Usually when I see a concept wristwatch like Igor Chak’s “Watch oNe”, I dismiss it as vaporware because production costs and the required manufactured quantity to create an experimental e-ink display watch at this point in time can be discouraging. However, this one is ‘chalked’ up for a March 2011 release.
The Watch oNe is the watch of the near future – It’s a watch where you can change the display on it according to your mood, sync new ones via a usb interface and download or create your own display. You can also upload it to an online store for others to purchase.
The physical watch can also be customized – straps, colors, materials. The watch uses an E-ink display with a back lit LED and comes with a usb port. The watch is set for a release in March 2011 and will be priced at USD 350.
While the first and only digital automatic watches were pioneered by Ventura, Rado’s new autodigi is a hint of things to come. This is because the movement used in the watch, ETA E18.711, was designed and manufactured by ETA and I wonder if they will allow other companies to purchase the movement from them eventually (ETA is a movement manufacturer and they supply a lot of wristwatch brands). If this happens, we may see a lot more digital automatic watches on the market and who knows, you may finally see digital accepted in luxury wristwatches.
All new from Nooka – The Zub Zayu that supposedly uses a weight transfer to make the watch feel incredibly light (I will know it for sure when i get to test it out) and a ambidextrous design that wears well on both right and left wrists.
This year Tissot focused on two re-issues, some new variations of pre-existing models such as the Sailing Touch which is their touch screen version for martime enthusiasts, the release of PRS 516, a classic tissot case with an automatic movement and five smaller (3mm smaller) quartz variations and of course, the Visodate.
The Original PRS 516
Visodate Automatic 1957 – Reissue
Tissot Veloci-T (Gents and Ladies) Automatic
Tissot Lovely – 37 Top Wesselton Diamonds, Quartz movement
Lady Heart – Diamond Studded, Automatic, 3 ATM
Sailing Touch – A new additional to Tissot touch screen collection. The ST version has a maritime theme with meteorological forecasting ability, a tide-calculator and a regatta countdown in addition to the regular T-touch functions
You’ve to give it to Diesel for being fresh with such consistency. This year, they made me do a double take when i first spotted the dz4160 shown above. At first I thought it was photoshopped. Renzo Russo, the man behind Diesel calls this – his company’s ability to innovate in stagnant fashion markets as the ‘Diesel treatment’.
In a recent book, Wilbert Das, Diesel’s creative director, explained their approach further:
“We’ve always been fascinated by things that are kitsch, colourful, decorative. Sometimes we refer to it as “retro-futuristic”, but that doesn’t quite capture it. We like to clash styles, piling references on top of one another. We get out of our way to challenge definitions of good taste. We’re not interested in fashion – we prefer to create things that are entirely our own. Diesel is anti-fashion fashion.
Prada and LG are back with a new phone and this time they’ve also launched a “Prada Link” wristwatch that works like the Sony Ericsson bluetooth one – It vibrates when you receive a call, let you check the Caller Id, Call History and alert you of incoming text messages and calls. Other features include World Time, Stop watch, Alarm and a battery indicator. The watch uses a Mono PM-OLED display, is 3ATM and needs 2.5 hours to charge.
Sega is launching a media player wristwatch next year called the Digipod Trek. It plays music, videos, show pictures, text and record voice. You can listen via earbuds, or the tiny speakers inside the watch. The SRP will be $130.