Watches, Stories, and Gear: the Omegas of “First Man,” a Casino Buys a Media Company, and Exploring the Earth at Both Poles

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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.

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Worn & Wound
Watches on the Screen – the Omega Timepieces of “First Man”

The Academy Awards are Sunday night, capping the end of a long awards season. In that spirit, we thought we’d highlight a story from the Worn & Wound archives that takes a look at the watches of “First Man,” Damien Chazelle’s film dramatizing the life of Neil Armstrong. Of course, there are many, many Speedmasters in the film, but a surprising variety of watches are highlighted in this story from October of 2018. Chazelle’s film is notably meticulous in its period details, something that not every movie can claim.

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Vox
Why Spotify and a Casino Bought The Ringer and Barstool 

It’s been a big week for two of the most prominent new media companies to emerge in the last few years, with Spotify’s purchase of The Ringer (and its many, many podcast properties) and Barstool Sports being sold to Penn National Gaming, a regional gambling company (and, we imagine, big fans of on-the-street pizza reviews). While the high prices paid for the two companies is a story in and of itself, this piece in Vox’s Recode blog takes a dive into what it means that a streaming music platform and a casino are diving into original digital media content in this way, when not too long ago it seemed certain “Big TV” would gobble up smaller, niche media outlets just like The Ringer and Barstool.

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New York Times
Wild Storms and Shifting Ice: Two Explorers Talk About Arctic Life

Lots of us think of the arctic as a cold, lonely place, totally inhospitable to life. And while it certainly is that, it’s also a place where scientists and explorers are doing real research virtually around the clock. This interview in the New York Times is a great read for the insights from the men and women who work in such extreme conditions, and the photography accompanying the article is simply stunning, providing a view to life in the arctic that you may not have seen before. 

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Hodinkee
Found: A Seiko 6306 From a 1979 Antarctic Research Expedition

Continuing the cold weather theme, we’d be remiss if we didn’t highlight this great story from Hodinkee that popped up earlier in the week, tracking the history of a very special Seiko 6306. Cole Pennington’s story is a great read not only for Seiko fans, but for anyone interested in science and exploration.

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Petapixel
Fuji Unveils X100V with New Lens, “Optional” Weather Sealing, and More

Fuji has announced the long awaited follow up to their popular X100F camera, and the new X100V has a lot of improvements that should excite Fuji fans. The fixed lens APS-C camera now includes a tilting touch screen LCD display on the back, ergonomic enhancements to the grip and controls, and the latest 26.1MP X-Trans sensor, now paired with a completely redesigned 23mm f/2.0 lens. Weather resistance is also available as an option, making this a durable choice for street photographers.

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Brevitē
The Jumper

Finding just the right bag is one of life’s great challenges. It’s quite possible, in fact, that the right bag, a universal solution to every situation where you have to lug things around, just doesn’t exist. That said, there’s no shortage of speciality bags, that are perfect for a very specific task, and we think the Jumper from Brevitē fits the bill in that regard. This is a compact camera backpack that doesn’t scream “expensive photography equipment on board” and features plenty of convenient features for photogs on the go. The main camera compartment is fully padded and completely customizable, and there are quick access pockets for small items. The bag also comes in a wide range of colors, and sells for a very reasonable $119.

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