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Interview: Matthew Waldman of Nooka

Matthew Waldman by Adnan Arif Four years ago, a frustrated creative took a chance and released two limited edition watches. Today, Matthew Waldman is the man behind Nooka, a fashion forward brand that has enjoyed a lot of love from the media and celebrities alike. He’s even featured in a new book called Design Enterpreneur by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico. Recently, I got the chance to catch up with him: Wrist: When I first interviewed you back in 2004, you had just parted ways with Seiko and were about to launch a limited edition Nooka despite some skepticism from…

How Ikepod was created

The Ikepod watch founder, Oliver Ike reveals the thought process behind his brand in an article he wrote for the David Report: “..10 years ago I created a watch-brand called Ikepod. By picking one of the most en vogue ikepod designer at that time, Marc Newson, I differentiated the looks of the product from what was available in timepieces on the markets…” (link – scroll down to see article) related links The David Report – Communication through Product Ikepod Marc Newson

Interview: The man behind the OPUS V*

The OPUS V URWERK 103 Adnan Arif Editor When 31 year old Felix Baumgartner met Jeweler Harry Winston’s Maximilian Brusser at the launch of his designer URWERK 103 in 2003, he was already on top of the world. His orbital cross movement was already getting a lot of attention. But little did he know that his watch was just a prelude. Fate was plotting and unbeknowst to him, he would soon embark on his most inspiring and challenging assignment yet – The limited edition OPUS V, a watch with the world’s first “satellite hour” display. Much Recently, fate once again…

Watches You Cannot Trust

Adnan Arif Editor Not a day goes by without another watch advertisement hammering in the notion that it tell us more than just time Yet, despite that, it has remained fairly conservative, maintaining its age old status quo as a symbol of prestige and personality. Enter London based Designer Crispin Jones, who set out to investigate the cultural messages that the watch espouses – If the watch really is the purveyor of personality, could it be more than just a status symbol? Could it instead express some of the negative aspects of a wearer’s personality? Could it even change it?…

Jacob the Jeweler

City Magazine’s somewhat dated profile on “Jacob the Jeweler” still paints a fascinated picture of the man behind the Jacob watch. related links City Magazine Jacob & Co

A word with Mr. Kobold

Fellow Watchaholic, Wrist Watch Review, had an interesting interview with Mike Kobold, founder of the Kobold Chronograph and Watch company: “What do you do when you’re 19, in a strange city, and hate school? While many of us would take to pizza, beer, and video games, Mike Kobold, founder of the Kobold Chronograph and Watch Company, decided to build and sell watches from his dorm room. “I went to Carnegie Mellon, in Pittsburgh, to get my graduate degree in Economics,” said Mike. “A friend of the family’s, a Nobel-prize winner, actually, told me it would be a great place to…

Paper Clock

By now most of us have probably been promised about the wonders of e-paper – flexible thin futuristic displays that could easily double as interactive wallpaper, and while the watch paper isn’t it, it still comes pretty close. A fully functional clock, The Watch Paper is printed on ordinary paper and uses a heat sensitive coating to tell time. Each digit blurs from one into the other using the heat from the LED in the back which makes the coating transparent, or atleast we figured thats how it works. Either way, its fiendishly clever and we decided to have a…

Sound Sculpture

Ever since man put a price on time, Timepieces have been judged for their horological or decorative values, but rarely for their aural experience, that is, until the much recent rise of the quartz movement. Ask any watch aficionado today about their mechanical collection, and they won’t fail to mention the sound and feeling they get when they wind up their mechanical watch. With this in mind, I recently had a conversation with Douglas Repetto, the creator of the Sine Clock, a sound sculpture that keeps time with sound by encoding it in a set of sine waves: Wrist: Your…

I did it for the Nooka

Put all the digital watches in the world in a lineup and you’d be hardpressed to find one that really differentiates itself. Enter the Nooka – A watch that tells time like you would read it naturally, not the way the local madarasa taught you. Instead of the traditional display, the minutes are in the large box, the seconds follow and a bar on top shows the hour and how much of the day is left. So all it takes is a quick glance. We adored the watch so much, we sent our men to “borrow” Matthew Waldman, the designer.…