For those not in the know, Fossil designs and distributes watches for a number of famous lifestyle designer brands i.e. Burberry, Diesel and even Giorgio Armani which is a lot of work, mind you and given that I’ve seen too many licensed brands loose their way due to ill-conceived partnerships, it is always good to stop and appreciate a company like Fossil and their work.
For example, this year’s new collection of Diesel watches are simply gorgeous with their fusion of materials i.e. the Dz4081 that combines a dark brown leather strap with a black overlay and a gold plated case.
Also, did you know that Diesel had a seperate Swiss Made Automatic collection? I certainly didn’t.
Designer Arman Emami’s Neolog is this year’s Red Dot Design award winner in the wristwatch category with a watch that, according to their press material, creates a new definition of time even though it’s very suspiciously similar in concept to the Nooka.
The Neolog A-24 II lets you tell time by counting the digital bars, so for example: if the first column has 3 bars, the second 2 bars and third 5 bars, then the time is 3:25. The price tag is 189 Euros.
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Switzerland’s digital renegade luxury brand, Ventura, has announced plans for the world’s first automatic digital watch – The V-Tech Sigma ∑ MGS which will generate its own independent, constantly renewable power-source.
The announcement came at the heel of Ventura’s new Sigma watch which comes with Ventura’s patented EasySkroll Knob and operating system, a hardened and scratch-resistant stainless steel case (Durinox) and a price tag of $1,750.
The watch is part of a long term strategy by Ventura to create futuristic and top-end designer watches with the latest technology.
The MGS version will look exactly like the Sigma watch except the Lithium battery would be replaced by a micro-generator powered by the movements of the user’s wrist and the case would use an even more hardened material called Titanox. The generator will be located on the top of the case and will be visible through a sapphire crystal glass for posterity purposes.
It seems I have made a grave error. While Ventura is indeed the manufacturer for the world’s first automatic digital watch, this particular watch is actually the first second generation automatic digital watch. I apparently mis-read the statement in the press release. I apologise for the mistake and will refrain from making excuses for myself.
London based Sennep have created an interactive dandelion clock installation that allows users to use a real electric hair dryer to blow away the seeds of a dandelion. Blowing it apart is a popular past-time for children and the number of blows required to completely rid the clock of its seeds is deemed by many to be the time of day. Mind you, this isn’t really a real clock, but I found the concept intriguing enough.
Designer Naota Fukasawa will be showcasing his new version of the Twelve watch for Issey Miyake at this year’s Basel exhibition. The new version is called Twelve365 and unlike most chronographs that require precise indication, it retains its simplicity by avoiding the urge to clutter the dial.
The latest incarnation of Louis Vuitton Tambour series is a black analog-digital chronograph. Available in both stainless steel and 18kt rose gold, the case measures 41mm and has a sapphire crystal. It is water resistant to 100 meters.Price begins at 2,300 Euros.
Loop’s Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl have created a personalised alarm clock that is integrated into your bedding. Drawing inspiration from how light has controlled our body clock by telling us when to sleep and when to wake, the duo have created a pillow and duvet that simulate a natural dawn that ease you into your day by using electroluminescent technology to turn the textile surface into a reactive light source.
Apart from the novelty of, the clock is also supposed to treat sufferers of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) where insufficient levels of daylight cause medical conditions caused by a hormonal imbalance ranging from depression to loss of energy, pre-menstrual syndrome, weight gain and migraines.
Seiko Instruments, a division of Seiko, has developed a prototype watch (and a decent looking one at that) which connects to the mobile phone via Bluetooth. Codenamed CPC TR-006, the watch displays information from your cell phone that would otherwise require the person to reach in his or her pocket i.e. network signal strength, battery condition.
The watch also alerts you whenever your cellphone receives a call, an SMS or e-mail messages by vibrating or playing a preset ringtone. It also has caller ID, so all you need to do is glance at your wrist and you can see who is calling or who sent you a message.
In addition, you may adjust your cellphone’s ringtone volume through the watch’s interface. The watch is scheduled to be released by late 2006 / early 2007.
Haute Horlogerie, Jaeger-LeCoultre, borrows a page from today’s hip hop remix culture by tapping in apparel maestro Dr Romanelli for a collaboration that has produced two exclusive versions of their timepiece – the one with the famous rotating case – The Reverso. The two new versions come with an ingenious strap and tag system that allows the watch to be worn in various ways on the cuffs of four special edition hand-finished Dr. Romanelli jackets.