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Kit: Porsche 914

Advertised as the affordable Porsche/VW sports car, the small Porsche 914 got short shrift in the two automakers' botched attempt to sell it as two different models and went sadly unrecognized. Gear Patrol brings you the perfect driving kit that keeps your road garb fashionable but simple, just like the classic 914.

Ticking Off the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: July 29, 2014

This Week in Watches: An affordable Kiwi travel watch, a Wright brothers Bremont, Moscow's time zone change and more.

We tick off the latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: April 15, 2014

This Week in Watches, we examine new offerings from Sinn, Grand Seiko, Magrette, Speake-Marin and the NYC-based strapmaker Suigeneric.

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Dive Watches that Won’t Sink the Treasure Chest

You've been bequeathed plenty of hard-earned watch knowledge from Gear Patrol's Timekeeping team. So, what's taking you so long to get out there and buy your first real timepiece? A diving watch is a great way to start -- a good one can toe the line between dress and active, suit and wetsuit, and they certainly follow the current large diameter trend. Before your wallet gets intimidated (some timepieces tend to do that), remember that you don't have to take out a loan or hit the jackpot to get a great dive watch. Gear Patrol shows you seven great watches, all under $1,000 -- many well under. Who knows, maybe strapping on a dive watch will get your dormant mojo going this summer and get your certified for the beautiful open water.

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Want This, Get This: Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 or Magrette Moana Pacific Professional

If you’re like us, you have a long list of gear you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, along with bank accounts and eagle-eyed spouses, and your gadget desires remain unfulfilled. "Want This, Get This" presents a lust-worthy piece of gear along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. Today we examine the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 and the Magrette Moana Pacific Professional.

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A workout for your fingers? Worth it

Magrette Moana Pacific Chronograph PVD

We've been watching New Zealand niche watchmaker Magrette since the 2008 release of their Panerai homage, the Regattare. Founder and designer Dion Wynyard McAsey based the brand on his love for watches, design background and passion for his home country. Since the company's founding, he's released a host of beautiful watches, many at affordable prices with the kind of quality that makes a name in this very competitive industry. One of his newest releases, the Moana Pacific Chronograph PVD, is a wonderful example of solid components, great design and affordability.

Affordable Diver Sophisticate

Timekeeping: Magrette Regattare

Earlier this year, we introduced you to the Magrette Regattare prior to its much anticipated release. Well, we were able to get our hands on one to see for ourselves if the horological fanfare was justified. More photos and the

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Magrette Regattare Diver

New Zealand based Magrette will release their latest timepiece, the Magrette Regattare ($545) this February featuring the company's signature nautical style -- its Panerai-ish design is not a coincidence. Highlights include a domed sapphire crystal, C3 Super Luminova hands

Magrette Regattare Valencia


My love for Panerai timepieces knows no bounds. So I knew I'd be smitten with Magrette's very (very) Panerai-esque timepiece, the new Regattare Valencia. The 44mm Regattare Valencia is an hommage to the New Zealand team participating in the America's Cup. It's a 21 jewel