Hello and welcome to our regular Saturday feature, Watching the Web, where we shine a light on interesting watch related articles across the web, and recap a few of our more popular reviews over the past week or so. This week, we have news of some changes at Hodinkee, a photographic journey through the Grand Seiko, and a nice giveaway from The Time Bum. From our pages, we saw the the Benarus Vintage Moray, watch straps from Suigeneric and Crown & Buckle, and the latest Rossling & Co project take top honors.
First up, we have the biggest news in the watch blogging world – Hodinkee has joined forces with Watchville, forming a new company. Day to day this likely will not impact what we see from the site, but over the long run, I have a feeling we may see some changes with Kevin Rose at the helm. I liked what he did with Digg, so we’ll see how Hodinkee changes (or doesn’t). You can read more about that here.
Next up, we have a photographic journey through the Grand Seiko. Perhaps a more accurate way of putting things is to state that it’s an interesting way to look at the Grand Seiko in different ways. You can check out the press release here (and learn more about the photographers), or you can just head on over here and check out the videos and photos.
Rounding things out, we have a great giveaway running over at The Time Bum. I’ve not seen the Florijn Een in person myself, but it looks like a curious piece for sure. And hey, at the price of, well, free, you can’t beat the bargain. Head on over here to see if you want get your hat in the ring.
Now, let’s see what was popular from our own pages. By now, you surely know that Benarus is a brand that we are particularly fans of, with John and his Megalodon, or me with the Sea Snake. Well, the Moray lineup has been interesting, and the latest Vintage Moray may just dethrone the Sea Snake as my favorite from Benarus.
Now, if you’re not in the market for a new watch, you might be looking to spruce up your watch with some new straps. Whether you’re looking for some lightweight (and colorful) options for the summer, or something a bit heavier-duty (but still textile) for the long haul, our post on the latest options from Suigeneic and Crown and Buckle have you covered.
Then again, if you are in the market for a new watch, Kickstarter can be a fun way to go, given the variety of projects that seem to be popping up over there. Matt has a rundown on their latest super-slim watch which has really taken off like crazy. The new style is attractive, and I like to see the new colors showing up in their tweed straps, which are a nice touch for any watch, really.
As you are probably aware, John’s latest book is out right now. If you’re on the fence about it, you can check an excerpt of the book right here. If you’re still on the fence about it, you can check out my review of the book (and interview of John) right here. Then, after all that, head on over here and get your name in the ring to win one of two copies. And no, this isn’t just a shameless plug – that excerpt was one of the top posts of the week!
With the new month comes a new give-away, and this month we have the fitness minded smartwatch from Wellograph, Patrick reviewed it on A Blog to Watch back in January. If you are interested in this fitness tracker, head over to our contest page and enter to win.
We 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.
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