Watches, Stories, & Gear: Porsche Celebrates 75 Years, Jamming Out to Shaky Eddie, Settling the Helium Release Valve Debate Once and For All

“Watches, Stories, and Gear” is a roundup of our favorite content, watch or otherwise, from around the internet. Here, we support other creators, explore interesting content that inspires us, and put a spotlight on causes we believe in. Oh, and any gear we happen to be digging on this week. We love gear.

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Porsche Vision 357 Concept

Via Car And Driver

Classic design is classic design. If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it. That said, it’s somewhat refreshing to see brands, who are lucky enough to have products that have withstood the test of time, let their hair down a bit. To not take themselves too seriously. The Porsche Vision 357 is exactly that.

Via Car And Driver

In a recent Car and Driver article, we get introduced to the latest concept from the German automotive manufacturer with the Porsche Vision 357. If the car looks familiar, that’s because it’s an homage to the very first vehicle produced by Porsche in the 356. The car body most certainly takes after the curviness of the 356, but has all the futuristic touches you would expect from a concept design – unique lighting system, hidden door handles, and 20-inch magnesium wheels with carbon fiber hubcaps. The best part about the Vision 357? The playful use of decals and the number “75” displayed on various parts of the car, paying tribute to 75 years of an icon. If the Porsche Vision 357 isn’t your cup of tea visually, then don’t worry, you still get all the raw German mechanical power including 493-hp and a top speed of 196 mph. Happy birthday, Porsche.

Shaky Eddie

Via Shaky Eddie

If you’re an avid reader of the site, then the name Oren Hartov should ring a bell. He’s our go-to guy when it comes to covering the various types of vintage military issued watches and their historical significance. Of course his horological knowledge extends beyond the realm of military watches which is proven through his coverage of the industry across different platforms such as Gear Patrol and InsideHook.

Today, we’re not highlighting Oren because of his prowess in time pieces, but because he recently dropped his debut album entitled Shaky Eddie. The album heavily leans on jazz and funk tunes played in unison by the likes of Pepe Hidalgo Ramos on the drums, Nicolas Dinnuci on bass, Hailey Niswanger on the sax, Nigel Newton / Riccardo Gresino on the keys, and our guy Oren Hartov on the guitar.

The first track, Mirror Juice, is a tune that could most certainly have been in any Ocean’s movie. The track Ilana falls in line with more of the traditional jazz vibe. And if you want that saucy guitar play, go ahead and listen to the track, The Farkakte Docta. The album has 9 tracks in total, and although we might be slightly biased, we fully support this new album. So what are you waiting for?! Throw those headphones on and enjoy a soundscape that’s sure to get your head bobbing and foot tapping. Shaky Eddie is currently streaming on all major music platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and Soundcloud.

To Infinity & Beyond: Tactile Turn Deep Space

Via Tactile Turn

Going to space requires the best gear, technology, and only the most skilled professionals to use them correctly. How do you make sure you’re making the best gear and tech? You use the best materials at your disposal, of course. Tactile Turn pens are certainly one of those products that looks and can act the part in the deeper parts of our universe, and beyond.

Via Tactile Turn

With Tactile Turn’s latest release called, the Deep Space, they’ve fully leaned into cosmos. You still get the familiar titanium build and the Cerakote finish, but now the top layer is adorned with a blend of dark purples and blues, along with flashes of bright colors and speckles that represent balls of luminous gas glowing in the night sky. The Deep Space is available in two different models – Side Click and Slim Side Click, with each offering three different sizes. This seasonal release from Tactile Turn retails for $149 and will be available directly through Tactile Turn until March 27th, 2023.

Who Created the Helium Release Valve?

Via Perezcope

Let’s be real, out of the entire readership, listenership, viewership, and all the ‘ships, it’s more than likely that less than 1% of us actually use a Helium Release Valve. The HRV is more of a symbol of, “That’s cool that my watch can do that.” and less of an actual function. The inception of the technology traces all the way back to the ‘60s where innovation was being made on a regular basis, and dive watches were actually being used for diving.

SEALAB 3 Team Via Perezcope

The history of the HRV is quite interesting in itself. In an archived editorial piece written by online watch publication Perezcope, we’re treated to some real detective work to figure out who in fact created the HRV first … was it Rolex … or was it Doxa? The article is filled with different anecdotes, videos and images all trying to decipher who came out with HRV technology first. You might want to save this one for a quiet morning with a cup of coffee in hand, because this one is for sure a deep dive.


Happenings: NAWCC Hosts Watch & Clock Show In La Mesa, California


The folks over at the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, or NAWCC for short, have been long time chums of ours. Their main attraction is the National Watch & Clock Museum located in Columbia, Pennsylvania, which is home to all sorts of neat horological history. NAWCC is also a hub for multiple chapters across the nation that annually host local watch and clock shows in their area. This weekend, the local chapters out of sunny San Diego are hosting their own show. If you’re in the area, and keen on checking out some cool vintage pieces, head one over here for more details.

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