Françoise Madeleine Hardy

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.17.49 PMI have been coding in Swift to the dulcet tunes of Françoise all afternoon.

While it’s a little campy and sugary sweet most of the time, it smoothed me out and allowed some tedious stuff to happen pretty naturally and without friction.

Since I have forgotten a lot of the French I took in high school, you don’t need to worry about the lyrics of the songs unless you really want to and can remember all of it. It’s pretty basic stuff and easily understood (no run-in mushy style French, eh?)

Give her stuff a go.

Swift Singleton

If you’re interested in a singleton pattern for Swift, consider this solution. Personally I find singleton classes something that can easily be avoided and their intent should be obvious. Just implement it once on your own. If someone decides to implement something that blows things up if they instantiate more than one, that seems to be a different problem.

class Utility {
    static let sharedInstance = Utility()
    private init() {} 
    // private initializer of the class will restrict 
    // others from using the default initializer.

Marina Militare Regatta

IMG_2031 She has arrived and here is my quick review on this Parnis homage to Panerai.

The watch arrived in a decent black pleather long box with white stitching. Not too bad as I was expecting to see a ziplock bag and that would be about it. Opening the long box, there was a small Parnis user manual (how to set the time and date on all the combinations of faces they sell) and the ziplock bag with the watch. The watch was protected by cellophane here and there. Overall a better experience than I was expecting.

I promptly set the time on the watch and advanced until I knew the dial was in AM. I moved the lever (not loose, yet) and wound the watch about 20 turns. That got the power reserve up to about 1/2 way (20 hours). I figured movement on my wrist would wind it the rest of the way during the day – and it almost has. So I feel the power reserve is accurate and not just a decoration for a completely unknown power reserve value.

The crystal is quite nice, the crown guard solid, it’s lever nice. So far so good. The sweep hand for the seconds hand is nice. The date is quite difficult to read. It’s set using a push button on the bottom left side of the case. Easy enough to use – I was worried it might get hung up and stop working as I had to advance it quite a number of dates to set it correctly. Still works well on that front. The lume? Well… forget about the lume as it’s decently visible for a few minutes – nothing like a Seiko or Rolex.

The black faux-crocodile band with deployment clasp… a let down. I have small wrists and there was barely enough strap for me to wear this. So little strap left after closing the clasp that the second “leather” cuff wouldn’t cover the end of the band. Just too short. I was thinking of cutting that cuff off to make it more aesthetically pleasing, but I wore it for a while as is. Uncomfortable. The black band with the black face, etc. was too much. And it didn’t wear correctly. I was always aware I was wearing it.

I got out my watch screwdriver and pliers and removed one of the strap pins. It’s not spring-loaded like traditional watches. The other side wouldn’t unscrew… so I replaced the one pin I had removed and without hesitation cut the band on the other side off the pin that wouldn’t come out. I threw the cheap deployment clasp band in the trash since it was now cut apart and I was left with the strap bars.

I threaded a Zulu strap in there and WOW did it improve the looks of the watch as well as the feel. Like you might expect, I couldn’t even really tell I was wearing it anymore. Perfect. Changing that strap did wonders for the watch and for wearability.

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Update: After more than a month, I was re-imbursed and then charged again for the watch and received a tracking number that works. Whether two will arrive or it was never actually shipped to begin with I’ll probably never know. Upset. Won’t order from Getat again. With the Enigma on it’s way, I don’t even care about this one anymore.

4_zpsf7947b50Getat is someone known in the Panerai community as someone who creates and customizes homage watches. Yes, a PAM can cost around $10,000 and up and remains out of the reach for many.

Very different than a fake however – you may see “Marina Militare” (Navy) on some of the models, but never “Panerai”. Military design watches are not copyrightable. It’s definitely in the style of a Panerai but there are no Panerai markings on it. And obviously it won’t have any tolerances of such a timepiece. I heard the patent on the crown guard has expired and thus they can be used.

Getat can provide custom bands, faces, hands, case backs, movements, etc. So for much, much less one can purchase an homage Luminor style watch without it trying to be a fake. Good time keeping, some models with 100m wr (swimmable), with sapphire glass, decent crown guards, etc. Lots of lume options.

I personally would never consider any watch that I couldn’t swim in. I also greatly value automatic movements, the wind thing is something I’m best not worrying about. This is a wind however, but with a 48 hour reserve. Not too bad, and as such a 100M water resistance rating (swimmable). A very clean face. I can’t wait to see how this one works out.

  • 1:1 44mm Sterile Black Dial with Superlume Watch (45mm is just a little too big)
  • Back case : Solid
  • Buckle Style : Pre-V (will probably replace with rubber or Nato)
  • Case Option : Brushed, Polished Bezel w/ Sapphire
  • Dial Lume : White Superlume
  • Hands Colour : Silver
  • Hands Lume : White Superlume
  • Movement : Normal Stainless Steel (closed-back so no need for black)
  • Strap Option : 75/115mm black
  • Thick Crown Guard, Flat and long pin, lever with roller

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SoundWatch for Apple Watch: Bose SoundTouch Controller

If you’ve made the decision to invest in consumer electronic products empowered with Bose SoundTouch technology, congratulations! If you’ve also adopted the Apple ecosystem of products and own an Apple Watch, I’ve discovered something you might find interesting.

On the iTunes Store is an application called Controller for BOSE SoundTouch Systems. Authored by Christian Podlipny. An app for iPad or iPhone with a companion Apple Watch application. In fact, I don’t think the iPhone and iPad apps do anything but simple IP Address set up for use by the Watch application. If you don’t have an Apple Watch, you can stop reading right now.

I installed the application on my phone, then used the iPhone Watch App to install the Watch Application. I used the iDevice app to add a speaker manually using it’s IP Address. When you launch on the same network, you’ll see your speakers show up in a list. Selecting them brings up some dialogs in German, some in English. Confusing there. I don’t think you can actually select a speaker and have that be the controller on your watch. Until I added one by IP Address (I think you press volume down and 2 at the same time for 5 seconds on the speaker itself to display it’s assigned IP). I know why the developer did this and it’s a shortcut-workaround for more development work.

Anyway, once added manually, the Glance showed the preset I was currently enjoying (fm Otto’s Baroque Music) . When I launched the app on the watch, I got a bunch of great controls: 6 presets with current station, volume up and down, All (play everywhere), Power, AUX, Back, Play, Skip, and more details including station artwork.

The app is fairly snappy to be honest. I’m generally not too far away from any of my networked speakers, and we do have remotes around, but getting play everywhere on my wrist alone is pretty snazzy. Getting textual and artwork feedback about the currently selected preset (station) is wonderful too.

Check it out if you’re a Bose SoundTouch customer and own an Apple Watch. Setup was a little wonky, but afterwards you’re skiing in knee-deep powder. Lovely.

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