The Firenze Watch from Murano Watches

Welcome back to GreatTiming everyone. We’ve been enjoying our summer here. It has been a surprisingly mild one. It’s usually a scorcher by now.

So let’s get right into this one. I don’t typically do women’s watch reviews, and that is for obvious reasons. But every once in a great while, if something strikes my fancy I might buy it for my mother, ask her how she likes it, and check it out myself, and then write up a little something.

So here it is: a little review of the Firenze gold tone bangle watch from Murano Watches.

First and foremost, I would just like to say that the gold tone (it’s not solid gold by any means) on this watch looks very convincing. It doesn’t look like it’s trying to imitate gold but comes off as fake, it looks comfortable being gold tone. Not gold, but gold tone. I just wanted to get that point out of the way, because I feel that that is the first thing that I noticed about the watch. It’s definitely not real gold, but it doesn’t have that cheap feeling to it.

Ok, so now that we’ve got that out of the way, I can get on to the meat and potatoes of the review. The watch looked simply stunning on my mother’s wrist. She’s not a huge watch gal, but since it’s what I do, she suffers through it to help me out. Thanks mom. Anyway, the hand-blown murano glass beads adorning the face of the watch looked great, and added just that perfect little pop of color to the watch. The flower designs accent the beads quite nicely, and give your eyes something to focus on to break up the gold of the watch, while focusing and framing all of that color to a specific location so that it doesn’t become distracting.

The Firenze is a bangle style clasping watch, rather than a normal link wrist watch like most of murano millefiori’s other watches. I personally like the clasp-style bracelet; I think it looks nice on the wrist. Women will have more to say on this fashion-wise than I, so I will leave that for them. The watch is gold, so it will look good with a lot of different outfits, but it also comes in a silver variety, and a silver variety with a blue face, if gold is not your style.

The watch features a high quality Miyota 2035 movement made by Citizen, for improved accuracy and reliability. The bangle fits wrists from 5 1/2 inches to 7 inches, and is also nickel free for anyone who may have allergies. The watch also comes with a one-year warranty and an attractive gift bag to store this one-of-a-kind work of art in. And for about fifty bucks, you can’t beat the quality of workmanship in this watch for the price.

If you want to buy a truly unique watch for that special woman in your life, you can’t go wrong with the Firenze watch from Murano watches.

The Firenze Watch from Murano Watches

The Firenze Watch from Murano Watches

Review of the Rip Curl Detroit Stainless Men’s Watch

Rip Curl Detroit
Haven’t done a review in quite some time, and for that I apologize.

But I’ve got one for you guys today. And it’s a lovely little watch.

The Rip Curl Detroit is a very dapper watch at first glance. This particular model is the Rip Curl Detroit in Stainless Steel. The Rip Curl Detroit Stainless Men’s Watch is a top of the line sport’s watch, and looks absolutely amazing as a dress watch. It is sure to impress with it’s sleek design, and the stainless steel case complements the black of the dial perfectly. Now, I usually prefer an all black watch and I rarely like the look of stainless watches, but in this particular case I think Rip Curl hit the nail right on the head. I actually prefer the looks of the stainless steel model to the looks of the black version of this watch.

Rip Curl is famous for their brand of watches that is geared primarily towards surfers and outdoors enthusiasts. But their other watches don’t typically capture the hearts and minds of other demographics.  That is not to say that these watches aren’t quality, that they don’t look good, or anything like that. Quite the opposite. I happen to be a pretty rabid Rip Curl fan, But the watches that are outside of their surf line (i.e the Tidemaster) just don’t typically find a wide enough audience. Most people who hear of Rip Curl are attracted to the brand because of the whole water sports, surfer dude persona. They might happen across other products because of this and then buy them. And I think that Rip Curl knows this, and is trying desperately to change it. Not that they resent the surfing aspect of their brand or that they are ungrateful for their largest customer base, but I just think they are thinking bigger and trying to expand their horizons by introducing different types of people to their brand and by making their brand desirable to a wider demographic.

Hence the many newer watches like the Axis, Driver, and Detroit line that Rip Curl has recently unveiled. I think the Detroit Stainless is a perfect example of my point earlier regarding Rip Curl and their efforts of widening their customer base. These new watches stray away from the bright and loud color schemes of their surf watches, and stick to either black or metal tones, and use metal in their watches rather than plastic. They typically have a link style band as well rather than leather or plastic ones. I like this change, and I think it is working for Rip Curl. The Detroit Stainless is a great example of the transition to more casual and even dress watches.

The Rip Curl Detroit in Stainless features a 316L Stainless Steel Case and bracelet which is very solid. 316L is the absolute best steel for water resistance, and is the standard for rip curl. I don’t normally care for link style steel bracelets as I think they are uncomfortable, but this one isn’t too bad. I haven’t swapped it for a leather or plastic one because it would take every ounce of appeal and style out of this watch. The black dial is accented perfectly by the stainless steel case, which is a 50mm but is surprisingly not too big and clunky on my wrist even though that is a large case size. It also features a jeweled movement which is reliable. The watch comes in many different styles, but the Detroit Steel edition only comes with two other colorations as far as the dial goes; those being a blue or brushed steel variety if black isn’t your thing. It is of course water resistant up to 100 meters or 330 feet, and is a great watch retailing for around 250 bucks, although you can find it for less online.

Overall, I would give this watch a solid 4 out of 5. I deduct points for the random movement on this watch. I cannot figure out where it came from or ho made it. When a company omits details like this on a product I can only assume that it is something that they aren’t proud of, otherwise they would be using it as a selling point. It’s really not at all bad, I just think they should at least tell you what it is or who made it, and make that information readily available.

The Watches of President Obama

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

President Obama has gained a lot of recognition for his charisma and style.  He has also become a favorite to observe by watch collectors everywhere.  They have studied magazines and photographs to find out about the watches of President Obama.  The Jorg Gray 6500 and the TAG-Heuer are his watches of choice.

The President’s Men

The Jorg Gray 6500 Chronograph is an exceptional watch and the fact that it has been seen on the arm of President Barack Obama makes it a commemorative watch as well.  This watch is a favorite of our 44th President as he has worn it to his Berlin campaign speech, the Inaugural Ball, the presidential debates, and the election victory speech.  Bought for him by the secret service agents protecting him while on the campaign trail; the watch has a sentimental value to the President.

The TAG-Heuer was worn by President Obama in the early years.  The exact model of the watch is the series 1500 two tone diver.  In 1991, this model became a part of the TAG-Heuer 1500 series and has been worn by the President for over 10 years.  This watch represents the casual side of Mr. Obama as it was worn as a part of his daily accessories.  Two great watches, one great man.

A Review of the Android G7 Hydraumatic

February 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Android G7 SkeletonThe Android G7 Hydraumatic watch from Android Watches is a new watch that is certain to catch your eye.

Wing Liang, founder of the Android Watch Company, is a designer who is known on the scene  for having extremely innovative and otherworldly designs, and the G7 is certainly no exception to this. The Android G7 is a classic looking silver tone watch at first glance, but upon further inspection you really notice the little accents that Liang has put into the watch to make it it’s own work of art. It has been said that the devil is in the details, and this certainly rings true for the Android G7.

To start out, let’s take a look at the case of the watch. It comes in only one color (for the case that is), which is a high polish chrome/silver color. The color variations come into play when we talk about the face of the watch, but we will get into that later when I talk about the skeleton feature. The case is 46 mm wide and 15 mm thick, so it is certainly a big watch, as most Androids are, but it isn’t one of their biggest. It features an automatic Seagull TY2809 hardened mineral crystal with 21 Jewels for it’s movement, which is sure to give you many years of reliable time telling. It also features a push/pull crown, and water resistance up to 330 feet. The cuff is stainless steel like the case, and comes with wire-like little embellishments that run around it to give it a little aesthetic flair. It definitely makes it look more like a watch from Android.

Now, onto my favorite part of the watch: the skeletonized internals. This is one of the newer features that the Android watch company has been using in their watches lately, and I think that it is pretty awesome. It certainly adds to the visual flair of the watch, and gives it that little pop. Basically, what Android has done is they have made the working innards of the watch partly visible rather than hide them in the case. So when you are glancing at your watch to see what time it is, the little gears and cogs that make it tick are exposed under a translucent window in the face of the watch. The internals can come in a wide variety of colors, such as blue, red, gold, and silver, and this is what really gives the watch it’s varied look.

Overall, I really like the looks of the Android G7 Hydraumatic; it is a nice mix of dressy and casual, with just that extra little flair thrown in to give it the cool factor. It also has the awesome skeleton feature, which is one of the coolest features that Android has come out with in recent years. On top of that, if is water resistant and boasts the quality name of the Android Watch Company. Seriously what else do you need in a watch?

Five Awesome Women’s Watches for 2013

February 4, 2013 Leave a comment

If you’re looking for a ladies’ wristwatch that is visually appealing, functional and right on trend, you’ll enjoy discovering five awesome women’s watches for 2013. These models run the gamut from vintage-inspired to sporty to edgy and funky. To help you learn more about some amazing women’s watch styles, we’ve compiled a helpful quick guide to a quintet of irresistible timepieces.

Skagen Women’s 459SSXZP Sports Glitzy Links Watch – Feminine and elegant, this wristwatch is the perfect blend of sporty functionality and glitzy glamor. Adorned with a sleek, rectangular face, a lovely pink dial, and a Japanese Quartz movement, this trendy (yet totally wearable) wristwatch is crafted from practical and durable stainless steel.

Murano Artisans Woman’s Millefiori Watch – If you prefer a little color and artsy style, you’ll love this wristwatch. Each timepiece features vibrant art glass details that circle the entire dial, adding tons of visual interest to the design. This watch comes with a brown leather strap and a white face, and it’s crafted from stainless steel (with mother-of-pearl and 14k gold accents).

Rip Curl Aurora Watch (Women’s) – If you’re looking for a watch that looks great with casual attire, or even a bikini, you’ll find that this Rip Curl design is right up your alley. Crafted from hot-pink plastic (it comes in other colors, too), the sleek lines and simplicity of this surf-inspired timepiece make it a total winner for 2013. This sporty, fun women’s wristwatch is water-resistant to 100 meters.

Ed Hardy Women’s RX-PU Roxxy Purple Watch – For urban style with funky edge, be sure to choose this violet-toned Ed Hardy design. Affordable and colorful, this quartz movement timepiece features shimmering crystals all around the dial, as well as a unique, tattoo-inspired motif.

Kenneth Cole New York Women’s KC2414-NY Trend Black Leather Watch – If you love the minimalist look, you’ll adore this signature Kenneth Cole design, which features a leather strap adorned with cut-outs. This stainless design is sleek and simple, with a square face and Art Deco-inspired watch hands. Perfect with business attire or city separates, this watch is ideal for sophisticated ladies.

Now that you’ve learned more about five awesome watches for 2013, you’ll be ready to choose the ideal model for your tastes.

Rip Curl Pipeline Review

January 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Welcome to the GreatTiming Watches blog! Recently we had the opportunity to review the Rip Curl Pipeline. Read on to learn all about it!

Appearance: Normally silver and black watches tend to look plain or cheaply made, but this watch looks exceptional. This is because most watches that use the black and silver color scheme are trying to imitate the look of real sterling silver simply by using metallic paint. Because Rip Curl decided to use a flat, matte silver finish rather than metallic silver paint, it avoids that cheap watch look, and instead looks much more natural while still looking sleek. The watch has a black silicone band which accents the silver watch face nicely. Leather tends to be the preferred band material for many. Since this is a surf watch that is intended to get wet, a leather band would not be ideal. Many watches intended for water sports use polyurethane to make their watch bands, mostly because it is cheaper than silicone. Silicone is superior to polyurethane due to its increased color retention and comfort level. This was a great choice by Rip Curl, because when wearing a watch for long periods of time, they can become very uncomfortable very quickly. Especially when wet.

In overall appearance, the Rip Curl Pipeline looks better than other competitive models, some of which have been compared to toys from of one of those coin operated machines that you might see at the mall or when leaving the grocery store. It appears as a good dive watch should: Rugged, durable, solid, but yet still stylish, and attractive to the eye. The band comes in a myriad of colors for you to choose from such as Black, Red, Blue, White, or Yellow.  So there is quite a variety of different looks from which you can select your favorite. The watch is definitely up to par with the other fantastic watches in the Rip Curl Tidemaster line.

Rip Curl Pipeline

The watch is certainly not lacking in the technology department either. It is loaded with all of the innovative and great features that you might expect from some of the more expensive models in Rip Curl’s arsenal. The casing material, as most of the other watches in the Tidemaster series by Rip Curl, is 316L Stainless Steel. This is the best type of steel available for making a watch water-resistant as well as corrosion resistant. It of course comes loaded with all of the technological features of the other Tidemaster watches, like Rip Curl’s patented ATS or Automatic Tide System. The ATS allows the watch to be programmed for thousands of beaches worldwide, and provides an accurate tide chart right on your wrist to ensure that you can be surfing at the best possible times. It also has pre-programmed sunrise and sunset times, moon phases, a digital compass, stopwatch, dual time setting, a light, alarm, and countdown timer to round it all out. That’s more tools than a Swiss Army knife. As most other diving/surfing watches by Rip Curl, it is depth tested to 200 meters (656 feet) which is quite deep. So divers rejoice! This watch would be a good choice for you due to its incredible water resistance.

At around $250.00 USD, this watch is an exceptional buy, especially considering the amount of features that come loaded onto it. It has most of the features that would be found on some of the $600.00 USD Tidemasters from Rip Curl.

If you are in need of a dive watch that comes loaded with many great features and has good aesthetic appeal, you need not look any further than the Rip Curl Pipeline.

Stay tuned for more great watch reviews from the crew here at GreatTiming.


A review of the Redline Open Heart from Android Watches

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

The Android Red Line Open Heart edition men’s watch from Android Watches is at first glance, a nice, but nothing spectacular sort of watch. But that is at first glance. Upon closer inspection you will find that it is a very nice watch, and that it has some cool features and a simple but eye catching design,  considering it’s low price point, especially for an Android. You can find this watch for as cheap as $130.00 if you look hard enough on the web. GreatTiming’s store happens to carry it for this amount.

Android Watches Redline Open Heart

Now, let’s talk about some of the features of this watch. It is, as you can probably gather from the “Open Heart” part of it’s name, one of android’s skeletonized watches. For those not familiar with the android watch company and their watches that feature this, it is a neat little concept that certainly makes your watch a little more interesting to look at and gives it that “wow” factor. Basically, some of the moving parts that make your watch tick so to speak, are exposed and visible in the face of the watch. Rather than hide them within the case of the watch, android has made them a focal point of the watch itself, and as you stare into the face of your watch you will see the little cogs and gears that make your watch move in action. Some people might not like this feature, and think it detracts from the uniformity of this watch. But for those in that camp; which you will know if you have read any of my prior reviews that I am most certainly not as I love the skeleton feature, go buy a Rolex or similar if you want uniformity and one boring color for your watch. The skeleton feature is there to add a little stylistic pop, which is one of the reasons that I love android watches so much. They are certainly never run of the mill.

The watch also features a Miyota 82S0 automatic, 21 jeweled movement, a large 45mm case, a double stitched genuine leather band, limited coloration options as it only comes in one scheme which is a black bezel with silver band end pieces, and like most other androids it is water resistant up to 100 meters or 330 feet.

All in all, this watch isn’t anything to write home about, but it is a nice, casual watch to wear around on your daily grind. Probably not the best if you are trying to impress big wig company execs at a board meeting or something, but then again I would hope my presentation would be a better gauge of that than my watch. I would wear it on a nice date; it isn’t overly flashy or garish and won’t make you seem like you are trying too hard, and it definitely looks better than that old mickey mouse watch you have lying around somewhere. Not even close to a favorite watch from android, but if you have less than a hundred and fifty clams in your pocket this is about as good as it gets. You can always buy a nicer watch later, right?

Overall I would have to give it about a solid 3 of 5. It looks good for it’s price, it’s price is certainly reasonable for it’s craftsmanship and features, it’s just not an amazing watch like some of Android’s other watches which aren’t too much more expensive. It’s just lacking that certain…something. It is not an ugly watch by any means, and i’m sure there are some out there who would love a nice little subdued watch such as this and think it is the perfect blend of average and above average styling. Different but not strange. But it just doesn’t speak my language like some of the other Androids that I have, like my Mystique Skeleton.

But hey, we can’t all be winners right?