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Skull ring and Shanalogic sponsor shout-out!

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I previously admired a lovely and affordable silver-bronze handcrafted skull ring by Lost Apostle available from our wonderful sponsor ShanaLogic. Now it's also available in solid bronze. It comes in many sizes and costs just $55! And Shana says, "Free USA shipping on this ring!" Bronze Skull Ring

Sponsor shout-out: The History League t-shirts

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Special thanks to our sponsor Amorphia Apparel, makers of the wonderfully irreverent line of History League t-shirts. We've posted many times about Amorphia's witty t-shirt lines like "Teach the Controversy" and "Monsters of Grok" that replace iconic band name logos with scientists, and we're thrilled that Amorphia signed on as a Boing Boing sponsor! My favorite "teams" in the the History League are Colossus of Bletchley Park and the Tesla Lightning!

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchimso

Our thanks to Watchismo, sponsors of our daily email update.

Watchismo's 3rd annual CLOCKTOBERFEST German Watch Sale is back! Save an additional 25% off already discounted watches, just apply the code GERMAN25 at checkout to redeem. It's like picking the best wursts from the grill—choose from a variety of meaty horological machines such as the spicy Haffstreuner, plump Uhr Kraft, savory Ingersoll, juicy Aeromatic, sweet Rebosus, charred Retrowerk or tangy Tauchmeister!

Sponsor Shout-Out

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Watchismo exclusively offers the new Tendence Skeleton Watches with fully exposed, fully mechanical 'skeletonized' automatic movements. Seen both from the top of the dial—and the see-through crystal of the caseback—the rotor revolves and generates power the old-fashioned way: with cogs, gears and hairsprings. A blend of form and function, the Tendence collection is a highly-evolved concept, with extreme dimensions and numbers carved to stand high above a concave dial,itself cut from stainless steel, polycarbonate or titanium.

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The Alessi Grow Watch is a cool new timepiece designed by Andrea Morgante of Shiro Studio and now available at Watchismo! The watch concept is derived from the 'act of growing', which often results in natural forms and patterns we instinctively relate to. The surface of the design features a rippled texture akin to muscle fiber; perceived as a single entity rather than an assembly of multiple mechanical parts, 'grow' is designed to be an external manifestation of our bodies' qualities.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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Ikepod Watches of Switzerland have found a cool new home at Watchismo! Check out the Ikepod Horizon, whose unique dial creates an optical illusion of appearing convex, thereby emphasizing the three-dimensional volume of the Ikepod case. Then there's Marc Newson's latest creation, which sees the Australian designer interpret the most iconic timepiece of all as the Ikepod Hourglass. Each handmade hourglass comprises highly durable borosilicate glass and millions of stainless steel nanoballs. Finally, be sure to take a look at street artist KAWS' curating of a custom-designed Ikepod KAWS Horizon.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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Retrogadget watch pioneer Click Watches and Watchismo are proud to introduce the extremely limited edition Click Watches SAFE Watch collection, now in all stainless steel casing and leather straps. Each watch has the individual edition number engraved on the caseback, supply is VERY limited, so don't miss out!

The time is unlocked by pressing the zero, which displays a sequential flashing of led bulbs in corresponding keypad buttons. A number pad, set into an angular steel casing with no distinguishable display, adds up to a cool new way to showcase the hour.

See the entire Click Watch collection at Watchismo.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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Save up to 20 percent on most watches at Watchismo's Too Cool For School Sale. The deal's simple: the more you buy, the more you save. Watchismo's offering three progressive discounts for 10%, 15% or 20% off your purchases: Use code SCHOOL10 for 10% off any order over $100, SCHOOL15 for 15% off any order over $500, and SCHOOL20 for 20% off any order over $1000.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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There's a rare timepiece sale at Watchismo, where you can save a whopping 30% off the exclusive Meccaniche Veloci Watch Collection, named for "Mechanical Speed" in Italian. This watch has four distinct faces for tracking time in four different time zones, each with its own Swiss mechanical automatic movement. Apply the code MV30 at checkout to activate your savings; this offer expires very soon and stock is extremely limited! Meccaniche Veloci Quattro Valvole Watches.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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Batman & Bane Limited Edition Watches from Diesel's The Dark Knight Rises timepiece collection are available for preorder exclusively at Watchismo. The stealthy black steel and rubber features of the Diesel BATMAN Watch, and the brutal ruggedness of the Diesel BANE Watch, each capture the essence of their respective characters: they're perfect designs that distil your choice of cinematic good or evil into two very cool chronographs.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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If you want to blend in with your friends wearing Rolex and Tag, do not buy a Tendence watch! But if you're the kind of person that wants something different, these new collections fit the bill. Packed with wild colors, new functionality and bold compositions, the new Tendence Crazy watches, Tendence Fantasy watches, Tendence Swiss Made collection, Tendence Slim Pop, Tendence Crystal Head Skull watches and Tendence G-47 watches are all pure statements of originality, quality and style. View all Tendence Watches at Watchismo.com

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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Each M-Theory Time & Space watch offers the surreal touch of watch hands floating free of the traditional clock face. Be sure to check out Watchismo's videos demonstrating the uncanny display. Photographs of the full moon, taken at Nantes of Western France by the Astrophotographer Norbert Rumiano, were used on the dial plate of the Moonlight model; the modern reinterpretation of the classic design embodies the concepts of time's dissolution and space free of gravity.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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Celebrate Independence by supporting independent watch companies. Stray from the ordinary at Watchismo and save 10% off anything in stock with the coupon code BOING4TEN between now and Friday July 13th. Get your cool modern watches at Watchismo.com, a reliquary of obscure timepieces and a singular source for unusual modern watches from around the world—all carefully curated by time enthusiasts with a passion for unique watches.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email.

ZIIIRO Watches display time in a simple and unique way: the inner swirl's tip represents the current hour, while the outer swirl displays the minutes. On the ZIIIRO Mercury and ZIIIRO Gravity watches, a gradient movement shows the passing of time.

The ZIIIRO Aurora watch and Proton watch, however, use two transparent discs: by overlapping both gradients, an attention-grabbing array of green displays the time. See also the ZIIIRO Celeste watch, whose discs blend blue and grey. Finally, floating spheres instead of hands make the ZIIIRO ORBIT watch (pictured) different from the rest, with a colored orb representing the hour and a white one displaying the minute.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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"Rough like a five o'clock shadow," the textured steel of Nixon's new Ride watches is now available with new colors and stainless steel straps at Watchismo. Chronograph functionality, 49mm cases and carbite-textured lugs and casebacks make this a timepiece like no other. Other cool new releases from Nixon Watches include the Black Leopard Nixon 42-20 Watch, Sanded Steel Nixon Axis and new variations of the Nixon Corporal Watch collection. See the entire Nixon Watch collection at Watchismo.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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Watchismo just introduced a new collection from Hamilton Watches. Hamilton's Ventura was the first electric watch in the world, introduced in 1957 and reinvented today as faithful limited edition reissues and creative mechanical reinterpretations. Vintage modern designs are now the highlight, with very limited collections of the Hamilton X-01 and X-02, first inspired by the Stanley Kubrick-commissioned timepiece for the astronauts of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Some of the best designs are the simplest, like the just introduced Hamilton Intra-Matic watches' minimalist sixties aesthetic. See the entire Hamilton Watch Collection at Watchismo.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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Watchismo is offering progressive savings starting TODAY through Father's Day. It's simple: they're offering three discounts for 10%, 15%, or 20% off purchases, and the more you buy, the more you save. Use code DADGRAD10 for 10% off any order over $100; use code DADGRAD15 for 15% off any order over $500; and use code DADGRAD20 for 20% off any order over $1000 Click here for more information: Watchismo Dad & Grad Sale.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email.

Watchismo says this is its biggest Swiss watch sale ever: 40 percent off select Tendence Watches for a limited time. Apply coupon code TENDENCE40 at checkout to redeem. A blend of form and function, the Tendence collection is a highly evolved concept, with extreme dimensions and three-dimensional digits carved to stand high above the concave dial, itself cut from stainless steel, polycarbonate or titanium. This coupon code expires very soon!

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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Take a closer look at G-Shock Watches from Watchismo. These are limited and special editions with designs beyond the expected. See analog mixed with digital displays, and solar power combined with hyper-color cases resistant to mud, rain, shock and disaster. They're the ultimate tough watches, born from a developer's dream of creating a watch that never breaks, and guided by a "Triple 10" development concept: 10-meter free-fall endurance, 10-bar water resistance and a 10-year battery life.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email.

After years of research and development, the world's first Swiss mechanical automatic digital watch is a reality: the Ventura Sparc MGS. Pierre Nobs' Ventura Automatic Digital Watch, devised in 2000, allowed movements of the wrist to power a micro-generator; the electric energy gained feeds an optoelectronic time-keeping module. Its array permits a view of the mechanism from above, alongside a 250-segment 12-digit LCD, which gives the SPARC MGS its characteristic appearance. The latest operating system, EasySkroll v.2.0, allows for later upgrades—another first in wristwatches— and is intuitively operated by a single scroller. View all Ventura Watches at Watchismo.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email.

Gutted of clutter and completely exposed, the limited edition & numbered mechanical Storm Mekon watches (released exclusively at Watchismo) have totally deconstructed the basic wristwatch while maintaining traditional boundaries. The case frames no physical dial but instead supports a lone single bridge of gears spanning the void across the wrist presenting the hours and minutes into what might be considered an analog hourglass.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email.

Thin is in! Taking a break from over-complicated and generously-sized timepieces popular at Watchismo, Mondaine Watches is introducing a new minimal ultra-thin collection using the instantly recognizable Swiss Railways clock dial, emulating the time-honored design present in every Swiss train station. Watchismo offers the entire Mondaine Simply Elegant Thin Watches collection for men and women.

Sponsor shout-out: Shana Logic


Our thanks to Shana Logic, one of the web's coolest indie shops. Everything there is 100 percent handmade or independently-designed. Plus, it's a small business so you're supporting artists. Shana Logic offers jewelry accessories, guys' apparel, tech gear and more: Take 10% off your entire order with the discount code BOINGY, or get free shipping on all orders over $75 to the USA and Canada.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email.

Watchismo has just added three of the coolest independent watch brands to 'The VAULT', a curated collection of extraordinary time machines.

Devon Watches' Tread 1 exposes a mesmerizing, interwoven system of patented conveyor belts, which include critical elements to allow the optical recognition system to know every belt position at all times.

Azimuth Watches echo a mathematical term used by astrologers, navigators and military men to survey their bearings. The measurement now represents cerebral pursuits: a reflection of time and space drawn from the word's Arabic origins, where it evokes the route taken by a traveler.

RSW Watches' neo-brutalist design pays homage to futurism, oblique architecture and the earliest electronic musical instruments. Check out 'Outland', a contemporary masculine wristwatch modeled on the compass.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo


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Watchismo is announcing the newest and coolest "Diesel Super Bad Ass" watches today, now in solid gunmetal & bronzed stainless steel. Each has four watches in one substantial 65mm timepiece: timezones faces with full chronographs, two separate analog clocks and a digital display surrounded by a textured dial and etched, bolted casing. The Diesel DZ7247 & Diesel DZ7246 also feature gunmetal link & brown leather straps.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo


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Check out the DEFAKTO Inkognito. The idea is to display the time with the minimum information while being exact, as needed. This new German-made one-handed watch collection is stripped down to the core, removing all branding from the dial, leaving a single hand to let you know precisely what the approximate time is. DEFAKTO Watches use top of the line Swiss ETA 2824-2 mechanical automatic movements, which can be viewed through the sapphire crystal on the caseback.

The watch is designed for people who don't feel the need to count every second.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

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Minimum information, maximum accuracy! Watchismo introduces the world's first Two Handed One Hand Watch. The Botta Duo 24 watches are a traveling minimalist's dream watch. A single hand rotates two separate time zones, a prominent hand for the 12 hour ring and a subtle hand for the 24 hour ring.

This is an extension of the very popular Botta Uno watches with single one-handed displays. Check out more cool one-handed watches at the Watchismo Single Hand Watch Collection.

Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo

Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email.

For a limited time, Watchismo is giving you the best deals it can offer on hundreds of style—up to 70% off. Check out our Watches On Sale and get your shopping done in a blink.

Just for BoingBoing readers, take an additional 10% off already discounted prices by using the code BOINGIFT at checkout. Also check out our Watches Under $100 Gift Guide - we have hundreds of watches priced well below $100, many reduced just for the holidays. Time is valuable but it doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg. Find a special watch for your wrist or the appendage of a loved one at Watchismo!

Sponsor Shout-Out

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Watchismo is offering progressive savings for its BLACK FRIDAY TIME MACHINE SALE. Save up to 20 percent off all watch purchases at the store, but don't waste a minute, as the deal ends soon. Use the code BLACK10 for 10% off any order over $100, the code BLACK15 for 15% off any order over $500, or the code BLACK20 for 20% off any order over $1000. Start shopping here.

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This special edition version of Mr. Jones Watches 'The Last Laugh' features artwork by British Tattoo artist Adrian Willard. He works in a traditional old-school style using simple, bold lines and just 3 or 4 colors in his tattoos. He explains the sugar-skull design for the watch face, "skulls have always been a very popular subject in tattooing, a part of the rebel culture that it once represented. These days tattooing is quite mainstream but the skull remains the classic image. The sugar skull comes from a the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. Sugar skulls are gifts that can be given to both the living and the dead." See the Mr. Jones Last Laugh watch in motion in a time-lapse video and buy it at Watchismo.com.