I also like the design of the new Chris Ward C11. Just the right amount of minimal style for my liking.

  • ilia

    I love the Ressence watch that was reviewed this year. Too bad it isn’t more affordable!

  • patgilmartin

    i tend to be a fan of more vintage looks overall, but contemporary looks can still be really nice when muted and simple, like this xetum. i am a huge fan, however of dievas watches and their very tough build-quality.

  • Thor0510

    Very nice looking watch!

    I really like the Dievas Vortex Professional , easy to read, clean design!

  • Michael Walters

    I do like the looks of some of the Brauns I’ve seen.

  • bspin

    I think the Stowa Antea is a good mix of old and new.

  • dclion

    Mondaines have some good modern styling!

  • Iantheklutz

    I like the Pita Barcelona Molinos.

  • MikiMichael

    My choise is: IWC Big Ingenieur IW500505

  • spedmonkey

    While I generally prefer watches with classic styling, I do have to say that I’m oddly drawn to a lot of the new stuff Harry Winston is rolling out, particularly the Midnight Tourbillon and the Opus VII.

  • netracer17

    I actually like the Xetum Tyndall the best, but would love this one as well

  • Mikelnikki

    I liked the Tyndall in black

  • MattHeninger

    Three letters…IWC. I’ll take one please!

  • Mayak

    I particularly enjoy the feel of pieces like Dievas’ Vortex, but I may be falling in love with Xetum. :)

  • Wilkdesigns

    I like the Xetums, interesting refreshing style

  • ChrisTiradoMX

    I really like the looks and functionality of the Ressence watch (specially in black!). But I can reaaaaally fall in love with the Xetum, it looks elegant and casual without trying too hard

  • erikdy

    If I had an extra 50K sitting around, I think I might just drop it on the Frederic Jouvenot Helios. Since I don’t have quite that much on hand, I’ll go for the Xetum.

  • YuxiLai

    Starck PH1116 vertical watch. Looks futuristic but like the 80’s version of the future. 😀

  • auzzieB

    Gotta go w/ the AP ROO. Granted it’s 40 yrs old, but I still feels as fresh as if they rolled it out today.

  • markheftler

    I really appreciate the Praesto Modern Fliegeruhr that you posted an age ago – that was one I really wanted to win!

  • midnightclub

    For contemporary styling, its hard to beat Urwerk. the URWERK UR-110 ZrN Torpedo Champagne Supernova Watch is sublime. Thanks for the opportunity to win the Xetum, which is a beautiful watch as well…good luck to all!!!

  • vandyland24

    I have two Xetum Tyndalls, the black and the carbon fiber LE. I love the lugless design. I am in love with the Bell and Ross aviator line, however I don’t currently own one. I have lusted over a brown Stinson to add to my collection.

  • SimeonWeinraub

    I think that the Tyndall is a great combination of modern and traditional design. The case design is great, although I usually wear rectangular or tourneau style watches, there is something about that lugless circle that is very appealing. I also am a sucker for a seconds sub-dail.

  • Mbe500

    Love the Xetum Tyndall with a black dial.

  • MatthewHofbauer

    I’d say my favorite modern design would be the Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo, though the URWERKs are up there too. Thank you and good luck everyone!

  • rjboyd

    I really love these Xetum watches, in particular the Tyndall in off white with the brown strap. I’m also a big fan of the brAun Automatic Watch with the white face and black strap. In design, I like the clean minimalist aspects of both watches. The price is right on each as well but the automatic movement on the Xetum watches is extremely appealing for this modern styled watch. These are my two favorites.

  • hiveender

    I have been a fan of Xetum since you started reporting on them a few years ago. I would love to see them add a GMT complication to the Tyndall. For contemporary styled watches, I think that Linde Werdelin are doing some really interesting things and really like the SpidoSpeed chronograph.

  • jasonainsworth75

    I like Xetum watches, especially for a watch using an off the shelf movement (ETA). In terms of watchmakers employing their own movement, NOMOS has my heart, particularly their Club or Tangente families. Bonus, they are independent, like Xetum, and not a part of one of the big three.

  • gloeser7

    Love Xetum watches. A friend got the Xetum Tyndall white dial auto a couple years ago, and I really loved both the watch and the fact that it was made by an up and coming California company. As for another modern style watch, if money was not a question, I would have to go with a Harry Winston Opus XI. Such an innovative and unique movement.

  • Garvey36

    I’ve loved Xetum watches for a while now. My favorite modern watch is the Linde Werdelin 3-timer.

  • drwmak

    Gotta be the Urwerk automatic turbine series. UR-202 or 203 is just out there in design with those telescoping hands.

  • RedTemplar

    There’s something about Daniel Will-Harris’s Past-Present-Future watch that just draws me in. It’s just so effortlessly cool and still manages to be (sorta-kinda) functional.

  • hyj

    I like Xetum watches.

  • Mesupa

    I’ve been eyeing this watch since I first heard of xetum through this site. I almost purchased one, but the wife( boss ) said no. I think it is a good looking time piece, and look forward to Xetum’s future creations. As for contemporary watches, Richard Mille is true mechanical art.

  • jaey226

    I love Nomos Tangente and Ressence Zero series. Tangente has a beautiful simplicity about it. I think it’s one of the prime example of watch dial that is designed in a manner similar to Modernist architecture: graceful lines, symmetric where it needs to be, with a fantastic color scheme (yeah, very simple white and blue, but it works). I like Ressence Zero series because it’s a fun watch, I love the regulator dial and that little hand on the 12 o’clock position. I don’t quite know what that’s about but it feels like it’s saying, “Stop, hey it’s lunch time!”

  • Ezmate

    Good looking watch! I really gravitate towards the watches with clean lines like this one. If money were no object, I’d probably go with the De Bethune DB26 (not the DB28…too busy for my liking).

  • tennisandsushi

    I would love to win the Stinson since I was considering purchasing one anyway. But I also like one of the watches I found by clicking the ads on this site. It’s a Clerc Odyssey Silicium. Sporty, modern, stylish. Check it out.

  • ArqAbelCastillo

    I Like to special brands, because of the minimalistic cut and the simplicity of the design, Xetum and Bell& Ross, i preffer this brands in front of vintage style.

  • gregstawicki

    I really enjoy what NOMOS and Damasko are doing with their current lines. If I could afford it I would absolutely get a NOMOS Tangente. I think that is a perfect fusion of technology and clean, modern design!

  • cnacho14

    Have long enjoyed the minimalist look of this Xetum line. Nice marriage of an un-cluttered face with sharp crisp lines that please the eye. As far as some of my favorite “modern” styles out there:

    1: Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC : Masculine case with an almost “Alien” vibe.

    2: Corum Seafender Tides 48 : Long been a fan of the Admiral’s Cup lineage, and they continually manage to make aesthetic and internal improvements to keep the line fresh. Great movement and a great looking timepiece.

  • ChristianSay

    Absolutely LOVE the xetum design. I prefer the stinson though, as the tyndall seems a bit cluttered to me.

  • chez

    In terms of modern styling, I like the minimalistic styling of the new Movado Bold line. They are not the most sophisticated watches by anyone’s standards, but they have class.

  • RGM

    My favorite vintage looking watch would be the Omega Museum MD watch love the retro look with today’s movement but Xutem has done a great job with their retro looking Stinson watch.

  • danskino

    Nice watches. Would love to have one! I like the Magrette Regattare or the Halios Laguna as well. The Botta Design also offers a nice modern design. Best wishes for 2012

  • danskino

    Nice watches. Would love to have one! I like the Magrette Regattare or the Halios Laguna as well. The Botta Design also offers a nice modern design. Best wishes for 2012

  • fearlessleader

    You asked for a modern or contemporary favorite… I think that this qualifies: A Stuhrling Original Men’s Sportsman’s ‘Eagle’. A quartz, and not an automatic like the Xetum… but it is a nice simple clean design.

  • Walteryz

    Great look, nice mechanism, “me” like it a looooooot!

  • danielpcooke

    I love the LUMTEC watches as examples of contemporary watch design. Starts with a somewhat traditional idea and then just goes … aggro … on it. I think these Xetum watches are great, cleanly designed pieces. Actually, harkening back to a LUMTEC watch, reminds me of the Lumzilla watches but dressier.

  • wjt22

    i have always liked the modern design of the Mondaine Swiss railway watches ( This Xetum looks great too, and is definitely a conversation starter!

  • pablopl231

    Excellent watch.

  • saam14

    I love the Hublot Big Bang as a contemporary design watch

  • malletus

    I love the looks of this watch, as well as the watches from lum-tec.

  • jvdb26

    Very nice looking watch. I’d love to win it!

  • Nuno

    Very nice watch… I can picture it in wrist.

  • andrema

    This Xetum watch is very nice looking and I have been interested in this brand for some time. Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

    My favorite vintage looking watch would be the Omega Museum MD watch love the retro look with today’s movement but Xutem has done a great job with their retro looking Stinson watch.

  • pud19660

    Beautiful watch! Has a very Bauhhaus look much like the Nomos line of watches which I also find very nice as well. Great value with a very good movement.

  • bsmith1

    I have been jonesing for a Xetum Stinson since they came out. I they are my favorite contemporary watch, hands down.

  • modok1

    I’ve always liked the Xetum. I also like the Lum-tec V-series as a watch with a new design.

  • rogerdude

    The MIH Watch is probably the best clean modern watch around.

  • neilus

    Very cool watch by Xetum. I like the clean modern-classic style of brands like u boat, and the Stinson is up there with the coolest!

  • ariefemran

    Xetum a watch worth winning and longing for

  • Jetman89

    i love the modern Audemars Piguet royal oak offshore designs

  • Niels

    Personally i love the Louis Erard 1931 Black PVD (with power reserve and regulator). Looks modern and still a classic dresswatch! Hoping to buy one of those one day 😉

  • canada_doug

    I love the Xetum. Nice watch!

  • gojiB

    i love this one – one my favourite ‘well not so contemporary’ watches is the seiko discus burger with regards to it’s design elements… hard to find, but would love to have one

  • Kevinsod

    I first saw this Xetum watch when you did your review in 2010. The clean lines make this the perfect watch for a day in the office or out on the water. The lugless design is probably the main reason I like the look of this watch.

    The contemporary watch that I really like is the Oakley TimeBomb II. While the case and movement is something we have seen before, the bracelet is amazing and is probably the best use of dual materials in a bracelet to date. This video tells it all: You should review this watch on your blog!

  • Torben754

    I would have to say the “What if” Omega Speedmaster with a more modern dial featured on a previous post. That said – I love this Xetum!

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  • RevereGriffin

    I love the Mix of modern and classic that Xetum have. I really enjoy there attention to detail and design on their dials.

  • th4tk1d

    I too like Xetum’s watches as they are clean and elegant. Also, its nice to see more American brands gaining popularity as one of my other favorites in that price range is Hamilton. Lately, I’ve been into pilots watches so I like both the Stowa Airman and the IWC Mark XVI (and am very excited for 2012 with the refresh to all the IWC Pilots Watches). When it comes to modern designs, I’m quite a fan of the Devon. I just saw it in person and while its a behemoth in size (probably too big for me to wear), it just looks amazing!

  • Ovidiu Hretcanu

    How about Tendence watches, or even this very Xentum?

  • BrianD320

    I love the integrated band on the xetum watches. I’ve been looking at these for a while. Haven’t had the funds to purchase one, but love that they are designed here in the US and have such a clean, yet unique style.

    Continue the great work! love the blog.

  • shuellmi

    I love the newer vintage IWC ingeniur watch faces. Xetum would look great on my wrist too

    • shuellmi

      also love the bauhaus inspired Nomos watches

  • bucky6ix

    Love the Xetum watches…just hoping to get a hold of one…hopefully in about a month :)

    Regarding a modern watch, it is definitely out there, but I like the Devon Tread. Just a really neat and fun way to display time.

  • Kris C

    oddly enough, probably the most affordable I own: the Phosphor. I think the ability to change the look of the dial is pretty unique compared to the bulk of my collection.

  • Borzy

    One of my favorite watches with a modern design would have to be the Red Sea Six Pounder.

  • mrkauffman

    Love the Xetum’s, and would love one of the Mooren “New Vintage” watches. I love the idea of supporting a young watchmaker.

  • mrkauffman

    Love the Xetum’s, and would love one of the Mooren “New Vintage” watches. I love the idea of supporting a young watchmaker.

  • JeffCameron

    This is an awesome watch!

  • Aaron Ackermann

    Very nice! I like the Sinn 756 styling – so clean!

  • jamespmacneil

    I love the classic styling of the Xetum, and although I am not a big fan of the digital/analog combination time pieces, I do like the new Hamilton Khaki-Pilot.

  • mjolner

    For a modern watch I think that Botta UNO 24 has a neat thing going, i.e. showing day vs night by color on the face.

    The XETUM has a really great modern style but can’t help but get a truly classic feeling from looking at it. I think it’s a very nice look!

    • mjolner

      my ipod nano is a great ‘modern watch’ too. My roadID makes a great band.

  • Sinner_la

    The Xentum watch’s simple yet bold face is reminiscent of the clean lines from one of my favorite watches that is no longer around, the Ventura V-Matic.

  • Bunztieger

    Straight to the point, bold, and yet classic. Xetum does a great job in modernizing while keeping a classic feel. Cheeky watch.

  • dmccoytx

    Would love to win one of these. Been admiring them for a while now. Awesome design.

  • dmccoytx

    Would love to win one of these. Been admiring them for a while now. Awesome design.

  • JustForFun

    Classic yet contemporary, simplistic yet sophisticated, truly remarkable Xetum.

    Modern watch of choice would definitely be the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave and Appleseed XIII.

  • wyfeofbath

    It’s not contempo like Tokyoflash, on one level, or Urwerk, on another, but I’m partial to the Hermes Arceau le temps suspendu.

  • clarkent1

    I second the pick for Nomos

  • octatonic

    I have admired the Xetum since I first saw it. I have been setting aside $100 a month for a couple of months, just 8 more to go!

  • watchdawgy

    My favourite watches have to be from Speake-Marin. What a talented independent watch maker!

  • BC2000

    Sharp Xetum. I like the clean case and understated dial, bringing to mind a Nomos. My favorite contemporary watch is the Lange Zeitwek. They managed to seamlessly combine a somewhat traditional look with a departure from the traditional timepiece. Thanks to the folks at Xetum for the giveaway!

  • APLove

    I am a fan of no frills classical timepeices. Less is more in my opinion, although, there have been a few watches with a more modern aesthetic that have caught my eye. They all happen to be Urwerk watches. In particular the UR-1001 Pocket watch. Like all watches made by Urwerk it is a wonder of the mechanical world and a great, nobel price winning feat in the field of micro engineering. Taking something as classic as the pocket watch and propelling it far beyond anything of our time, this watch appeals to the watch lover and sci-fi nerd in me.

  • Mike Bas

    Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave

  • temfyg

    The Mondaine big date is one of my favorite watch “modern” watch.

  • sydpok

    I like Linde Werdelin’s offerings, especially the SpeedoLite series.

  • AlanL

    The Xetum Tyndall reminds me quite a bit of the Nomos Tangente. I am seriously lusting after the Stinson model however. I immediately fell in love with this beauty. A simple yet elegant design uncluttered and sized perfectly. This watch is horological perfection.

  • vmarks

    The Xetum family is a tasteful design that I should be proud to wear. Other modern watches worth wearing are the Braun, and Mondaine. Yes, I know they’re simple quartz driven pieces, but there’s a lot to be said for simple readable execution that doesn’t deny its first purpose – to help the reader tell time.

  • kyleoneal

    I am currently looking into the Lum-Tec line for my next piece.

  • DHll

    love everything from Sarpaneva! Especially K3 Harvest Moon :)

  • leighbass81

    Always loved the look of the Xetum…I think Christopher ward offer some future classics if the brand grows in time…Im also a big fan of the Dior Chiffre Rouge…Thing is with watches if you love them its hard not to find something great in all of them.

  • doobygeek

    This Xetum is beautiful. A watch with a modern design that has interested me is the Tag Heuer Monaco LS.

  • Bigbandito

    I like minimalist design. In modern watch design, I like the Phosphor E Ink.

  • Alex1990

    As far as contemporary-inspired designs go, my favorite is definetely Nomos watches, especially the Orion. The fact that they have in-house german movements and are affordable to us mortals is just icing on the cake!

  • turboscott

    The Stinson is a handsome piece. My favorite contemporary watch, Issey Miyake’s TO Wrist Watch, is a bit more minimalistic.

  • Dogbert

    For me, some of my favorite watches from the modern or contemporary design look are from Nomos or Sinn. As for the Xetum featured here, it is dripping with class. Very nice.

  • herd173

    great design, one of the few that look better in leather than in steel

  • http://google marcodaspoleto

    unusual watch with nice design. ETA movment.. . Darn i’m fixated with watches…

  • timvandijk

    I really like the design of the Xetum watches, especially the Tyndall, but the Stinson is also very nice.

  • roachmotel

    I love Alain Silberstein watches. The tourbillion models are beautiful and interesting.

  • JRAD

    I really like the clean lines of this one. I guess some would consider the Christopher Ward C11 MSL MK1 Automatic not a contemporary design but it is so clean that I really like it.

  • Prateekb

    The Sinn 756 is one of my favs. The Maurice de Mauriac modern chrono line is great as well.

  • SantoshChawla

    Xetum does a great contemporary/fresh take on the design (Stinson), MARCH LA.B does a ultra cool retro take on their designs (AM1 and AM2 Series)… Uniform Wares takes a modern minimalist approach in their designs (200 Series)

  • SantoshChawla

    Xetum does a great contemporary/fresh take on the design (Stinson), MARCH LA.B does a ultra cool retro take on their designs (AM1 and AM2 Series)… Uniform Wares takes a modern minimalist approach in their designs (200 Series)

  • jacobwstfll

    I like the design of this watch, and I think the no lug design really makes the watch itself pop! Would love to win this one.

  • stanfreedman

    Xetum makes great looking watches.

  • johanskoogh

    Lindewerdelin spidolite is a great modern watch

  • johanskoogh

    Lindewerdelin speedolite is a great modern watch

  • johanskoogh

    Lindewerdelin speedolite is a great modern watch

  • rbmbb

    I just love the look of the Clerc Hydroscaph. The uniqueness of the watch in its entirety, plus the extreme quality…just makes it one of my Grail watches.

  • scottkupferman

    I think the lugless style of the Xetum is very cool, reminiscient of the Ikepod Hemipode and Megapode….both of which look like a spacecraft on the wrist. Very modern, very sleek, very cool.

  • marnold

    Some of my favorite contemporary designs coming from Tendence, but I like this Xetum quite a lot too!

  • skellig1

    I am an admirer of the Alessi AL18010 Cambiare Blue. It is a truly elegant watch, has a unique layered face, and stands out in a crowd. I am also a huge fan of the Xetum watches & love that the company is based in San Francisco but stays true to traditional Swiss watch making roots.

    Thank you,

  • rBillett

    I was really liking and looking into Fitzroy watches, a UK company selling Swiss watches. Their designs to me are pretty classy but all the models have a little colorful flair. I have to say, though, these Xetum watches are more up my alley.

  • charlesnevers

    Nice watcht. I like modern desings of Richard Mile watches

  • Gabriel Balas Baconschi

    I love modern watches produced by Linde Werdelin and Perrelet. Spidospeed, Spido Lite from LW and Turbine from Perrelet are very cool and modern. But I like also traditional watches. This Xetum is gorgeous.

  • beast1909

    The Casio Ediface is a really sleek modern looking watch. I wouldn’t mind that on my wrist at all. Love all the spining dials it has. Color is sharp too.

  • beast1909

    The Casio Ediface is a cool modern looking watch. Sleek and sexy with cool features. I wouldn’t mind it on my wrist.

  • Steve Poorman

    I’m actually a big Xetum and really feel like their modern design is fantastic. (I’m on the Xetum mailing list and a fan of ablogtoread)

  • CG

    Xetum’s simplicity enhances it’s modernism; a minimalist approach. Much like another favorite… Rado has been doing lately. Nice watch to be sure.

  • kiddmen57

    Of the two Xetum models, I prefer the Stinson, it’s just cleaner looking in my opinion. I also have been digging some of the novelty watches such as the Ziiro, cheap, funky, and way out there. For modern mechanical, i like a lot in the Hublot line.

  • griffmcgrath

    I’m a fan of the contemporary and elegant simplicity of the Mondaine line. It actually reminds me a lot of Xetum!

  • RockyMtnChris09

    I like the simple design of Movado Men’s Tungsten Carbide Watch. Too bad I can’t afford it lol

  • RockyMtnChris09

    I like the simple design of Movado Men’s Tungsten Carbide Watch. Too bad I can’t afford it lol

  • Stokpot

    I like the Xetum Tyndall with the black dial. Classy watch

  • Marcrovner

    I would love to have this watch. I have a Tissot prc200 which is a nice everyday chronometer, but this watch would be a lot classier to wear on a daily basis.

  • dintal

    I have seriously totally loved this watch since i’d seen it. absolutely beautiful, and so clean looking. I feel like there is a lot of value in the brand. I totally wish i had enough cash floating around to pick one up.

  • gentilmoustachu

    My favorite “contemporary designed” watch would be the Itay Noy X-Ray.

  • fighter835

    One of my favorite current “modern” watches is the Magrette Regattare, I absolutely love it!

  • RichN

    I would say one of my favorite modern watches is the Oris BC3 Advanced. I thrive on simple designs like that and it’s why the Xetum Stinson is just so attractive in my eyes.

  • CraigOlds

    Just a great looking watch. The Tyndall is even better…

  • confit

    Surprising to see such a nicely-designed watch coming from California rather than Switzerland.

    One of my favorite modern watches in the Maitres du Temps Chapter One Titanium Black Dial. Handsome watch, with a design that is modern yet harkens back to the art deco watches of the 1830s and ’40s.

  • dukdlx

    I have an Oris TT3 Darryl O’Young Limited Edition watch with a skeleton front that show the date wheel. The dial is mineral crystal with an overlay that looks like the rim from the Porche race car that Mr. O’Young drives. Very cool and modern look.


    My first automatic watch, the Tissot T-Trend Couturier, is my favorite watch that features a modern or contemporary design. I like the wider metal bracelet as it relates to the watch case (39mm diameter).

  • harshad12

    I have a Omega seamaster as a gift from my grandfather… My first watch…. Like the overall appeal of the timepiece….

  • wosk

    To me the Nomos Glashutte tangomat has a very beautiful and modern dial

  • wosk

    To me the Nomos Glashutte tangomat has one of the most beautiful contemporary dial designs.

  • jtritlla

    Nice watch, clean and tidy as I like them.

  • markarroyo

    want. Want. WANT. I dug the Alba Riki Watanabe for a while, but…I gotta rep the bay.

  • sitnstew

    Not sure if it fits as a ‘contemporary’ watch but I absolutely love the Tsovet SVT-LX73

  • DivyenMenon

    The panerai luminor marina would be my fav watch, if i could afford to have it someday

  • yadgirl

    I like the Casio Women’s BG169R-7A Baby-G White Whale Digital Sport Watch.

  • yadgirl

    I like on Facebook as Kayce Crews

  • yadgirl

    I like on Facebook as Kayce Crews

  • yadgirl

    Iike Xetum on Facebook as Kayce Crews

  • pNut

    Coolest clean watch I have seen! Im liking the modern revival of older style watches such as the bell & Ross collection WW1

  • carnor

    I like the MB&F HM4, that’s about as futuristic as it gets!

  • Bob Sebastian

    I have a Xemex and a Ventura SPARC I like quite a bit but if we’re talking wish list I’ve got to go Urwerks or Ikepod for that unobtainable modern look!

  • sasisc1512

    This reminds me of the C5 Malvern Automatic by Cristopher Ward which I’ve always admired. Such simple elegance and class to it.

  • jimley815

    Contemporary versus retro? That’s a fine line. My favorite watch fitting this category would be the Hamilton Khaki Pilot. If the watch is timeless- it won’t be retro or contemporary, it will just be timeless.

  • Eyes

    Hi there, Over in SE Afghanistan right now and I saw this watch in a Mens Journal magazine lying around one of the CP’s and have fallen in love. The design is, in a sense of timeless and Americana, absolutely beautiful. It reminds me of a style of watch that might have been worn by some of our FBI G-Men in the 30’s, or on the wrists of pilots strapping on their leather helmets and climbing into their polished aluminum war birds, pushing the throttle forward and banking over the channel into Germany. Beautiful. A favorite modern watch (which still remains basically unchanged since the early 60’s) is the Omega Speedmaster Pro. Modern updated mechanisms with a 1960’s chronograph face. A true piece of history and work of art that watch. If you haven’t read about the Speedmaster and it’s trips, I highly recommend a read. An EXTREMELY modern style watch would be the Harry Winston Opus Eleven. I still stare at videos of that watch in action. Stunning, functional, art. Great blog! -Nate

  • tommyhigdon

    I like the modern look of the NFW AutoPilot.

  • AmirBahalegharn

    I like ” Christopher Ward C8 Pilot Mk. II Vintage Edition ” as a modern watch , & as for traditional ” Orient Aviator ref. EM7A001B “

  • bsegel1

    I love the the Tyndall and the new Cartier Cadran Love Tourbillion Watch!!!

  • Drone242

    I really like the Tendence Driver

  • emerysm

    I like the resco patriot.

  • waslos

    I do love the sleek and austere design of Xetum. Lately i’ve been admiring the work done by Christopher Ward, and recently purchased a C5 Malvern Automatic MK2. Great Blog btw. I check in daily.

  • fabiomferreira

    Love the Xetum pieces. For modern/contemporary I’ll go with any Richard Mille.. let’s say RM010 just to narrow it. Great 2012, keep up the amazing work.

  • lostcauz

    I’m a big fan of RGM so, it’s somewhat hard to call a classical American watchmaker contemporary. However, I like the model 400 chronograph.

  • dcoux09

    Huge fan of what MeisterSinger is doing with their one handed watches. Love ’em.

  • MikeSchuurmans

    love the watches coming out of Ochs und Junior. Every simple and understated

  • Gee2789

    I’ve been a huge fan of the Ochs un Junior watches coming out. Understated but a lot of nice movements hidden within.

  • MarkGurgone

    Linde Werdelin Spidolite has a great look.

  • TheChairman

    The Urwerk range of watches are crazy. First came across the brand a couple of years ago and would love to own a 203. I’m on the Xetum mailing list.

  • dbsutton

    love seeing the site!

  • Bigjaczzu
  • Bigjaczzu

    That HYT liquid timekeeper is about as contemporary as it gets… I’ll go with the Royal Oak Offshore also ( since I just acquired one… Sachin Tenduklar model (the table tennis champ) ) but the Xetum is a bit more understated… Which I like!!!

  • James Enloe

    A favorite contemporary piece that I think is quite extraordinary is the Harry Winston Opus Eleven. Quite an achievement, I feel, in making watches something different.

  • raditzer

    I really like the looks and tech of any MB&F – just WOW! As for classic, either Rolex sub or Omega Seamaster get my vote. I’m not sure how I feel about the lugless case. I’ll decide when it is on my wrist! Happy New Year!

  • yosap

    I have been drooling over pictures of the Xetum Stinson since i first saw it. Pure style! 

  • mcstin

    Great Contest. The other watch I like besides the Stinson with the black dial and black strap is the Nomos Norma. I prefer an automatic movement. The fact that the name of this watch is Stinson the same as my last name doesn’t hurt either. No ,Stinson beach was not named after my family.

  • mortal69

    I think this is a great time piece. I have always enjoyed the styles and perpetual motion watches not to mention kinetic watches as well. one of my all time favorites is 1950’s longines 18kt gold (rose) watch and tag heuer watches. I don’t currently have even a good watch. I can longer afford shoot even groceries, due to lack of jobs where I live but I am keeping a good outlook on life. So in TIME LOL I hope to be able to afford some finer things in life especially my passion for watches. and the newly to be released HYT H1 is my ultimate watch to own. check out there teaser video on youtube you will be mesmerized.

  • N_Y

    swatch rebel, simple, functional, disposable. exemplifies the contemporary world

  • EvilEugenius

    From the first time I saw an Ad for the Xetum watches I fell in love. I wish I could afford one lol. I am new to the watch scene but one of my favorite contemporary watches that I have come across would be the Panerai Special Edition Scienziato. I love how it looks so unique and yet retains all the functionality you would expect from your watch. This would be the first item I would attempt to purchase if I ever won the lottery lol.

  • pcmxa

    Xetum’s Stinson has a nice elegant design. I like clean design in contemporary watches, particularly when it can be combined with a lot of features. The Suunto Elementum Aqua does a great job of this. The sleek lines and negative display make for a very elegant watch, even if it is digital.

  • Hayden C

    Xetum ad’s popped up quite a bit a short while ago and it’s defo a very special looking watch! I also like the company’s plans to make their product as environmentally friendly as possible. Both the Stinson & Tyndall have classic style and would love to have one!

  • lauraevella

    i really do love the look on these Xetum time and forgot how clean they look until i saw the ad again. kind of kins to the retro bell & ross series with simplicity and clean numerals on the dial. I am a fan of the retro and happen to be a proud owner of an uber cool Ikepod, for the days when unique is the only way to go. Totally dig either the stinson white face.

  • Patmore83

    Hublot Big Bang! i love the design in the all black ceramic. Next would be the Panerai Radiomir, such a elegant design.

  • Ricc

    I like the Citizen Nighthawk as a contemporary take on classical features. The design of the GMT readout is unique with its bi-directional hand alternately keeping time on a semicircular scale. The inclusion of the E6-B flight computer on an internally rotating bezel is a unique feature as well.

  • samleman

    I like the victorinox ambassador because it is one of the first watch that I ever got!

  • samleman

    My favorite modern/contemporary watch is Arnaud Tellier’s 2LMX!!! The design is ridiculous and the movement is unmatched.

  • AleksBak

    IWC pilot watch

  • Phil Schmeltzer

    The Xetum design is very clean and the disc shape of the case is very unique. They’re beautiful watches!

  • BenjaminShih

    Nooka Zon black. It just makes me feel like I’m apart of the Tron universe haha

  • JohnGusky

    love the xetum. i’ll take 2 please.

  • gmtmin5

    great contest! i like mb&f modern designs

  • Cristina Balas Baconschi

    once again, great giveaway. My favorite is Omega Speedmaster Automatic Chronometer, but I also like Xetum Stinson. which is very elegant.

  • omega595

    I’ve fallen in love with the elegance and simplicity of the Nomos Tangomat, and I’m steadily working toward owning one. In the interim, a Xetum Stinson would be a fantastic start to my horological collection!

  • the nice chap

    lovely lookin watch that^! well i really do love my Citizen WR 100 great workhorse of a watch, well built and overall a hardy watch =) i’m a cheap and cheerful type of watch person so this would be the perfect addition to that collection and would fit in nicely seen as how it’s free and all!

  • Kenyon

    The Xetum Stinson is a great watch! I’m in love with the modern HYT H1 Hydro Mechanical Watch. If i could, I would sell my foot for that watch.

  • bbr

    actually met Jeff Kuo earlier. cool dude. found myself outside his market st. office thinking it was a showroom. he still took time to show me the watches. clean and solid. favorite modern watch? it used to be the devon tread 1 until i saw the HYT hydro mechanical

  • RWSeltzer

    The Xetum Stinson is a very clean and simple watch design. I have a variety of watches that I enjoy wearing — at the moment my favorite is the Breitling Navtimer.

  • justinfeinstein

    Love everything I’ve seen from Xetum. Also a big fan of Welder as far as modern goes.

  • BingBong

    have to say that the cream dials combined with the lugless design is fantastic, very art deco. i am a pretty big rolex submariner, panerai radiomir, and every IWC watch lover, but my favorites have to be the IWC aquatimer deep 2 (modern) vs. the IWC handwounds (both portuguese and portofino; vintage).

  • Eggtronics

    I love the Porsche Design Worldtimer. Very futuristic/modern styling, looks beautiful. Also you can’t go wrong with any Skagen for simplistic design!

  • jstarant

    I really like the designs from Xetum. I’ve also recently become a fan of Dedegumo watches, especially the Keynote watch.

  • drrone

    The Xetum is a subtly styled watch with that modern feel. I really like HYT Hydro H1, for a contemporary watch style. Although, the Uwerk 110 is amazing.

  • hemjha

    Haven’t come across a more unpretentious watch than Xetum before! Omega Constellation has been my favorite so far.

  • Mike M.

    I’m not big on the retro designs. However, I love all of the Xetums. They are clean, visible, sharp.

  • Bothellcowboy

    I love the technical simplicity of Tissot’s T17152652 PRC 200 Watch

  • Bothellcowboy

    I love the technical simplicity of Tissot’s T17152652 PRC 200 Watch.

  • frankiek

    I have to say the Xetum Tyndal and the Android Virtuoso Limited Edition Tourbillon have both caught My eye. And this Xetum Stinson would be a watch I would proudly wear! And Good Luck to All.

  • Solfish

    I’m a huge fan of the Corum Ti-Bridge. It looks so simple and shows of much of the mechanics going on inside of the watch. Elegant and understated, much like Xetum’s line.

  • fay1229

    I love the contemporary designs of Stowa and Nomos

  • the one

    This is a really nice watch, I am excited to see it is designed in the US. I also like the Citizen WR 100 and the Momentum Atlas Limited edition with the rosewood face.

  • wonderpalu

    Lovely watch! Clean, simple, modern and functional. What more could you ask ?

  • eyewatchlife

    I am a big fan of Xetum’s functional elegance and I also really like the unique and beautifully simple designs coming from Ochs und Junior. aBlogtoRead rocks!

  • dp96

    I really like the simple yet unique design of the Xetum watches. From all the pictures I’ve seen (Xetum website and here), the detail in the design and finish of the case as well as the unique strap – the quality seems to be all there. Other unique, contemporary watch designs that I like are from Skagen and Noon watches.

  • GoGoJackson

    Fantastic watch. I love the simplicity in the Stinson’s design. Another contemporary standout that I’m quite taken with is Uboat’s Classico Cab. It looks like a beautiful watch.

  • MarioZaorski

    Absolutely love this watch, such an understated design and yet very strong. Also a huge fan of IWC Aquatimer design, the xetum seems to have a slight resemblance to it.

  • pdij

    I love the look of the Xetum – other modern designs I like are the Uniform Wares and A.B.Art.

  • htklun

    Very modern looking watch. Simple and elegant. Looking forward to the contest!!

  • htklun

    The Xetum is a very simple and elegant watch, like the dressed up and sexier version of my current favorite contemporary watch – the Magrette Regattare, a watch that I discovered right here on this blog. Now I wear it when I head to the beach or out sailing.

  • dp96

    Which Stinson dial color would you select — the black dial or white dial? Why? I am torn and just curious as to what most would choose…

  • dp96

    I am torn between the dial colors on the Stinson (Black, Brown/Tan or the Off-White) — which would you choose / like better?

  • vmarks

    I love the XETUM. When I think of contemporary watches, I think of this, Braun, Mondaine – anything with a minimalist origin. The way XETUM maintains a simple uniform case and strap attachment epitomizes this.

    I wonder about MIRO as a contemporary watch – some of the white case/white dial combinations seem to come close.

  • ozwaldster

    Great design the XETUM. Love the lugless look, Simplicity, undertstated, refined. Class.

  • jkingsbury

    The simple and clean looking face of the Stinson really stands out among all the cluttered, over the top, so called modern watches. The simplicity may be retro inspired but to me it looks modern in the best sense of the word.

  • Kunisman

    I´m very fond of the Urwek UR-110.

  • Brian M

    Nice design for sure. I just came acros the Fortis IQ watch, a very unique, modern looking piece

  • AEC

    the Xetum Stinson is definitely a classy looking watch. As far as modern pieces go I’m inclined to like some of Alpina’s stuff as well as the funky modern mechanical displays seen in urwerk and the Devon Tread Watches.

  • kaneshiro1

    Don’t laugh. I like the look of the Red Line Compressor with white dial, black indicators, and plain stainless case/bezel.

  • Drailal

    Great looking watches. Like the sleek style, similar to good looking Uniform Wares watches.

  • ZakZak

    I like Hublot Big Bang King Power

  • GeorgeOkuno

    I love the look of the Phosphor e-ink watches!

  • Maximilien

    Bell&Ross pilot heritage

  • PhillyFil

    The elegant simplicity of Xetum’s Stinson & Tyndall models seem to have taken watch lovers by surprise. The company (Xetum) uses high end elaborated movements such as the workhorse that is the ETA 2824-2 and the higher end ETA 2895-2, which can be found in watches costing 4 times the price. Having owned watches that range from Stowa’s Marine Original (roman numeral one), which is a great contemporary choice, to a U-Boat flight deck classico ’45, which subscribes to the bigger watch revolution that has taken over the past years, I can say that Xetum’s appeal lies in between such watches. The Stinson or Tyndall measure 40 mm in diameter(lug less) by no means tiny on the wrist while simultaneously not in the oversized tacky watch club (I term I can use as I have unfortunately owned a U-boat). To me, Xetum has simply got it right, clean dial, modern and unique design, high end materials, not to mention a few notable eco-friendly initiatives such as using rubber wood & cork lined leather straps. This company gets the modern watch lover, I would love to own of these and would show it off shamelessly !

  • DKnowltronics

    One of my favorite contemporary watches is the Stowa Aneta, but this would fit nicely in my collection!

  • DKnowltronics

    One of my favorite contemporary watches is the Stowa Aneta, but this would fit nicely in my collection!

  • DeWe

    I’ve found this watch during searching a Glashütte Original / Union Glashütte (before 2008).

    First time, that I see this kind of watch from this company. Clear lines, like a Nomos :)

  • markoa

    I like Lüm-Tec M series

  • clancy

    Great watch! Also like watches by Ochs Und Junior.

  • angelofc

    The Xetum has a nice modern look and feel. I also like the Nomos Zurich line of watches.

    Contact info is

  • charleswroblewski

    One of my favorite watches has to be the Edmond Pole Guardian, the moving parts of the face make it entertaining and a joy to watch.

  • Mike_Bookhardt

    For contemporary styling, or just not traditional rather, I like the Lum Tec Bull series, the Bull 45, with the square case, and en fuego lume, is a piece that just exudes a commitment to strength of materials.

    My email is Thanks Ariel!

  • coltstander

    Congrats the to team at Xetum!

    Modern? -> U-Boat Thousands of Feet

    Unpretentious Modern? -> Tag Carrera CV2014

  • coltstander

    Congrats the to team at Xetum!

    Modern? -> U-Boat Thousands of Feet

    Unpretentious Modern? -> Tag Carrera CV2014


  • TravisC

    Xetum is my favorite American designed watch brand.

  • ukhaderi

    Xetum watches are not only great looking but are also reasonably priced for such a high quality timepiece. Keep up the great work. Personally I like the B&R BR-01 (contemporary yet has a retro look). Also like the NIxon 42-20….a great bulky watch. My email is


  • benlittle

    Great watch Xetum!I really like what Richard Mille is doing with timepieces. Great, unique looks and complications. I love what he did for Nadal (which he wears during his matches).



  • rtakesue

    The first watch that comes to mind and is a perfect example of where modern styled watches are heading is Linde Werdelin. Their cases are unique, modern, and have a bit of futuristic flair. Amazing timepieces but sadly out of my price range.

  • imachucas

    retro design with modern flare prometheus S80, March LA.B, Magrette , last but not Least, my Favourite Xetum :)

  • JoelTinnaro

    The Xetum Stinson is beautiful, I love the large sweeping second hand. I do like the Movado SE Extreme for its modern looks/clean design.

  • watches

    The Manometro watch from Giuliano Mazzuoli is one of my favorites, as are the Meistersinger single-hand watches, and the Portofino and Portuguese watches from IWC.

  • coffeeandwatches

    The Xetum Tyndall limited edition is one of my favorites – I love the the simplicity and elegance of its design.

  • cab7104

    Love this watch, modern watch I would Rado Ceramica

  • http://siri siri0981

    omg this watch is so sexy with that nice style.

  • mike120

    Yes Please!! I love the looks of the Xetums, but the price has always kept me away.

    As far as my favorite modern design it has to be the Casio GW-200 series Frogmen. They are just stunning pieces of tool watch.

  • xy1981ca

    Xetum is a gotta have it piece, perfect balance of modern/tradition. But Ventura’s SPARC MGS is the first that comes to mind for a modern watch.

  • ChunChanners

    That sweeping hand of the ! I love the modern styling of the seiko orange monster.

  • ChunChanners

    That hexagonal crown matches the watch so well. As for modern watches, I love the seiko orange monster.

  • bmoorthamers

    I love the simplicity, clean dial and high bpm of a 1960s Seiko Lord Marvel! Love this Xetum as well, especially how the case is integrated with the strap.

  • VaidotasTamosaitis

    For me Linde Verdelin watches are favorite example of modern design watches

  • DanaRasmussen

    Love the style. I also like the Berkbinder & Brown Tool Watch!

  • whatmeworry

    Love the Xetum style. My favourite modern styled watch is actually quite an old one – the Junghans Max Bill

  • jscofi

    I see so many ads for xetum watches! They are breathtaking! I wish I could afford one!
    I’m all about my tag Monaco

  • mdanthony

    I personally like the look and feel of the Schofield Signalman GMT models. Simple and elegant.

  • Goldengrottosharks

    I think Maurice Lacroix has a nice grasp on contemporary design. A good example would be their Pontos Reserve de Marche watch.

  • ghicken

    The Stinsons are great looking. I also like the concept of Tourbillon movements. The A. Lange & Sohne Perpetual Calendar watch is nice.

  • eitanwaks

    I like the clean look of this watch. I am currently in the market for a new watch. The most important feature that I’m looking for is a clean dial such as the one on the Xetum Stinson. It is similar to one of my favorite watches with a modern design, the U-Boat Classico AS.

  • Bonsaischaap

    My pick for a good example of modern watch design – and one of my personal favorites – would be the Perrelet Turbine in all its many iterations. Yes, it’s somewhat garish (especially considering the brands long history and tradition), but there’s something very attractive about it.

  • Cenebyte

    The Xetum watches are nice examples of american design, and I would love the opportunity to own one. I think that the Ball engineer series are some of my favorite contemporary designs, with an interesting take on tritium tubes.

  • ClumsyCoyote

    The Xetum is a gorgeous watch, that I would love to own. I am also pretty smitten with the Bell & Ross Vintage PW1, and their Aviation collection.

  • rsb

    I really like the clean look of Xetum’s watches. My current favorite line of watches is the Lum Tec M auto series.

  • hyj

    i like xetum stinson

  • z841

    At the moment I am smitten with Helson watches…

  • akmeikle

    As far as modern watches go I think the Perrelet Double Rotor Turbine Watch is fantastic

  • mookroch

    Love the Linde Werdelin watch case design.

  • carneius

    The Xetum watches look great. I also really like Uniform Wares watches.

  • WallabeeKingpin

    A watch that I really like the looks of that looks modern is the Linde Werdelin spido lites. Xetum also does a good job of looking modern I believe.


    I love the XETUM’s uncluttered dial, legible numbers and contrasty face. Clean design is aways a plus for my watch choices. This definitely would be a watch that would get plenty of wear time!

  • stmarmh

    My favorite watch incorporating a modern design has to be any of the Hublot Big Bang watches…fantastic looking pieces.

  • rpsmith01

    I think Xetum is doing a great job with design and I can’t wait to see what they are going to come out with next. I think the Ball Engineer watches are very modern and have a great design.

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  • mengshi

    One of my favorite watch that feature a modern or contemporary design is the Urwerk UR-110. Ultimate modern watches in the whole line-up.

  • AlexSpizman

    My favorite modern watch would have to be the MB&F HM4 the two barrels make it look like a fighter jet.

  • classicescapement

    I think the lugless design of the Stinson and italian cork strap are pretty cool and unique elements of this watch. One of my favorite modern watches is the Urwerk 202 automatic, the hands are revolutionary and cool to watch.

  • essoess

    that is a pretty sharp-looking watch.

    i’ve been liking the 666 Barcelona watches lately. cheaper, but interesting and simple.

  • pennapolis

    I like this watch! Still new to collecting but I’m learning a lot in a short period of time…

    Right now, I’m liking the Deep Blue Sun Diver 1K…..the yellow dialed one really does shine….I love the look of it and although it seems somewhat simple in design, it is a rugged and well put together.

  • brockestar

    Already a proud Xetum owner. Really like the Bremont ethic and design. Lots of very cool modern elements.

  • bluesman_chris

    I like the designs of G-shocks and Edifice from Casio. For mechanicals, it would be something from Nomos or Ochs und Junior watches.

  • mikeormoe

    The Xetum is a beautiful watch. I really appreciate a simply designed high quality watch. Love the portuguese watches from IWC.

  • NivashenAppasamy

    I love the clean lines and simplicity of Xetum! My favourite contemporary watch would have to be the BlackJack 21 by Christophe Claret! The watch is mechanically supreme, with such a unique movement.

  • RjScott

    The Stinson is a very clean watch. Very stylish and sleek. My favorite modern watch right now is the Devon Tread and I’m excited for the release of the Devon Tread 2!

  • MikeFig

    To my mind, MB&F takes the cake in this category. But, for a more understated everyday wearer, perhaps something from the JLC Master Control line. For the money, though (and I don’t say this because of this giveaway’s sponsor), it’s hard to beat Xetum for $1000-1300 without going vintage.

  • pek

    Urwerk UR-103

  • Walteryz

    Great sleek looking watch!

  • Walteryz

    Great sleek looking watch!

    Tudor-Christian Ulmamei

  • bigplaya

    Xetums are great. The best modern watches are the Urwerk UR110 and the TiVan JLC Extreme Lab2 in my opinion.

  • IftachLandau

    wow. well, my contemporary favorite is the casio edifice red on black with a rubber strap.

    but my all time favorite is the iwc aquatimer 2000.

    thank you :)

  • Cfinstad

    Nice watch!

  • FTB_M

    I’m a big fan of the Bremont Supermarine and in general of all their watches.

  • gizenga

    well…this looks pretty neat. Clean and solid.

    One of my, not so conventional, favorites is the Hermes Dressage. Another favorite in the “old poured into new” section: the Rotonde de Cartier skeleton flying tourbillon…

  • acanka

    It looks very classy watch…

  • Sotirios

    My favourite modern watch is perhaps an unconventional choice, with the Tendence Diver Special. The large “3D” numbers are very chic while the embedded LCD just oozes cool.

  • AndreBraz

    Simply elegant…

  • DaveGrasch

    I Love these watches. The clean face and lug-less design really make them pop!

    I really like what Christopher Ward has done with the c60 Trident series, They’ve taken classic design ques from different manufacturers and have made something visually appealing and modern. Best wishes everyone!

  • pvart

    Very cool contemporary looking timepiece. Clerc Hydroscope is another favorite.

  • allmeads

    anytime you can get a watch at the $1,000 price point AND that has the nice features like the lugless design, the hexagonal shape to the crown (a nice touch, indeed), it is the preverbal “n-brainer.” The look that the watch has by having the lugless design makes it very distinct from most watches. And I am a big fan of arabic numbers and the way in which they have the bigger sizes on the quarter hour, coupled with the smaller numbers for the remaining hours is very nice. I bet the white dial and with black numbers looks just as cool, especially with the black strap.

  • Roman Dierickx

    This a very nice and simple watch. But it’s small and modern details make it very beatifull.

    Alltough I might be a younger watch-lover, I actualy like more of a traditional type watch, like an IWC or jaeger lecoultre. though there are, of course very nice modern watches.

    If I had to name a favorite, it would be the TAG HEUER MONACO V 4.

  • allmeads

    i forgot to comment on a modern or contemporary design – I have been intrigued with some of the designs from Magrette. Many of the designs are crisp, modern takes on some traditional looks. I purchased the Regattare Bronze watch a few months ago, based on the review I read here. In addition to the use of bronze for the case, which is just fabulous, the dial is well done, with large numbers at the quarter hour marks with the “0” inserted before the 3,6 and 9 hour mark. Very different and very modern.

  • tresd

    The Xetum is a very nice looking watch. Priced below $1,000 it appears to be a very good value. However, the proof of value is in the finish; it looks great in the photos and I would like to see one in person. As far as modern/contemporary design I really like the look of Pita Barcelona’s Molinos watch (although it might take some time to get accustom to reading the dial).

  • surfturtle

    Very sleek and simple. Similar to the Mondain Mens Evo and a n every day time piece. If I don’t win then it is time to save up as it is reach compared to other well know brands.

  • Jdavid77

    Dynamic looking watch …. nice blend of old and new. Would love to be ther proud owner!!!

  • LordRandall

    I presonally like the Momo Design – DUAL TECH PRO – MD1178-RB – Digital. Yes, it is a digital but it is one of the very few digitals out there that has class. The Xetem Stinson has that classic/simplistic Swiss Railroad watch appeal. Not a wow, in terms of looks, but it’s sober appearance exudes all those fine attributes that makes this watch very appealing. This watch would be as comforatble at an arts performance as it would in a jazz lounge. I would like to add this fine timepiece to my colection.

  • paulro

    Nice clean design, and I especially like the strap integration. One part of the design that doesn’t quite work for me, though, is the use of a slash through the zero in the 10 marker. Of modern design watches, my favorite is the Jaeger LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1.

  • Rsheeley

    The xetum is a great looking watch, nice design. I also like the Volkswagen Fortis watch, especially the strap integration. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • tkn

    For a modern watch, the MIH.

  • rogerdude

    Love the xetum design style.

  • Dmac3317

    Thought about getting one of these for a while. Also like Uboat for contemporary watches.

  • ArthurZzz

    What a lovely design. A timeless piece of timekeeping.

  • lovles2274

    Although the general design isn’t modern, I feel that Stolas did enough different with its Harbormaster line to make it a contemporary piece. Thanks for including me in this giveaway.

  • CalinManea

    I also like the welder k24 series

  • MichaelTravHamonicSims
    My fav contemp watch is montblanc nicolaus reussec blending the history of chronograph into a modern piece

  • Thor0510

    Beautiful simple design! Dievas Vortex Pro is my all time favorite though.

  • madcya

    I Love my classic watches, but lately I’ve picked up 2 watches from Nixon and I have to say, they’re pretty Cool!

  • AakashDP

    I like the Lum-Tec Bull head watch. It has the contemporary and great look. it exudes an aura that attracts a watch lover like me. I also like the Tissot Visodate. It’s simplistic design is clean yet elegant. While browsing for modern watches I stumbled upon Xetum and have liked the Stinson series. Its minimalistic design presents an uncluttered way of looking at time.

    My email id is Thanks

  • DavidStewart

    I like the Richard Mille watches for a modern look

  • GlennP

    Xemex. Utterly simple yet looks stunning with jeans or a suit. Extremely durable and functional, the units are subtle and accurate.


    My favorite modern or contemporary watch is the Xetum Stinson. I like watches that aren’t busy and have many complications. My favorite traditional or retro-inspired are the Tissot Visodate.

  • jerryfking

    one of the few contemporary watches that i like is NOMOS. They are contemporary, but not too flashy or big.

  • MichaelW

    One of my all time favourite watches has to be the MB&F Horological Machine 4 “Thunderbolt”. I don’t think there is any other watch manufacturer out there that can machine the creativity and beauty of the MB&F watches.

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  • BrianSchiele

    That is a great looking watch! It would look great on my wrist!

  • Charkel

    Magrette has some very clean watches with a little bit local flavor. Wouldn’t have found them without coming here.

  • rhythmichael

    Huge fan of the American made Bronze Tool Watch by Berkbinder & Brown.

  • books45

    Love the watch, especially the dark face that is still easily readable. A lot of dark face watches are hard to read.

  • taylor883

    I have not owned such a watch in the past and would love to procure this Xetum watch . I have a preference for the cream face.

    Thanx Ariel and Xetum

  • MikeTeng

    Simple, round, and a leather strap is just simply perfect.

  • t_dab

    Any mondaine piece or the MIH watch

  • pepecasas

    I just want to thank Mr. Adams for his generosity in giving away these wonderful watches just for a comment…I do like the Xetum Stinson watch, it is quite a timepiece, innovative in several ways, Thank you again Mr. Ariel Adams. Best regards from,

    Your friend,

    Pepe Casas

  • Sunnymay

    The Sieko Vivace JXD707P1 has a pale pink leather strap and modern face with only 2 numbers, the 12 and the 9.

  • lucasN

    i like the bell and ross with the skull. boom.

  • Gbae007

    The Nomos Tangomat draws from Bauhaus design principles but it really is a modern take on it especially with the highly decorated movement and see through display case back.

  • sureowl

    I once had an Omega that ran with a tuning fork in the mid 70’s that i gave to my brother cause he was such a good guy. He of course promptly lost it, figures. lol That was the best watch i have ever owned. The Xetum would be a wonderful replacement indeed.

  • kristroxell

    I like the classic, timeless look of an Omega. The Xetum has that classic look I love.

  • TANJ

    Some day maybe I will be able to afford a watch that Ariel has reviewed. In the meantime, Storm watches are fun, affordable, and make me smile.

  • althorp

    My first automatic is a new Victorinox Airboss Mechanical (model 241507). Clean classic lines and a nice restrained color palette. It should look good for years to come.

  • Jdavid77

    I agree with Pepecasa it is very generous Mr. Adams to give these watches away and I thorougly enjoy all the reviews you post to this website! Just like the rest of your following I am intrigued by watches

  • ripshop

    I like the new brand Fitzroy

  • marcustrotta

    I love the Oakleys … too bad they’re way too big for my wirst :)

  • yavorzz

    Watches with modern design, there are so many that I like… The Fortis Square, updating the pilot look; The Suunto Core Orange Black, keeping the traditional watch design ethos but being absolutely futuristic; The modern breed of divers like the Lum-Tec 500M and the H2O’s; And of course the fantastic stuff from guys like MB&F and Cabestan.

  • kevco

    I really like the overall design of the Xetum cases. They remind me of a pillbox. Very contemporary without being over the top.

  • hartistry

    I would wear this watch daily. It has a masculine look which I like. Sincerely, Dave Hart

  • MikeSoroka

    greatcase clean looking watch

  • malata211

    love products by steinhart, truly classic pieces with the boutique feel.

  • MikeSoroka

    nice watch very clean design. Like the case thickness and shape

  • DustinPedley

    Stolas genneker is a very unique design that the dive watch community has been looking for.

  • apadro

    I like the Victorinox Airboss Mechanical (model 241507). Clean classic lines and a nice restrained color palette. I lke also like all the Xetum watches. Great looks, very pleasant to the eyes.

  • LarryAyonn

    I’m a fan of Nomos. The design of Nomos watches, I think, will stand the test of time.

  • KyleAndrew

    for my money, i prefer the modern design elements of the clerc hydroscaph

  • mark93109

    I like the lugless design of the Xetum. Another watch brand with good modern design is Nomos.

  • tictocmark

    I’d kill for an IWC Spitfire Chrono, Just sayin’.

  • mengshi

    My favorite watch with a modern design is without doubt the Urwerk UR-110. Not only is the design modern, the complication is too!

  • pvh

    This Xetum is a slick, minimalist modernist timepiece. One of the nicest lines of such watches in my view is the Maurice Lacroix Pontos line, especially the Reserve de Marche watches.

  • Woolpitch1

    I like this Xetum Stinson, its an attractive, simple design combined with a qualty ETA movement and is a nice departure from the “standard” style that most watch makers stick to. My favorite contemporary design is the MB&F Legacy Machine No.1, it’s an amazing design.

  • Panagiotis

    I am a big Formex fan, but i love love love the lugless design of the Xetum

  • thorsj

    As a car geek, I really fancy the BRM range, especially the V8’s. But the one watch that stands out for me reg futuristic and fun design, is the Urwerk U-110 Torpedo Watch.

  • IsmaelMartinez

    I have always liked the round face. Reminds me of the Mondaine clocks in the train stations. Also the strap treatment looks innovative.

  • SeriousBedlam

    I am partial to the Bremont Supermarine. Though this Stinson is quite lovely.

  • wjackter

    I’m a fan of the Oris F1 line, i like the modern look of them

  • JBRicard

    I’m a fan of the MB&F LM1, Sarpaneva Korona K3 Harvest Moon and the Ochs und Junior selene tinta.

  • zunde2

    Very sweet watch. I love the current Nomos watches, very modern, inexpensive, and in house movements, cannot get better than that.

  • AtSeaWatch

    Anyone find it funny that both Xetum and Berkbinder & Brown use this lugless design? Given the scarcity of US watch brands, it makes it much easier to define the American watch industry with certain common characteristcs. Maybe we’ll see the lugless cases become more of a national style. Or not. Still like the look of both brands.

  • boomquest

    Very nice clean look on these Xetum watches. I’m also a huge fan of the Oris Wiiliams F1 watches.

  • noahj

    I’m a big fan of the lugless design embraced by the likes of Xetum, Giuliano Mazzuoli and Uniform Wares. It’s only a matter of time, so to speak, until I get one of these on my wrist!

  • arikkola

    I’m a big fan of these Xetum watches, along with this look I also like the clean faces of Lum-Tec watches, much more modern than traditional.

  • Piero

    I like watches with a lot of functions, like Breitling Navitimer 1461, but on the other hand i love also very simple looking watches for their elegance like IWC Ingenieur automatic. Xetum looks very interesting and elegant.

  • carpedavid

    I’ve been contemplating the Xetum for quite some time, but if I had my druthers (and enough cash), I’d pick up the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph.

  • fatty_liver

    I’ve had my eye on the Xetum brand since the first review I read posted on this blog. As far as a brand I like for a contemporary look, I am partial to the Devon Tread 1. I think the look is very modern industrial but at the same time sophisticated and unique. It is a watch that I feel would work well on your wrist at a polo match or on top of a Harley.

  • GSchlosser

    Thanks for this opportunity. I guess another watch that I like that would be considered contemporary would be the Panerai Luminor Marina. Much appreciated!

  • djk11

    very impressed with the design and simplicity of Xetum, the Stinson specifically is a nice piece. big fan of the Nomos Zurich for something modern and contemporary at a reasonable price range

  • mr_robert

    Xetum is a fantastic company making a

    Another watchmaker that I am anxious to release their pro

  • ToddNovak

    #ablogtoread #watches my favorite thing about the watch is that it looks more like a mounted pocket watch to me becuase of the lack or strap mount arms. that is what makes this watch look so utterly recognizable

  • Perseus

    A few of my favorite watches with modern designs are the Perrelet Turbine, and the Linde Werdelin SpidoLite II. What I really like about Xetum watches are the hidden lugs.

  • thorbe

    it would be a honor to win this watch, and wear it…

  • Robbo

    I love the Xetum style and design simple and unique. My favorite other curent watch is the Bremont ALT1-Z, it is a modern watch with a flair to the past. I am also a fan of the equipe watches, especially the Grill.

  • kuki

    i particularly like the Master Compressors by Jaeger Le Coultre

  • kuki

    i especially like the modern look of Jaeger LeCoultre master compressor.

  • RomanMcGoldrick

    I love the hexagonal crown.

  • jilgiljongiljing

    Perrelet Turbine in black is one of my favourite modern designs

  • miccos

    I especially like the Spring Drive Seikos like the SNR005, with their sword like hands, beautiful.

  • waldoh

    My current favorite contemporary watch is the Nomos Tangomat. Its design is timeless and minimal.

  • trentfisher

    When I think modern, I think MB&F – the HM4 (and every other one of their machines) is pretty amazing.

  • Babookie

    Here in New Zealand a Xetum would make me the envy of a few friends, I love the simplicity and balance of the design. It really couldn’t be a cleaner design in my eyes.

    Others would include the Henry Watch which I have pledged to in Kickstarter and the Mondial watch which whilst borrowing heavily from the well known clock appears fresh and contemporary rather than staid and old fashioned.

  • bondovatic

    I love the looks of this Xetum watch.

    One timepiece that is one of my favorites is the Cabestan Trapezium. I’d love to see that little chain in action.

  • arthur5011

    I like this Xetum Stinson a lot because of the simple design and it quality ETA movement. This is an awesome watch!!!

  • Rotorblade

    I’ve found that the whole line of watches from Linde Werdelin has really grown on me. A year ago I would have told you they weren’t for me, but the more I look at them, the more I want them–especially the SpidoSpeed. Absolutely striking.

  • TerryHsieh

    Your blog is great and it would be an honor to win this watch. I like the new designs of the hydraulic watch you featured and the scuderia ferrari watch. Hope I’m not too late

  • MKRoma

    I would say that the Legacy Machine 1 by MB&F epitomises a modern take on contemporary and, somewhat paradoxically, a contemporary take on modern techniques. Additionally, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Busser at Salon QP and he is an absolute gent! Great to see the head of a top brand sit at a stall and chat with people who can’t afford his work.

  • MartaAndrijevskaja

    My favorite watches featuring a modern design are Linde Werdelin

  • Ilimi

    From modern designs I’d surely wear the cabestan without feeling embarrassing.

  • elbrento

    One of my favorite modern watches is the Romain Jerome Black Moon Dust DNA Chronograph, very cool watch!

  • jojaynes

    I love the modern and simple design of the Stinson!

  • anb2

    The Cabestan Ferrari watch is out of this world.

  • Zadillo

    I really like the Xetum Tyndall as well as the Stinson.

  • chicagojay

    The Stinson is nice. I like the Bell and Ross Carbon.

  • ArmandVartanian

    My favorite modern watches ar the HW opus series, but the Xetum being from Cali is awesome too!

  • mcon3212

    Great Watch, I cant believe the value for money for a Swiss made time piece. I love the minimalist and modern design.

  • mcon3212

    I’m choosing the Xetum Stinson, great watch, I cant believe the value for money for a Swiss made time piece. I love the minimalist and modern design.

  • http://yahoo/com kdking

    Swiss made auto. w/ eta 2824 in a cool looking case, would be great watch on the wrist!!!

  • PhilipPenland

    I would have to say I like the RED8 automatic collection best for contemporary design. Specifically, the world market themed one.

  • postmodernEFT

    The Xetum Tyndall is certainly my favorite watch with a modern design. I really like the Xetum design philosophy and also their eco-awareness.

  • oldskoolboarder

    Big fan of the simple Lum-Tec look like the C4.

  • arikkola

    I love the look of most Lum-Tec watches, their dials are clean and contemporary. However they aren’t very dressy, and that’s why I love the Xetum watches.

  • Ben93

    I might be too late for this giveaway, but I really would love to have a IWC Da Vinci of any variation. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • BlakeBurdeen

    If price is no object, then the Richard Mille “Extra Flat Automatic” RM 033 watch with the Arabic numerals would be one of my favorite contemporary watches. But in the real world, the Xetum Stinson has a great clean “techie” look (love the computer-like slashes in the zeros) and yet looks classy enough to wear with a suit.

  • Nicholas Halley

    The Nixon Automatic II is a winner and a great piece of american watch crafting.

  • Nicholas Halley

    The Nixon Automatic II is a winner and a great piece of american watch crafting.

  • SilentJay

    I still love the Mr Jones watch, “The Accurate”. Strangely morbid compared to my usual take on life, but it works for me. Mr. Jones has quite a few interesting & fresh designs. Just need one that’s built like a tank without the bulk . .

  • erikrgustafson

    Love this watch. One of my fav features in the new watches is self winding

  • morek

    I think the off-white looks particularly great.

  • mattg43

    The Xetum line-up are some of the best looking “modern” designs. Most fall too far on the side of trendy…

  • eskornpion

    I think that the desing of watches like Xetum and Lum Tec is awesome because they use the minimalism to make really beautiful watches that looks so great for everyone that enjoy the style and details. I know that this king of desings always going to be on the top, over other “ modern ” brands that made digital or led watches.

  • waldoh

    Who won the giveaway? It would be nice to find out or for it to be listed on the post itself, otherwise anyone can post fake giveaways to create publicity and not ever give anything away lol.

    • wonderpalu


      I agree waldoh

  • ozwaldster

    still waiting to hear…

  • JeffCameron

    @waldoh Looks like you were right… no response and it doesn’t seem like they’re going to give us one either. That’s pretty crappy.

  • BingBong

    im not affiliated w/ either xetum or ablogtoread, but i cant stand the whining anymore. check xetum’s facebook page. its all on there. a guy named Filip Olechowski won it. and apparently he posted up pictures. did you guys “like” xetum on facebook?

  • jmjones29

    A simple IWC works every time

  • tivo

    Xetum watches are great for new and contemporary style. But I think the design will also last for a while and you will not get tired looking at it so fast.

  • jasonarnold

    The watch I have which combines both is a Dennisov speedster.
    Regards Jason

  • EvanBrom


  • rbmbb

    I like the modern concepts of WRYST and URWERK. Also SEVENFRIDAY.

  • wkomianos

    Clean design.  Would like to see it a little thinner, however.

  • Rayswatch

    I enjoy reading the detailed desriptions provided on your blog as it helps me decide what to look for when deciding on the purchase of a watch.. Also like the Xetum round design and the way it stands out on the wrist. One of my favorite watches is the Ulysee Nardin Maxi Marine, very sporty and detailed.

  • eitan

    This Xetum round design is one of the best looking “modern” designs and it would be a honor to win this watch, and wear it…

  • larsgrafik

    Since I’m from Denmark, I’ll support one of my favourite brands: LindeWerdelin. SpidoLite II, preferably DLC is one of the watches in my top wishes for 2013.

  • danbouchard

    Biegert & Funk’s Qlocktwo is one of my favorite modern designs. It fits perfectly in today’s age of iPods, iPads, smartphones, and the technological age we live in. Xetum watches fill an important role as a bridge between traditional and contemporary.

  • tomvenable

    One of my favorite watches is the (1959) vintage Omega Railmaster

  • MattHeninger

    My watch of choice is the popular Rolex Submariner Date. Of newer modern watches, the Meistersinger is very unique.

  • jpsnema

    Really Like the Xetum Stinson look & size. . Like the modern clean dial in the Helson Blackbeard on ISO strap recently purchased.

  • MLR13000

    I have been looking at this brands watches for some time. I think its modern, yet classic for a pilot watch. It would be a pleasure to wear it.

  • RandyTorres

    Great brand already y own a Xetum, wouldn’t mind another!

  • nebgonf

    I really like the watches from URWERK. Cant afford them though

  • bucky6ix

    While I haven’t personally seen one and the it is a bit pricey,  the Devon Tread is a very cool, modern, unique take on a timepiece.

  • marinerwon

    Richard Mille makes my favorite watches with a modern design. Gorgeous designs and with innovative use of materials.

  • JANNET81888

    Seiko Orange Automatic Dive Watch

  • drautodan

    The MB&F HM4 is one of the finest and  most intriguing watches produced today…by far!!!

  • surfturtle

    It has got to be the classic Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph

  • Bear_raider

    Be still my beating heart! The Xetum Stinson oozes the classy sophistication of a high end model. A horologist’s wet dream. The small crown, tambourine hips, dressed in leather is just as magnetic as any hour-glass figure. 
    Wetting my appetite, I’ve always loved the Doxa Sub 750t Pro with its loud, flamboyant good looks, an inspiration for today’s Seiko “Orange Monster”
    However, the XS with its Rolex category  Swiss ETA 2824-2 DNA speaks volume, like the percussion desire for Eve, in the forbidden garden of watches. If the Rolex Swiss cheese is a bridge too far, then the Swiss Roll with cream XS is more satisfying and within reach.
    Living with hope and desires.

  • rking980

    Hey much love for Xetum watches,California homegrown company is the way to go! I just bought a Lum-Tec online for a good price and this convinced my owner of the jewelry store I work at to start carrying Lum-Tec’s , customers kept commenting of how nice my watch was and he started carrying them. They now outsell most watches in their price range including U*BOAT, Omega and Hamiltons. The watch and jewelry shop I work at is outside NYC in CT and we get so many darn rich freaks its cRAZZY< i can convince them to buy what they see, granted these ARE great products! I buy all of my watches online, but research them and if a price is competitive locally at a brick & mortar shop, I will purchase it there. I know if i can get a Xetum on my wrist it will be good for at least 10 sales at my store, my owner loves me. LOVE XETUM & THIS BLOG. keep on ticking…..

  • GaryFarrington

    Love the bold look of the Xetum watches and it fits with my requirement of clear watch face. I’m also lead to believe they have some of the most comfy straps in the world.  For something a little more contemporary I think the look of a Christopher Ward C700 Grande Rapide is just wonderful. The use of carbon fibre with a mechanical drive is a bonus :-)


    MB&F make great “machines” :)

  • Lharbeck75

    I like the Stinson it is an interesting design that I would love to show off to my uncultured slubs of friends. It would be a beautiful addition to my hopefully ever growing timepiece collection.

  • utopian

    One of my favorite watches that feature a modern or contemporary design is the Sinn 857, for its bold face and super readability, not to mention it’s fashionable as well. It will be my next watch on the list.

  • Jimhowe

    The modern watch of choice would be Hamilton Ventura XXL, however I love the balance of the Stinson. I do not look for a watch to add to my collection I look for the perfect watch to wear everyday any occasion. The Stinson will one day fill this role for me, with the choice of bracelet or leather strap it fits any role form formal to cleaning the yard.

  • Jimhowe

    The modern watch of choice would be Hamilton Ventura XXL, however I love the balance of the Stinson. I do not look for a watch to add to my collection I look for the perfect watch to wear everyday any occasion. The Stinson will one day fill this role for me, with the choice of bracelet or leather strap it fits any role form formal to cleaning the yard.

  • KathleenConner

    I like some of the Ritmo Mundo watches (men and women’s)

  • CostSegAdvisor

    I am usually a black and stainless steel (or white gold) guy, but this brown Xetum with leather strap has caught my eye

  • runner2climber

    I enjoy the look of most of what Omega offers.

  • Rodgone fishing

    great looking watch

  • myerstyson

    Wait! There’s two Xetum giveaways? Thank goodness I get your emails, otherwise I wouldn’t have known.
    My favorite watch that features a modern or contemporary design? Does Pierre Kunz’s Insanity watch count? That thing is crazy expensive but if I had the money, it would be on my wrist right now!

  • dancox

    sweet giveaway.  one of my fav modern design features is tritium used to read time in the dark

  • AndyMan83

    My favorite modern design watch would have to be the mb&f hm5. I love the rear louvre design elements. It’s a watch that’s so far out of my league that it also adds that dream desire feel to it as well.

  • fabdurocher

    Really loving this blog.  This Stinson from Xetum would look really at home on my wrist. 
    How could one not completely adore the Opus X, like many others have said, it’s completely out of my league, but a guy can dream.

  • golestanreza

    That sound Great. it’s really an stylish watch which every body like to own that.

  • Stevec2828

    I have liked the Xetum watches since they came to market and would love to have one. As for a modern watch that I am interested in, the sevenfriday P3-2 is a cool modern design. Thanks for the opportunity!