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Celebrate the Golden Age of Motoring with the Autodromo Monoposto Chronograph

first_img Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Best Men’s Skeleton Watches — No Bones About It In honor of Autodromo’s five-year anniversary, the watch and accessories company inspired by the golden age of motoring has announced the re-release of its Monoposto Automatic, only this time, they’ve gone chronographic.Designed to hearken back to the age of Motorsports when a driver had only his oversized dash dials and his own abilities to rely on, the Monoposto Chronograph is a stunner that will make you feel like you could conquer a European Grand Prix. And in record time.“I wanted to do something special for all of the Autodromo collectors and fans who missed out on the original watch,” said Bradley Price, Autodromo brand founder. “I couldn’t just re-issue the watch the way it was. I had to do something even more special and break new ground for Autodromo with the introduction of a mechanical chronograph. I also refined every aspect of the watch while trying to preserve what people loved about the original design.”And it’s easy to see what discerning watch collectors love about this current incarnation. With a Seiko NE88 mechanism (one of the finest chronographs available from Japan), a thicker case design, 34 jewels, a column wheel and vertical clutch for smooth operation (which prevents mechnical wear on the internal components when starting and stopping the timer), this Autodromo is not only accurate, but aesthetically versatile. It looks just as good against a suit as it does a polo and chinos, or hell, even a t-shirt and jeans.Along with the new chronograph, the dial also sports its original (though repositioned) “redline crystal,” which is Autodromo’s homage to the original rev limiters in old-school racing. Prior to the introduction of mass produced racing vehicles, each driver’s mechanic would apply a strip of red tape or paint to the RPM dial to make it clear to the driver where the engine’s limits lay. The dial is updated to a tricompax layout, with a running second hand, a 30-minute counter, and a centrally located 12-hour counter.The Autodromo limited edition Monoposto Chronograph Automatic retails for $1,800 and is restricted to a total production run of 500–with 200 black dials, 200 silver dials, and 100 in Azzurro. Get yours before they’re gone. The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainablelast_img read more

Growing up in Ireland Latest study findings show huge impact of recession

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF families experiencing difficulties making ends meet increased hugely in the period after the start of the downturn, according to the latest data from the Growing up in Ireland study.New research relating to 11,000 children and their parents has been published today.It shows that in late 2008/early 2009, 44 per cent of the families interviewed considered that they were having financial difficulties. When they were re-interviewed just over two years later, that figure had risen to 61 per cent. The first interviews were conducted when the children were nine months old — the second batch around the children’s third birthdays.Almost two-thirds of the families said that the recession had had a big effect on their lives since their first interview — as a result of reductions in wages and cuts in working hours and social welfare payments.32 per cent of that group said this had meant having to cut back on basics, while 14 per cent said they had fallen behind on utility bills and 9 per cent said they were falling behind on their rent or mortgage.A total of 19,500 children are taking part in the Growing up in Ireland study. The other group of children (8,500 in total) were recruited into the research at the age of nine. It’s funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and the  findings are used for policy development.Social advantage gapIn terms of children’s socio-economic development, the research released shows that children being brought up by parents who were experiencing some form of stress were more likely to display behavioural difficulties; it also found a link between those problems and changes in parents’ stress levels in the years between the first and second interviews.Boys were more likely to be “in the problematic range of socio-emotional behaviour” as were children from more socially disadvantaged groups. Meanwhile, girls performed better on tests of cognitive ability than boys at the age of three.The study also found that social gradients were becoming clear by the time a child reached their third birthday.Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that the latest findings provided “a rich description of the family, childcare and financial circumstances in which the youngest members of our society live”.She added:What this report also highlights is that even by 3 years, there is evidence of an emerging gap in child outcomes relating to levels of social advantage”.The full details of the study can be found at the Growing Up in Ireland website.Read: What’s it like being a child in Ireland today? > Revealed: The life of a 13-year-old growing up in Ireland >last_img read more