Watches, Stories, and Gear: Red Carpet Watches, Why Time Passes Faster As You Age, and More

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

This week’s installment is brought to you by the Windup Watch Shop.

The Hollywood Reporter – How Stars Discreetly (Yet Deliberately) Show Off Their Watches on the Red Carpet

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Nowadays, the red carpet is the perfect place for watch spotting, but this wasn’t always the case. It used to be that watches would stay hidden beneath a shirt cuff. Today, however, A-list celebrities (some of them paid ambassadors) attending award shows and movie premiers are expected to show off their often-times borrowed wristwatches, so if you’re spotting a watch on the wrist of one of your favorite actors, know that it was likely intentional.

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The Worn & Wound Podcast Ep. 52: Ryan Schmidt, Author of The Wristwatch Handbook


If you’re a lover of watches, The Wristwatch Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Watches is a must-have for your coffee table. In episode 52 of The Worn & Wound Podcast, we talked to the book’s author, Ryan Schmidt, about the process of writing such an expansive tome and the industry at large.

 

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Gizmodo – How Cartographers for the U.S. Military Inadvertently Created a House of Horrors in South Africa

Image by Angelica Alzona (Gizmodo Media Group).

There’s a house in Pretoria, South Africa that is seemingly like any other house in the neighborhood, but for one important distinction. Every month, since 2013, strangers have been showing up to this house—from angry kids claiming they’re being bullied online and people demanding the return of their stolen iPhones, to private investigators looking for missing persons and even fully armed commandos. What began as an annoyance quickly escalated, and the owners decided to get to the bottom of what turned out to be “bad digital mapping.”

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Quartz – Physics Explains Why Time Passes Faster As You Age

We’ve all felt it. As we get older, it seems as though time is just passing us by. Well, a new peer-reviewed paper by Duke University mechanical engineering professor Adrian Bejan aims to tackle that phenomenon, and he uses physics to get to the bottom of it.

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Peregrine – Waxed Bexley Jacket

The English know how to make a proper waxed jacket, and Peregrine, founded and operated by a family with over 220 years of experience manufacturing clothes in the UK, is no exception. The Bexley is modeled after classic British military outwear, and it’s cut from a Millerain waxed cotton fabric that should only get better with age.

$299—shop here

AstorFlex – CoastFlex in Dark Khaki Crepe-Sole Shoes


A comfortable, crepe-soled shoe is one of my wardrobe must-haves, and this pair from Astorflex is top-notch. The dark khaki suede is buttery soft, eco-friendly, and very vesatile, and the shoes are handmade in Italy.

$115—shop here

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