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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?

A Little Post-Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday Talk

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

After the long weekend and much turkey eating and stuffing our faces, it is time for things to go back to normal (at least until Christmas gets a little closer) and for people to start getting back to work. I’m not really too sure about the rest of the country, but up here in Ohio we had an absolutely gorgeous day for thanksgiving. It reminded me of an end of summer day rather than the day of thanksgiving. It had to be about 60 degrees that day. And then the next day was more like November in Ohio because it was absolutely freezing. It was strange, almost surreal, that it was so nice the day of thanksgiving and then as if it hadn’t even happened, we got snow (albeit a very little amount) the very next day. We had an excellent holiday here at the GreatTiming blog, and here’s hoping that you all did as well.

As all of you know, Black Friday is the day after thanksgiving, when shoppers wait in seemingly endless lines at ungodly hours of the early morning so that they can rush stores and re-enact scenes from the LA riots in all of their favorite shopping malls and retail stores across the nation for great deals on everything from plasma screens and electronic devices to this years hot new children’s toys. All for their friends and families. And these people are not messing around. I heard from a few people who braved the Black Friday masses that some shoppers were getting borderline violent over some products and in certain stores. I was told that a local Victoria’s Secret seemed more like an MMA cage fight rather than a retail store. Garments were being thrown, tables over turned, people smashed around. But that is the extent that people will go to for the people that they love. It’s really worth it though considering some of the great deals that some people have gotten on products that could be quite expensive. But is all of the black Friday craze soon to be a thing of the past?

A new shopping trend is taking root, infact it’s going right now as I am typing this, and you can do it from the safety and security of your home right from your couch and your laptop. Forget the lines and the irate shoppers, and leave the football pads at home. Cyber Monday is becoming the new way to get great deals for everybody on your Christmas list this year. Over the past few years online shopping has certainly gained in popularity, to say the least, and now, there is one day where seemingly everyone is offering great deals for those who prefer online shopping. Everything from jewelry, clothing, home accessories, and electronics are being discounted by as much as 65 percent on select products from places such as Amazon right now all across the internet. Some places will have  deals that last all week and wont simply be here for one day. It is expected that so many people will be cashing in on these great deals that companies have had to block many retail websites from being accessed while employees are at work. Could this be the new craze? It certainly seems like it could be that way. I know I would rather get great deals at home on my laptop in my pajamas with a beer in my hand rather than fighting through the horde of orcs at the shopping mall.

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Happy holidays.

Brand Spotlight: Skagen Watches

November 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Skagen is quickly becoming a household name that everybody who is even remotely knowledgeable about the fashion industry knows about. These watches have luxurious designs and are very practical. The brand itself is known for producing hundreds of different styles and each one is uniquely characterized and recognizable from the rest. Let’s take a look at why Skagen could be the next “big” dealer in the watch industry.

Complex Designs

Don’t let the subheading fool you. While Skagen’s watch designs are relatively complex, they are quite simple to the naked eye. Because of this, many people are able to relate to them and use them without worry. They are user-friendly and are made from all different kinds of materials. The unique design of each watch means that you will have something that nobody else does. It also means a longer lifespan for your watch.

High Caliber and Durable

To put simply, Skagen wants you to own a watch that will last for a very long time. Because let’s face it: when you win, so do they. They do their best to deliver high caliber watches are will stand the test of time. Keep in mind that you will pay for what you receive. While these watches can be very expensive, they do make for a good investment. Not to mention, they have amazing re-sale value should you need to sell it later on down the road.

Versatile Watches for Work, Dress and Play

October 5, 2012 Leave a comment

If you’re searching for versatile watches for work, dress and play, shopping via the World Wide Web will be a great way to find quality and beauty for the right price. Since online retailers often have much lower overhead than conventional department stores or jewelry stores, it’s possible to get amazing deals on fun and practical timepieces that work with a range of outfits and activities.

Examples of exciting watches to wear for sports or leisure include plastic Swatch models or sporty Timex designs. These types of watches come in a range of colors to suit any taste, and they may usually be purchased for one hundred dollars or less. For affordable dress watches that have a few bells and whistles, such as alarms or sub-dials, check out Seiko or Bulova product lines.

You may view any watchmaker’s products via their official website, and then search for deals on those styles at some of the biggest internet marketplaces, such as eBay.com or Amazon.com. If you’re looking for luxury wristwatches that add panache to formal suiting, search for designs created by Piaget or Rolex. These high-end manufacturers use their artistry and watchmaking skills to design showpieces that really get attention.

By comparison shopping online, you’ll be able to view thousands of watches and make a decision that is perfect for you. Whether you want funky style or total sophistication, you’ll find exactly what you need by checking online retailers and official watchmaking company websites. Look for styles that come with guarantees on parts and labor to ensure that you are protected if your new timepiece malfunctions.

GreatTiming.net Featured in Comstock’s Magazine July 2011

GreatTiming.net and owners Caroline Liss and Dana Porter are featured in the July 2011 issue of Comstock Magazine.  Comstock Magazine highlights businesses in the Sacramento California area.  The article gives interesting insight into the history of GreatTiming.net going all the way back to when the business was run out of Caroline & Dana’s garage 🙂  Thank you to Comstock Magazine, Linda DuBois and Ken James.

Feature: July 2011


Selling Time

An Internet business outgrows a garage and moves to Elk Grove
Story by Linda DuBois | Photo by Ken James

There’s a married couple in Elk Grove who would be happy to give you the time of day. They’d be even happier to sell it to you.

Dana Porter and Caroline Liss are the owners of Great Timing Inc., an authorized online wristwatch dealer of more than 85 brands at prices ranging from about $20 to thousands.

They’ve heard the rumor that watches are becoming obsolete as clocks can be found on cell phones, mp3 players and other portable devices. Indeed, in about 2006, news reports abounded about declining wristwatch sales among America’s teens and young adults, who view them as unnecessary.

But even if people don’t need watches to tell time, sales figures suggest they still want them for other reasons. According to the Watch Dealers Network, a partner of The International Watch and Jewelry Guild, the watch industry has seen an increase in revenue of 300 percent since 2001, in part due to high-end sales of limited editions to collectors. The 2007 Economic Census showed that California had 2,173 watch shops with $579.74 million in sales, but those figures were collected before the recession hit. Great Timing sold roughly 10,000 watches last year, about 25 percent during Christmas season.

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