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The Tangent by Nixon

by on Aug.12, 2014, under What's New

Nixon Tangent

Introducing The Tangent by Nixon

Designed for the salty dogBuilt to withstand daily life in the water, the new timepiece boasts analog tide functionality, housed within a hybrid construction of stainless steel and superior G10 materials. It features a 9 o’clock crown to avoid surfer’s wrist-bite, analog tide dial, hardened mineral crystal and custom machined, glass-reinforced thermoset epoxy laminate bezel.

The Nixon Tangent is available in black, all black and matte black/surplus now starting at $450 USD.
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Nixon Rubber 51-30

by on Nov.10, 2011, under Review, What's New

Nixon Rubber 51-30The next love child in a long line of 51-30′s, this Rubber is made to tickle the senses. This unique twist to the Tide, Chrono & PU is a creation of colorful silicone that is almost impossible not to notice on the wrist. This timepeice comes in four colors Black, White, Royal Blue and Shocking Pink, the same flare and variation as the Rubber Player line. The Rubber has the same dial, rotating bezel, 3 hand Swiss quartz movement, tide subdial that you’re used to on the other members of the 51-30 family. The look and feel is identical to the tide but a bit softer on the wrist and a tad bit more functional. When you’re rocking a fat 51mm chunk of stainless steel, the 51-30 Chrono isn’t exactly meant to look like a sportsman’s watch. Similar to the Rubber Player, no…exactly like the Rubber Player, this new and exciting watch comes with an injection molded silicone band. In addition, the silicone band is reinforced with stainless steel lugs to give you complete confidence in knowing that your silicone band won’t snap. If you’re in the market for a $400 watch that still looks like you can wear it while swimming then the new Nixon Rubber 51-30 is the one for you.

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Seiko Credor Minute Repeater

by on Apr.06, 2011, under Review, What's New

To catch your attention on this fine watch, only three of the Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeaters are going to be made each year with an extremely affordable price tag ;) of $400,000.

You don’t normally think of Japan as being known for Swiss movement or even manufacturing anything over the $1000 mark.  This one surprised me a bit but the shear rarity of such a watch with a limited run should command a higher bid.  Showcasing their micro drive talents,  Seiko started the Credor line back in 2006 and is moving up the high-end ladder.

“Spearheaded by Kenji Shiohara, the new Minute Repeater is designed and executed in a traditional Swiss style.  But, the hammers of the repeater are made from Myochin steel, the same steel used in Japanese wind chimes, producing an incredibly crisp sound.  In fact, the Myochin family has gone 52 generations producing steel, which equates to about 850 years of continual master blacksmith work.” – Hodinkee

There are two cases. The Seiko, you will see utilizes the decimal system and has  a few other interesting characteristics. the hour and minutes (ten and one) with the hammer and the gongs are in between the two cases.

In all this is a sick little watch. If you can give up buying that house you’ve been saving for go ahead and grab the Seiko Credor.

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Killer style meets the wood watch

by on Mar.10, 2011, under What's New

Ever see a watch that just caught the eye and you couldn’t look away without picking it up? Well check these out after you’ve hidden your credit card cause you’ll want one for sure. The guys over at MICA are crafting some definite gems. Clean designs, solid style and everything you didn’t think you would get from a hand crafted wood watch. Seriously good looking stuff!
Plank-Black-on-Maple

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To all the PF watch lovers!

by on Oct.27, 2010, under Review, What's New, Wood Watches

So if you’re not a total pf then I’ve got something you need to check out.  There’s a new gig in town Mica making some sick looking watches. You’ve most likely never seen a timepeice like these so you better go check them out. Their designs are legit and are all carved from maple wood, case links and all.

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The history of the wood watch

by on Oct.27, 2010, under Review, What's New, Wood Watches

There has been some debate over who came out with the first wood wrist watch.  Many have dabbled in this art normally reserved for the most adventurous craftsman but few have created a timepeice that truly dubs classic style rather than the apprearance of a 6th grade art project.

Quiksilver has come out with a cool one but only part of the case is actually wood. Others have faked the wood look using thin wood venere or painted plastic. This is almost pathetic but understandable becuase carving a wood watch requires serious skill and patience. One company that has recently come out with a seriously good looking wood watch is Mica. Mica has about 16 different models and colorways all hand carved from wood. From case to links it’s all wood except the movment, crown and double locking clasp. Check out mica today.

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Mica does it again!

by on Oct.26, 2010, under Review, What's New, Wood Watches

Leading wood watch designers Mica are now shipping all Deck models. The one that catches my eye would be the Deck – Bronze on Maple. A classic look to a natural hand carved timepeice.  Check out all the cool designs and collections that Mica is throwing down.

You might even get lucky and win a free watch from their occasional Facebook contests. Go to their site for details.

Deck-Bronze-on-Maple

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A Patek Philippe Calatrava Gifted by Michael Jordan: Now You Can Be Like Mike, And Wear A Patek

by on Oct.25, 2010, under Review, What's New

Coming up for auction at Sotheby’s Important Watches and Clocks auction in New York City on October 27 is a watch made by one of the most respected manufacturers given by one of the most talented basketball players to one of the most innovative basketball coaches.

We are talking about a Patek Philippe Calatrava (reference 5096J) given by Michael Jordan to Tex Winter, who was at that time an Assistant Coach to the Chicago Bulls.

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The LÜM-TEC Tungsten M8 and M23: Affordable, Dependable, and Tough Automatic Watches (VIDEO)

by on Oct.25, 2010, under Review, What's New

We at Hodinkee are big fans of the high-quality, affordable watches coming from LÜM-TEC, and we certainly aren’t this brand’s only fans.

Since the company’s founding in 2008, LÜM-TEC has been led by those that understand and appreciate value. Much of the brand’s success has been due to engaging with watch fans for new design ideas. LÜM-TEC is also known for its Maximum Darkness Visibility (MDV) technology, which is an eight layer application of luminous material that enhances the ability to read the time in the dark.

Continue reading “The LÜM-TEC Tungsten M8 and M23: Affordable, Dependable, and Tough Automatic Watches (VIDEO)” »

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Staying a Half-Step Ahead in a World of Innovation: An Interview with Seiko President Shinji Hattori

by on Oct.25, 2010, under Review, What's New

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Shinji Hattori, President and CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation. Within the landmark Wako building in the heart of the Ginza shopping district, Mr. Hattori discussed how his family values have molded the way he runs Seiko, the importance of Japanese watchmaking, and the international launch of the Grand Seiko collection.

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