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July 22, 2005

Sundial for the 22nd Century

Designer Gina Reimann looks to the past for inspiration with her nomination for concept watch of the future. Billed as a sundial for the 22nd century, the Orbit use natural sunlight to tell the time with the help of a simple compass interface. At night, pushing a button illuminates a bright LED that simulates the sun’s shadow. And if that isn’t enough, there’s also a digital display of ‘world’ time – a hypothetical international time without time zones.

No word on whether this will will ever see the ‘light’ of day.

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Designs By Me

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July 21, 2005

Luvorene I

The Luvorene I is the first new model by independent watch designer Vincent Berard. The watch comes in two versions, white gold with a black dial or red gold with a brown dial, teamed with a double-sided crocodile leather strap, rolled-edge, hand-sewn and fitted with a gold folding clasp bearing the brand logo.

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Vincent Berard

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July 19, 2005

Opus V

The Opus V is the result of a collaboration between Harry Winston (the company) and 31 year old Felix Baumgartner of Urwerk. It features the world’s first “satellite hour” display which consists of 3 small blocks, each carrying 4 numbers, arranged like satellites on a 3-D rotating system and which shows the time while spinning aroudn the two axes.

It also comes with the first service indicator that tells the wearer when the watch will require periodic maintenance. Harry Winston plans to release only a hundred of this limited edition watch.

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July 17, 2005

Pope Bling Bling

Addendum to our earlier post: “You are what you wear”, Observers are saying that there are signs that the new Pope, Joseph Ratzinger may be more progressive than his record would suggest. These signs or indications or what have you, aren’t based on insider information but on what designer accessory the Pope is sporting:

- Pricey Serengeti sunglasses (the brand Val Kilmer wears)
- Pope’s reading glasses are Cartier’s Santos
- A stylish retro wristwatch with black hands, dial and straps (No word on what brand but our little elves are working on it)
- and a pair Black and gold cufflinks.

All this apparently outweighs his record as a Cardinal. Go figure.

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Times Online: Pope may be turning into an icon.

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Poor Man’s Omega

Remember how you felt your little heart strings stretch with envy when James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) used his Omega Seamaster Professional as a laser gun and cut through the steel floor of an armoured train? Or remember how much you wanted one when he used it later as a detonator to setoff mines to destroy the Cuban control room for the rogue satellite?

Well, I’m afraid I can’t help you with that (there are support groups that I can refer to), but according to Jeff Marton, there’s a poor man’s version out there – It’s called the iBeam and its a watch with a built in magnifying glass and small flash light and Jeff apparently used it to fix his bike’s tyre, by “popping open the lens and using the sun to heat up and seal the patch”. Of course, once it got fixed, he furiously cycled home, logged on to his computer and emailed iBeam his testimonial which made me wonder about what he might’ve been high on.

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iBeam
Omega: James Bond Choice

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July 14, 2005

Fawaz’s Power Breaker

Fawaz Gruosi, the man behind the DeGrisogono brand has created a gorgeous Formula 1 watch in collaboration with Flavio Briatore (The Who? – Non Race fan), the Renault F1 Team Manager. Called the Power Breaker, the watch is a large automatic (ETA caliber 2892) chronograph (54m x 43mm x 15mm) with F1 styling complete with a signature by Mr. Briatore.

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De Grisogono

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July 13, 2005

The Nurse Watch

Here’s one that’s long overdue – Hitachi is planning on launching a sensor node watch for the elderly in the next three years that will allow one to monitor the health of their loved ones. The device will have three sensors. One for pulse, one for temperature and one for measuring the owner’s movement.

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Softpedia: Wireless Watch from Hitachi

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July 12, 2005

They buy the story

Seth Godin, marketing guru and author, recently wrote about celebrity endorsements and refers to Omega’s Pierce Brosnan deal in a recent entry in the book blog of his latest book – “All Marketers are Liars”:

“One of my favorite silly endorsements is Pierce Brosnan endorsing Omega. They’re not paying Pierce because they care about Pierce’s opinion (or that you care about his opinion). They’re paying him because he embodies a fictional character, invented fifty years ago by a now-dead author.

So, otherwise rational and intelligent men spend hundreds or thousands of dollars extra to buy a watch endorsed by a fictional character controlled by anonymous film producers and embodied by an actor. Because it makes them feel good. They buy the story.”

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Seth Godin: Do you believe Paris?

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July 11, 2005

Personal Attachment Devices

The first time I came across the Time Tag, a similar time clip, I didn’t realize how popular these little mini time devices were among people who didn’t normally wear watches. So when I came across the Stik, I naturally sat up and paid attention – Billed as “part tattoo, part sticker, part watch”, The Stik sticks everywhere including your body. Unfortunately, the watch face isn’t very inspiring with a retro bland look that only a mother would love. The stickers don’t help much and, atleast for me, it just reeks of cheap chinese imitation.

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Stik

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July 10, 2005

Bulgari’s Ipno


The latest gem at Bulgari’s permanent stable at Baselworld 2005 (Instead of a regular booth, Bulgari has a seperate permanent exhibit/store at the Basel district) was the Ipno, another in a line of luxury digital watches, wrapped in a ceramic and diamond case with a satin strap, complete with a rotating ring that activates the backlight.

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Bulgari

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