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November/December 2013

Flight of the Eagle
NightRider Covenant Watches

Adding their own Arizona-made .925 silver eagle dial to a watch from the Dutch moto-centric TW Steel, NightRider has created an aspirational Swiss-movement timepiece that captures the spirit of motorcycling surrounding its retail locations in Scottsdale and Sturgis.

The set of three watches in the NightRider Covenant Collection—each limited to a first-run production of 100—reflects the metallic aura of motorcycles in a soul stirring way. The Black edition taps stainless steel as the hardened material of choice, taking the NightRider name and turning it into a tangible good. For those who prefer a lighter, less ominous wrist decoration, the Steel version uses the same materials, sans the moonless coating. In between, we find the Titanium Gray version, which adds the prestige of a highly sought-after lustrous transition metal. For those who require additional exclusivity, NightRider is creating two limited editions of the watch—five with an eagle cast in 14K yellow gold, and another five tapping rose gold for the job at hand.

“We took the Canteen Style because the hook/crown cap construction is basically an American invention originating from World War II,” TW Steel Chief Design Officer Ton Cobelens explains. “We’ve now redesigned it, and it’s a style element which helps make the watch water-resistant. We, like NightRider, appreciate attention to detail and I think that appeals to the consumer looking to stand out from the crowd. I appreciate that their customers are people willing to go their own way, almost go against what’s considered mainstream.”

Each watch comes with a leather strap with a steel clasp, along with a sturdy storage case. Designed for the rigors of motorcycling and other dynamic activities, the NightRider Covenant Collection watches have a reinforced mineral crystal and water resistance to nearly 330 feet.

 

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December 2013  |  Vol 17, Issue 9

A Holiday Gift And Cold Weather Gear Buyer’s Guide

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Patriot Day 9/11 Run

We had a great turnout for the Patriot Day 9/11 Run we hosted at NightRider headquarters with Team Red, White and Blue. Thanks to everyone who came out to support a great cause.

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Aug 2013  |  Vol 17, Issue 5
What You Didn’t Know—10 Questions With Thad Ballantyne & Nick Ballantyne


Name: Nick Ballantyne & Thad Ballantyne
Age: 28 & 32
Business: NightRider Jewelry

“I’m just one of the guys at NightRider but my specific role is designing, drawing, and sculpting the jewelry. I’ve always had a knack for art. As a kid, I use to spend countless hours with chalk and charcoal in hand drawing everybody from Michael Jordan to Keith Richards. I had pushed my art aside to pursue a “real career” until I met George Ganem, my father-in-law. His jewelry expertise and passion for the open road provided the perfect outlet for me and my art. We talked my brother Thad into becoming our third partner. He took on the monumental task of actually producing the ideas that we come up with. Together we’ve spent the last six years carving out our rendition of the American dream.”
–Nick Ballantyne


Thad Ballantyne:
Q: If you could go see 3 bands (dead or alive) at the same concert, who would they be?
A: Mumford and Sons, Zack Brown and Nirvana

Q: What’s the one food you just can’t give up?
A: Steak. No way I could give up steak.

Q: What is something your brother does that drives you crazy?
A: Growing up it was that he would always wear my clothes and throw them in the bottom of his closet all dirty and try to hide them from me. I would have to go dig through his closet to get them back.

Q: If you had to work at another job for one year, which would you pick and why: NYC Cab Driver – Activities’ Director at a Retirement Home – Exterminator
A: I have been an exterminator so I will not pick that one. I would go with cab driver. I can just imagine the people you would get to meet in that year that you otherwise would not have had the chance to.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over?
A: Gladiator

Q: If you could play any professional sport, what would it be?
A: Basketball

Q: What is something you wish you could change about yourself?
A: The ability to take life a little less serious.

Q: What’s one thing that you want to do before you die?
A: Learn how to fly a plane.

Q: What famous person would you love to see wearing your jewelry?
A: Donald Trump

Q: What’s something that almost no one knows about you?
A: I used to be a door-to-door salesman.

Nick Ballantyne:
Q: If you could go see 3 bands (dead or alive) at the same concert, who would they be?
A: Waylon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and early Metallica.

Q: What’s the one food you just can’t give up?
A: Taco Bell. I’m also a lifelong addict to Dr. Pepper.

Q: What is something your brother does that drives you crazy?
A: He takes ping pong way too seriously. If you want to see an angry Thad just beat him in a few games of ping pong.

Q: If you had to work at another job for one year, which would you pick and why: NYC Cab Driver – Activities’ Director at a Retirement Home – Exterminator
A: Exterminator. My brother-in-law owns a company so I might get a decent gig with him.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over?
A: Forrest Gump.

Q: If you could play any professional sport, what would it be?
A: As a kid, I was convinced I would be like my grandpa and play in the NBA. Being a slow, 6’0” white guy and then becoming a pro basketball player would be quite the accomplishment.

Q: What is something you wish you could change about yourself?
A: I’m trying to get better at keeping perspective of what’s really important. I’ve often let the stresses of life and outside influences suck the joy out of me. I want to get a better balance.

Q: What’s one thing that you want to do before you die?
A: I’ve got three beautiful little girls and a little guy on the way. I want to be able to look them in the eyes and tell them that I truly did my best as a man and as their dad.

Q: What famous person would you love to see wearing your jewelry?
A: Someone genuine… maybe Willie Nelson.

Q: What’s something that almost no one knows about you?
A: Probably how critically I look at my own work. I tend to get consumed with the flaws I see. It’s a blessing and a curse because it’s a fanaticism that pushes me to do better work, but it also keeps me from really enjoying anything that I’ve done.