From November, 2010

Angular Momentum: The One Man Creative Army

Time Xplosion COLOR-TEC “Flying Horses”. The case was made from hand forged multi-color mosaic steel Martin Pauli, the Man behind Angular Momentum Very few people know much about Angular Momentum, the swiss watchmaking company that specializes in artisan wristwatches and what they don’t know would surprise them because AM is a one man creative team. Sure, there are a number of watchmakers that run their own brands but they peg their personalities on their watch brand and usually don’t have the scale of work that Martin Pauli has done. I recently spoke to Martin about his company and this is…

Accordion wristwatch

The Opera by Manufacture Royale, opens up like an accordion and the unveiled chamber amplifies the sound of the movement that would otherwise be muffled by the case of the watch. Designed by Fabrique du Temps, the watch is priced at $1.2 million and is made out of 319 parts. While the case is interesting, there is a lost opportunity here because the watch is let down by the movement and hand design. related links Manufacture Royale (via Gizmodo & A Blog to Read)

Mobiado x Angular Momentum

Swiss Wristwatch manufacturer, Angular Momentum, teamed up with Mobiado to create a companion piece to one of their wristwatches. Angular is known for hand painting miniature art on their watches and so they’ve created their own Mobiado 712MG Angular Momentum Edition Cell Phone with a similar hand painted art that takes inspiration from the japanese spirit of Mokume Gane which is a japanese method of metal working that was invented in the 1600s. Mokume gane is a Japanese term that literally means “wood eye metal.” related links Angular Momentum Mobaido

Retail Love: Chez Maman

We’ve seen a number of online stores dedicated to vintage fashion wristwatches, but none of them offline and certainly none of them with a ‘Wimps stay out’ sticker running across it’s front windows, that is, until I spotted a small french wristwatch chain that not only housed a few vintage favorites but had its own eccentric look and feel. The store’s called Chez Maman which is french for ‘In/to Mama’. I’m not going to pretend that I get the slang in the name but it’s definitely not a traditional cookie cutter watch store. So I chatted up Eva, the owner…

Kanye West rhymes Fossil

This isn’t worth a blog post but I was amused by Kanye West name dropping Fossil in his latest track: “I admit my first watch was a Fossil. Now I’m in the Louvre, lookin’ for fossils.” related links Fossil Kanye West Featuring Beyonce, Charlie Wilson And Big Sean – See Me Now

Designer Spotlight: Eric Giroud

Eric Giroud The Harry Winston Glissiere Tourbillon Automatic The Harry Winston Opus 9 wristwatch The MB&F HM1 My friend Tom, who runs The Watch Lounge, recently interviewed Eric Giroud, the designer behind the Opus 9, the HM No.1 and the Glissiere Tourbillon. In the interview, Eric talks about his inspirations behind his work, his creative struggles and dishes out advice for up and coming designer. You can read the interview here. related links The Watch Lounge: Tom interviews Eric Giroud

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2010

The Winners For those who aren’t aware, The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève is a contest between high-end watch manufacturers at the Geneva Watch Festival. Below are this year’s winners: Grand Prize of “The Golden Hand”: Greubel Forsey – Double Tourbillon 30° Edition Historique Prize of the Watch lady: Van Cleef & Arpels – Le Pont des Amoureux Prize of the Watch Man: Laurent Ferrier – Roller Classic Tourbillon Double Spiral Prize of the watch design & concept watch: MB & F – Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt Chopard – High Jewellery Owl Watch Jewellery Watch Prize: F.P.Journe – CHRONOMETRE…

The Connecting Fabric

My earlier post on the Tik tok/Luna tik straps for the Apple Nano got a retweet by Bill Geiser who is a Vice President at Fossil: @billg: RT @wristfashion: Why the race for the next gen watch will be won by something that is not a watch @wristfashion: @billg thanks for the retweet. I just saw your profile. you seem like you’re working on something very interesting. @billg: @wristfashion time will tell….no pun intended :^) @wristfashion: @billg honestly, i expected fossil to have been all over the next-gen watch category ages ago. @billg: @wristfashion it’s all about market timing….the…

Diesel Tracker

DZ4185 DZ7184 DZ1376 Diesel continues with its material/color mashups with its new military inspired ‘Tracker’ collection. related links Diesel Tracker collection

Apple’s unofficial wristwatch

The Tiktok standard strap kit By now you may already be aware of the Ipod multi-touch nano is Apple’s unofficial wristwatch – every day on the internet, companies are churning their own version of a strap kit for the device. The most recent and the best one proposed is by Scott Wilson which also happens to be the first one by someone who has previously worked in the wristwatch industry. I’ve three things to say on this: The Luna Tik strap kit 1. The wrist is prime next generation personal technology real estate. The technology to create that said next…

More Phantom Watches

Another Phantom watch bracelet. This time from the minds of Levi Maestro and Shayan Afshar. related links Maestro Knows Phantom Watches Retro watch inspired jewelry

Paper watch

During Baselworld 2010, I spied a man walking around with this wristwatch in his shirt pocket. My curiosity peaked, I followed him to the Atlantus booth where I found out what it is – a rather unattractive paper LED watch called ‘Patch’. I am not sure if the watch is made of actual paper but it’s supposed to be treated with a special coating that makes it water proof and shock/tear resistant. The watch weighs just 11 grams and is priced at approx USD $34 which is a lot for this ugly watch. It may be the world’s first biodegradable…