Grand Seiko Snowflake Review

What is a grail watch? A quick google says this:

In watch collecting circles the term ‘grail watch’ is thrown about to describe a particular rare and high value vintage piece that is hugely coveted by collectors. … If they got their hands on such a watch, they would never sell it.

There are also different but just as compelling definitions

While I do appreciate watches, I wouldn’t consider myself as a collector – so to me a “grail”, instead of something that I wished I had (but cannot) – is a watch that I consider a must have – so in that sense I guess I would agree with the last part of the google search definition – it’s a watch I would want to own/use and with no intention to sell. For the unattainable/impractical “grail” – I’d use the word “dream” instead.

Whatever the case may be, whether I’m using the term right or not, I’ve always had my eyes on a Grand Seiko – and not just any Grand Seiko, but one that had a spring drive movement. As Serendipity would have it – they had a model that was also in a titanium case – and just happened to be the most iconic model of the bunch: the SBGA211 – otherwise known as the Snowflake

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Bluewave Get Review

I was really excited when the Get arrived because if the ES100 was any indicator, I would’ve been able to pit two excellent BT audio receivers – and while one would ultimately reign supreme, I would still have an awesome “backup”.

Unfortunately, it was an underwhelming experience. The ES100 just set the bar too high as far as these types of devices go.

I kinda feel sorry for the Bluewave guys – particularly because they’ve been outclassed in almost all aspects by the Radsone guys. I’d like to be able to give them a fair shake but it’s just easier to frame the situation by comparing the two products – given they’re practically supposed to be doing the same thing: deliver high quality Bluetooth audio that you can use with any of your headphones.

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Subtech Pro Drybag

The Subtech pro dry bag is a 45-liter waterproof duffle style bag that is over-engineered in its durability. It can be used as a backpack or a regular hand carry bag and the sealing design doesn’t stop at making it waterproof – but airtight – which is quite a claim to have.

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Visconti Travelling Inkwell

Disclaimer

To save readers from possibly wasting their time, let me preface this review by mentioning that this product was made for fountain pen users. I honestly don’t have the time to explain why one would even want to consider using a more “involved” instrument as far as utility goes given the I-just-wanna-get-things-over-with-quickly mindset we tend to have with everyday tasks.

Instead, let me point you to this article. There are a bunch of other articles that discuss the merits of fountain pens, but they all essentially say the same thing.

Whatever you may end up reading, either you agree with them, or you don’t. If you don’t, that’s totally fine, and and it’d be best that you stop reading now and just wait for the next post/review.

If you do then read on…

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Radsone EarStudio ES100

Radsone 1 Short for Radical Sound – beats me where the E came from LOL seems to have been in the audio game for quite a while – providing audio technologies for some big name brands. The way they present their products also indicate a deeper approach to developing audio – which can be appreciated by the more technical folks (and is always a good thing in the audio world).

At the end of the day though, they’re relatively unknown commercially – so all their documentation/claims could be smoke and mirrors… or maybe I’m just not into the industry that much – and that I may have ignorantly misjudged a well regarded brand.

Whatever the case may be, they launched a product in KS/Indiegogo that looked promising: a studio quality Bluetooth audio receiver. At an early bird price of $50, I thought it was worth a shot.

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1. Short for Radical Sound – beats me where the E came from LOL