Watches, Stories, and Gear: Hunting the Asian “Murder Hornet,” the First Trailer for “Space Force,” and a Coloring Book From Omega

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“Watches, Stories, and Gear” is a roundup of some of our favorite watch content on Worn & Wound, great stories from around the web, and cool gear that we’ve got our eye on.

This installment of “Watches, Stories, and Gear” is brought to you by the Windup Watch Shop.


Worn & Wound
10 Great Watches for Mom Under $1,500

Mother’s Day is tomorrow, and hopefully you’ve already lined up a great gift for your mom. But, on the off chance that you haven’t, we thought we’d point you toward this guide from last year where we took a look at 10 watches any mom would love as a gift. You might not be able to acquire one of these in time for Sunday, but watches, as we all know, make great gifts all year round.

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Town & Country
Billionaires on Video Chat are Giving Us a Rare Peek Inside their Homes 

If you’ve watched any television news over the last few months of social distancing, you’ve no doubt noticed that many reporters, analysts, and talking heads are reporting live from….their own basements, living rooms, and kitchens. So, of course, a cottage industry of sorts has sprung up that serves to evaluate the backdrops from which these personalities report. It’s something that many of us think about day to day as we navigate endless Zoom and Skype meetings, but imagine knowing your bookshelf, furniture, and potentially even your unaware housemates would be broadcast worldwide. Here, Town & Country asks the team behind Room Rater (@ratemyskyperoom), a new Twitter handle that quickly and sometimes mercilessly evaluates the decor of the homebound TV personality, to look at the rooms of some of the richest people in the world.

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The New York Times
‘Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet

As if 2020 hadn’t already posed enough obstacles to simply getting through our day to day lives, now we learn that Asian Giant Hornets, known to some by the terrifying “murder hornet” nickname, are here in the U.S., and pose a real threat to the livelihoods of beekeepers throughout the country if not eradicated. This story in the New York Times reads like a thriller, and might make you glad that you’re already wearing a mask when you venture outside. The real discovery here, though, is the video linked in the article of wildlife adventurer and YouTube personality Coyote Peterson being stung by one of these hornets. Definitely not one for the bee-phobic.

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Engadget
The First “Space Force” Trailer Has Steve Carell Dancing to the Beach Boys

Steve Carell has reunited with Office show runner Greg Daniels for what looks like a different kind of workplace comedy premiering on Netflix later this month. Space Force not only features an all star cast with an impeccable comedy pedigree, but eagle eyed viewers will enjoy some Speedmaster spotting on Carell’s wrist, which seems fitting considering the show’s subject matter. Engadget has details at the link below.

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Omega
The Omega Coloring Book

Old Swiss watch brands, sometimes deservedly, are seen as being ultra old fashioned and conservative during this time of resurgence in watches, with new players entering the market at a rapid pace. Omega, one of the oldest and most well known of Swiss watch brands, has certainly been tagged in such a way in the past. But here’s a question: how many 100+ year old watch brands have released their very own coloring books? The entire coloring book, featuring several Omega sports watches and stylized representations of the activities they’re meant to be used for, is available for free download directly from Omega.  This isn’t exactly part of the Swiss tradition, but it is a lot of fun to see a brand like Omega do something that proves they don’t, in fact, take themselves too seriously.

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Le Creuset
Braiser 

We’re all spending more time at home these days, and for many of us that means upping our cooking game. If you find yourself scouring the internet for recipes but feel woefully underprepared in the gear arena, you should consider investing in cookware that will last well beyond this current season of social isolation. Le Creuset has been making enameled cast iron cookware since the 1920s, and has built a reputation for producing the kinds of kitchen staples that get passed down through the generations. While pricey, their quality is a known entity, and a few Le Creuset items might be all you need for years and years. This braiser, for example, is currently on sale, and is capable of delivering a perfect sear to your meat, and allows you to slowly build flavor as proteins and vegetables are cooked in liquid, while the heavy domed lid circulates steam and keeps moisture locked in. A good kitchen tool is no substitute for skill and practice, but it doesn’t hurt either.

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