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Ocean 7 LM-8 Professional Deep Diver, Hands On

Posted on 31 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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Ocean 7 was nice enough to ship out their LM-8 Professional Deep Diver watch for a review, and I was able to spend a few days with it.  The first thing you notice when you take it out of the box is that this watch is substantial, which is to be expected for a watch rated to 2,000 meters.  OK, it is more than substantial, it is heavy.  And big.  There is a possibility that I have held heavier wrist watches (I am sure there are some beasts out there that I have not seen as well), but if I have, it was not by much.  Continue Reading

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Jaquet Droz Announces The Signing Machine

Posted on 27 March 2014 by John Biggs

In what has to be one of the oddest Novelty announcements I’ve seen in a while, Jaquet Droz has released something their calling the Signing Machine, a mechanical pantograph that signs your name again and again, essentially allowing your fingers to rest comfortably in a bowl of human growth extract while you sign paperwork.
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Kickstart a Minimalist Chronograph

Posted on 25 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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Talley & Twine wants to upgrade your style.  They want you to buy a watch from the “World’s Best Dressed Watch Company.”  Now, I am going to say that it is pretty unlikely that Talley & Twine is the world’s best dressed watch company.  Maybe they are, but I have my doubts.  Buying a watch from them will not put you on a list of 10 best dressed gentlemen.  But the Worley Chronograph that is available now on Kickstarter is a pretty nice looking watch.  I would hazard that it could possibly make you a better dressed, depending on what else you might have available to put on your wrist. Continue Reading

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Marvin M022 Ladies Moonphase Watch Review

Posted on 21 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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We recently had our first foray into review a ladies watch from Marvin, one from their M025 collection that followed a conventional style overall, and tweaked things a bit with dial layout and strap materials. In today’s review, we’ll have a look at a watch that features styling and functionality we’re more used to seeing in a men’s watch. Continue Reading

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Marvin M025 Ladies Watch Review

Posted on 18 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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We’ve reviewed quite a few different watches from Marvin over the last couple of years, but to date, we’ve not had any of their women’s models in for review. Today, we’ll take a look at the first of two that we had sent over for review, a tweed-equipped model from their M025 lineup. Continue Reading

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A Tokyo Flash for the Environmentally Conscious Data Smuggler

Posted on 14 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

TokyoFlash has been creating unusual digital watches for a while.  They have a variety of different ways to represent time on the watch, some straight forward and inventive, some a little tougher to read.  The Kisai Upload walks between the line between the two, using the same type of system utilized for road markings to disguise the time from the casual, straight on glance.

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Looking straight down on the watch makes the display look like a collection of fat lines across the face and thin lines up and down.  If you know the trick and concentrate, I imagine you could read the watch this way, but when you tilt the watch a bit, the display becomes much more readable, much like you can read the markings painted on the road from your car.

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The watch case comes in two variations, a darker sandalwood with a matching wood and polished stainless steel bracelet and a lighter maple with a matching wood and gold colored stainless bracelet.  The watch itself is always on, with a back light for night time reading, a date read out and an alarm.  The battery is rechargeable through a USB connection.  The watch is pretty big, 59mm tall x 40mm wide and 13mm tall, but the bracelet is adjustable for smaller wrists.

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But where is does the data smuggling come it?  Well, the USB port is not just for recharging.  Hidden behind the screw down back plate, next to the battery, is a 2GB MicroSD card.  You can connect it to your computer or other device via USB and use it as an external storage device.  So if you don’t want to carry around a USB stick on your key chain and you seem to keep sending SD cards through the wash in your pockets, here is a way to keep the complete technical details of the Death Star close at hand.

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: Tokyo Flash Kisai Upload
  • Price: ~$90 USD
  • Who we think it might be for: Anyone who goes to ComicCon.
  • Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?: Not for me, but I would as a gift for the right person.
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Skip the gold on the maple version.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch: The use of wood, especially the sandalwood.

 

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Arnold & Son Announce Limited-Edition DSTB Naval-Inspired Novelty

Posted on 13 March 2014 by Administrator

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Ohhhh purdy! What you see before you is the Arnold & Son DSTB (Dual Side True Beat) Instrument Collection, a 250th anniversary piece with a dead beat seconds hand at about noon and regular time display at 5 o’clock.
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Marvin Origin M125 Watch Review

Posted on 13 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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We’ve reviewed quite a few different models from Marvin over the past few years, and we’ve liked the brand for the combination of style, fit-and-finish, and affordability that their lineup offers. Like the styling of a particular watch, but the mechanical movement is a little out of your price range? Well then, they very likely have a quartz variant, saving you a few bucks. In what we’ve looked at previously, if they haven’t been “true” sport watches, they’ve definitely skewed less formal. Today’s watch, the M125.53.51.74 definitely takes us away from that, and is very much a dressier piece. Continue Reading

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