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Brand Spotlight: The Design Positioning of Nooka

When it comes to accessible fashion in the wristwatch industry, it is generally assumed that brands in this category are usually watered down derivatives. And that assumption isn’t too far away from truth. Most brands are the equivalent of value chains churning out trends from the upper strata of the luxury sphere. There is very…

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The future of wristwatches

If there is anyone who is a symbol for how the trends in technology are set to affect the wristwatch industry, it’s Scott Wilson. He’s a former Nike wristwatch designer that first came on to our radar during a keynote address at a Wristwatch industry conference in Hong Kong in 2008. Back then, he was…

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The Most Minimal Wristwatch

The title sounds like an oxymoron. How can you be more with less? Mean Design Studios (Mean as in meaningful) answers that question with this prototype – A watch that looks absolutely minimal when looking at it straight, but shows the time index when tilted slightly.

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Heart Rate Monitoring Wristwatch

From the ashes of Nokia, comes PulseOn. A spinoff of Nokia’s contribution to the new health wristlet market in the form of a heart rate monitoring wristwatch that’s more accurate than the current crop available in the market. Founded by Tero Mennader, the patented technology for the wristwatch was developed while he worked at Nokia…

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Raising the IQ of your Rolex

Given the incoming waves of smart wristwatches, it isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine a more tech friendly wristwatch connoisseur tempted to retire his luxury wristlet for something more connected, right? What? Blasphemy, I hear you say? Well, let me stop you right there because here’s when I put up a small brushed…

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Early Smartwatch Prototype from Apple

Sometimes ideas take time to bear fruit like the electric car. In a book written by Apple’s first industrial designer Hartmut Esslinger, he reveals a picture of an early attempt at an Apple smart watch.

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Bell and Ross make a bike

The things they do to sell a watch – Bell&Ross, the purveyor of aviation dashboard aesthetics, have extended their current winning streak with a concept bike. Mind you, all jokes aside, I really do love the BR watch range and this is a very clever marketing move so I approve. From what I understand this…

Things to look forward to at Baselworld 2014

C3H5N309 Experiment ZR012 “Nitro” Watch Alright, the title should be singular – The solitary thing to look forward to (at least for me) at Baselworld this year. Revealed back in September, The Experiment ZR012 Nitro wristwatch is a collaboration between two of the most creative brands in horology – Urwerk and MB&F. They have come together to build a watch based on a movement created by a German engineer in 1957. The movement was notable for its eccentric rotary design and its also notable for its price tag – $182,000 USD. The timepiece will be limited to just 12 pieces…

Fireflies on my Wrist

We’re seeing a new crop of bluetooth watches coming up on the horizon that act as a go-between your phone and you. Most of these watches are intended to pure functional gadget watches which makes Kei Kei by Takemura Ori is one of the first example of future fashion bluetooth watches where designers will develop eccentric interfaces. The watch allows you to control your cellphone, get weather information and notifications with i-phone like gestures on a touch sensitive surface but you get your indications in the form of a swarm of fireflies that change their movement to indicate change in…

Harry Winston Opus 12

For those who aren’t familiar with Harry Winston, every year the brand launches a truly innovative mechanical monstrosity that would leave anyone drooling. This year marks their 12th release which has been created in collaboration with watchmaker Emmanuel Bouchet and it really lives up to the hype of the series – The money shot in the watch is when the hour and minute markers roll 180 degrees. It is hard to explain the visual effect so the best thing to do is watch the video presentation at the top. The price is approximately $260,000. An amateur photograph of the watch…

World’s first Solar GPS Watch

Billed as the ‘watch that understands time zones’, Seiko has created the first solar powered GPS watch that receives GPS signals and identifies the time zone, time and date data using four GPS satellites. The watch updates automatically once a day and also on demand. It’s named after the company’s 1969 predecessor which was the world’s first quartz watch. It will be released in the fall of 2012 with a price of around 2000-3000 euros. There will be five models with one special edition limited to 2500 units. related links Seiko

Futuristic Watch Phone

The wrist is prime science fiction real estate and the concept rollerphone by Alexey Chugunikov makes good use of it – its a bracelet that tells the time, is a phone had as a transparent screen that projects on to your fingertips. related links Chugi via Design your Trust