I know, I know – I’ve skewed very much towards IPAs in previous installments of the Afternoon Beer Break. And hey, I likes that I likes, so that’s what I’ve been covering. I recently picked up something that isn’t an IPA, so we thought we’d give you lager-heads something to drool over. In this case, it’s the Stone Brewing Tropic of Thunder Lager.
Wrangler is a name you no doubt are familiar with. Sure, their jeans may not have as much mind share as, say, Levis, but they’ve been around for forever, and have been working at making denim for the hard-going American woman and man (at least, to judge by their current commercials). They’re even getting in on some social buzz by signing up with Lil Was X after his breakout country hit Old Town Road. Well, we’re not here to talk about catchy tunes, we’re here to talk about watches. Like any other apparel brand trying to be more of a “lifestyle” play, they’ve got watches on offer. So, let me tell you about five of the pieces in their watch catalog.
Just wanted to put this up there real quick – of the various barefoot style shoes I’ve tried, the Lems Boulder Boots (reviewed here) have been one of my favorites. Well, they’ve got a 33% off sale going right now (ends 5/23) that puts the canvas or canvas and leather styles at $83.75, or the full-leather ones at an even $100. No codes, the price is as marked on the site. If you want a pair, move quickly! lemsshoes.com
Chopard loves them some car races. The company has been supporting Mille Miglias for a number of years and each year the release a few special pieces to honor this 1,000 mile endurance race. Originally created to test the limits of Italian jalopies back in the 1920s, the race is now an excuse for rich people to ride around in fancy little cars.
While I have the tendency to write about a majority of the campaigns that I end up personally backing, there are some (say, board games) that I’ve not covered here, as it’s just not been a fit for our coverage. One that would have been a fit – but that I somehow missed talking about – was the Shape Flexer Sunhat. I’m always on the search for a good outdoors / yard work hat, and the Shape Flexer has been that in spades. There’s a new version that just got launched on Kickstarter, the Shape Flexer Sunhat Lite.
While I’ve not handled a great many watches from Glashütte Original, the few that I’ve handled (see one here) have left me quite impressed, particularly those with the big date complication. Just the way those date discs fit so well together is a delight. Something of a surprise – of the delightful variety – was seeing that big date complication fitted to one of the three new Glashütte Original SeaQ models that were just announced.
In this edition of the Afternoon Beer Break, we are headed back to the Boulder, CO-based Left Hand Brewing. And, as with their prior beer we reviewed it has a rather interesting color. This time, it was yet another style that I’ve not experienced before, in the form of the Left Hand Brewing Wheels Gone ‘Round.
Even if you’re only casually following what is going on in the watch world, it should be clearly evident that brands are focusing on the past. They’re either drumming up designs that take an old, tried-and-true style and update it for the modern era. On the other hand, there are brands who do an almost literal dive into their archives, and reissue something from their past. It’s that latter category in which we see this old-but-new Fossil Hologram hailing from.
There are more than a few brands that call Glashütte – in Germany – home. While I’ve covered more than a few of them, Tutima is one that has sort of flown under my radar. With their recently-announced entry-level lineup, perhaps the Tutima Sky will put put them onto all of our radars.
Back in the 1960’s Certina made the PH200M dive watch. This is a no nonsense, get the job done, sort of a diver. For being “just” a tool watch, it still looks good. There are still some vintage models floating around out there, but now you can get a new one. Certina has brought it back with their new Certina DS PH200M. I was able to get a hold of one to review, and I am liking it.