It is the weekend, so it is time once again for our weekly feature, Watching the Web, where take a spin about the internet to look at some interesting watches or watch related news that we have found this week.  We also get a chance to highlight a few of our own articles that have been popular over the previous week (or so).  First up, we have an editorial that asks you to think about why you wear a watch, and then we have a review of a brand we have not looked at for a few years.  Then, of course, we will bring you the highlights of the week for our site.




If you ever found yourself thinking that you would like to own a James Bond watch, why not go for one that can shoot (and I quote) “frickin’ lasers” ?  Sure, you might think of something hokey like a laser pointer embedded into a watch or something like that.  On the other hand, you could go the route that Patrick Priebe did, and build a somewhat dangerous iteration (video below).

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Next up, we have some rather exciting news from our friends over at Shinola – they are beginning to print their own dials.  As we saw with their movement creation, they are relying on outside experts (in this case, Taiwan’s BAT Ltd) to train up their Detroit-based staff in the correct way to do things.  This is a great step towards their goal of a fully American-made watch, and I am hopeful that it will lead to some interesting custom designs.



Now, let’s turn the focus back to our own pages.  Given that yesterday is commonly called by the term “Black Friday” (ie, when retailers get out of the red ink for the year), it seems fitting that John’s gift guide on 5 Watches Under $500 is by far one of the most popular posts of the week.  Check it out – you may find a good gift for someone you know, or a little something for yourself.  Oh, and don’t forget about our own store (which helps support WWR) as you go about your shopping.

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Finally, we have another Detroit shout out, in the form of the Detroit Watch Company 1701 that Matt reviewed for us earlier this week.  While Matt is fairly new to our staff, you know you are in for a fun watch when he writes that he knew he would have a hard time sending it back.  Having spent some time with their other model, the Aviator, I know what he’s talking about (then again, I hail from Detroit, so there is a sentimentality factor to it).  Want to see what a Cali native had to say about it?  Then delay no more, and head on over here.

Szanto TrioLast but not least, you have just about a week or so to get in on our latest giveaway.  If you have not done so already, pop over to our monthly giveaway page and get your entries in to win one of the three Szanto watches Matt reviewed for the site.

With that, we’ll 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.

Pictures courtesy of the source site; header image courtesy of DesktopNexus

ByPatrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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