Lee 101+ Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Jeans Review (Part 2 of 3)

As I mentioned in part one of this review, Lee seems to have been doing aggressive marketing lately, most especially in Asia. In fact, they did a good job in their 125th Anniversary campaign, complete with microsite, social media app, and even an Archive Exhibit Asian Tour. My online research led me to believe that the driving force to this resurgence is the company’s Asia-Pacific headquarters located in Hong Kong. In fact, the Limited Edition jeans I am fondly reviewing seems to be an AP only product (there is no mention of it in western websites).

On to the jeans and its countless interesting features…

Let's begin part 2 of the review with relatively wide shot of the upper part of the jeans. Here you can see "Appreciate Every Jeans Made" embroidered on the inside part of the waist. I'm doing exactly what I am told. ;)

Let’s begin part 2 of the review with a relatively wide shot of the upper part of the jeans. Here you can see “Appreciate Every Jeans Made” is embroidered on the inside part of the waist. I’m doing exactly what I am told. 😉 You can also see the “+” bar tack on the coin pocket, that is flanking the commemorative rivet.

A nylon patch stitched on the inside waistline adds even more branding.

A nylon patch stitched on the inside waistline adds even more branding.

Zooming in to the fly area, you can see an  inner flap. It is interesting enough for jeans to have a flap but the designer didn't stop there, he also included a selvedge strip on the flap and said strip has 3 stripes of blue, green and red! Absolutely stunning!

Zooming in to the fly area, you can see an inner flap. It is interesting enough for jeans to have a flap but the designer didn’t stop there, he also included a selvedge strip on the flap and said strip has 3 stripes of blue, green and red! Absolutely stunning!

Opening the fly, you can see a 125th Year Anniversary tab bar tacked on both ends...for your eyes only. ;)

Opening the fly, you can see a 125th Year Anniversary tab bar tacked on both ends…for your eyes only. 😉

The custom zipper is marked Lee 101+ as well. You may ask: why is a limited pair of jeans not button fly? It's because Lee was the first brand that made and sold jeans with a zip fly! And they are proud of that heritage.

The custom zipper is marked Lee 101+ as well. You may ask: why is a limited pair of jeans not button fly? It’s because Lee was the first brand that made and sold jeans with a zip fly! And they are proud of that heritage. By the way, the zipper used here is smooth and seems heavy duty.

This pair of denim is just brimming with features! And yet it remains tasteful and restrained. Overall, the jeans let the beholder know that it is special, however, it is far from being gaudy, tacky or overdone. I’ll pause for now, but soon I hope to write the 3rd and final part of this review, where I will share the rest of the features (yes there is a lot more!) as well as initial impressions on how they fit and feel on the body. Follow my blog so you wont miss it, and do drop a line or two at the comments section to share your thoughts on my Lee jeans.

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A G-Shock for Every Man

Every guy should own a Casio G-Shock, that cheap, digital and plastic (generally speaking), sometimes colorful and always tough as nails line of watches. It’s like a two piece suit, a television, sneakers, or a pair of blue jeans: every man should have at least one (not to mention survive with only one). It has an all important place in a man’s wardrobe (or watch collection): for those weekends slacking-out or when you want to rough it up–two things us guys can’t get enough of.

If you don’t have a G-Shock, shame on you! But you’re reading this so you’re a step in the right direction. There are hundreds of G-Shock models out there, and Casio churns out about a dozen new models every month. So if you’re going to own one, which would it be? Allow me to suggest: the GW-5000-1JF. Currently, it’s the one and only G-Shock I own, and the only G-Shock I’ll ever need.

Casio G-Shock GW-5000

Casio G-Shock GW-5000

DLC coated screw in case back etched with "MADE IN JAPAN"

Deep gloss: DLC coated screw in case back etched with “MADE IN JAPAN”

Why this one? Here are the reasons:

1. A spartan, no-frills model with a utilitarian tool watch aura, based on the form and construction of the first G-Shock ever released in the market: the DW-5000C, launched April 1983. No other G-Shock taps as deeply into its history and heritage.

2. Correctly proportioned, in contrast to most other G-Shocks with gargantuan heads. Guaranteed to please even the most conservative.

3. It’s one of the few remaining models that’s Made in Japan. Quality abounds.

4. It has a resin strap that’s softer and of higher quality than “regular” G-Shocks (translation: more comfortable on the wrist).

5. This G-Shock is made of metal (with a steel case and a DLC coated screw in case back) giving it even more toughness and reassuring heft.

6. Rare. While not a numbered model, it’s produced in very limited quantities. For the longest time, its supply cannot meet demand. A plus for watch snobs.

7. It is more likely to survive a Zombie apocalypse more than you can. It is also the perfect wristwatch for Doomsday Preppers.

Another wrist shot.

Quick wrist check taken with an iPhone 4s. Notice the perfect size, even for a small 6.5″ wrist like mine.

Don’t trust me? You’d better. Do a web search and you’ll discover G-Shock loving Netizens raving over this grail model.

Convinced? Don’t hit the mall yet as this watch is quite elusive. Your best bet is to get it online. And while you’re waiting for the FedEx guy to drop your new GW-5000, feel free to enjoy more photos below. By the way, G-Shock is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary.

The watch is packaged with an outer cardboard box.

The watch is packaged with an outer cardboard box.

Tourist warranty card. I bought mine at Yodobashi Camera, Osaka Japan.

Tourist warranty card. I bought mine at Yodobashi Camera, Osaka Japan.

Rolled up manual and filled up warranty card.

Rolled up manual and filled up warranty card.

The pleather watch box with pleather inner lining and pleather pillow attempts to convey the watch is special. Something different compared to the tin can and foam of lesser G-Shocks. Notice the tatami mat of the Ryokan I was staying in--the watch in the country where it was born.

The pleather watch box with pleather inner lining and pleather pillow attempts to convey the watch is special. Something different compared to the tin can and foam of lesser G-Shocks. Notice the tatami mat in the background? The watch in its home country.

Photo while synching with the radio time signal. Signal level was quite strong (L3) at Universal Studios Osaka.

This is a Multiband 6 model. Photo taken while synching with the radio time signal. Signal level was very strong (L3) at Universal Studios Osaka.

Another wrist shot, on world time mode while I was on vacation in the East Coast

Another wrist shot, on world time mode while I was on vacation in the East Coast

Happy holidays!