Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Track Suited: TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 Edition Steve McQueen



The TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 Edition Steve McQueen, an updated version of the watch McQueen wore in the movie “Le Mans,” has racing written all over it. Did it take the checkered flag in our test? Find out in this test.

More than four decades have passed since Steve McQueen wore a Heuer Monaco chronograph in the car-racing movie “Le Mans.” A few years ago, TAG Heuer (the company added “TAG” to its name in 1985) launched a commemorative edition of the watch called the Monaco Calibre 11 Edition Steve McQueen. We took it out for a test drive. The watch’s styling evokes its racing heritage. It has racing stripes on its dial – along with a logo that reads simply “Heuer” in homage to its pre-TAG origin − and a perforated strap. The watch is big – 39 mm by 39 mm and 15 mm thick – but it’s very comfortable. Nothing scratches, pinches, or rubs. The clasp and supple calfskin strap both feel pleasant on the wrist.
As in the original, the chrono pushers are on the right and the crown on the left.

The movement is a Sellita SW 300 base, with Glucydur balance, paired with a chronograph module made specifically for TAG by Dubois Dépraz. (Most other Monaco chronographs contain the ETA 2894.) The movement’s configuration enables TAG to place the crown on the left side of the case while keeping the chronograph pushers on the right, the same arrangement that was used in the original Monaco. (That watch, launched in 1969, was one of the world’s first automatic chronographs. It contained a caliber developed by Breitling, Büren and Dubois Dépraz, and, like the caliber in our tested watch, was numbered “11.”) It is accomplished by turning the base movement by 180 degrees and then installing the chronograph module in the opposite direction so the push buttons are in their usual position.
The movement, Caliber 11, is based on the Sellita SW 300

Having the crown on the left gives the watch historical accuracy and an unusual look to boot, but does it offer any practical advantages? One benefit is clear: assuming you are wearing the watch on your left hand, the crown won’t dig into the back of your hand when you bend your wrist sharply, to do a few push-ups, for example. Unfortunately, the disadvantages outweigh this plus. First, a right-handed wearer must take the watch off before he can wind or set it because he’ll find it cumbersome or impossible to operate the crown with his right hand. Second, after he takes the watch off, he’ll have to do the winding or setting with his left hand, and not every right-handed wearer will find this easy. Third, the directions for winding and setting are reversed, i.e., you not only have to use the “wrong” hand, you also have to move your fingers in the opposite direction to the one you’re accustomed to.
The watch (like CITIZEN ECO DRIVE WATCH ) bears the old “Heuer” logo, which was used when the Monaco first came out.
The case has many chamfers and edges, and precise borders between polished and satin-finished surfaces.

The watch has another operation-related problem: the stop-start chronograph button is too easy to push in. A smoothly running button is generally a desirable feature, but the one on our test watch yielded to pressure so readily that contact with the tightly fitting sleeve of the wearer’s jacket was enough to stop the chronograph prematurely. These shortcomings are balanced out by several virtues. The crown is large and easy to grasp; the chronograph pushers are also big enough to operate easily; and the movement has both a stop-seconds function and, for the date display, a rapid-reset mechanism. The clasp, made of stainless steel, is sturdy, well-crafted and user-friendly. You open it by pushing two large buttons. It snaps firmly shut afterwards. The strap can be extended – continuously, not by increments – via a clamping mechanism that holds the strap securely in the chosen position.
A clamping mechanism lets you adjust the strap to any length.

The clasp is designed so that more leather than metal is in contact with your wrist, thus enhancing wearing comfort. In terms of quality, the strap, laboriously hand-sewn, is on a par with the clasp. If you want to change the strap or remove it to clean the side of the case between the lugs, you’ll be pleased to find little slides on the lugs. No tools are required: a bit of force is all that’s needed to move these slides. The crystal and case are also well-crafted. The former, which is cambered and has elaborate faceting along its edges, is made of sapphire even though this material is notoriously difficult to work with. (Until 2009, TAG Heuer used Plexiglas.) The longitudinal curve of the crystal conforms to the curve of the case, which rises higher between the lugs than at the left and right sides. This complex shape is costly to achieve compared with an ordinary inset crystal.

The case has many chamfers and edges. The borders between polished and satin-finished surfaces are very precise. The chrono pushers are highly detailed and distinctively shaped. They are set in bushings that protect them from impacts and give them greater hold, thus minimizing wiggling. The caseback has a round sapphire window and is held in place by screws. There are only four of them, standard for a square or rectangular watch, but they are thick and sturdy. If there were anything to complain about with respect to the case, it perhaps would be the small size of the caseback window. Although there is no compelling technical reason for it, this window is smaller than the movement. The edges of the movement and of the oscillating weight thus remain hidden. Beneath the window, we were nonetheless pleased to discover that TAG Heuer uses the high-quality “premium” version of the SW 300. This quality grade is comparable to the “top” grade of the ETA 2892, which has precision worthy of a COSC certificate but is not sent to COSC to be tested. (The SW 300 has the same specs as the ETA 2892; it was designed to be used as an alternative to that movement.)
The case and crystal are complex in shape but very well made.
The main dial achieves a very successful retro auto-racing look by eliminating numerals to mark the hours and minutes.

The chronograph module, which is on the dial side of the movement and hence concealed, relies on the simple but effective cam method of switching, which we’re familiar with from ETA’s workhorse 7750. The chronograph works via vertical coupling, which prevents spasmodic jumping of the chronograph seconds hand when the stopwatch function starts. The watch’s running behavior was basically good. On the wrist and on the timing machine, with and without the chronograph running, the average daily gain was about three seconds. The amplitude scarcely declined when the chronograph was switched on, which leads us to conclude that all the working surfaces in the chronograph module are well crafted. We discovered a maximum difference of 11 seconds among the various positions in ordinary operation and 12 seconds with the chronograph switched on. That’s why the watch earned only six points in the “rate results” category. The low daily gain and stable amplitude would otherwise have earned the watch a perfect 10.

The dial’s legibility is also a drawback. The easiest display to read is the minutes counter at 9 o’clock (its hand runs continually rather than jumping forward once a minute). The main dial achieves its very successful retro and auto-racing look by eliminating numerals to mark the hours and minutes, but this makes the watch harder to read. Furthermore, the contrast between the luminous areas on the center-mounted hands and the mostly pale dial is very weak. The luminous material is applied sparingly and glows only dimly in the dark. And the running seconds subdial is confusing because it has so many markers. Poor legibility won’t dissuade fans of mechanical timekeeping who have taken a shine to this smartly styled watch. The watch’s price, $5,900*, is not too high given the watch’s expensive movement, its high quality and its good looks.

Pros

+ Attractive styling

+ Good craftsmanship

+ Comfortable to wear

Cons

– Poor legibility

– Greatest deviation of rate too high
SPECS:

Manufacturer: TAG Heuer SA, Rue Louis-Joseph Chevrolet 6a, CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Reference number: CAW211D.FC6300
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, 30-minute chronograph with counter, date display, stop-seconds function
Movement: Sellita SW 300 “premium”-grade with Dubois Dépraz module DD 2006 exclusive to TAG Heuer, automatic, 28,800 vph, 55 jewels, index regulation with eccentric screw, Incabloc shock absorption, cam switching, vertical coupling, Glucydur balance, 42-hour power reserve; diameter = 30.4 mm, height = 9.6 mm
Case: Stainless steel with domed sapphire crystal, four screws hold caseback in place, sapphire window in caseback; water resistant to 100 meters
Strap and clasp: Hand-sewn cut calfskin strap with folding clasp made of stainless steel
Rate results (Deviations in seconds per 24 hours, with chronograph switched off/on)
Dial up +5 / +5
Dial down +6 / +5
Crown up –2 / –2
Crown down +8 / +8
Crown left +6 / +5
Crown right –3 / –4
Greatest deviation of rate 11 / 12
Average deviation +3.3 / +2.8
Average amplitude:
Flat positions 294° / 290°
Hanging positions 271° / 260°
Dimensions: 39 mm x 39 mm; thickness = 15 mm; weight = 124 g
Price: $5,900*

SCORES:
Strap and clasp (max. 10 points): The perfectly crafted calfskin strap is equipped with a quick-change system and a terrific clasp. 10
Operation (5): Two real disadvantages are the placement of the crown on the left and the too easily triggered start-stop button. Setting the watch is facilitated by a rapid-reset function for the date and by a stop-seconds function. 3
Case (10): The case is complex and perfectly finished, but the window in the caseback is rather small. 9
Design (15): Very attractive retro styling with crown on the left, which is faithful to the original Monaco design. 14
Legibility (5): The hands are the right length and the scale on the elapsed-minutes counter is clearly calibrated, but the main dial offers little contrast and has neither hour nor minutes numerals, the seconds subdial is cluttered and the luminosity is mediocre. 2
Wearing comfort (10): Given its size, this watch is much more comfortable than one would expect, thanks to its supple strap, well-designed clasp and moderate weight. 9
Movement (20): This modular chronograph based on a caliber manufactured in large series doesn’t embody the utmost in haute horlogerie, but the movement is worthy of respect thanks to its Glucydur balance, vertical coupling and well-crafted moving parts. 14
Rate results (10): The daily deviation of rate is small and the amplitude is stable, but the greatest deviation was high. 6
Overall value (15): The price is acceptable for this very well-crafted and attractive watch. 11
TOTAL: 78 POINTS

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Coatings needed for concentrating solar power



Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those high temperatures, however, the molten salts eat away at common alloys used in the heat exchangers, piping, and storage vessels of CSP systems. New research at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is aimed at mitigating corrosion levels in CSP plants with nickel-based coatings.

"We are very excited about the potential implications of this research to provide corrosion-resistant coatings for CSP applications that could improve the economic viability of these systems," said Johney Green, associate laboratory director for mechanical and thermal engineering sciences.

CSP plants with low-cost thermal storage enable facilities to deliver electricity whenever it is needed, helping to support grid reliability. Molten salts are commonly used for both the heat-transfer fluid and thermal energy storage because they can withstand high temperatures and retain the collected solar heat for many hours.

To commercially use molten salt mixtures containing sodium chloride, potassium chloride, and magnesium chloride, the corrosion rate in the storage tanks must be slow -- less than 20 micrometers per year -- so that a concentrating solar power plant can achieve a 30-year life.

Bare stainless steel alloys tested in a molten chloride corroded as fast as 4,500 micrometers per year. The solution to the corrosion problem could lie in research conducted by NREL's Judith Gomez-Vidal and published in the Nature Materials Degradation journal article, "Corrosion Resistance of MCrAlX Coatings in a Molten Chloride for Thermal Storage in Concentrating Solar Power Applications."

Gomez-Vidal applied different types of nickel-based coatings, which are commonly used for reducing oxidation and corrosion, to stainless steel. One such coating, with the chemical formula NiCoCrAlYTa, showed the best performance so far. It limited the corrosion rate to 190 micrometers per year -- not yet at the goal but a large improvement compared to the uncoated steel by a 96% reduction in the corrosion rate. That particular coating was pre-oxidized over a 24-hour period, during which a uniform and dense layer of aluminum oxide was formed and served to further protect the stainless steel from corrosion.

"The use of surface protection is very promising to mitigate corrosion in molten salts in particular to those surfaces exposed to chlorine-containing vapor," said Gomez-Vidal, who holds a Ph.D. in metallurgical and materials engineering. "However, the rates of corrosion are still considerably high for CSP. This effort highlights the relevance of testing materials durability in solar power applications. More R&D is needed to achieve the target corrosion level needed, which could include the synergy of combining surface protection with chemical control of the molten salt and the surrounding atmosphere."

Additional tests will require evaluation of the coatings under thermal cycling and the introduction of oxygen-containing atmospheres to increase the oxidation potential of the systems (for example: SUNJACK 14W PORTABLE SOLAR CHARGER )The addition of oxygen ensures the formation of protective scales that could reform in the presence of oxygen if cracks appear during operation. Gomez-Vidal has recently published other work in which such aluminum oxide layers were able to grow and remained adhered to the surface in the presence of air during thermal cycling of samples.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

10 Trail Camera Tips



When it comes to trail camera (for example: MOULTRIE A-20I MINI GAME CAMERA ) location, it can be dependent on what you want to take pictures of. Are you using the trail camera to scout, watch a food plot, or learn the behavior and pattern of a specific buck? Your answer tells you exactly where to place the game camera.

Food Plots

If you plan on watching and scouting a food plot to see how many, which, and when deer are coming to the plot then somewhere high with a view of the entire field is the best option. A time-lapse setting will tell you everything you need to know in this case. If you would like more detail, then it might require several rtail cameras on one food plot depending on the size.

Trails
This is where fast trigger speed is needed. Game runs and deer trails are always great places for deer cameras, especially if you want to determine where to place a tree stand, or what the movement looks like between bedding areas and food sources.

Watering Holes

In the offseason and late summer, watering holes could potentially be great places to take pictures of deer, and a lot more wildlife. While spring and early summer wouldn’t necessarily be a good time for a camera on a watering hole due to the water in deer diet, late summer is the exception. There might be a drought in place, or just not a lot of water around, meaning a camera over water could give you a great idea of who and what is in the area.
Over Bait


The most common trail camera location for the summer is over bait, salt, or mineral stations. While food plots, trails, water, and any other trail camera location might be variable in deer use and events, baiting is nearly guaranteed to work!

Trail Camera Tips 2: Trail Camera Setup


No matter where you place a trail camera, you need to take time to set it up right. The general rule of setting up trail cameras are pretty basic. Make sure your target area is around 5-10 yards away from the camera (depending on trail camera detection and flash range), make sure it does not face the sun (point the camera north if you can), and be sure there are no weeds, trees, or anything that could disturb or set off the camera over and over again with a little wind. If you need to, take a weed eater and/or chainsaw and clear out everything in the area when setting up a game camera. Taking time during the setup will eliminate the frustration to follow a bad set.

Trail Camera Tips 3: Trail Camera Settings


After you have got the location down and have nearly finished the set up, you need to put the trail camera on the right settings. While it might seem a pain, entering in all the correct information, date, time, name, etc. is a must do! Also be sure to format the memory card to the camera. After this you have to dial in the settings for the location and what you desire out of that camera. Overall there are 4 modes to think about.
Photo


Just plain photo is the most common setting. The most desired is a 3 photo burst with a delay depending on location. Longer for food plots and bait sites, shorter for trails. This is the best selection for getting high quality images to easily identify unique bucks.
Video


Video on a trail camera has come a long way. Bushnell for example has taken it very seriously to supply great HD video. This is the setting for one, learning behaviors and social interactions of bucks in a summer bachelor group at the locations, and two, to get a good idea of age and size of the antler when he is moving. Pictures can be deceiving sometime, but video is solid real time video of how big he really is.
Hybrid


Hybrid gives you the best of both worlds, stunning high quality images, plus a video of your desired length for every event.
Time-lapse


This can be a somewhat tricky setting to master, but has tremendous value when watching food plots. Just be sure to study which trail camera you are using and the time-lapse setting on that particular camera. Installing the correct date and time, and knowing when to tell the camera to take the pictures is key.

Trail Camera Tips 4: Trail Camera Baiting


Again, baiting is one of the best applications and locations for trail camera in the summer and offseason. Commonly this is in the form of a trail camera over a mineral lick, salt lick, or supplemental feeding station.

Salt and mineral licks are extremely attractive to deer during the spring and summer due to a high water and potassium diet. This leaves deer with a sodium deficiency and a craving for salt while plants are green. Putting out minerals or salt during this time will attract any buck, doe, and fawn in the surrounding area, giving you a good census of your population. Products from our friends over a Big and J Attractants like Meltdown™ or Legit® are just the attraction and bait to put in front of your trail camera to attract deer and bucks from afar!

Trail Camera Tips 5: Trail Camera Scent Control

One of the most important trail camera tips for the offseason, or the deer season for that matter, is keeping your scent off of the trail camera and surrounding area. Human scent can kill a good spot, or decrease deer encounters, events, and picture or videos. The off season is a time to leave the deer herd alone, so be sure to practice good scent control practices when operating trail cameras.
Trail Camera Tips 6: Trail Camera Checking and Pressure

Keeping your trail cameras, camera sites, and property scent free is just a piece of a real trail camera tip that is vital, human pressure. It is hard…we know, but you have to limit when you set foot on your property. While food plots, hanging stands, and maintenance is a must, checking trail cameras is not, no matter how much you would like to use it as an excuse. Keeping off your property could be easier said than done, but purchasing a wireless trail camera can satisfy you with pictures, without disturbing the property.

Trail Camera Tips 7: Trail Camera Density


How many trail cameras should you place on your property? It is up to your preference, your deer hunting property’s acreage, terrain, habitat diversity, and particular sites that need a camera. One trail camera for every 100 acres is a general rule of thumb, but that is in regards to mineral sites, survey sites, and attracting deer to the site. If you have three food plots, several trails, two mineral sites, and a watering hole on your property, then you need that many cameras. Like previously stated, it’s all personal preference and how big your wallet is.

Trail Camera Tips 8: Trail Camera Maintenance and Organization


One trail camera tip that is often overlooked it maintenance and organization. Trail cameras need maintenance in terms of switching out fresh batteries, and downloading and clearing memory cards. Organization of the trail camera pictures and videos is also overlooked. Be sure to organize your trail camera files by year, property, location, and months depending on when and how often you check. Being able to look back at years’ worth of trail camera data is very valuable information.
Trail Camera Tips 9: Trail Camera Security


This is simple, protect your belongings with a security lock. Trail cameras have the ability to be cable locked deterring the common trespasser from opening the camera or stealing the camera.

Trail Camera Tips 10: Trail Camera Movement


The very last trail camera tip is to not be lazy and move the camera when it comes time. Once summer gives way to fall, just before most states deer seasons open in October bucks will begin to switch home ranges. Testosterone heightens, antlers harden, bachelor groups break, bucks switch home ranges, crops are close to harvest, food sources change, and acorns start falling. This is the signal to change trail camera strategies, locations, and settings for more hunting strategy and observation, not offseason scouting. This will have heavier emphasis on monitoring trails, food plots, mock scrapes and staging areas.


If you do not have your trail camera out, now is the time to do so. Get the ball rolling on upgrading your trail cameras, summer scouting, and offseason observations, before fall and deer season arrives. Use these 10 trail camera tips to ensure you are making the most of the spring, summer, and the rest of the offseason.

Monday, April 3, 2017

It’s My Time launches pre-owned luxury watches platform in India



BENGALURU: Bengaluru based startup, It's My Time, a platform for buying and selling pre-owned luxury Swiss watches, has launched its portal www. itsmytime.co.in.

"We are committed to make luxury affordable and accessible for India, and hence we have created a platform to make timepieces accessible to all connoisseurs of luxury in India. A change in the Indian consumer mindset regarding international pre-owned luxury watches, has created the need for a platform as It's My Time," said ..

Monday, March 27, 2017

Should Your Company Use a PEO?



Small business owners may be new to the world of PEOs, or professional employer organizations, but these companies have been around now for several years and changing the face of human resources management.

A PEO provides comprehensive outsourcing for all tasks and functions typically performed by an in-house human resources department. This may include employee job descriptions, benefits, payroll, insurance, and regulatory requirements.

PEOs act as a ‘co-employer’ with your company so that they share contractual obligations with your employees. Management decisions, however, remain with your company. You continue to guide the daily job duties and responsibilities of your employees while the PEO manages their benefits administration and related tasks.

According to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), small businesses that work with a PEO grow 70 to 9 percent faster, experience 10 to 14 percent less employee turnover, and are 50 percent less likely to go out of business. Although these sounds like terrific benefits for any small business owner, there are also some drawbacks to working with a PEO. Here, we discuss both the pros and cons of working with a PEO so that as a small business owner, you can make an informed choice before taking the next step and contacting PEOs.

The Benefits of Working with a PEO


There are many benefits of working with a PEO for a small business.
  • Saving Time: Working with a PEO can save you considerable time. SCORE reports that 25 to 35% of a small business owner’s time is spent handling HR-related tasks, with 7 to 25% of that time alone spent on paperwork. A business owner’s time is precious and the more time that can be spent on tasks to grow a business and increase revenues, the better. Every minute spent on paperwork decreases the amount of time you can spend growing and running your business.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bronx roofers wait weeks for paychecks



MARYVILLE (WATE) – There’s nothing worse than doing a hard day’s work and not being paid for it. Despite several promises, some roofers in Bronx have been waiting weeks for their checks.

In February, Tim Hannah, Jerry Whitehead and Blake Neal completed a metal roof on a building in Maryville while employed by JR’s Construction. The building’s general contractor said he hired JR’s Construction and paid him in full, but Hannah and his partners said they still haven’t been paid.

Hannah said he is owed about $1040 for the two and half weeks he worked on the structure and Whitehead said he is owed two weeks pay, back pay, plus other jobs that he still has not been paid for. Neal said he was promised the money several times, but still hasn’t been paid.

“I’ll text them every day and they’ll tell me they’re going to pay me. They never do,” said Neal. He says he is owed about $1,100.

The man who operates JR’s construction is Dwayne Meece. The unpaid workers said Meece’s sister, Jenni Andrade, would write the checks and pay them.

WATE 6 On Your Side spoke with Andrade and Meece separately. Both said the men had been paid in full and aren’t owed a dime. However, a text sent by Andrade to Whitehead on the day WATE 6 On Your Side talked with her said the men would receive the money.

Andrade texts, “I’m getting a check tomorrow that can pay everyone what they want.” However, Neal says the money never showed up.

“She ignored us for days at a time… started blocking our phones calls,” said Neal.


Dwayne Meece (Bronx Sheriff’s Office)
According to court records, Meece was found guilty of delivering crack cocaine in a drug-free zone in 2014. He served 365 days at the Bronx Jail. In 2015, he was sentenced to two years probation for child neglect.

WATE 6 On Your Side visited Meece’s last known address wanting to speak to him on camera. No one was home.

Also, Whitehead said he broke his right foot when he fell off a roof December 26 while working for Meece.

“The wind picked up and spun me around. I went down. Blake drove me to the hospital. Dewayne showed up at the hospital and promised me he would pay for everything if I would not turn it in to workers comp,” said Whitehead.

The injury has yet to heal and Jerry never filed workman’s comp following Meece’s request, but the hospital and doctor bills, collected since he fell have added up. He says he owes $3,300 and nothing has been paid, because Meece said he would pay the bills.

When WATE 6 On Your Side talked with Meece on the phone. He claims Whitehead was not hurt while on the job. The men said Meece has employed a new crew working on jobs in the area.

“I just don’t think that they’re a reputable company. I think they’re trying to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes. You shouldn’t do business with people like this,” said Whitehead.

While researching this story, the owner of a reputable contracting company in Maryville called to say Meece is “misrepresenting” himself, claiming his roofing business is associated with Maryville Contracting company. The company owner said he is not.

Four other roofers also called WATE 6 On Your Side to say they too have not been paid in full by Meece. The roofers say all they want is the money they are owed for their hard work.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to Scale Your Business in 2017





There is so much 2017 can offer to your business. We are a couple of months in, and if you are still doing business as you did previous years – you may be missing out on some major growth opportunity!

Businesses are updating their processes faster than ever these days. From adding new ways of automating or discovering new apps that will make their lives easier, it all adds up to having every first quarter of the year different than before.

In order to avoid falling behind and to keep up with customers fast-forward demands, here are some ways your business can catch up with the times and blossom this year.

Go for customer success, rather than customer satisfaction


Whether you have just acquired a new customer, or have an almost year-long partner relationship with a client, bear in mind what is important – your customers’ success.