Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Lord Drippington, I Presume?

Okay, I realize that I am once again, the last man on the conga line, but I LOVE the adjective "drip".  I also realize that the youth hanging out in front of Bodega in Boston waiting for the latest sneaker drop have already moved onto a new phrase to declare the "dopeness" of a given item, having said that I am going to ride "drip" until it's dry! 

Courtesy of Bell & Ross
I am, at heart, more of a fan of the upstarts, the strivers, the underdogs. But in so far as the established brands go, I have a HUGE amount of love for Bell & Ross. Do I like everything they offer? No, and in fairness I think that would be incredibly disingenuous. 

Courtesy of Bell & Ross
I am a teacher/social worker. I have difficulty with heights (vertigo and frequently clogged inner ears), I REALLY get excited by driving the speed limit, and I have no fantasies about slugging a Nazi on the beaches of Normandy. My idea of an action packed vacation would include business/first class upgraded flights, combined with a beautiful (and modern) hotel in Paris, followed by leisurely outings to museums, boutiques and restaurants. Needless to say, most watch brands do not picture someone like me as a likely "brand ambassador" and if I am less than charitable about watch advertising (Breitling, give it a rest!), it is because it is so far from the reality that 99% of their customers know.  And I say that as the guy who created 2 of DOXA's most famous advertising campaigns ; )

Now a watch cannot make you taller, faster, stronger or more handsome.  BUT - a watch can transform how you feel. True confession - I am the VERY happy owner of 2 Bell & Ross watches that I frequently have to outsmart Wendy in terms of who gets to wear what. (Spoiler alert - Wendy is the brains of team Henki), so I gratefully cop what she has opted not to wear on a given day.  Heaven help me if she ever decides to go "Full Hayek" on me ; )

But I will say - and this is not hyperbole, when I am either nervous, dreading or feeling triumphant, I invariably put one of these two watches on.

With all of that in mind, this is a watch (like my 2 Bell & Ross pieces) that I can actually picture myself doing heroic things while wearing -

Courtesy of Bell & Ross

And truth be told? We all could use our own "super hero" watch every now and then, right? 

Well, this one pretty much sums it up for me. An ideal watch whether you are jet setting, plotting global domination, or the most heroic of all - taking care of the people you love. I know it might sound a bit cheesy, but if you are reading Tempus Fugit it is either because you are an incurable insomniac, or because there is a romantic hiding somewhere inside of you. And of all the watches I've worn and owned, Bell & Ross tends more often than not to trigger that romantic feeling.  It's hard not to be romantic about watches, and the new BR 03-93 GMT brings that feeling back home.

Here are the pertinents -

Movement: calibre BR-CAL.303. Automatic mechanical.

Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds, second 24-hour time zone and date. Quick setting of the GMT hand, independently of the hour hand.

Case: 42 mm in width. Satin-finished and polished steel. Bi-directional rotating bezel with 24-hour scale and black and red two-colour anodised aluminium ring.

Dial: black. Indices coated in Super-LumiNova®. Metal skeletonised Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands and 24-hour hand.

Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.

Water-resistance: 100 metres.

Straps: black coloured calfskin leather and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.

Buckle: pin. Satin-finished and polished steel.

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