Ceramic Watches

There is something about a watch made from ceramic. The cool, smooth feel is truly unique. My first ceramic watch is an Invicta Women’s Pro Diver Collection Ceramic Two-Tone Watch in black and white. Like Invicta’s Lady Abyss Diver, it is a typical smaller-faced dive watch, with a simple design.

The face of the Pro Diver Ceramic has a subtle pattern to it that does not distract so much as to prevent the wearer from seeing the hands clearly. The hands are just wide enough to make them very easy to read, and are painted with Tritnite® luminous paint, as are the hourly indices. A magnifier above the date window makes the date hard to miss on this watch. The bezel is unidirectional, bearing larger dot, dash, and arabic numbers than those on the face. The crystal is sapphire-coated and scratch-resistant. It is a true dive watch, with a screw-down crown and water resistance to 200 meters (660 feet)

The sharp, two-toned band of this watch is ceramic The band has some play in the links, but not enough to make it feel loose or flimsy. The push-button clasp is tight and secure. The black of the case and band is not a true black. It is closer to the color of hematite, but is still quite pretty against the white center stripe on the band. Unlike many technical looking dive watches, it is a stylish watch that can be worn in most casual or dressy situations. The feel and design is simple, but beautiful.

The Invicta Women’s Pro Diver Collection Ceramic Two-Tone Watch comes in blue and white, and brown and white, along with the black and white. As with all other Invicta watches, it is available at many Online retailers, as well as many brick-and-mortar locations.

Invicta Women's Pro Diver Collection Ceramic Two-Tone Watch
Dial window material type: scratch-resistant-sapphire
Clasp: push-button-clasp
Case material: Ceramic
Case diameter: 35 millimeters
Case Thickness: 11 millimeters
Band material: two-tone-ceramic
Band length: womens
Band width: 16 millimeters
Dial color: black
Bezel material: Ceramic
Bezel Function: unidirectional
Calendar: Date
Movement: swiss-quartz
Water resistant depth: 660 Feet
Warranty Type: 1-Year Manufacturer

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is here. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and pens are in the air. Well, not really.

The Namiki Nippon Art Flower Basket Fountain Pen

However, if you really want to celebrate spring with a pen, then the Namiki Nippon Art Flower Basket fountain pen is one way to do it. The Nippon Art Pen uses the beauty of the hira-maki-e technique against a beautiful black lacquer background. The flower basket design displays images of several flowers native to Asia. The fountain pen comes with a 14K gold nib, available in fine or medium. The pen comes in a traditional-style wood gift box from the Orient. This pen is available at many fine pen retailers, and would add functional beauty to any collection.


There are a lot of people who wear their watches on the side of their wrists. My father is one of them. He has a small flat spot on the side of his wrist, that his watch rests on perfectly. Not many watches fit this spot on his wrist, so he is picky about his watches. He only has a few, and he wears them because they feel comfortable on that spot on his wrist.

Side Watch manufactures watches for people like him–its watches are designed to be worn on the side of the wrist. Side Watch offers nine styles of watches, ranging from a simple fun-faced watch, to a chronograph with gems around the bezel. With tons of colors and faces to choose from, Side Watch may just be the perfect watch for side-wrist wearers!

A New Line From Seiko…But No Women’s Models!

At Baselworld 2009, Japanese watch manufacturer Seiko introduced its new line of watches. The International Ananta line incorporates some of the Seiko technology that was perviously available only in Japan. There are five styles available, including some spring drive models. However, there are no women’s models! All of the great technology that Seiko offers, and not one women’s model in the new line.


What’s on the Outside Can Be As Important As What’s on the Inside

The Paradise Pen Co., of Denver, CO, decided that people who like to use Sharpie pens should have a choice of what those Sharpies look like. The Sherpa is a pen cover or shell, designed to go over the body of a Sharpie pen. It will also fit several Uni-Ball pens, and Accent highlighters. It comes in ten great designs, and retails for $29.95. Visit Paradise Pen, or Sherpa Pens to see all of the styles!

Review: Swiss Legend Commander Women’s Watch

Looking for a nice chronograph? Take a look at the Swiss Legend Diamond Commander.

The Swiss Legend Commander series chronograph for women is not a watch for the faint at heart. With a 37mm case diameter, and a 14mm case thickness, it has a lot of size and heft. That said, it is a solid watch with lots of function.

The Commander’s chronograph face is easy to read. The Mother of Pearl contrasts nicely with the hands on all of the dials. The hands are curved, giving the face a feminine look, without losing any utility or readability. The date window sits at the 4:00 position, and the numbers are also easy to read.

It bears repeating that this is a heavy watch. If you are not used to wearing a heavy watch, then wearing a Commander will take some getting used to. The case is curved to accommodate the wrist, and makes the watch comfortable to wear, despite the weight. The band comes with two half links, to make sizing as exact as necessary for the wearer. It also comes with a screw-down crown, and caseback, making it waterproof to 300 meters.

The specs:

Swiss Legend Women's CommanderBrand Name: Swiss Legend
Model number: SL-20113-22
Part Number: SL-20113-22
Dial window material type: scratch-resistant-sapphire
Clasp: deployment-clasp-with-push-button
Case material: stainless-steel
Case diameter: 37 millimeters
Case Thickness: 14 millimeters
Band material: stainless-steel
Band length: womens
Band width: 23 millimeters
Dial color: white-mother-of-pearl
Bezel material: stainless-steel
Bezel Function: unidirectional
Calendar: Date
Movement: swiss-quartz
Water resistant depth: 660 Feet
Warranty Type: Manufacturer

Is the Swiss Legend Commander Women’s watch right for you? Try it and see!

Santa’s Elves Are Still Working!

Fountain Pen Hospital has a great deal on a beautiful sterling pen. Listed as a Super Special on the site, The Hospital has the Krone Sterling fountain pen on sale. Available with a fine, medium, or broad 18kt gold nib, this solid sterling silver pen is a thing of beauty. I love this pen. It is glorious to hold, and write with. I had the opportunity to handle one, and loved the experience.

So if Santa missed you this year, or you want to play Santa for yourself or another, here is your chance! I wonder if I should play Santa for myself…

Another Place for Watches

I just saw another online place for watch deals. Ashford is a web site offering deep discounts on watches, many at up to 80% off. One nice thing about the company is that it offers an area of “today’s specials” for watches. The “todays specials” area is a small selection of watches offered at below cost. While this may be too late for Christmas or Hanukkah, Valentine’s day is coming soon!