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WatchReport in the Times

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Watch ninja Chris Cantrell over at WatchReport got a nice write-up in the New York Times today.

I caught him reading articles at a watch review site called Watchreport.com.

Confronted, he pointed to his rubberized wristband.

“It’s ripping apart,” he said.

Upon inspection, this proved true. But the model I saw on screen was no mere replacement. According to the review, the new $200 Casio G-Shock GW-400J came with features like a vibrating alarm, a countdown timer, a thermometer and a moon-phase indicator. To synchronize daily, it received radio waves transmitted by atomic clocks.

The only thing that stood between my husband and that watch was that Casio had released the GW-400J for sale only in Asia.

“I bet you could find it for me on the Internet,” he said.

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Review: Glycine Combat Chronograph

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An excellent review by Alex on TimeZone of a sub-$1000 chrono. I love the red hands.

Dial: This is the interesting part of the watch. I haven’t seen a black dial chronograph watch with all red color writings and hands. Since Glycine names this watch model as Combat Chronograph, I guess the red-on-black color scheme matches its name well, and it looks cool.

The Combat Chronograph also came in other color dials, but in my opinion the red/black dial is the coolest looking one.

There is a Tachymeter on the inside ring of the bezel. It creates a deep and sporty bezel appearance, another nice touch.

Read the rest here.

Portuguese Minute Repeater Squelette

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This is a limited edition IWC that looks like the rats got to it. Purdy sexy.

Check it out here.

Preview of the MMT Blackwater by Mk II

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More incredible work by Bill Yao. This is badass piece.

Read all about it here.

Cool B Version on Tokyoflash

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I didn’t like the C Version but the B Version rocks.

i4u is offering free shipping. Click through to get it.

Check it out here.

The Odd Watches Page

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An incredible collection of odd watches. Great looking weird one handers, etc.

Check it out here.

UTS-Munchen – Drool

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I just love the understated nature of this piece. It’s really striking. And check out the wooden case it comes in. Woodshop 101.

Check it out here.

Mark II Watches New Faces

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Very cool new faces from Mark II Watches. For example, the Bund I:
This dial is patterned after the diver manufactured by Blancpain in the 1960s for issue to German combat divers of the Bundeswehr (“Bund”).

Check them out here.

Epson and Seiko Create Radio-Controlled Movement

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As far as I know, the current crop of radio-controlled movements can only pick up one station at a time. Epson’s new movement can pick up three stations and is only 3.5 mm think, a welcome change from the bulking movements of the past.

The solar-charged radio-controlled analog watches available in Japan at present are only capable of receiving standard radio signals from two transmitters in Japan (Fukushima and Kyushu). These watches are unable to handle different radio frequencies and time codes2 from other countries, so they cannot receive radio signals from other areas including those outside Japan. The new radio-controlled watch movement developed jointly with Junghans is capable of receiving radio signals transmitted from Frankfurt, Germany, and Colorado, U.S.A., in addition to the two locations in Japan. By selecting the preferred time zone using the world time function and receiving radio signals from Japan, Europe, or the United States, users can enjoy using a watch that boasts superior accuracy of approximately 1 second in 100,000 years.

Check it out here

Review – Zinom

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The Zinom, a small quartz dress piece, is as dotty, charming, and unique as your Great Uncle.