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Marc by Marc Jacob

Sure, you could accuse Marc’s wristwatch design to be schizophrenic, for example when I first came across Marc’s line at Basel, they had classic fashion watches mixed with Casio retro knockoffs, but given that today’s affordable fashion watches are nothing but well behaved license extensions that sit safely within their well defined brand direction instead of striking a bold new direction and adding to the visual vocabulary of fashion watches, Marc is a welcome addition. So Kudos, Marc.

P.S. See the images for his latest.

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Marc Jacobs
Marc by Marc Jacobs at Zappos

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October 30, 2008

The Watch with the Bent Hands

Off beat design studio, Acme’s latest watch by designer Ran Lerner is called the Step watch for obvious reasons – its made of three layers of steel rings and the hands are bent to accomodate the circles.

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Acme Studio

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Watch Sculpture

The Flat from Korean artist Gwon Osang where he cut out pictures from magazines to make sculptures and then captured by camera. His work is unconventional In his other exhibit, he create an entire life size 3d person from hundreds of small pictures glued together.

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182 Dakar watches on the wall*

Wyler’s official Dakar watch is a limited edition of 182 pieces which was the number of competitors in the first-ever Dakar Rally 30 years ago.

* The on the wall reference in the title is to the 99 beers on the wall song.

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October 29, 2008

New Wrist Interface Concept

The iPod has inspired a lot of inspiring fan made concepts that are sprinkled all over the internet. However, I was intrigued by Gopinath Prasana’s version of the iPod where he had reduced it to a bangle.

The bangle has a small air pump that fits the bangle on to your wrist so it doesn’t move and also has a vertical multi-touch trackpad that you can use to navigate the menu. The wireless in-ear headphone then uses audio to tell you the menu selection as you navigate.

I don’t how practical it is to built an air chamber on a wrist device but it definately looks cool in concept.


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Charm Bracelet

Van Cleef & Arpels’s new Charms wristwatch in two sizes – 32 mma nd 38 mm with diamonds.

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Van Cleef & Arpels

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New Watch Display: Philip’s Liquavista

Liquavista, a spin-off of Philips Research Labs, has launched a new type of display for information devices like wristwatches and cellphones called the ColorBright.

Color Bright uses a patented electrowetting technology where a voltage is used to control a layer of colored oil.

The colored oil covers the background and acts a layer that can be switched on and off to reveal numbers, text or even graphics. You also have the freedom to define what part of the display you want to cover with the oil so its flexible and the display can be made invisible by matching the background (reflector) color of the display with that of the device so it disappears when its switched off.

The device is between two and six times brighter than the LCD and works well in ambient light. There are currently seven set of colors – black, blue, purple, green, cyan, a cross between pink and red, and yellow

Electronic paper as we currently know or see uses the electrophoretic process which is where pigment particles in a hydrocarbon oil are rearranged by electric charge. Electrowetting is also considered as electronic paper except its faster and if you ever envision a future where we would have video content on a paper like surface, it would be via the electrowetting process. A disadvantage though is that electrowetted displays still need power even when the display image is not changing, whereas electrophoretic displays do not. But some say that that this is only a disadvantage when images are frozen for long periods of time i.e. with posters or billboards. I’m not sure if this applies to watches or Liquavista’s version of it.

This launch is currently considered as Generation 1 so expect more.

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IDTechex: Electrowetting could be a disruptive technology
Nature: Video-speed electronic paper based on electrowetting
Electronic Paper [Wiki]

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A true Carbon Neutral Wristwatch?

Did you hear about the luxury brand that claims to be the world’s first carbon neutral wristwatch brand?

Binda Group’s Wyler has gotten itself certified carbon neutral. What that means is that all stages in the production of the watch have been analyzed and have their carbon emissions calculated. This includes all energy used, all waste generated and all transportation required to bring the watches to the company‚Äôs headquarters. The resulting emissions are then offset through projects managed by the CarbonNeutral Company.

The brand claims that this move is part of its environmental awareness and aims to maintain this approach to environmental protection by instilling a similar mindset among its suppliers and partners. They’ll even be carbon offsetting the famous Dakar Rally as a part of a marke-.. okay, that last bit about the Dakar Rally is a lie.

They won’t.

They’ll just be the official time keeper. In fact, they closely associate their entire brand story to the carbon busting activity of automobiles which is very contradictory. If they really wanted to extol the virtues of environment awareness then they should’ve done things a little different – co-develop a concept sports car like Tag Heuer that is environment friendly, or if that is expensive, then sponsor a competition to design a tasty environment friendly sports car, hell, even sponsor the carbon neutralization of select sporting events – Now that would get my attention.

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October 28, 2008

Watches made of super paper?

Now imagine buying a watch that is made of a material that is 10 times lighter and 500 times stronger than steel and it’s last name is paper. A little hard to swallow?

Then meet ‘Buckypaper’, a material made from tube-shaped carbon molecules 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. Currently it can only be made at only a fraction of its potential strength, in small quantities and at a high price. Currently, researchers are predicting that it revolutionize light, energy efficient aircraft and automobiles, but I can easily imagine a high-end luxury brand jumping on the bandwagon.

Who wouldn’t want to also add first wristwatch made of nanotech material to their resume?

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Future planes, cars may be made of ‘buckypaper’

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Diesel adds Automatic

Diesel adds an automatic model to its line up – The DZ9039.

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