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Hands-On Review – 38mm Bronze Oris Divers 65 “Cotton Candy” Pink

The Skinny 38mm bronze with bronze braceletOris 733 (base Selitta SW 200-1) with date$2750 US The Two Big Questions Is the new Oris Divers 65 Cotton Candy 38mm in bronze going to stain your wrist, and is it a watch for men or women? As an owner, I can attest that Oris’ bronze tarnishes gently…. Read more »

Hands-On Review – G-Shock “Casioak” GMAS2100-7A & Post-Gender

The Skinny 43mm, but wears like 40mmDay of week, analog time, and a bunch of menu-accessed functions$99 US Cyborg Feminism & Post-Gender Fashions In 1985, feminist author Donna Haraway published The Cyborg Manifesto in the journal Socialist Review. This post-humanist manifesto advocates for intergroup affinities that transcend the ruts of divisive human identity politics, like… Read more »

Curating The Collection – How Storage Impacts Confidence in Collecting

Just admit it: you, like me, give more than two shits about what people think of your watch collection, and the reason is clear: our collections represent us. Every little detail that we’ve allowed past the velvet rope into our personal horological disco is out on the floor for others to judge. We really wouldn’t give two shits about that judgement if we didn’t understand that what’s being judged is not watches but our most intimate expression of our mostly solipsistic and, thus, often lonely subjectivity inner lives. You, dear reader of horological essays, like me who writes them, give two shits about how people judge you if not your watches, I’m sure of it.

Hands-On Review – The Hemel Airfoil Chronograph

Like all of Hemel’s watches, the Airfoil foregoes superfluous – and often dubious – claims to being “Swiss Made,” or “Assembled in America,” or whatever Euro-centric claim so many smaller watch brands feel they can get away with. Hemels’ marketing materials and watch dials are refreshingly bereft of these shaky claims of single-origin manufacturing, which I’ve dubbed “Vintage Nationalism.”

Collector Guide – LIP Nautic-Ski Watches 1967-1976

As the official timepiece of the French Olympic team and later a favorite of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s dive team for its build quality and precise timekeeping, the Nautic-Ski became a best-seller for the brand and a French design icon.

Hands-On Review – Aquastar Deepstar Diver Chronograph

Why did I melt for this watch before even putting it on? Because the fit and finish of everything on this watch is incredibly high-end. I’m talking top-dollar Swiss brand high-end.