Once upon a time, a local PBS station created an intimate in-studio concert series celebrating locals’ love of country, rock, jazz and what else you got? Today, Austin City Limits has been shortened to ACL and expanded to a dozen indoor and outdoor venues. A hundred bands vie for the attention of music industry types, college kids and tech workers. Enter the Dufrane City Limits watch. Yes sir, times have changed . . .
Military-style watches suit my style. I find their purpose-built, understated aesthetic deeply appealing. In fact, if a watch doesn’t look better on a NATO strap, you won’t find it on my wrist. By the same token, I’ve never been a fan of salespeople. So the aviation-inspired Urban TYPE XX Chronograph Special Edition from direct-to-consumer watchmaker UNDONE ticks all the boxes. Right?
Neil Armstrong wasn’t wearing his Speedmaster when he set foot on the moon. I bet OMEGA’s marketing mavens were pissed. But not as pissed as NASA’s PR department when Armstrong forgot to use the definite article for his first words on the lunar surface. (That’s one small step for “A” man, Neil.) Redo? Not a chance. Redo the OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph 42mm? Endlessly . . .
“It looks like one of those giant pencils.” That’s my daughter’s none-too-flattering take on the Torgoen T10 Turnstone. The 44mm T10 can’t be seen from outer space, but it can be spotted across a football field. If you have good eyesight. A lot of people don’t, not being 16 and all. The Torgoen T10, a watch for old folks? Yes and no. Let’s start with yes . . .