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Solid Finish to 2017 MX Nationals for MEGA Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Rockwell Racing Team

Solid Finish to 2017 MX Nationals for MEGA Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Rockwell Racing Team

MEGA Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Rockwell Racing Team duo Brett Metcalfe and Nathan Crawford endured a challenging final round of the 2017 MX Nationals at Coolum on Sunday, despite once again displaying front-running form.

Qualifying saw Crawford slot into Super Pole aboard his KX450F and claim fourth in the session, as Metcalfe lodged the seventh-fastest lap in regular qualifying at the sand-based Sunshine Coast circuit.

For Metcalfe, he was hindered by the major crash experienced at Echo Valley just seven days prior and eventually went 6-5 for sixth overall in a consistent showing to cap-off the 10-round series. That saw him cement seventh in the standings despite missing a round mid-season.

"I was looking forward to coming to Coolum, a sand track that I'd heard a lot about," Metcalfe reflected. "I didn't have the day I'd hoped for, but - no excuses - my body was a little tight from that crash last week at Toowoomba.

"To come into what is probably the roughest track on the circuit, it didn't help. It was a consistent, steady day and I didn't get good starts, so I made it hard for myself, but all in all I'm happy to get the series finished.

"It's been a bit of a journey for me from start to finish, so just a huge thank you to the MEGA Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team for the huge effort they put forth and I look forward to what the future holds."

Crawford, meanwhile, experienced challenges of his own during the pair of 30-minute motos after suffering a sizable crash in the first encounter. A DNF as a result put him on the back-foot for the remainder, however he rebounded for P7 this afternoon. He ended his rookie MX1 campaign ninth in the points after himself missing a round through injury.

"It was a tough day and tough weekend really," Crawford said. "I was feeling good and in the top four, quite comfortable, but the sand caught me out and I had a really big crash. It's been a while since I've had a crash that big and I was a bit rattled.

"I did my best to recover between motos so I could make the gate again. I got a good start again, but another silly little tip-over put me back, then we fought our way back to seventh and that was the weekend for me. It's been a big year and I've learnt a lot, so thanks to everybody at MEGA Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team."

The MEGA Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team will now set their sights on the upcoming Australian Supercross Championship with Nathan Crawford and multi-time champion Dan Reardon when it begins on 23 September at Jimboomba, Queensland.

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Watches are back in vogue

Watches are back in vogue

Wristwatches have regained popularity after a drop during the recession and despite clock-equipped cellphones and other mobile devices.

Wristwatches are ticking back to life.

For years, doomsayers predicted the death of the watch as clock-equipped cellphones exploded in popularity. Some said watches would eventually go the way of VCRs and the Sony Walkman.

Not so fast.

After a drop during the recession, watches are experiencing a renaissance. Bulky ones have shown up on red carpets and runway shows. Retro styles have popped up on TV shows such as "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire." And watch companies are rushing out with bright colors, new designs and high-tech varieties to suit every taste.

The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry reported that watch exports from Switzerland surged 19.2% in the last few years, one of its strongest years of growth in the last two decades. Swatch Group Ltd. said it was cutting back selling watch parts to other companies to meet its own increased demands.

Luxury brand Patek Philippe opened its first stand-alone U.S. store last month in Beverly Hills. And in yet another sign of the watch's return, shares of Fossil Inc., a popular brand for teens, leaped 31% in one day last week after reporting a 12% jump in profit in its second quarter.

"Watches are making a comeback," said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at research firm NPD Group. "New trends are emerging, and consumers are back to buying watches."

They are bigger and flashier than ever. Some do far more than tell time, and many are used as much for décor as to tell time.

Industry watchers say that as consumers slowly climb out of the Great Recession, many are hankering to refresh their wardrobes but are unwilling to drop big bucks on entire outfits. A cheap option? Jazzing things up with new accessories — especially watches.

Young people such as 29-year-old Emily Schuman, who works full time on her lifestyle blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, are buying watches more as fashion statements than necessities.

Schuman, who lives in the Mid-Wilshire district of L.A., said she stuck solely to bracelets to decorate her wrists until two years ago, when she scooped up an oversized gold Michael Kors watch. Now she owns three timepieces and calls watches "an accessory that ties the whole look together."

Watch companies are eagerly courting this potentially lucrative group of consumers that has grown up with mobile devices.

Movado Group, which makes its namesake watches as well as ones under the labels Coach, Hugo Boss and Juicy Couture, rolled out its Bold collection last year, which includes timepieces with bright colors, such as pink and gold accents, said Mary Leach, the company's chief marketing officer.

Leach said that appealing to shoppers in their teens to their 30s has become a "major part of the strategy" at Movado, where sales have climbed 22.5% to $468 million in the last fiscal year after plunging 17.9% just two years ago.

"We think, how do we use coloration and sizing and materials to really speak to the younger generation who want to take chances and have a little more fun with their watches?" Leach said.

The rise of retro fashions has sent Timex designers digging into its extensive archives for classic watches that Don Draper or James Bond might wear, said Amy E. Goodman, fashion trend director for Timex Group USA Inc. Recent designs have featured metal link bands and bezel faces.

Goodman said that retailers selling Timex and other brands noticed the rising demand and started giving timepieces better real estate in stores.

"Watch displays are now more prominent in accessories areas," Goodman said. "Stores are realizing the uptick in sales and the need to make them more appealing."

Wristwatches have gone through cycles of popularity. Watch buffs say that Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet may have created the first widely known wristwatch for the queen of Naples in the early 19th century, said Ariel Adams, a watch consultant and founder of the watch blog A Blog to Read.

Over the last three decades, cellphones all but eliminated the practical need for watches. "If you came of age in the '90s, chances are no one is going to buy you a watch," Adams said.

But watch companies are fighting back with high-tech styles offered with added functions. Casio last year debuted its first Bluetooth-connected timepiece. This spring, a Palo Alto start-up raised $10.2 million on the fundraising site kickstarter for its Pebble watch, which can be synced to smartphones to tell time, control music and check emails.

Ironically, watch companies and analysts say the resurgence of watches have a lot to do with the rise of mobile devices.

James Seuss, chief executive of luxury watch store chain Tourneau, said shoppers started gradually gravitating toward the nostalgic appeal of watches after years of obsessing over cellphones and other gadgets.

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Cheap vs. Expensive Sunglasses

Cheap vs. Expensive Sunglasses

A pair of sunglasses seems so simple -- it's two pieces of tinted glass or plastic in some sort of plastic or metal frame. How much more straightforward can something get? It turns out that there are many different things you can do with two pieces of glass, and these things can have a big effect on you when you use the lenses. As you will see in this article, there really is a difference between the various sunglasses you'll find out there.

There are four things that a good pair of sunglasses should do for you:

Sunglasses provide protection from ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Ultraviolet (UV) light damages the cornea and the retina. Good sunglasses can eliminate UV rays completely.

  • Sunglasses provide protection from intense light. When the eye receives too much light, it naturally closes the iris. Once it has closed the iris as far as it can, the next step is squinting. If there is still too much light, as there can be when sunlight is reflecting off of snow, the result is damage to the retina. Good sunglasses can block light entering the eyes by as much as 97 percent to avoid damage.
  • Sunglasses provide protection from glare. Certain surfaces, such as water, can reflect a great deal of light, and the bright spots can be distracting or can hide objects. Good sunglasses can completely eliminate this kind of glare using polarization (we'll discuss polarization later).
  • Sunglasses eliminate specific frequencies of light. Certain frequencies of light can blur vision, and others can enhance contrast. Choosing the right color for your sunglasses lets them work better in specific situations.
  • When you buy a pair of cheap sunglasses, you often give up all of these benefits and can even make things worse. For example, if your sunglasses offer no UV protection, you increase your exposure to UV rays. The cheap sunglasses block some of the light, causing your iris to open to allow more light in. This lets in more of the UV light as well, increasing the damage UV light can cause to the retina.

    So there is a difference. Buying the right pair of good sunglasses for the conditions in which you use them gives you maximum protection and performance.

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    Brand your own Watch

    Brand your own Watch

    Over the past several years Rockwell Watches have worked with a number of companies on branding their own  Rockwell watch. Ideal as gifts or merchandise at events the watch can be labeled with your company decal. Contact us on info@rockwelltime.com.au for more details
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    Rockwell Sunglasses-100% Italian Made

    Rockwell Sunglasses-100% Italian Made

    Rockwell Watches are leading the race in quality eyewear Their Sunglasses are designed in the USA and 100% hand made in Italy using the best quality materials.
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    Rockwell Watch Photo Competition

    Rockwell Watch Photo Competition

    Here is your chance to win  a Rockwell Coliseum Watch in the colour of your choice. All you need to do is post a photo on Instagram or Facebook of you or a friend in a Rockwell Moment. This could be an action, sports or lifestyle shot and you will need to post the photo and tag Rockwell Watches Australia. The more likes you receive the better chance you have of winning as the person with the most likes will come away with the prize. Get snapping and the winner will be announced on August 31st.

     

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    Mega Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Team

    Mega Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Team

    Troy Carroll's Factory Kawasaki Race Team have announced both the naming rights sponsor and the second rider for this years MX Nationals motocross championship.

    Mega Bulk Fuels has joined the team as the Mega Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Team and Rockwell Watches Australia are pleased to announce their continued support for 2017.

    The Team have previously signed up young gun Nathan Crawford which sees him step up from the MX2 250cc class onto the 450cc MX1 class. The team has announced that Aleksandr Tonkov from Russia will partner Crawford as the second rider. We look forward to keeping you up to date will results as the year progresses.

     

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    Rockwell Watches Supports Nathan Crawford

    Rockwell Watches Supports Nathan Crawford

    After a Stella career on the 250 MX2 Class, Nathan Crawford is stepping up to the MX1 Class on a factory Kawasaki riding for Troy Carroll's Monster Energy Kawasaki Team. Rockwell Watches have re-signed Crawford in our "Athlete Team" for 2017 and wish him and the team all the best for the season. We will keep you updated on results as the season progresses.

     

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    Rockwell Watches are the winners choice in Heart Rate Monitors

    Rockwell Watches are the winners choice in Heart Rate Monitors

     

    rockwelltime.com.au Athlete Nathan Crawford keeps peak fitness and performance wearing his Game Face Heart Rate Monitor.

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    CHAZ COMMITS TO TEAM UNTIL END OF DECADE

    Prodrive Racing (Australia) has reached a new agreement with driver Chaz Mostert to keep the reigning Bathurst 1000 Champion at the team until at least the end of the 2019 V8 Supercars season. 

    The team had already taken up a two-year option on its rising star but both parties agreed to tear up the existing deal in favour of a new longer term contract. 

    “I am super-pumped to keep the consistency going with the team and this new deal is me repaying the faith they’ve shown in me over the last few years,” Mostert said.

    “I’ve had a great relationship with everyone at Prodrive Racing since I joined them back in the Dunlop Series days. It is the people that make the team so great. There are so many people that have been there for a long time and have a lot of experience, so to continue with them is important.

    “Obviously our overall package is performing very well so I want to keep the form going for years to come. However, my immediate focus is on continuing our great year – we want the team title and the driver title so hopefully as a team we can get both.”

    Prodrive Racing Team Principal, Tim Edwards is pleased he has secured the long-term services of one of the sport’s most sought talents. 

    “Everyone at the team is very happy to have Chaz staying with us for at least the next few years as he’s grown up with us over the last four years and we all want to continue our successful partnership,” Edwards said.

    “We had him for another couple of years still under his previous agreement but both parties agreed we were committed for the long-term and this new two-plus-two year deal works well for everyone involved.

    “With Mark signed through until at least 2018 we have a secure driver line-up with two of the best out there. 

    “That gives a lot of confidence to our team and aids with attracting new investment, retaining our current partners and also future recruiting. I am pretty sure our loyal fans will like it too.”

    Mostert and the team first made contact at Queensland Raceway, the venue for this weekend’s races, back in 2011 when he was a teenage rookie in the Dunlop Series.

    After claiming pole position and a podium on debut he campaigned the full season for the then factory Ford team’s junior outfit in 2012, narrowly missing the title. 

    A call up to the main series in 2013 with Prodrive Racing’s customer team, Dick Johnson Racing, brought a maiden win, ironically also at Queensland Raceway, before he debut in Pepsi Max Crew colours in 2014 alongside current series leader Mark Winterbottom.

    He claimed two more race wins including his now famous drive from last to win the Bathurst 1000 alongside veteran co-driver, Paul Morris. 

    Mostert has continued his winning ways in 2015 and currently sits fifth overall and leads the Pole Position Award with six poles leading into this weekend’s Ipswich SuperSprint event at Queensland Raceway.

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    Chaz Helmet

    6StarCustomPaint have done a great job of #6 Chaz Mozzie's new lid..... debuting at Qld Raceway tomorrow.
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    All you have to do is simply purchase any Rockwell watch from www.rockwelltime.com.au and you will automatically go in the draw to win. Its that easy!

    Winner announced Nov 23rd 2015

     

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