Freitag iPhone sleeve

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I really like the products of the brother Freitag. I already have two bags for my camera stuff as you can see here.

Freitag iPhone sleeve

So when finally deciding to let go of my 6 year old iPhone 3 and jumping joining the 21st centuries tele communication technology owners I browsed through the internet to look for the coolest iPhone cover I could find. I initially wanted to get the Gizmon iCA including cover and strap that mimics the look of a vintage camera perfectly. Unfortunately they are not made for the iPhone 6 and as the only crowd funder failed it looks like they not every make one. 🙁

Freitag iPhone sleeve

But then one night it dawned on me. Why not get something from Freitag?!? I went online and immediately liked the blue colored Freitag iPhone sleeve they have. A little pricy I have to admit but when it arrived the whole family was stunned about the vibrant blue truck tarp that was used here: “It looks like brand new!”. 🙂 Bevore I already had a sleeve and I personally like the fact that when I take out my smart phone nothing distracts the actual phones design as there is nothing attached or stuck to it. Just as when it came new out of the box. And BTW I am really impressed with the phones camera.

Freitag iPhone sleeve

Of course the smell of truck tarp was a little distracting the first days but that passes very soon. So here you see it. Another great product from Switzerland!

Universal Geneva Compax

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Watches

It’s been a long time since I have written something about a watch and frankly speaking I do not have a lot of time to smoke lately. So this is a good opportunity to write a little something about a that was handed down to me from my grand father: The Swiss made Chronograph from Universal Geneva, the Compax “twelve hour register”.


Certainly not a watch you see a lot in the street as one does not hear or see much from this house. As the name suggests the company is based in the same city used in the name Universal Geneva and was founded about 120 years back. Due to introduction of quartz watches in the 1970ies it survived even up until today. While the Compax line does not seem to be the iconic watch of the house it is very well regarded amongst collectors these days. Most probably the Tri-Compax with its calendar was the most popular of the Compax line.

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I personally like this watch because it has this classic look that watches from the late 1940ies and early 50ies have. But yet it looks a little bit like an instrument with its blue, almost black hands on the white dial and its red gold casing. The button on top of the crown starts the stop watch. The button below the crown stops the micro chronometer and after a second push, returns the hands onto the starting positions. The micro chronometer indicates seconds with the long small hand on the main dial, the minutes on the small register to the right and the hours on the register below. The register to the left, very discreetly, shows the “regular” seconds which is great as this is much “less nervous” in my opinion. On the one hand it is a shame that watches like this are not made anymore. On the other those old classics are still everything a watch has to be and are literally a true gem in every mans wardrobe.


One note for the purists and collectors: At one stage this watch must have been overhauled and re-dialed as the watch itself and especially the dial obviously look very new. The dial shows some small imperfections and seems to be a “near-replica” design of the Compax-dials used at that time. I especially would like to thank the members of watchuseek for their investigative help in that matter!

New shoes

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Goodyear welted, hand made in England, old tradition, classic style. It does not get better than that! Check out my new Loake’s. I received the shoes in a really short time. So I was very pleasantly surprised when the mailman brought a big parcel. And having the lifetime 15% on Loake at pediwear makes it even more tempting. 🙂


Reasoning behind that order wis that my “old” Loake’s are starting to show some wear. On the one hand side that is really a good thing and it is how they look best as they really beautifully age. On the other hand I thought it would be good to give them a little more rest from time to time, letting them really dry up after a rainy day, etc.. So two new pairs were in order.


So as for the new shoes you are looking at in this post one is the Loake, Cagney in Black Polished Leather. I consider this as elegant but yet modern and I really like the oxford closed lacing. The other pair is the Loake, Burford Dainite in Tan Burnished Calf. This one is a bit more “flashy” brogue boot with a rubber sole. I am planning to use it on snowy or rainy days but most of all it should see action in my leisure time more than at work. This is why I decided to get the Dainite rubber sole as this is more practical to walk even in the woods or on unpaved roads.


As I said, it doesn’t get better than this and I am not missing the rubber sole mass production shoes – not one minute.

PS: Sorry for the messed up shots. I tinkered a little bit with filters and vignette to “paint” over the really missed focus…