The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is a full-blown cultural phenomenon, complete with its own vernacular and pseudoscience. We headed down to Dallas to experience this year’s finale and and snapped some photos in between occasional showers, shortages of $9 Miller Lites and gridlocked crowds.
Another BaselWorld is in the books, and it’s time for our annual tradition of choosing our favorite watches of the show. Once again, we polled five of our esteemed Timekeeping contributors for their picks — and once again they chose a real mix of haute horlogerie, divers and chronographs from brands big and small. Mind you, these aren’t necessarily the best watches of the show (despite our title), but just the ones with which we’d choose to flee across the border on our wrists. See if you agree with our choices.
Marketing is for suckers
Watch shopping at a brick and mortar retailer or a boutique really only scratches the surface of the watch world. There are literally hundreds of online retailers, or internet boutiques, just as worthy of the praise received by brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling, and the like. These are small-scale production brands that exclusively sell their own watches online, without a physical store, from less than $500 to well above $10,000. We’ve broken down some of our favorite internet boutique brands, along with their best offerings, so that you can start your web-based hunting right.
Spidey senses are tingling
When it comes to high-end mechanical watches, racers, pilots, and divers are all spoiled for choice. Unfortunately, skiers can’t say the same. One brand though, has been giving them a taste of what could be. Launched by two Danes in 2002, Linde Werdelin went straight after the skiing niche by introducing mechanical timepieces with digital clip-on devices meant for the snow. But today, the technology that made the brand stand out faces major questions. We tried out the SpidoLite Titanium Red ($11,900) and the brand’s latest Rock digital device on the slopes.
Today in Gear: April 8th, 2014. We check out Sony’s new full frame compact, the hangars of the future, tear-inducing poems and more.
Best of Show
From the Archives:Every year we come away from Salon International Haute Horlogerie, the world’s most prestigious watch show, feeling privileged and awed. After we’ve returned home and slept off the jetlag, we like to poll our team of Timekeeping contributors for their picks from the preceding week. So with our further ado, here are our favorite watches of SIHH 2014.
Everything you want, and more
We imagined tablets long before they ever found their way into our daily lives — maybe that’s why they fit in so quickly. But don’t let their prominent science fiction legacy mislead you: there’s plenty of innovation still to be had. In fact, the category is already evolving at breakneck speed, thanks largely to the breakthroughs in processing technology being made by companies like Intel. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out the video above to see just how far tablets have come and where they’re headed tomorrow.
A Starion is born
The Mitsubishi Starion was one of the automotive standouts of the 1980s, not that it took much. It was angular everywhere but the wheels, but it did it right, and it was properly fast, too. Despite the greatness of the Lancer Evo, Mitsubishi has lost its way in the rest of its modern lineup — and a new, 21st-century version of the Starion could be just the adrenaline injection the brand needs right now.
Ditch The Civic and Don Some Leather
What would a modern interpretation of Bonnie and Clyde look like? Nicholas Maggio (who we’ve already seen is pretty good at the babes, crime, cars equation) has taken a stab, and the results are about as killer as you’d expect. If you don’t hit eBay in search of a leather jacket and an E28 M5 afterwards, you might need to watch it again.
Don't store it in the garage when the temps drop
In the snowy streets of Chicago, the Porsche Panamera 4S — 420 horsepower V6, all-wheel-drive, stability and traction control, front-to-weight distribution and all — proves a surprisingly spectacular winter car.
The Asian Phaeton?
Kia has far surpassed expectations in a relatively short time frame, shifting from a producer of poorly designed, poorly built econo-boxes to well-made, adventurously styled cars that square off with practical Asian stalwarts like Honda and Toyota. Recently they set their sights on the European luxury market with their 2015 Kia K900 ($59,500 base). We grabbed some seat time in a powerful, VIP-trimmed $65,000 Kia to decide for ourselves if it was worth the price tag — and to decide if the Germans should feel threatened by this Asian invasion.
MI-6 may come knocking
If you lament the death of old-school design — the kind that makes timeless cars like the Ferrari 265 GTB/4, the Jaguar E-Type and the Aston Martin DB5 so iconic — then you’ll rejoice over the new David Brown Automotive Speedback. Recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the Speedback is a throwback to simpler times with the benefit of modern underpinnings and technology. The niche British carmaker (so niche that it has one model and no factory yet) has made its debut baby an absolute stunner.
The road less traveled, the snow well-conquered
Given the chance to ride motorcycles in the winter, a sane rider might politely decline, but what’s life without a few
two three-wheeled thrills? On a recent invitation by Ural Motorcycles we did just that, responding “yes, please” (pronto) while simultaneously reaching for our bags, and multiple changes of underwear. Next stop, cold and soggy Seattle.
Today in Gear we examine Cobra’s iRad 230, Dodocase’s Leathercraft collection, TruFuel’s lawn pre-mixed mower solutions and the PackPoint packing list app for Android.
In Bradbury’s “No Particular Night or Morning”, Clemens is a billion miles from home in a spaceship, conversing with a peer about life. “We’re all fools”, he says, “all the time. It’s just we’re a different kind each day… I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly.” Fools or not, time can yield both quality and wisdom. Our #betterwithage discussion examines issues of maturity in wine, beer, cheese, cigars and life.