Watches, Stories, & Gear: A Wingless GT3, Starfield, & Pink Dials

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The Pros & Cons of Living Next To A Black Hole

Image: ESO/M. Kornmesser

Have you ever had a neighbor that you just couldn’t stand? Of course you have! It’s a right of passage for many – at one point or another we all have to deal with someone playing their music too loud in the apartment next to you or being a little too nosey. But no matter the neighbor horror story you carry around in your back pocket, you should count yourself lucky that you don’t live next to a black hole. As this fun and fascinating article in Ars Technica describes, getting too close to a black hole comes with all kinds of interesting gravitational challenges that humans, quite frankly, are not equipped to resolve. Fortunately for the earth bound, the nearest black hole is 1,500 light years away. That’s plenty of distance to keep from feeling the strangest effects of a black hole, but it’s an interesting thought experiment nonetheless.

Introducing The Pink Dial Project

If you follow a bunch of watch accounts on Instagram, chances are you saw some pink dials in your feed over the last few days. The surprising pop of color is courtesy of our friends at Time+Tide and Revolution, who have teamed up for the aptly named Pink Dial Project, a charity effort meant to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. The core of the project is a series of unique pieces with pink dials that will be auctioned off for charity in October through Loupe This, a soon-to-launch online auction platform backed by Erik Ku. There are a whole lot of great watches getting the pink treatment for a great cause, with references from Zenith, Sinn, Bulgari, and IWC among them. Be sure to check out all the watches in the upcoming sale and read more about the project via Revolution right here.

Entering The Starfield, With The Chronomark

Credit: Bethesda Softworks

The video game industry event E3 took place last weekend, and among the biggest announcements was that of Starfield, a game in production from Bethesda Game Studios (known for their Skyrim and Fallout games). Details on the game are still light with release still more than a year away, but clearly seen in a behind the scenes video is what looks to be a bespoke digital watch, which may be featured on the game’s protagonist. It’s called the Chronomark, and it comes in a pretty nifty package, which is also seen in the game’s preview trailer in virtual form. We’ll be keeping a closer eye on this one, as well as the game, as it gets closer to launch, but in the meantime head over to the game’s website for more information.

The Porsche 911 992 GT3 Touring, Yes Please. 

Credit: Porsche

Hot off the heels of the 992 GT3 release, Porsche has revealed its wingless sibling, the GT3 Touring model this week. This is perhaps the ultimate car that says “I like to hoon around on the weekends, but I keep it classy, damnit.” It’s got the same rager of an engine that the regular GT3 has, sending 502hp to the rear wheels via PDK or 6spd manual transmission, unless you live in CA, just PDK for you (blame the noise laws, sorry). Instead of the giant wing, however, you get the graceful rear end of a regular widebody 911 (well, regular-ish). Get more details on this sleeper Porsche right here


eBay Finds: Hamilton Super Compressor

Credit: manchair161

This classic vintage Hamilton Aqua-Date Super Compressor needs no introduction to vintage diver collectors. The Super Compressor cased dual-crown divers are iconic, and the Hamilton is one of the nicer versions out there in my opinion. The champagne dial is quite distinctive, and this one is in superb condition. The black internal rotating diver’s bezel is excellent as well, and the hands and all lume look great. The case looks unpolished with sharp lugs, and the caseback engraving has the original satin finish still! Rounding out the look of course are the dual oversized crowns with the distinctive cross-hatching. Seller states the watch runs and works well. This one is a beauty!

View auction here.

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