There is a mindset in Costa Rica that just doesn't exist anywhere else I've been. "Pura Vida" is a phrase that has taken on so many forms that it's quite difficult to define. But the essence is simple and grounded in the value of life, it's value, opportunity and general awesomeness.
At this point I have lived in California longer than anywhere else I have lived in my adolescent + adult life. I am not sure if that qualifies me as a "Californian", but I do feel like one.
It wasn't until I had lived in the state for about 5 years that I actually took the time to explore the Golden State for all the amazing things it has to offer. Big Sur, Joshua Tree, San Luis Obispo, Palm Springs, the list goes one. I have come nowhere near scratching the surface of this massive state, but I am optimistic that I will make the time to make it happen. On the short list: Yosemite, Sequoia & Big Bear.
A quick look at the TSOVET SVT-RS40.
TSOVET is a California-based watch company that builds most of there pieces in Switzerland. The watch designs range from chunky aircraft inspired pieces to elegantly simple field inspired watches like the above TSOVET SVT-RS40. At 40mm the watch is reasonably sized. The case is crafted from stainless steel case that is finished with a mineral crystal.
Among the watches best qualities is the finishing of the face. The applied indices are well sorted and help to give the watch a more polished look. The use of a "0" in the "10" position is a bit political, but I enjoy the detail/design decision. The case design is also quite interesting with a nice application of bevels and edges to make the RS40's shape pretty unique.
On the wrist the watch is comfortable and perhaps more importantly keeps excellent time. The efficient RONDA 513.1 movement tends to gain about 5 seconds a month.
On the "could be better" side of things, the second hand alignment is a bit off (very common for quartz pieces). The luminescent is also short lived and generally week, which may have been a trade off to get the nice white indices and hands.
At the end of the day the TSOVET SVT-RS40 is a nice looking and accurate time piece. The price point is a tad high at $300 (recently reduced), but it gets you a USA designed piece, built in Switzerland with a pretty good 5 year warranty.