Hands-On with the Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT ‘Special’ Limited Edition

Back during the early days of Baselworld, we covered the wide variety of new introductions from both Seiko and Grand Seiko. Today, we’re highlighting one of the more visually appealing releases from the monolithic older sibling: the Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT ‘Special’ Limited Edition with a vibrant blue dial featuring a swirling mosaic monogram pattern that is unique to this specific model.

The new GMT is part of multiple new releases from Grand Seiko celebrating the 20thanniversary of the brand’s 9S Caliber. First introduced in 1998, the movement has long served as a landmark moment in Grand Seiko’s, and Seiko’s, history. Over the years it has been improved bit-by-bit with new Spron alloys for both the main and balance springs and MEMS engineering that allow key components to be manufactured to tolerances as small as one-thousandth of a millimeter. Inside the rather large (46.4 mm X 14.6 mm!) watch, which has been given the name SBGJ229, the existing Hi-Beat 9S86 caliber has been updated, given a special tune-up to the Grand Seiko ‘Special’ standard, which offers a rate of +4 to -2 seconds per day, a level higher than normal Grand Seiko standard. Continue reading

Ticking Admission Tickets: 10 Entry-Level Mechanical Watches

Every watch collection has to start somewhere, and often that initial watch purchase is on a somewhat restricted budget. Here’s an introduction to entry-level mechanical watches from 10 brands. To narrow the field down, we only considered men’s watches with a case diameter of 37 mm or greater.


Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39

In 2015, the world’s best-known watch brand presented a new basic model, which remains its lowest-priced men’s watch. In return for $5,700, the buyer gets Rolex’s typical advantages: high-quality craftsmanship, a modern manufacture caliber, a case made of saltwater-resistant 904L stainless steel – and very little danger that this watch will depreciate in value. The 39-mm case contains self-winding chronometer-certified Caliber 3132. The Oyster Perpetual 39 is available with either a gray or a blue dial. For our test of the watch, click here. Continue reading


Adventure brand Vollebak
have introduced “The Mountain Shirt” an item that combines incredible
engineering and performance with a minimalist, stripped-down style
inspired by mid-20th century design and colors. This shirt looks at home
whether you?re hanging out on a 1,000ft ledge, or out at dinner back in
civilisation. Using advanced Swiss technology, they?ve re-engineered
cotton to make it as water-repellent and dirt resistant as a lightweight
jacket, and as stretchy, fast-drying and high-wicking as a
high-performance baselayer. Available in Himalayan Pink, Alpine Green
and Atlas Grey. Continue reading


Front Runner Outfitters specialize in adventure gear for overlanders,
outdoor enthusiasts, and casual campers. This compact set of utensiles
and cutting board pack everything you need for cooking and eating at the
campsite, it can be hung for quick and easy access, and rolls up
securely for safe, rattle free transport. The high quality set includes 4
serrated knives, 4 steak forks, 4 dessert spoons, 4 tea spoons, cutting
board, paring knife, bread knife, carving knife, serving spoon,
spatula, campfire fork, and a bottle opener/corkscrew. The entire kit
fits in a custom tool style roll with flap, adjustable straps and
buckles and carrying handles. watch the video below Continue reading


Once again we are here to help you find the best products on Amazon.
This month we have found some more cool, beautiful and functional
products buried deep in Amazon?s massive catalog. We showcase a list of
products that caught our attention, either for their great discount
price, for their great customer ratings, or simply because they are
pretty goddamn awesome. Product details below.

A versatile approach shoe for running, climbing and hiking fast in the outdoors. Lightweight and flexible, these mens outdoor shoes feature a breathable mesh upper and abrasion-resistant weldings to keep feet dry and protected.
$120 | BUY Continue reading

IN-DEPTH: A splash of colour and a lot of fun – the TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf 2018 Special Edition

The story in a second: Two stripes are all it takes to amp up the legacy and motorsports heritage of the Monaco. I’m willing to put the success of the Monaco down to two things. The Steve McQueen link, and the square shape. I’m sure there are numerous other factors, like the Calibre 11, at play. But really, it’s the fact that this watch is so distinctive, and was worn by someone so cool that the Monaco has stayed strong… Read More

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Author: Felix Scholz