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Gift Guide: Wolf Watch Winders

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Short Version

Oh, the things watch nerds will do to protect their precious timepieces. If you know someone who is crazy enough to spend a few thousand dollars on an automatic watch, they’ll probably want a watch winder. Wolf Winders makes some amazing winders but they’re very pricey. However, I tried out two models, the Cub Winder and the Module 4.1 and found them, in general, to be superior to models I’ve purchased in the past on eBay. The question, then is whether to pay a premium for these or accept some compromises.

Long Version

Features:

  • Silent motor
  • Simple design
  • Cub winders are battery and AC powered

Info:

  • MSRP: $149 for Cub, $578.00 for dual Module 4.1
  • Available: Now
  • Product page

The Wolf Watch Winders are…

… very simple watch winders designed for automatic watches. The Cub model is Wolf’s bargain basement entry and cost $149 each. They have a removable “pod” that holds the watch and silently spin the watch 900 rotations twice a day. The Module 4.1 is a bit more complex and you can control the turning patterns and number of turns per day. The 4.1 modules connect together and you can create arrays of up to 12 winders on one AC power supply.

Buy the Pogo Connect for…

… watch fans. If you’re spending $10,000 on a watch, a few hundred for a winder isn’t that expensive. If you look at the price and gasp wildly, then these probably aren’t for you. Why did I look into these versus cheaper, eBay-branded models? Well, the cheaper models don’t fit larger watches very well. Something like this model is much cheaper but the lid will close down over the winders and some watches will scrape against the plastic, causing the motors to seize. While I’m not averse to recommending a much cheaper model, I found these Wolfs to be superior in noise output, quality, and design to your traditional, faux wood boxes. Ask the watch fan in your life if this looks like something they’d like. They’ll probably gasp at the price, but deciding on the right winder is a matter of taste and the size of the watches to be wound.

Because…

… it is good and right to take care of your watches. Buying an expensive watch is obviously a matter of taste and I was always curious about Wolf so being able to see and handle these things has made me understand the value of getting a good winder. You can definitely get away with a cheaper set – and you’ll probably be happier – but if you’re slapping a bunch of Panerais into a box that’s the wrong size you’re going to see some issues.

If you have a watch lover in your life, a winder is a great way to go. Wolf may not be the ideal brand, especially considering the price, but they’re considered some of the best around and I would agree with that assessment.

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

Speaking of tattoos – Interview with Micah Baldwin, CEO & co-founder of Graphic.ly (TCTV)

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When a great story leaps out in front of you, sometimes you just have to whip out your flip camera and hope for the best. Apologies for the lighting on this one, but this interview with Micah Baldwin  was just too good to miss.

First some background. Micah’s company, Graphic.ly (a really cool digital comic book community), is based in Boulder, Colorado – a town that’s starting to get a serious reputation as a hotbed of startups…

There are numerous interesting venture-backed companies that have emerged from Boulder, including SimpleGeo (multi-homed in SF as well), OneRiot, Lijit, Sendgrid and now graphic.ly. Meanwhile cool companies like Kid Robot and Threadless have opened up Boulder offices. When I asked him what makes the town so special, Micah responded, “Boulder is amazing. I think something like 1 in 10 people are involved in a startup.”

I originally met Micah at a Twiistup retreat, where we bonded over an extremely large game of Werewolf (a game based on human dynamics around the truth, lies, problem solving and irrational thinking) that lasted until 7am (yes, this really is how some CEOs and VCs bond). Micah’s apparent unwillingness to lie during the game really struck me – while his Wonder Woman’s lasso confused many of the other players at the table. Micah was a hard one to figure out, but in the end, he was indeed telling the truth and never once lied during the game. Luckily for him, he never drew a Werewolf card so was never forced into dishonesty: my guess is that he would have stood up and said, “I’m the wolf!” and would have been immediately lynched by the villagers. I’ll have to play a few more games with him to figure out what his wolf game (wolf face?) looks like, but that’s my hunch.

Micah wears his story on his sleeves, almost literally. I was immediately fascinated by his tattoos, because it is something that maybe some entrepreneurs have, but they must hide them under long sleeve shirts, because I rarely see them. All of Micah’s tats are really great, but two of the tattoos, a bag of money and a MRI scan really hit a chord in my heart.

We all read Star magazine (of course I carefully hide it behind Scientific American on airplanes) and are so fascinated with so-called sex and drug “scandals” that it’s interesting when someone confronts the issues head-on. Admitting to everyone that you were once an addict takes away the intrigue and the power.

Micah was once an addict and he wears the fact proudly on his human sleeves. That’s the reason Micah has vowed to always try to tell the truth. I’ve asked him at least one dozen times if he was ok with me telling this story and he’s always responded with a strong yes.

To Micah, it’s important that people realize entrepreneurs are human. Just like those celebrities you see in Star magazine, they fall — and sometimes they fall hard. But then they have the ability to pick up the pieces and try again and that’s exactly what he’s doing. He’s not giving up. I’m blown away by Micah’s willingness to share such a personal story with us and I’m sure it is going to hit home for a lot of TechCrunch readers who may have once had a problem or are even still working through drug or alcohol related issues.

I hope that Micah’s stories – and his tattoos – are as inspirational to you as they were to me.



Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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