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May 28, 2004

The Earth Watch

It may not come with a GPS locator, but the wn-1 does have a position indicator to show where you are on the earth-dial – a dome shaped 24 hour hand with a minute hand that makes one revolution every 60 minutes moving clockwise, using the same mechanism as a conventional clocks.

It was designed as seperate parts, so you could assemble it as a wristwatch or use the cards that comes with the packaging to turn it into a desk clock.


Fig 2. Packaging

Size: 45 (diameter) x 22.4 (height) x 239 (length) mm
Fits wrists roughly 115 to 185mm around
Weight: 67g
Materials: Dome – Hardlex glass
Core module – Titanium
Base/Bezel – Titanium
Band – Sophista
Movement type: Analog quartz
Functions: 24 hour time indications/hour hand, and minute hand
Water resistance: under normal living conditions 100m
Battery life: approximately 10 years
Distributor: Seiko

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Core77: Timex Design Competition

In order to celebrate its 150th anniversary, Timex is giving away US$20,000 worth of prizes to designers from around the world. They have to visualize timekeeping as it will be 150 years from now, in the year 2154.

The competition is divided into three categories: Wrist Based, Wearable and Conceptual. You can read the brief at the link below. Just Remember – you got ten days left.

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May 27, 2004

Spider Watch


Name: Wrist Watch Concept
Designer: Front
Status: Prototype

It also doubles as a weapon – just preemptively swing at the first mugger you see. Kidding aside, the company behind the design has a thing for animals, given their insect table and their dog vase, which would make it safe to assume that a spider probably inspired this watch.

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May 26, 2004

Backside Watch and Friends


Name: Backside Watch
Designer: Open Concepts
Manufacturer: HoroSwiss
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistant: 10 ATM
Qty: 99 (Limited Edition)
Price: $1000
Release: Summer 2004

I took a fancy for this watch when i first came across it, that is, until last night, when Sergey from Open Design and Concepts emailed me their price – $1000 for a metallic quartz watch with a rubber strap. I think NOT.


Name: Color Time
Designer: Open Concepts
Release: Prototype. (Design for Sale)

Another watch by the Moscow based design firm is the Color Time where the hours and minutes are marked by the spinning disc. For a working demo, check out the flash demo on their site.

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May 25, 2004

Introduction

While i’m not going to pretend that i’m the best authority on watches, I still do consider myself some what, considering that i do work in the Luxury wristwatch industry.

While this site serves as a way for me to keep track of trends in the watch industry, it doubles as a destination for fellow Watch Aficionados and i hope you all find this site interesting.

The proliferation of weblogs has created an acceptance for bite sized content, which is why i don’t think its a stretch if i called this a magazine.

Contributions are welcome. You can email me regarding them.

Or you can always engage us in a conversation by dropping a comment.

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Yes, it does that too


On the one hand, It gives you the time for sunrise and sunset, the length of the day and night plus the lunar phase for 500 cities worldwide along with digital and military time, additional time zones and a host of other features. But on the other, it’s an eyesore.

Maybe if you wore a long sleeved shirt and covered up your watch, it might not be much of an issue.

Aesthetics aside,

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    May 24, 2004

    Dior’s D’Trick

    A. Chris 47 Chrono Dior D’Trick
    B. Riva Sparkling Dior D’Trick

    While these new “tricked out” watches are intriguing, what is more is how Christian Dior uses its Style Guides i.e. D’Trick, that is said to be inspired by Marlene Dietrich, the Hollywood actress of 1930s and 40s – a flashback of the elegant 1930s, which reminds me of Time magazine’s recent feature on the growing interest in retro design:

    After the popularity of the more functional stainless-steel look of the ’80s and high-tech thrust of the ’90s, it’s only natural that the pendulum would swing back toward products with the mark of the human hand. A similar return to warmer, more emotional design occurred in the 1950s in response to the cold minimalism that dominated the preceding decades. “It’s the old caveman thing. We like reflections of ourselves,” says Moss. “We can never get too far away from the recognition in these objects of human involvement.” For example, KitchenAid’s new Pro Line is designed to reinforce the notion that it’s the cook, not the machine, that’s making the difference in the kitchen. The displays on the espresso maker are analog, and the handles are robust and chunky. Still, it functions like high technology. This fusion of nostalgic design and up-to-the-minute functionality—often dubbed retro modernism—is “the strongest trend in all of the creative industries at the moment,” says Serralta.

    The rest of the D’Trick collection:


    The original Chris 47 Watch:

    Marlene played a crucial part in Dior’s history. Soon after Dior became a worldwide fashion icon in 1947, Marlene became one of the brand ambassadors.

    Dior Watches is part of the LVMH Watches and Jewellery group.

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    May 23, 2004

    I.W. Marks and Ellen DeGeneres

    I.W. Marks gives watch, gets publicity.(Watch)(Brief Article)


    HOUSTON — Before heading to work one day in March, I.W. Marks, president of I.W. Marks Jewelers, watched part of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and saw a golden publicity opportunity. DeGeneres mentioned on the nationally syndicated talk show that someone had sent her a gift, but what she really wanted was a Rolex Submariner. So Marks sent her one overnight.

    DeGeneres thanked Marks for the watch in the opening segment of her show. Within hours of the mention, the store received dozens of calls from potential and existing customers.

    “We’ve gotten numerous phone calls and e-mails,” says Marks’ son, Bradley, who is vice president of the store. “We’ve even had people come in and say, ‘I want the Submariner that Ellen has.’”

    And the publicity-fest may not be over yet. After receiving the Submariner, DeGeneres told her viewers that she really would like to have the hard-to-come-by Rolex Daytona stainless steel chronograph.

    In response, Marks quickly sent DeGeneres a letter saying the Daytona was hers–if she came to Houston, did her show there and accepted the watch from him in person. She declined. But Marks sent the watch anyway in the hopes of furthering his relationship with DeGeneres and the show.

    “We did it just to build that relationship with her. It’s not every day that you have a local independent store getting national publicity,” Bradley says.

    I.W. Marks Jewelers is a NATIONAL JEWELER eight-figure independent store known for its involvement in the Houston community. Marks sponsors various programs and events, including the Houston Grand Opera, the Texas Miss U.S.A. Pageant, the Society for the Performing Arts and Rice University football and basketball.

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    When Cartier does PR


    The flighty Royal; Cartier flew Freddie Windsor to Paris on a private jet for a party where he was entertained by some of the world’s most beautiful women. Kinvara Balfour hopped on board to get the first interview with London’s most glamorous law student.

    Lord Frederick Windsor, 29th in line to the throne, was born at St Mary’s, Paddington on 6 April 1979. His parents are HRH Prince Michael of Kent (the Queen’s first cousin) and Austrian-born Marie Christine von Reibnitz.

    [...]

    …Three days later, he has been invited as a guest of honour to a party hosted by Cartier to launch a new wristwatch, the Santos 100, at Paris Le Bourget’s Air and Space Museum. Cartier flies him out on a private jet for the evening, along with Marina Hanbury, a society beauty Freddie ‘isn’t kissing’ but has invited. ‘I was allowed to bring a guest, and I knew that whichever girl I invited, there would be some form of intrusive speculation about her. As it’s public knowledge that Marina is going out with someone else [Joan Collins' exboyfriend, 45-year-old Robin Hurlstone], I thought she would be a nice, neutral friend to take along,’ he explains laboriously.

    Harry Becher, London’s most obliging Mr Fix-It who works for Quintessentially, is also on the plane.

    I go along for the ride.

    Freddie is looking dapper in a Dunhill suit and a shirt by Hawes & Curtis that belonged to his father (‘I like their big collars; no one makes them like that these days’), but everyone’s a little jaded. Becher and Freddie shared a birthday party the night before at Drones Club and, later, Annabel’s. I note that Freddie seems more interested in his iPod than he does in Marina during the journey.

    When Freddie arrives at the party he has to be pointed out to the international press, but the British photographers snap him like crazy. He looks shy, but let us not forget that this was the boy who modelled menswear for Tomasz Starzewski at the age of 21, lounging on white leather in pastel linen and beige cashmere. This was followed by the 2002 Burberry campaign alongside Kate Moss in which they played ‘bride and groom’. Freddie claims he doesn’t want to do any more modelling. ‘I got teased mercilessly by my friends for posing in advertising campaigns, but I get teased anyway.’ While he is eating dinner alongside Jeremy Irons, the Earl of March and Monica Belucci, Harry Becher’s mobile phone rings (it never stops). Sienna Miller was on the way to the Seychelles but missed her connecting flight in Paris.

    She wants to come to the party, although she has nothing to wear because her luggage is at Charles de Gaulle airport. She shimmies into dinner in jeans and a chiffon top, looking underdressed but ravishing. Her cigarette is hardly lit before the photographers descend, asking could Sienna please pose with Freddie for a picture?

    He is marched across the room by a PR and, looking a little pained, is planted awkwardly next to Sienna. Camera flashes blind them, both smiling and trying to look as if they’ve known each other for years.

    And I know that somewhere down the line, people will hint that the two have kissed, or are long-lost lovers, and Freddie will be branded a playboy again.

    And I suspect-he doesn’t mind too much. In obliging for this impromptu photocall, Freddie has pleased Cartier, he has given the photographers what they want and Sienna is probably not complaining. It’s a win-win situation.

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    ‘The Phatch’: Seiko developing Bluetooth Watch Phone

    It was inevitable – I meant the name – How could a manufacturer pass up on “the Phatch” for its new phone watch.

    Currently a rumor, Seiko’s Bluetooth enabled watch would come with an enabled pocket dialer which would help the watch maintain its size, while one would connect using a small Bluetooth headset.

    (via Gizmodo)

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