I’m usually not one to fall for these goofy influencer giveaways watch companies do but it’s a really nice piece and it represents a pretty cool concept. The prize, given to Buzz Aldrin, Brian Eno, and Elon Musk, is the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication at the 2019 Starmus V Festival. Basically it celebrates the spread of physics and science throughout the world and if anyone has done that it’s Buzz Aldrin, puncher of moon conspiracists.
Dress watch purists will tell you that a dress watch should be simple – a clean dial, simple handset, no luminous material, and paired to a leather strap. That might be overly restrictive to some, so the eye casts about to see what twists are available on that formula. You may go looking for tasteful complications added to the mix, and that’s where a watch like the Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia IV Mondphase come into play.
In our previous Zodiac review, we were also talking about a Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression – but today’s looks like a much different piece. There were two new blue watches in the collection that had been just-announced (and we briefly covered in the prior review), and we got to spend some time with the ZO9275 model of the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression.
I know that in the past few editions of the Afternoon Beer Break, I’ve been focusing in on some lower ABV beers, generally carrying the “session” label. That’s a good mix to have for the summer, but sometimes, you might be on the search for something a bit stronger. Well, in that case, something like Bell’s Hopslam Ale may be what you’re looking for.
As it is with so many things, tastes in watch design seem to go in cycles. Materials and colors are hot for a year or two, then fall out of favor as something new comes onto the scene. This has also been true for case sizes. While there are still some brands making rather large cases (over 45mm), we’re seeing brands bringing smaller watches to market. One of the latest of these is the Maen Hudson 38.
“It is difficult to measure the level of madness that sometimes prevails in the world of collectors,” write the freak shows at Label Noir. “The most affected, satiated to possess all forms of rarities or treasures among the most in demand, venture into the limitless path of personalization. They would even be ready to require the modification of a legend caliber. Thus they can associate their name with mythical models to which they bring a touch of their personality, as was the practice at the origins of watchmaking.”
The Newmark 71 continues the revival of an old British watch brand, bringing back style like we haven’t seen since the late 1970s.
It happens a lot. People get into watches, and get attracted to a vintage watch. But then, you have to worry about servicing a vintage watch, lack of parts, and just the frequently mediocre level of parts finishing and choice of materials that were used.
A good shoe is hard to find. Timeslippers make a casual shoe that breaks all my own rules, and I like it.
If it’s not obvious by now, I am a fanboy when it comes to GMT watches. And this is despite the fact – which John and Victor will gleefully point out – I really do not travel all that much these days. To them, I say “You do you, I’ll do me” and keep my GMT fires stoked up. Given that, it should be no surprise that the Armand Nicolet JS9-44 caught my eye.
For those who did not ever live in Michigan, that title might take a little explaining. Well, to simplify it a bit, it’s a state road designation (IE, M-14), and for some reason that free association happened when I was taking a look at what the Lum-Tec M82 has to offer.