The Manual Wind: RGM Pro Aviator 151A

Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful When the word boutique is associated with a brand, the perception is immediately that of something high end and out of reach.  In an industry who’s products are still an artisan craft, this association has exceptions.  One American made exception is the brand RGM.  Started in 1992 by the brands namesake, Roland G. Murphy, this small manufacturer out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania  has always made it their  goal tomaintain American watch manufacturing.  Known for his very limited production and bespoke timepieces, RGM has indeed been able to maintain his American watchmaking dream.RGM’s latest offering, the Pro Aviator 151A, is a classic pilots watch with a twist.  Where as pilot watches are generally very large diameters, 44mm and above, the 151A is a conservative 38.5mm.  This makes for a Pilot style sized for casual dress.  It’s not always necessary to sport an oversized timepiece and with this design you are typically forced to.  Made from steel or titanium, and priced accordingly, the piece offers all the basics.Uniquely designed partially skeletonized hands sweep the bi-finish black dial.  Adorned with SuperLuminova arabic numerals and markers in a patina like color, the dial is classic pilot with great detail.  Beneath the dial lies the ETA2892 workhorse slightly modified by RGM.  Date function and 40 hour power reserve make for a trustworthy timepiece.  Attached to a waterproof brown calf leather strap, the look is complete.Being such a small manufacturer with an annual production of roughly 250 pieces, most pieces are special orders.  Priced at $3,350 in steel and $4,350 in titanium, this boutique brand with its place of origin, Lancaster, Pa right on the dial, offers a piece of America’s watchmaking past along with this exclusivity. The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion The Best Men’s Skeleton Watches — No Bones About It Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Editors’ Recommendations read more

Lebanon UN envoy supports start of national dialogue to strengthen State control

Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the Implementation of resolution 1559, spoke by phone yesterday with Nabih Berri to convey Mr. Annan’s views in that regard.In a statement last month on the issue, the Security Council said that much progress had been made since the adoption of resolution 1559, which called for an end to foreign influence in Lebanon, including the withdrawal of Syrian forces and the holding of credible parliamentary elections in May and June 2005.However, it called on the Government of Lebanon to make more progress in controlling its territory and disbanding militias, while also calling on Syria to cooperate with those efforts and to take measures to stop movements of arms and personnel into Lebanon.The Council said such progress should be made through “a broad national dialogue.” read more