Donor: AJ Michalka
Seiko Rowing Blazers
AJ Michalka is an actress, singer-songwriter, musician, and voice actor. She is best known as one half of the musical duo Aly & AJ (briefly 78violet), alongside her older sister Aly Michalka. AJ starred in the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs and its spin-off series, Schooled. She is also known for voicing a lead role as Catra in the Netflix animated adventure series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and for acting in the films The Lovely Bones, Secretariat, Super 8, Grace Unplugged, and Support the Girls.
This unique Seiko x collaboration watch was inspired by the special friendship between Rowing Blazers Founder Jack Carlson and Eric Wind and their mutual passion for sport, nostalgia, travel, and, of course, watches. 42.5 mm wide and 13.4 mm thick, it features a black dial and a stunning four-color, red-blue-yellow-green bezel, a tribute to the 1990s. It also comes with a stainless steel case and bracelet, plus an alternate nylon strap. The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters, with a power reserve of approximately forty-one hours, and the caliber 4R36 movement has manual and automatic winding capabilities. It also has a special case back emblazoned with one of the Rowling Blazers "house codes," a contemplative skeleton, as a memento mori: a reminder that time flies.
The Brian LaViolette Foundation was formed by the LaViolette family to honor the memory of their son, Brian, who passed away in a swimming accident in Green Bay, Wisconsin when he was just fifteen years old in 1992. Brian was not only an excellent student, athlete, and musician, but he loved watches, starting his own collection when he was four years of age.
Since 1992, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation has presented 1,058 scholarships to deserving college-bound students in Northeastern Wisconsin, the United States, and other parts of the world. The Foundation continues Brian's legacy by helping high school seniors financially to achieve their educational dreams and, at the same time, providing them with encouragement and inspiration.