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When the United States was on the bottom rung of The Great Depression, looking for a foothold, desperately clinging onto any shred of hope, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created The New Deal. Hand over hand, rung by rung, we sprung forward with innovative programs like The Tennessee Valley Authority, which still…
Jaguar is not done yet with the current F-Pace, as it's working on the most exciting model in the range, the super-hot SVR.
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I am unable to agree with Raph’s rant about the lack of beautiful Formula One cars from the other day. Complicated, intricately curved and folded aerodynamic bits are entirely my jam. Then Force India whipped out its new VJM10 with a penis-nosed front end that is truly the ghost of ugly F1 cars past. Oh, no. Bless…
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The current Lamborghini Huracán is a lovely and restrained design, about as understated as a 200 mph supercar can be. But a 200 mph supercar shouldn’t be restrained, which is why I’m excited to see the mad scoops and wings of Italdesign’s new Lamborghini-based (and oddly unnamed) custom car.
Not all weeks of eBay vintage watch hunting are created equally. Luckily, the past few days have been rather fruitful, with a number of interesting and somewhat accessibly-priced finds from Jaeger LeCoultre, Hamilton, and Gallet. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s up for grabs this week.
Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox Parking
Without a doubt, the Memovox Parking is easily one of my favorite versions of Jaeger LeCoultre’s legendary alarm-equipped timepiece. Although any Memovox can technically be used to accomplish what this watch sets out to do, the presence of the model-specific dial markings and “P” designation on the dial’s rotating portion really add something to the aesthetic of the watch, and dilutes the overall dressiness to some degree.
This is not a watch that surfaces often, but when one does, collectors take notice. Here’s an example that I came across while browsing eBay the other night, which as you can see has been maintained wonderfully by its previous owners. I’m not usually one for yellow gold watches, but this one could easily warrant the making of an exception.
Hamilton Carrera-Style Chronograph
Truly great examples of Heuer’s Carrera appreciate in value with the passing of each day. If you’re the lucky owner of one of these outstanding chronographs, this notion certainly pleases you, but for the Carrera-less, the same cannot be said. If you’re in the market for something along the lines of the aforementioned chronograph, Heuer produced a number of Carrera-resembling wristwatches for brands like Hamilton, that are now more accessibly priced than their highly-coveted cousins.
What we’ve got here is a so-called “poor man’s Heuer” made by Hamilton in the 1960s. It’s in great shape, with nearly all luminous plots intact, and clean, bright white subdials. Don’t be fooled by what looks to be a scratched dial, that’s just a mark on the acrylic crystal which can be easily polished out by hand in a matter of seconds.
Your last vintage chronograph for the week is a good one. This is what’s known as a Gallet Olympico, and while I’m personally not the biggest fan of this case shape, I couldn’t help but include this piece in this week’s roundup, as it’s just an absolute knockout.
This piece is packed with interesting details that make for a terrific looking watch. Namely, it has a bold orange telemeter scale (in addition to a tachymeter), and polished metal subdial surrounds that reflect light beautifully. All of this is paired with a minimal amount of dial text, which keeps the design concise and legible.
To prevent massive dams from overflowing when heavy rains cause water levels to rise, spillways like this are used to drain water to the stream below. Without a true sense of scale, it looks just like the drain in your bathtub, but from a drone’s bird’s eye view, the opening to this spillway looks more like a black…