On the Boom front

A wristwatch for gun nuts. It’s called the “Son of a Gun” created by a Swiss watchmaker called ARTYA. The majority of their watches are hideous monstrosities. This one is barely an exception. But since it is sort of gun related I figured I would post it here.

According to ARTYA, those are real 6mm bullets held together with copper wire. The bullets are 6mm Flobert (or Flaubert depending on your location) bullets. Which from quick searches seems to be antique (dating back to around 1842) rimfire ammunition. There was also a great quote in ARTYA’s press release: “Guns don’t always kill people, time always does.”

While I am not a fan of the style of this particular watch, there was another encouraging bit of info in the ARTYA press release: “A complete new line of products incorporating the world of firearms will take shape in the near future.”

The movement is a 25 jewel Swiss made automatic which has 42 hours of power reserve. The case is 316 Stainless with a reticle engraved on the bezel and a width of 47mm. The crystal is sapphire. The back of the case is open with a sapphire crystal. It has what ARTYA refers to a “ballistic style” bracelet. In other words, it is canvas. And it’s water resistant and has a 2 year warranty. No idea on price, but even if it is inexpensive, I’m not buying one. I do however look forward to seeing their future firearm related watches.

Pace Day 2011

Looks like I will finally be attending a car meet, after a couple years of inactivity. This is a Utah car meet down in Orem. Turns out it is only a few blocks from my mom’s house. And she was wanting to see the kids anyway. So we both win this weekend.

Here is a video from Pace Day 2010:

Based on that video, it looks like there was some pretty cool stuff last year. I know a few Mazdaspeeds will be there. And I have heard rumor of that orange Caterham with the SR from the video driving around the Orem area, so I assume he will be there again. So, if you happen to be in Orem and/or happen to be in the mood for checking out some sweet cars, come check it out this Saturday.

Baby Got New Shoes

It’s been a while since I posted anything on here. Been a while since I had anything new on vroom or boom.

On the Vroom front, I got new wheels. Some TSW Nürburgring Bronze wheels in 18×7.5 +45 offset. I wanted to try and fit some 8.5″ wheels, but after thinking about it, it just didn’t make sense for this car. They would be heavier, and theoretically hurt gas mileage a little. Besides that, they would cost more, and require a lot more work to clear the fenders. The 7.5’s I got have about 2-3mm of clearance to the rear fender is all.

I put them on a couple weeks ago. The TSW Nürburgring is made through a process called Rotary Forging. I assume it is the same as a spin casting which pushes out the porosity to create a stronger casting. Therefore they can make them lighter than the stock wheels even though they are wider. And I think the bronze is perfect with the silver car. I wish the center cap was more of a smoked look or even carbon fiber. But it doesn’t detract too much. And the spoke design is one of the best choices for the body style of the Mazdaspeed6. So far, very happy with my choice.

The tires on the other hand… Not so stoked on that choice. I went from having Sumitomo’s best summer tire (HTR Z III) to having Falken’s highest performance all-season tire (Ziex ZE-912). Huge difference to the negative. The sidewalls are soft. Turn-in is slow to react. Braking seems marginally better, acceleration is equal between the two. I just hope they make up for the handling cost once Winter hits.