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Introducing the Jake Burton Carpenter Shinola


Even if you’re not a snowboarder (I most certainly am not), you are no doubt familiar with the snowboarding gear brand Burton. Well, as with most brands, it actually started out as the brainchild of one person. In this case, it was Jake Burton Carpenter back in 1977 who decided standing sideways on the snow was the way to go. He passed about a year ago, and this new Jake Burton Carpenter Shinola is being done in honor of what he built.

Introducing the Shinola Smokey Robinson collection


When it comes to music and Detroit, the obvious association is Motown, and all of the artists that came through that label, it only makes sense that when Shinola was looking for their next ?Great American? to honor, they?d go there. For that honor, they?ve selected none other than Smokey Robinson.

Visiting Shinola in Detroit


As any longtime reader of my writing will know, I have a soft spot in my heart when it comes to Shinola. I am originally from outside of Detroit, and had been intimately familiar with manufacturing and automotive, and the impact the downturn has had on those industries, and the people involved in them. Will one single brand setting up shop in Detroit revitalize things on its own? No, it won’t – but they can certainly lead the charge to a revitalized – and skilled – manufacturing base in the city.

Shinola Brakeman Review


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I’ve written a decent amount about Shinola since they came onto the market, as they captured my interest. This was first by being right from my old hometown, but also by bringing watch manufacturing to the States, and (most compellingly) creating some very nice-looking watches. Today, we’ve got a hands-on review of a model I’ve not seen reviewed anywhere else – the Shinola Brakeman.

Can you tell your chronograph from Shinola? The Shinola Canfield Sport can!

Ok, I know I’ve been throwing you a lot of men’s style stuff the past few days.  Let me make it up to you and talk about a watch that was just announced earlier today – the Shinola Canfield Sport.

Watching the Web for May 23, 2015

Morning Dew On A Web Desktop BackgroundHello and welcome back (I hope) to Watching the Web, our weekly installment where we highlight interesting watches related articles from other sites, and point out own more popular articles over the last week. Today, we have a review of the Borealis Seahawk 1500 from a diver’s perspective, a photo essay from a watchmaking class held by Audemars Piguet, and a tutorial on how to remove scratches from a watch crystal.  From our site, Patrick swept the top spots, with his recent reviews of the Shinola Rambler GMT, the Gavox Aurora, and the Steinhart Military 42.

Jaques de Vos SeahawkBorealis produces high quality dive watches at affordable price points (I frequently wear the Sea Diver, and Patrick reviewed the Seahawk), and the Seahawk takes the brand down deep, with a 1500 meter depth rating.  Yes, it is overkill for almost everyone, but these extreme watches are popular.  Diver Jacques de Vos strapped one on over his wetsuit and took it for a couple of dips, and shares his thoughts here.

APSF-10Over at TimeZone, there is a good blog post from a reader and his wife that were able to attend a watchmaking class held by Audemars Piguet in San Francisco.

tk-how-to-remove-watch-scratches-gear-patrol-lead-fullOver at Gear Patrol, there is a helpful article on how to remove (shallow) scratches from your watch’s sapphire crystal should it get a bit too beat up.

Shinola-Rambler-GMT-09Shinola always gets a lot of interest on our site, and the Rambler GMT was no exception.  Patrick loves a good GMT, and he thought that this one was worth considering.  In the review he compared the Rambler with the Filson GMT (also made by Shinola); I think the Shinola is the sportier looking of the two, and probably my favorite Shinola to date.

Gavox-Aurora-FeaturedGavox is another brand we like here at WWR, and the Aurora steps up the typical world timer functionality with the ability to change time zones in 15 minute increments.  This can be useful in certain parts of the world, where (as an example) Iran and Afghanistan have their clocks 1/2 hour off from the convention, and Nepal is on the quarter hour.

Steinhart-Military-42-05Lastly, we have the Steinhart Military 42, a vintage military inspired modern timepiece.  Patrick and I are split on the small second hand, with it being a deal killer for him, but I kind of like it.

Cognitime1Time is running out to enter our monthly watch give-away contest.  This month, we have a Cognitime Classic watch to give awayI took a look at the watch back in 2014 and it is an interesting hybrid using a digital display to indicate the analog passage of time.


Wrist ShotWe also want to put the call out for wrist shots of our reader’s favorite (or at least favorite of the moment) watches.  Put together an email of your wrist shot and tell us a little about the watch and why you love it.  If you happened to be introduced to it through our site (or won it through a give-away), even better.  Just make sure the image is a JPEG and at least 800 pixels wide.

With that, I will wrap things up. As always, if there’s something you think we should be covering, feel free to drop us a line. If you bring something up that we end up writing about, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction.

The Shinola Runwell – it’s not just for your wrist anymore

You know me – while many folks seem to want to dismiss Shinola as just another marketing story attaching itself to watches built in a city rising from a fall, I’ve been a booster for the brand. This was only further solidified when I toured the factory and saw first hand the work being done.  You’re no doubt aware that they’ve expanded past watches, and today we’re looking at another one of their diversions – the Shinola Runwell clocks.

In Review: Shinola Duck


Over the last year or so, we’ve written a number of articles on the Shinola Duck (here and here), it wasn’t a watch that we’d had the pleasure to have come in on a loan for review. I worked on rectifying that oversight, and wouldn’t you know it, we were able to spend a few weeks with the Shinola Duck. While the brighter color combos are no doubt popular, I requested the one that is all various shades of blue.

Shinola is honoring art and architecture


In what we’ve written about here, we’ve showcased watches that are influenced by – or even designed by – artists and architects. One of my favorite brands has dipped their pen into that inkwell now, with new limited-edition clocks and a watch.

In Review: Shinola White Hurricane


A few months back (see that here), we first told you about the Shinola White Hurricane. As we noted then, this watch was a new version of the Shinola Black Blizzard (which we reviewed here). Just as the Black Blizzard wasn’t actually in reference to a snow blizzard, the Shinola White Hurricane doesn’t refer to a hurricane, at least not in how we normally think of them.