Archive | September, 2005

New Site – TheSportingLife.net

Posted on 30 September 2005 by John Biggs

Food, wine, cars, sports, good stuff… that’s what the TheSportingLife.net is all about. The sporting life is an old euphemism for the good life and that’s what we’ve got to offer. Visit often for wine reviews, cigar talk, and other “guy stuff.”

Visit here.

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New Server

Posted on 30 September 2005 by John Biggs

We’re on our new server today. Looks good so far, but we shall see.

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Toyota’s Wireless Key Watch

Posted on 30 September 2005 by John Biggs

Fascinating idea from Toyota. A watch that acts as a key. RFID, probably.

Toyota is working on a new handy gadget to go with their line of Crown cars. They are working in conjunction with Citizen to develop a watch that transmits a radio signal to the car once the hand gets close enough. Basically, you grab the door handle and the door unlocks. They also plan on implementing manual buttons on the watch similar to how keyless entry units work now. Expect to see this hitting Japan first in the coming weeks.

Check it out here.

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More Seiko Conjecture

Posted on 27 September 2005 by John Biggs

Today is Spring Drive day, apparently. Jaime posits a future for Seiko on the Seiko and Citizen Forum.

1) Is that Seiko is now lending its workhorse movements to its lower end subsidiaries. 2) Seiko has internationally broken the 1,000.00++USD barrier watch, which even the Japanese Executives acknowledged, before the introduction of the Spring Drive, was difficult to sell outside Japan due to brand perception. 3) Seiko has created an outlet store outside of Japan( Singapore ). 4) An increased stake in Orient which are coming out with more cutting edge designs made for a lower end market. 5) Cheap Chinese watches will get better and better as requests for one off and internationally subcontracted brands continue. 6) Kinetics are now super reliable and find their movements in more expensive Seiko ( and other) tool/dress watches.

Read the entire post here.

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The Spring Drive Revisted

Posted on 27 September 2005 by John Biggs

Check out Velociphile’s take on the Spring Drive. Thorough. Very thorough.

Because it is a continuation of a line of evolution, it makes sense, at least to me, that developing better mechanicals remains valid; the logic being in the absence of quartz where could we be? And this is where I start to struggle with Spring Drive.

Read the rest here.

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Review – MTM Special Ops Watch

Posted on 27 September 2005 by John Biggs

I guess someone had to do it. WatchReport looks at the flashlight/watch that apparently is used by the military to flag down passing blimps.

The fist thing you will notice about the MTM Special Ops watch is its weight. If you prefer light-weight, inconspicuous timepieces, the Special Ops is not for you. If you like your watches substantial and solid, keep reading. The watch isn’t so heavy that you will eventually lose the use of your left arm, but the Special Ops is a dense and solid piece of stainless steel.

Check out the review here.

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Watch Odyssey

Posted on 26 September 2005 by John Biggs


Man, all this talk of LED watches has made me hungry. Look at these crazy bastard watches from Watch Odyssey. Real old-time stuff.

Check it out here.

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Review: TokyoFlash High Frequency Watch by Equalizer

Posted on 26 September 2005 by John Biggs

I’ve always been a sucker for cool watches. I probably own close to a hundred different watches; everything from an original “12 Monkeys” movie watch to a Seiko 2K Databank watch that came with a removable keyboard. (That Seiko helped me though many a history exam – better learning with technology!) So when TokyoFlash announced their top secret watches, codenamed “Equalizer” and asked us if we’d be willing to review one for them, I naturally jerked out of my caffeine-induced state of being and took notice. It took TokyoFlash nearly a full year of research & development and 9 re-designs to get this watch just right – so did they?

GadgetMadness.com :: Review: TokyoFlash High Frequency Watch by Equalizer

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