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The $14,000 Dottling Gyrowinder Watch Winder Is Exercise In Technical Excess

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Watch winders, like other special accoutrements of the rarified man (or woman), are ostentatious and useful. This one, made by Dottling and called the Gyrowinder, is just ostentatious.

The Gyrowinder puts your ultra-pampered automatic watch in a gyroscope-like harness and spins it around as though it was about to enjoy some 1990′s era virtual reality. The system is totally overkill in the sense that such motion is way more than necessary to wind the watch. Nevertheless, the entire Gyrowinder system puts a smile on my face. Why? Because, at over 11,000 Euros ($14,000), the Gyrowinder is meant to be a showy display case that shows off your showy watch in a way that will make the other oil barons and klepocrats grin: it is art and flair as much as it is a tool to keep your timepiece wound.

A standard winder, obviously, simply turns the watch in a single direction and keeps automatic watches wound by moving an internal weight. This one… well, who knows what its trying to do.

You can see a video of the Gyrowinder in action (sans inevitable leather-clad butler who will dust the gyrowinder ever so lightly with a rag of ermine) over here.

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Up Close With The Xetum Stinson

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You no doubt are familiar with the Xetum brand, based out of California.  If not, just have a look over at to the side of the page. In the past, we’ve reviewed their Tyndall model; today, we’ll be taking a look at the Stinson.

The Stinson presents as a very minimalistic three-hander, and it does it with style.  I say that for two reasons – first, it’s an extremely clean dial.  Second, the lugless design (well, to be honest, they’re hidden in the case) helps for a cleaner appearance.

But let’s get back to the dial.  The numerals and indicators are varied and easy to ready, especially with the slightly longer-than-usual hands (maybe they’re not, but it seemed that way to me) and super-luminova usage.

While some might prefer the white dial as summer approaches,  I think the black dial works great as a year-round option.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t complement them on having the date wheel color match the dial – such a small detail, but just great when they complement.

As you can see from the pictures, our review model was on a steel bracelet, which is a $100 option.  I can’t say how it compares to the leather strap, but as a bracelet itself, it’s a nice one.  I especially like how the latching mechanism kind of tucked away, giving a clean, smooth surface under your wrist.

What’s ticking away inside that 40mm case (11mm thick)?  Glad you asked!  It’s an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, which is a well known quantity.  You’ve also got a sapphire crystal up front (mineral glass for the exhibition caseback), and a screw-down crown, all resulting in a package that’s water tight to 100 meters.

Should you want to pick one up for yourself be ready to bring $995 for the model on the leather strap, or $1095 for the steel bracelet.

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