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Vannen, Kronk collab on the new Rat Basterd watch


Limited to 150 pieces in conjunction with Mintyfresh
Sep 20
// Brian Szabelski
Vannen Watches' latest is a new timepiece with art designed by Kronk called Rat Basterd. Using Kronk's style — which is based off tattoos and as I just learned, old-school animation — the watch is his take on a Mi...
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Vannen's first Regular Show watch now on sale


Honors Mordecai and the Rigbys episode
Mar 06
// Brian Szabelski
Last week, we made mention of a new Regular Show series of watches from Vannen. The first one is up for pre-order, and it's not too bad. The Mordecai and the Rigbys watch is limited to 300 pieces and honors the episode o...
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Vannen announces Regular Show watches


You know who might like these? MY MOM!
Feb 25
// Brian Szabelski
A little bit of a surprise here but cool news none the less: Vannen Watches is going to offer up Regular Show watches starting March 6 at 9 a.m. Eastern (6 a.m. Pacific, 2 p.m. GMT). The first watch will be limited to 30...

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Vannen's next CMYK watch goes black


Open-run Black watch on sale now
Oct 26
// Brian Szabelski
A while back, we brought you news about Vannen Watches' CMYK line kicking off with the Cyan watch, so I thought it'd be appropriate to let you know the next entry, Black (a.k.a. Key), is available. It is, not surprising, the ...
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Vannen Watches kicks off its CMYK watch series


May 01
// Brian Szabelski
Vannen Watches are launching a new series of watches that appeals to the newshound in me, the CMYK series. With a different watch based on the four primary colors used in printing — cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black)...
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Vannen Watches, Nathan Jurevicius bring us Haven


Apr 04
// Brian Szabelski
Vannen Watches have announced the release of their newest timepiece, Nathan Jurevicius' Haven. Textured to look like a giant treehouse, the watch's strap features a ton of birds on it, with a big owl gazing out from the ...
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Vannen Watches, TADO's "Daydream" watch now available


Nov 11
// Brian Szabelski
As mentioned recently, Vannen Watches and TADO's "Daydream" watch is officially available for purchase today. We're also getting a look that the colorful watch itself, and while the watch face might be a rainbow with some clo...
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Vannen Watches' newest release is coming this week, and it's a collaboration with one of my favorite artist teams, TADO. On Friday, their "Daydream" watch will be on sale in the store, and Vannen's been posting some teasers o...

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Vannen teases the next watch in the XL line, Time Machine


Mar 22
// Colette Bennett
Vannen likes to reveal the watches in their XL line very slowly, as evidenced by our coverage of the Luke Chueh watch Killing Time. The third in the line from London based artist McBess, Time Machine, is limited to 150 pieces...
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Tomopop Unboxes: Luke Chueh's Bloody Valentine


Feb 11
// Colette Bennett
Vannen Watches has been teasing us about the Luke Chueh watch coming in their XL line like crazy, and we've been patiently waiting for the reveal. Okay, maybe I got mine a few weeks early, but how to keep my mouth shut until ...
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The new Vannen Huck Gee watch is called 'Lifetime'!


Feb 03
// Colette Bennett
Well, will you look at that ... that sure does look familiar. In fact, it looks like the Vannen Xl "Killing Time" watch from artist Huck Gee (Unboxing here), but that watch is black. Are you saying there will s...

Tomopop Interview: David Stowe of Vannen Watches

Feb 02 // Colette Bennett
Tomopop: When did you found Vannen Watches and what inspired you to found it?David: VannenWatches.com went live August 31, 2009. I was inspired to start the company because I love wristwatches, and could never find anything out the that appealed to me or my taste in timepieces. The other reason was that I wanted to build a pro-artist company that we as fans, collectors and artists can all feel ownership in. There's not too many companies like that out there with a communal vibe to them, so with Vannen I set out to bring us all together and really support the scene and our favorite artists. Tomopop: Are you a collector of designer vinyl, a fan of the artists you enrolled in the project, or a little of both?David: I do collect a little designer vinyl. I recently purchased a Yellow Kaws JPP and Hordak from the MOTU Classics line. I keep eyeing those Ashley Wood 3A robots too. The attention to detail on those things are insane. As for the artists I work with - yes, I am definitely a fan as well as a collector. I own some vinyl, prints and originals pieces from most of them.Tomopop: What made you decide to launch the line with a smaller watch? Was it originally aimed more at women than men?David: The standard size line came out first because it's an all purpose, mid-size model that could accommodate a wider audience ... both men and women. The beauty of the standard line is that it's not too big and it's not too small. Personally, I loved putting the standard line out first because I wanted people to see that you don't need a watch the size of a Hummer to make an impression.Tomopop: What made you decide to launch Vannen XL?David: I knew from the get go that a XL line was inevitable, but truthfully it was never a major priority because I felt like I was catering more to a trend rather than a person. But that all changed when I saw a photo of a collector wearing a watch that didn't fit him proportionally. When I saw that photo I decided to fast track Vannen XL. That  was the moment where I realized I had to put my selfishness aside and accommodate people with bigger wrists, not a trend. And now we have a watch that truly fits everyone - Vannen XL.Tomopop: What has been the best selling watch in the collection so far?David: In terms of units made vs units sold; Brian Morris has sold the best. We made 500 of those things and they are almost gone. It blows my mind to think that almost 500 people are out there wearing Brian Morris watches. And of course the Huck Gee and Alex Pardee artist watches both sold out in in less than 72 hours - which was awesome - but their runs were much smaller. Either way, I'm proud of everyone on the roster no matter if they sold 50 watches or 500.Tomopop: Are you able to discuss any of the artists that will be a part of the Vannen line in the future?David: We've got lots of great artists lined up like GodMachine, Greg (Craola) Simkins, Junko Mizuno, McBess and Mike Mitchell. And there's so many more that I can't mention yet. We've got some fan favorites and some surprises in store.Tomopop: Do you get requests for certain artists? What is the most requested artist?David: The occasional request, but in most cases it's artists I'm already talking to.Tomopop: Can you envision Vannen ever doing more than just watches?David: I've got one thing moving forward that's not watches, but still keeping with what we do. But as far as getting into more accessory based stuff like belts, wallets, shirts, hats, etc; No, I don't see that happening. For the time being, I just want to focus on making artist watches.Tomopop: What do you have in store for us in the future?David: This month we've got two XL watches coming out ... back to back in the same week no less: Huck Gee's "Lifetime" and Luke Chueh's "Bloody Valentine". I'm really excited about both, but Luke's watch especially because people probably think they know what it's going to look like, but it's like nothing you'd ever imagine. It's a concept piece and a incredible design.Luke's watch hits Sunday, February 13, and it's a shared exclusive between Munky King and VannenWatches. It's limited to 150 pieces and comes with signed and numbered packaging. We've also have a huge surprise planned for that watch, so follow us on Twitter or friend us Facebook so you don't miss out on the announcement.And if you live in the Los Angeles area, Munky King will be hosting a Luke Chueh signing that same day from 2-4 p.m. And if you can't make it to the signing - Luke's watch will be on sale first thing Sunday morning on the Vannen website. I'm revealing the price to Tomopop first: it'll retail for $88.Tomopop: Woo! We appreciate that!David: Wait, there's more! The new Huck Gee "Lifetime" watch looks great, and if you liked his "Killing Time" watch then you'll love this one. It's a shared exclusive with our good friends at Vinyl on Vinyl in the Philippines commemorating their one year anniversary. "Lifetime" is limited to 150 pieces, retails for $85 and comes with signed and number packaging. As far as I know, it should be going on sale February 8 only at VinylOnVinylGallery, VannenWatches and at HuckGee.Aside from those two incredibly sexy watches, we've got some great San Diego Comic Con exclusives coming up that'll blow you away.   Tomopop: That's so exciting David, thank you! We look forward to see what is coming next!
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We've kept tabs on the Vannen Designer Watch series since it launched, reviewed models such as Buff Monster, Halloween Exclusive and Huck Gee "Killing Time" from the XL Series, and basically...

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Vannen teases a new Huck Gee XL watch: Lifetime


Feb 01
// Colette Bennett
We are already digging the Vannen Watches XL series hard as evidenced by our coverage of their first release, Huck Gee's "Killing Time" (Unboxed) and our frothing at the mouth over the upcoming Luke Chueh watch...
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Another peek at the new Vannen XL Luke Chueh watch


Jan 25
// Colette Bennett
We are super hot for the Vannen watch line here at Tomopop, and I have been really excited about the launch of Vannen XL since I am all about larger watches anyway. We've unboxed the first in the line, Huc...
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The packaging for the Vannen XL Luke Chueh watch is looking hot


Jan 19
// Colette Bennett
I more or less drooled all over the first release in the Vannen Watches XL series. Huck Gee's "Killing Time" (unboxing here), and I was pretty thrilled when I got wind that the next in the line was co...
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Tomopop Unboxes: VannenxHuck Gee's Killing Time


Dec 03
// Colette Bennett
We've brought you reviews of several of Vannen's handsome timepieces before, and I've gotten a lot of use out of the ones I have. That being said, despite the fact that Vannen has marketed their watches as bein...
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Vannen reveals Huck Gee XL packaging


Nov 16
// Colette Bennett
Early this month, we saw the first teaser from Vannen on their new XL line, which was kicking off with a pretty strong debut -- Huck Gee's design is the first one.  I am extremely excited to see what ...
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Vannen x Huck Gee? It looks like its on the way with 'XL' series


Nov 04
// Colette Bennett
We've reviewed several selections from Vannen's designer watch line before, and I can vouch that they are easily some of my most-worn accessories -- I got for them with most of the stuff I w...

Review: Halloween Exclusive from Vannen Watches

Oct 30 // Jason Millward
Casting off the packaging of the first series of watches, Vannen has opted instead to do something even more creative. The watch is wrapped in an orange plastic poly-bag, much  like a  goodie bag that you might get while out trick-or-treating.There are actually two different watches based on the same design. 100 are the standard black and purple, and 50 are randomly packed chase watches. These special versions contain the same interior design, the difference is that the watch's case is yellow, as is the strap which features black bats. The bags are sealed and act as a sort of blind-box for these collectibles. Before opening I was hoping that I wouldn't get "lucky" as purple is my color.That perfectly illustrates the issue that I have with this creative idea. Though very neat in theory, these aren't just any kind of collector's toys. These are technically fashion accessories. Not having $85 in hand to just wantonly throw away on a timepiece, if I like a watch enough to sink the cash on, it had better be the exact one that I like. A purple watch would definitely be my jam. A yellow one is junk drawer fodder. It's just not my style.I got lucky and received the standard version that I was hoping for. Another fun and creative feature was that the goodie bag contained not just the watch, but also actual Halloween-themed goodies. Among other treats, I found a Halloween pencil, a pumpkin eraser, a (purple!) bat ring, temporary tattoos, and vampire teeth. I really want to give props to the person that thought up this whole concept. It's a simple touch, but it adds so much charm.Finally, we have the watch itself. It's an incredibly sharp and detailed design that was silk-screened onto the watch face. I really love the  strap. The vivid purple bats on the black background are exactly my style.They stand out and just look plain cool.One look the design on the watch-face and I was immediately taken back to my skate-punk youth at around 12 years-old. It has a style reminiscent of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's Rat Fink. I totally could have sported something like this while I was rocking out to DRI and the Dead Milkmen as I tried to jack my ollie a few inches higher. Then I started feeling like Matthew Lillard at the end of SLC Punk. I'm all grown up and my tastes have changed. Nostalgia has a total hold on me, but I just can't see myself wearing a watch that has a snot-nosed demon on it at 31.Obviously a person would only pick one of these up if they were a fan of the design, and this just comes down to my personal preference. So, I'll just move along. The watch is plenty big enough to fit most wrists. I'm a pretty skinny guy, but I am pretty big, I've got a lot of room to grow as I only come up to the 4th of 8 notches.  I'm confident that these watches will fit nearly everybody over 4  feet tall. It goes on easily, with no fussing, and the plastic strap seems very durable and is really comfortable.The size of the watch is nice. It's perfectly unisex. It doesn't seen like it would be considered too large for a woman, and I don't feel like it's too small on me. And as a Halloween exclusive, the colors and design are certainly fitting.In the two weeks that I've had it, it doesn't seem to have missed a second. So, it's definitely a reliable watch. However, I am one of those people that likes to have hour markers or numbers on my analog watches as it makes it much easier to tell the time at a glance.Really wanting to put this designer watch through it's paces, I was happy to find that by simply rotating it 180 degrees that it could be worn on my right hand just as well as my left. Now that's versatility! Overall, I was now satisfied. It is a good watch. With that settled, there was just one thing left to check out...The vampire teeth work just fine!
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Just a few short months ago, Vannen hit the collectibles scene with their vision of wearable art. They released their first series of limited edition watches designed by four incredible artists. Last month Colette reviewed on...

Tomopop Review: Vannen's Buff Monster Artist Watch series

Sep 15 // Colette Bennett
So yeah, you know we how we always show you the packaging as a rule in these reviews (just cause it's kind of fun to see what your new acquisition is going to come in)? Well, these packages are cool. In fact, so cool that I had that hovering moment where I just kind of held the box and thought how awesome it was. I usually throw blind boxes and other types of packaging away, but this one I am keeping. I think you can see why.Yeah. Kind of awesome. Still, I wanted to get in the box, of course, and so I pried it open to get at the watch inside.The first thing I was reminded of was good old Swatch, but with updated, hipper designs. That's just what the Vannen watch is like, with a thin yet durable-feeling rubber strap and a plastic face. It's got a glossy finish on all parts, giving the overall look a nice finish. Flip it over, and you'll see it's handsomely engraved with the artist's name on the back. These watches are unisex, and as you can see, look just as cool on a man's wrist as they would on a woman's. I'm a big fan of the attention to detail, especially the sliding loop that holds the strap in place. Overall, I'm really pleased with the look and feel of the watch. It's comfortable to wear (and like blind box toys, I kind of wanted more of them as soon as I got my hands on one!). For the price, you get a really handsome product that is stylish and completely functional. I would proudly wear this anywhere, and in fact it hasn't left my wrist since I recieved it in the mail. Each watch is limited to 500 pieces, so if you want one, I recommend you don't waste your time: head to Vannen now and pick up your own!
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If you're thinking you averagely come to Tomopop to read reviews of toys and a watch is not one of those things, you would be correct. However, from the moment I first saw Vannen's line of beautiful art watches, I fell instan...

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Functional art from Vannen Watches


Jul 29
// Sarah Schutz
I enjoy collecting watches nearly as much as I enjoy collecting toys. I love nothing more than functional art, so when I heard about these limited edition wristwatches from Vannen Watches featuring artwork from the likes of B...

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