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Shinola Launches Jackie Robinson Limited Edition Timepiece

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Shinola Jackie Robinson Watch

Baseball great Jackie Robinson made history on April 15, 1947 when be became the first African American to start in the major leagues. Detroit watchmaker Shinola is celebrating the 70th anniversary of this momentous occasion by introducing the Jackie Robinson Limited Edition Timepiece, the fifth installment in their Great Americans Series.

The 42mm stainless steel chronograph features a midnight blue dial and date indicator, with the number 42 etched on the back in honor of Robinson’s retired uniform number. This limited timepiece is sold as part of a gift set packaged in a custom Jackie Robinson gift box, which includes a mini pennant, postcards, and a set of 3 pins. The $1,500 set is limited to just 442 pieces.

Too rich for your blood? Shinola also has a limited-edition New Era baseball cap ($65), a miniature baseball bat ($60), a leather baseball ($40), and a journal and score book set ($35). You can learn more about the watch and accessories at Shinola.com.

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Introducing G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon Bezel Watch

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Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon GSTB100XA-1A

G-SHOCK recently added a new timepiece to their refined, tough and rugged G-STEEL collection, the Bluetooth® Connected (GSTB100XA-1A), which perfectly blends stylish details and brute strength, with a carbon fiber bezel, sapphire crystal and two-tone layered band.

As a car enthusiast, the carbon fiber accents immediately drew me to this watch. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s just for aesthetics. This is a G-SHOCK, after all. The lightweight, layered bezel is a mix of state-of-the-art TORAYCA® and NANOALLOY® materials that give the bezel outstanding shock resistant characteristics.

Highly scratch resistant clear sapphire glass is used for the crystal to enhance readability and appearance, while a sturdy urethane band produced using a bi-color molding process makes it possible to decorate the outer surface with a sporty pattern, and blue urethane for the inner surface. A metal band ring reduces the chance of band breakage due to abrasion.

As you can see from these photos, it all comes together in a sleek, fashionable design that embodies G-SHOCK’s Absolute Toughness. I especially like how the blue accent colors on the face compliment the blue of the inner band. It’s a subtle touch that really brings things full circle.

Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon GSTB100XA-1A

Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon GSTB100XA-1A

Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon GSTB100XA-1A

If that’s not enough, this watch is also equipped with Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology, allowing you to pair to your smartphone via the G-SHOCK Connected App and make sure it keeps accurate time anywhere in the world, among other features.

The GSTB100XA-1A also incorporates solar-powered charging capabilities (no need for bulky charging cables) and employs a super LED light and Neo-Brite luminous hands for maximum visibility in the dimmest of situations.

Additional G-SHOCK technology features include:

  • 200M water resistance and shock resistance
  • Dual Dial World time
  • Daily alarm
  • Stopwatch and countdown timer
  • 12/24 hour format
  • Battery level indicator
  • New layered guard structure

Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon GSTB100XA-1A

Overall, I can’t say enough great things about the G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon Bezel. This model is as sleek and sophisticated as it is tough and durable, an all-around perfect watch for the daily grind of work and play. And at $600, it won’t break the bank.

Visit www.gshock.com for more information on the G-STEEL collection.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Casio, but all opinions are my own.

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The Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Watch Delivers Refined Toughness

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CASIO G-SHOCK G-STEEL GSTB100D-1

G-SHOCK is known for their tough, rugged watches, designed for people with active lifestyles. And while that’s still the case today, their latest G-STEEL collection takes that functionality and goes upscale, delivering exceptional timepieces with top-of-the-line craftsmanship and engineering, perfect for wherever the day takes you.

We recently had a chance to check out the stainless-steel G-STEEL model (GSTB100D-1A) you see above, and this might just be my favorite G-SHOCK watch yet. Their latest offering is the first G-STEEL lineup models featuring chronograph performance in analog format, blending performance and style in one seriously refined yet understated package, with a double-layer bezel, hybrid resin and stainless construction with a refined metallic finish.

This collection’s case height is noticeably slimmer than previous G-STEEL watches, while still retaining the seven elements that G-SHOCK watches have long been known for: electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock and toughness resistance. Clearly, the G-STEEL is ready for whatever comes your way.

CASIO G-SHOCK G-STEEL GSTB100D-1

As you can see here, the G-STEEL is both handsome and rugged, with a chronograph face and stainless-steel band. Another neat touch is the dial at 9 o’clock, which has a multi-functional rotating disk that looks like the blades of a jet engine. As these blades rotate, the red coloring behind the disk can be seen, and this is used to indicate the battery level and the alarm on/off setting. They also rotate in the Timekeeping and Stopwatch modes with the passage of time.

Another cool feature is a new layer guard structure that houses resin cushioning parts in the case, for a more elegant design and a better fit on the wrist. This line also uses high-density mounting technology to create a module that is smaller and thinner, also ensuring a better fit.

Believe it or not, these watches are also equipped with Bluetooth technology, allowing you to connect them to your smartphone with just the press of a button. This will let you get time information from an Internet time server. Timekeeping doesn’t get more accurate than that. No matter where you are in the world, your watch will have the correct time. It also lets you use Phone Finder and more from their app.

Other G-STEEL functions include Tough Solar along with CASIO power saving technology to ensure you’ve got power, high brightness LED light illumination, and dual dial World Time.

CASIO G-SHOCK G-STEEL GSTB100D-1

You can see a full list of the G-STEEL specs on their website.

Our opinion is that this watch is likely to go down in history as one of their best models. It will be a classic that endures. That’s why you want one too. And if that’s the case, you should go for it without hesitation because it always stinks when you’re indecisive only to swing back around and find that it’s gone. Don’t let that happen to you.

Father’s Day is also coming up quick, and you know Dad would totally love this. Make his year with a gift that is durable, has amazing style, and will have him thinking about you every time he looks down at his wrist.

Visit www.gshock.com for more information on the G-STEEL collection.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Casio, but all opinions are my own.

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Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions Pay Tribute To The Original Classics

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If you are in the market for some wrist candy that is both classic and timeless, you have got to check out the Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions. Released to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Seamaster, these watches pay tribute to Omega’s original post-war classics.

A little backstory: Between 1940 and 1945, Omega delivered more than 110,000 timepieces to the British Ministry of Defense, all highly valued by British airmen and sailors for their water-resistance and reliability in combat. After the war, there was demand for a civilian version of the watch. This led to the creation of Omega’s first family of watches in 1948, the Seamaster.

The Seamaster has since become one of the cornerstones of Omega, known for their precision, water-resistance and reliability.

Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition Central Second

In celebration of the Seamaster’s 70th anniversary, the brand has released two new watches that are clearly inspired by the two 1948 inaugural Seamaster models, with a slight touch of modernity added. “We do not have the same movement from the original 1948 because it would be too complicated,” said Jean-Claude Monachon, vice president at Omega.

Two models are available, one with a central seconds hand, one with a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock and each limited to 1,948 pieces. Other updates from the original include a larger diameter (expanding it from 34mm to 38mm), and water resistance of up to 200 feet.

A stainless steel case, polished bezel, opaline white domed dial and polished crown, embossed with vintage Omega logo are common to both models. The watches are presented in their own special collector’s box made of soft brown leather and are delivered with a spare NATO strap, along with a strap changing tool.

Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition Small Second

There’s no doubt about it, the Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions deliver the quality and craftsmanship we’ve come to expect from the company, and you will be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful and historical watch anywhere.

It’s perfect for gift giving. To yourself of course.

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