Monday, May 12, 2008

Watch It!

panerai watches has an entire collection of classy watches available on their website. They have dress, sport, diamond, and "complication" watches for men and women, and browsing their styles is conveniently organized by either the watch collection or the watch style you're interested in.

I wasn't sure what complication watches were at first, but with just one click I found an array of beautiful watch faces with many miniature dials to keep track of seconds, days, and possibly the barometric pressure in Tokyo.

Once on this specific page of a kind of watch I'm interested in, I am easily able to refine the displayed watches even further by strap material, features, case material, case shape, and price range.

The host site, ViaLuxe, offers a number of different brands, but the Panerai site specifically has a surprising number of features for a buyers guide. There is an expandable history of the brand, discussing the 19th century founder, Giovanni Panerai, his vision, and the current work of the company.

There is also a newsreel with information on the new watches that will soon be added to the collection, for those who can't wait. And lastly, down at the bottom of the page, there is a link to a forum devoted exclusively to panerai watch enthusiasts.

While all of these watches themselves are pretty blatantly out of the price range of a recent college graduate and soon-to-be newlywed, the aesthetic of the site is so pleasing that I can't help but tool around and look at all the beautiful watches I can only dream of owning. I normally eschew watches in favor of bracelets, but these are prettier than most any bracelet I've had the pleasure of encountering in real life, and what with having a job pretty soon, I'm sure I'll need to keep track of time much more than when I was a barefoot liberal arts undergrad.

In case you are far, far wealthier than myself, the host site does offer a convenient and easy dealer locator. Enjoy!

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Happy and Hopeful

I'm engaged! Yay! Congratulations to me!

The only thing that's stressing me out right now is that my dear fiance doesn't want a honeymoon because he says it's too much hassle and stress. I tried to tell him it would be less stress, a chance to relax, and that was the whole point, but he thought it would be too much work to set it all up. So, just at the right time I find out that there is a CheaperThanHotels site for New Zealand!

New Zealand is the perfect romantic destination, small and isolated, but civilized, with plenty of arts and entertainment, all the allure of exploring a new country, but the security of exploring a new country that speaks English! Whether you'd like to check out Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown or all four, CheaperThanHotels has a solution for you.

I'm really excited, because it will be so easy I might even be able to persuade my stubborn fiance that a honeymoon could be a great, convient, and inexpensive vacation. 5 star accomodations begin at just NZD$75.00 (that's 59.1436 USD as of right now)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Quick Update

So Associated Content sent me my payments for the past seven months today. I'm not sure why it took so long, but it totaled $1.75. Not much, but it's for only two articles, and it's in addition to the initial payments of $4 or $5 per article. It's also not bad considering that I haven't logged in for months.

Also, I am five points away from a cashout at Global Test Market survey site. It took seven months, but it's a $50 cashout and it's pretty fun and easy. If you're feeling grateful, leave a comment or send me a quick email (retrogradesonnet [at] gmail .com) so I can send you a referral invitation.