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Since launching in 2019, the watches in Seiko’s Prospex LX line have won accolades for their sporty design, attention to detail, and robust construction. Now Seiko has grown the collection with the new Prospex LX SNR045, a dive watch with an eye-catching green color scheme that references Japan’s long history of scientific exploration in Antarctica.

So how exactly does a green colorway represent the famously cold and icy continent of Antarctica? To answer that, you’ll need to know a little bit about the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE). The program launched with a voyage to Antarctica in 1956 and established a research outpost, Syowa Station, on the continent a year later. In the decades since, JARE teams have performed all kinds of research, and they have made a number of important discoveries—including a surprising finding under the surface of a frigid Antarctic lake in an area called Skarvsnes. There, researchers found tower-like clumps of aquatic moss growing in the icy water, and the green hues and patterned dial of the SNR045 are an homage to these hardy “moss pillars.”

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Mounds of aquatic moss are an unexpected source for style inspiration, and it definitely makes this watch unique. The 44.8mm case stands out boldly on the wrist and offers plenty of space for the “underwater forest” pattern on the dial to shine. The dial features date and power reserve displays and LumiBrite hands and indices, and it’s topped with curved sapphire crystal and a forest green ceramic rotating bezel. Considering that many other sport watches stick with traditional accent colors like blue and black, the rich green features on the SNR045 are a welcome departure from the norm.

Of course, this is a dive watch we’re talking about, and some impressive details back up the tasteful design and ensure good performance under demanding conditions. The SNR045 is water resistant to 300 meters, features an ultra-tough titanium case and bracelet, and comes with a screw-down crown to lock out moisture. Like any true dive watch, the rotating bezel has minute indices for tracking time underwater. It’s also powered by Seiko’s innovative Spring Drive system (caliber 5R65), which combines a mechanically driven movement with a quartz regulator for top-notch accuracy—it’s accurate to within a second per day. Pair that with the watch’s 72-hour power reserve, and you have one highly dependable timepiece, whether you’re wearing it with your scuba gear or just on a weekend getaway.

It’s also destined to be a collector’s item: Seiko plans to manufacture just 500 of these emerald-toned watches, and each one will come with its limited edition number engraved on the case back. The SNR045 goes on sale in August, so keep an eye out to snag this handsome watch for your collection.

[$6,000; seikoluxe.com]

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NewAir X Boveda Humidor Review: 500-Count Cigar Cabinet

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NewAir Boveda Humidor Review

About a month ago, the team at NewAir contacted us here at BespokeUnit to see if we wanted to review one of their most recent releases, the NewAir X Boveda Humidor.

I was familiar with NewAir as we’ve reviewed some of their cigar humidors before; however, seeing as how this was a unique collaboration between Boveda and NewAir, it was easy to agree.

Additionally, NewAir also provided us with a unique coupon code to share, which you’ll find throughout this article. If, following my review, you are inclined to purchase any product from them, you can receive 10% off by using the code BESPOKE10.

With that being said, let’s get into my review of the NewAir X Boveda 500-Cigar Humidor! I’ll be breaking it down into the following categories:

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Brand: NewAirModel: NewAir x Boveda HumidorStorage Capacity: Up To 500 CigarsDimensions: 16.93″ W x 17.72″ D x 29.13″ HTemperature Range: 54 – 72°F (12 – 22°C)Ambient Temperature Range: 68 – 77°F (20 – 25°C)Humidity Control: Boveda Humidity Pack HoldersBody Material: Cedar Lining (Shelves)Front Material: Tempered Tinted GlassWeight: 50.8lbsMade in ChinaPricing: From $699 [Buy Now]>10% OFF w/ Code BESPOKE10: $630

As you can see from the picture, the NewAir X Boveda Humidor was very securely packaged for shipping. As a result, it was delivered in perfect condition, which I was very happy about.

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Prior to receiving this NewAir cigar humidor, I already owned an electronic cigar cooler.However, that unit seemed more like a converted wine fridge than a unit designed specifically for
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Podcast #983: Grid-Down Medicine — A Guide for When Help is NOT on the Way

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Most first aid books will tell you that the final step to treating someone who is injured or ill is to get them professional medical attention.

What if hospitals were too crowded, not accessible, or even non-functioning? What if, in the event of a long-term griddown disaster, you were the only medical resource?

Dr. Joe Alton has a wealth of knowledge in the area that most first-aid guides ignore. He is a retired doctor and co-author of The Survival Medicine Handbook, The Essential Guide to When Help Is Not on the Way. Joe discusses the importance of a family medical asset, and how to become a civilian medic. We talk about the various levels of first-aid kits that you can create, from a personal kit to a field hospital for a community. We also discuss the skills that you may need to survive a grid-down situation, such as burying the dead, using super glue to close a wound, making an improvised filling for your teeth, or protecting yourself against the radiation from nuclear fallout.

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Hello, darlings! Let me take you for a thrilling drive through the history of one of Italy’s most iconic and opulent car brands, Alfa Romeo. While I was enjoying a glass of Barolo on my velvet chaise the other day I thought “Why not explore the fascinating history of these cars I’ve always loved?” I have Italian roots and cousins that collect Alfa Romeos as if they were going out of style.

The Museo Storico Alfa Romeo is just a 25-minute drive from Malpensa Airport. Let me tell you that stepping inside this museum is like entering a time machine designed by the gods. It was opened in 2015 and is a treasure chest that celebrates Alfa Romeo’s history through its most stunning designs.

Henry Ford said something that made me laugh.

When I see an Alfa Romeo passing by, I tip the hat. And I don’t just tip it, I throw it up in the air.

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As I entered the museum, my attention was drawn to the evolution of Alfa Romeo’s logo. The evolution of the Alfa Romeo logo is fascinating. It reflects times and challenges, from bankruptcy to renaissance. The story of their car is one of passion and resilience with an Italian flair. It never fails to touch the heart of any car enthusiast.


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