I love my wife's 2014 Honda Accord Sport, which looks the best in its class, but if the newly refreshed Toyota Camry gets the Lexus IS front grill and molding, it could prove a very compelling choice, especially for someone who can't afford a Lexus:
Santa Barbara warbler Katy Perry is one of the highest-earning performers in the world, but could the former Dos Pueblos High student be sporting a fake gold Rolex watch on her wrist?
Her off-on-off beau, rocker John Mayer, is suing Los Angeles jewelry dealer and Harvard graduate Robert Maron, who happens to be a friend of actor Charlie Sheen's, over passing off several allegedly phony watches.
According to reports, questionable timepieces could have ended up not on just Kay's wrist, but also those of Jessica Simpson and former Friends star Jennifer Anniston, both former romantic interests of Mayer, who started buying watches from Maron in 2007.
But in 2010 the Grammy winner discovered one of the pieces -which cost anywhere from $25,000 to more than $40,000 -was not authentic when he sent it back to get it repaired.
Mayer then returned the watch and was given a credit to buy another, according to reports, which say he spent $5 million in total on multiple watches from the dealer.
Mayer is said to be looking for a refund of $656,000 on seven other watches he purchased that he claims are counterfeit.
I keep trimming the fat to get my collection down to a manageable size. I'm currently down to 8, but that still in many ways feels like too many. Why? Perhaps because as my tastes evolved and became more refined, moving away from cheap fashion watches, I find I need fewer and fewer timepieces.
In fact, the "better" my timepieces, the greater the push to make my collection smaller.
Having said that, there are about 4 watches I'd love to add to my collection, so there are conflicting impulses in this watch obsession game.
Last Thursday I found out that one of my students, and his friend, contacted either flea bites or scabies from 24-Hour Fitness in Torrance. A nurse on my Facebook page said it's probably scabies.
Then today, I found out that an employee of the same 24-Fitness has scabies and so does his live-in girlfriend, my daughter's therapist.
So now the count is up to four.
The therapist, who came to our house today with a rash on her hand and wrist, is at Kaiser right now getting a diagnosis. She said her boyfriend has been coming home from work with scabies bites all over his feet. I'll update if she's positive for scabies.
About seven years later, having journeyed through oversized Las Vegas watches, tool divers, and pushing my price point as far as $1,000 for automatic watches like the Orient Saturation Diver, I find myself lowering my price tastes a bit as Citizen’s Eco-Drive line has very appealing watches at the $350-$550 range.
For 2014, I’m looking for the Watch Pick of the Year and I am considering the following:
One. Toolish and bold appearance without making you feel you’re strutting the streets of Las Vegas
Two. By all accounts a strong lume
Three. Features and build quality to price point ratio
Five. Wow factor (“gotta wear it today”)
Six. Low or no maintenance
Considering these factors, I feel compelled to give my Manly Watch for 2014 to the Citizen Promaster Carbon Diver, which comes as close to the ideal "manly aesthetic" I can imagine. The Promaster Carbon Diver comes in three models. The BJ2135 and BJ2145 both come with rubber strap. The BJ2105 comes with a steel bracelet. The prices for the rubber strap models are about $350-400. The steel bracelet, which is harder to find, is in the mid-400s.
I wouldn’t be surprised if I pick up a rubber and bracelet version for this year.
Have you checked out Flipping Out, a very funny show about house flipping and redesign? I usually like the watches worn by TV personalities, but one of the show's principals, Gage, wears an Oakley Time Machine Diamond Edition. Even the versions sans the diamonds are hideous.