Review: S.U.F Helsinki Vetehinen, A killer divewatch from an independent brand

S.U.F Helsinki is a small, independent watch brand that produces approximately 100 timepieces each year. S.U.F actually stands for ‘Sarpaneva Uhren Fabrik’, and if you know your independent watch brands and/or watchmakers, that first word should immediately grab your attention. You see, S.U.F is actually the second watch brand of well-respected Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva, and, with the launch of Vetehinen, the brand now has its first divewatch.

Lets not mince words, the Vetehinen is handsome.

How an Urwerk UR-110 ended up on Robert Downey Jr.’s wrist in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming hit cinemas on July 7 and if – like this writer – you saw the film and caught the red carpet premiere videos on YouTube, you probably noticed that Robert Downey Jr., rocked an incredibly cool wristwatch. The watch was, in fact, a stunning Urwerk UR-110 RG but the really, really cool thing is that the watch was personally picked by Robery Downey Jr. himself. In other words, this was not a product placement deal.

Robert Downey Jr. wears a Urwerk UR110 RG to the premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

A little about Stepan Sarpaneva and his brands

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to meet with an independent watchmaker that I’ve watched with interest for a couple of years – Finland’s Stepan Sarpaneva. Sarpaneva set-up both Sarpaneva Watches and S.U.F Helsinki back in 2003 but before we get into his brands, lets talk about the man and his impressive career.

Stepan Sarpaneva was in Dubai for a brief visit earlier in the year.

Introducing the Bovet Virtuoso VIII 10-Day Flying Tourbillon Big Date

After the debut of the outstanding Récital 18 Shooting Star at SIHH 2016, we were confident that Bovet would delight us with even more intricate and complicated timepieces this year, in honor of its 195th anniversary. We were pleased to hear then that the brand announced three new timepieces at SIHH 2017, including this, the Virtuoso VIII 10-Day Flying Tourbillon Big Date.

Bovet’s watches are pretty distinctive in their appearance.