The Super Watch

Like most Batman fans, I am also a Superman fan. This is actually a logical consequence, as some of the greatest Batman novels include Superman as an antagonist (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Hush). The opposite is even more accurate, that is, in the greatest Superman graphic novels, Batman is an antagonist, such as Superman: Red Son and Kingdom Come.

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 6.24.06 PMMy favorite, Superman: Red Son, explores an alternate reality Superman, that is, a Superman raised in Soviet Russia instead of Smallville, Kansas. In Superman: Red Son, Superman battles an alternate reality Batman and almost loses. Lex Luthor, Braniac, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Joseph Stalin, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen also make their appearance in this Elseworld tale. What I love about this is the ending which is totally unexpected.

Kingdom Come, on the other hand,  posits a world where the members of The Justice League have retired allowing for dangerous and irresponsible superhero vigilantes to fill the void, which necessitates Superman to bring back order to the chaos surrounding him. Batman, again, initially plays an as one of the antagonists here, although they join forces at the end. The art by Alex Ross is really epic.

My other favorite Superman graphic novels include Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, Superman: Birthright, and The Death of Superman.

Alan Moore’s Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? is set in a future where Superman has been missing for more than a decade and has been pronounced dead. It is a great finale to the silver-age era Superman.

Superman: Birthright is the best retelling of the Superman origin story.

And in The Death of Superman, Superman squares off against Doomsday, an unstoppable killing machine, and dies! A true comic event!

This brings us now to the question: What watch best exemplifies the Man of Steel?

While I am inclined to say Rolex Explorer, the toughest and most durable Rolex in the world, the ultimate Super Watch has to be the Casio G-Shock, or, specifically, the Casio G-Shock GPW-1000 from Casio G-Shock’s aviation series, the Gravity Master,  and the world’s first GPS ATOMIC SOLAR HYBRID with CASIO-original GPS Hybrid radio-controlled technology built inside a TRIPLE G Shock Resistant structure. It is a totally indestructible watch meant to rule the skies.

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In 1983, the Triple Ten concept led to the birth of the G-Shock. Under the said concept, the watch must have a 10-year battery life, 10-bar water resistance, and 10 meter dropping shock resistance.

Today, G-Shock continues to evolve and take up challenges beyond the limits of time and common sense. Case in point is the the Casio G-Shock GPW-1000. It features a carbon fiber insert band that ensures outstanding durability and Diamond Like Carbon coating of the bezel that provides plenty of abrasion resistance. It is designed to withstand shock of three forces: gravitational dropping forces, centrifugal gravitational force, and vibration. Like all other G-Shocks, the GPW-1000 is also water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters.

It is also the world’s first GPS hybrid radio-controlled and solar powered G-Shock. Its GPS Hybrid Wave Receptor, which is capable of receiving both GPS and radio signals, ensures accurate timekeeping virtually anywhere in the globe.

It also has World Time. With World Time, simply selecting a city name on the city code ring provides immediate access to the time in any of the 40 time zones. Other functions of Casio G-Shock GPW-1000 include ED light (Super Illuminator) Afterglow, 1/20-second stopwatch, countdown timer, daily alarm, low battery alert, full auto-calendar, and Power Saving (the hands stop to save power when the watch is left in the dark).

The various functions and absolute toughness truly make Casio G-Shock GPW-1000 the Super Watch!

Thank you for reading and I hope you had a great time!

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The Dark Knight Grail

Of all my current grail watches, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is the most attainable, especially considering that my wife promised to give me one on our fifth year wedding anniversary. She did pose one condition though, that is, that I grow a six-pack by that time. I am currently overweight and I could really use a six-pack.

Indeed, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is a worthy motivation to get fit again. It is a nice complement to my collection of one (or two, if you count my running watch, Polar FS2), since it very different from my Rolex Explorer. It has a rectangular case and looks best on a leather strap.

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The watch is a first of its kind. By the early 20th century, the world’s first team sport – polo – had become wildly popular in Britain. Thus, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was introduced in 1931 for hard-charging British polo players who wanted to wear timepieces during their matches but didn’t want the delicate crystal and dial to be damaged. It has a unique case the could be reversed 180 degrees so that the dial and crystal face inward, and is protected from knocks and dust.

While it started as a sports watch, it has now evolved into the ultimate dress watch. The most elegant Reverso, the Grande Taille, retains similar dimensions of the 1931 original Art Deco design and is available in stainless steel. It displays the time on a white guilloche dial with Arabic numerals and a small seconds display, and sports a JLC 822 hand-wound movement, which I really like since it will only take me a few seconds to get it nicely fed, as my Rolex Explorer will still be my everyday watch.

The power reserve is 45 hours and has a thickness of only 9.33 millimeters. The strap is alligator leather. The blank caseback is also very ideal as I can have my name and my wife’s name engraved there.

But what I like most about the Reverso is not its history or specifications, but the fact that it is Bruce Wayne’s watch. Yes, Bruce Wayne wore a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso in the Dark Knight Trilogy.

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A huge batman fan, I have watched all the modern Batman movies and watched the classic Adam West Batman TV series as a kid. I have read and collected the essential Batman paperbacks. My top five favorites are Batman: Year One, Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Long Halloween, and Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One details a rookie Batman’s first year in Gotham City and is the greatest Batman origin story of all time.

On the other hand, Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke is famous for being the “possible” origin story of Batman’s archnemesis, the Joker. It depicts him as a tragic character: a family man and failed comedian who suffered “one bad day” that drove him insane. It also includes the shooting and paralysis of Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl and Oracle).

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is set in a dystopian near-future version of Gotham City where Batman comes out of retirement to stop a recent crime wave. It includes Batman squaring off against the Man of Steel.

Batman: The Long Halloween is perhaps the greatest Batman detective story (not counting Identity Crisis, which is a Justice League graphic novel and not a Batman graphic novel). It takes place during the Dark Knight’s early days of crimefighting and tells the story of a mysteriously killer Named Holiday, who murders people on holidays.

I like Batman: Arkham Asylum primarily because of Dave McKean’s art, which is chilling and uncannily striking.

Thank you for reading and I hope you had a good time!

Hello World!

In physics, spacetime is any mathematical model that combines space and time into a single continuum. The spacetime in our universe regards space as three dimensions: length, width, and height, and time as consisting of one other dimension, or the fourth dimension.

By combining space and time into a single manifold, physicists have significantly simplified a large number of physical theories and described in a more uniform way the workings of the universe from the subatomic to the supergalactic levels. This is however not my goal here.

Watches and travel have fascinated me for several years now, and I want to start a blog about timepieces and my travels. Incidentally, watches have been linked to the world of travel and exploration for generations. While the names of the many models that have played a vital role in the exploration of our world have now been lost in the mists of time, others are still legendary, such as, for instance, the Rolex Explorer.

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In 1953, Sir Edmund Percival Hillary became the first man to summit the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, along with his expedition partner, Tenzing Norgay. And it is highly known that they did so with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The said watch would prove to be the ancestor of the Explorer, which was issued to commemorate the successful ascent. It is said that it benefited from all the technical know-how gained during the Himalayan expeditions and it is one of the most rugged of all Oysters. It is hewn from a block of 904L stainless steel and features a robust, all-steel Oyster bracelet, shatter-proof and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial window, and  a Twinlock winding crown with a double waterproofness system (it ensures that the screw-down crown is water-resistant because of two sealed zones: one inside the tube of the crown and the other inside the winding crown itself making the watch waterproof up to a depth of 100 meters or 330 feet). The characteristic black dial and Arabic 3-6-9 hour markers ensure easy reading of the time and its Chromalight hands and hour markers glow in the dark. And of course, it has a self-winding Rolex movement that delivers ultimate precision and reliability.

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The intensely classical watch, like its cousins: the Submariner, the Explorer II, the GMT, and the Daytona, is one most of the distinctive sports watches in the world. Famous celebrities and actors, like the main actors in two of my most favorites movies (Good Will Hunting and Meet Joe Black), have often been seen wearing Rolex Explorers. I also wear a Rolex Explorer.

In 2010, my wife gave me a 36mm Rolex Explorer for our wedding. I have worn that watch as my everyday watch ever since. I wear it to work, during weekends, and in formal occasions. It is my ideal watch and one of my prized possessions. It is thus only fitting that I feature the said watch in the first post of this blog. I truly love my Rolex Explorer!

Thank you for reading and I hope you had a good time!