Posts Tagged ‘cool watches’
“It’s signature crown still provides an effective means for changing the hour while its hidden e-ink screen shows off the vivid color bands with exceptional definition, ultimately maintaining an analog aspect while also providing a longer battery life.”
Hinting toward the arrival of more e-ink reading technologies in flexible devices, the ‘Swatch’ Ring Watch concept is cool stepping stone for the wearable technologies industry and will surely be the inspiration for more creative and visually pleasing wearable gadgets.
Photography By JVG
May 3rd, 2013 – In 2012, heavy-weight industrial designer Tom Dixon launched a range of home accessories called Eclectic by Tom Dixon. The acclaimed collection burst onto the design scene with unique giftware and design objects formed from honest, resilient and heavyweight materials including copper, marble, cast iron.
Eager to continue the success of the new collection, Dixon has proudly unveiled his latest addition to the Eclectic family, Block Watch. A timepiece made from the most minimal components.
There are three different material variations of the Block Watch. The square case is stamped from a block of brass, stainless steel, or rose gold with a Swiss movement.
The dial is deeply etched with the numerals that point precisely at the time makers, encased in a crystal face for protection. Each watch is then laser etched with its own unique number. No more no less.
Rhode Island based industrial designer Kyle Dell’Aquila has reinvented the way we read time with her new Radian Watch! “The timepiece is targeted at simplifying the users experience of telling time while reducing the watch concept to a minimal state,” the designer explained. Traditionally, the typical watch features 3 hands that stem from a single axis, an adjusting knob on the right side of the body, and a wrist band that is anchored by two pins to the body of the watch, but with the Radian, the watch breaks the hands up into their own planes to make reading the time more legible at a glance.
Th watch is also very different from the traditional watch in it’s hardware. The watchband is reduced to a “unibody” form that does not require delicate pins to fasten to the body of the watch. Instead, a threaded ring secures the watchband removing the need for extrinsic prongs protruding from the body to secure the band. The adjusting knob is moved away from line of sight and underneath the watch body. The new arrangement of the adjusting knob allows for a more streamlined and intrinsic approach to concealing the knob.
(Photography: Kyle Dell’Aquila)
Tech boom? What tech boom? No matter how for advanced in technology we think we are, it is clearly apparent that we are still in infant stages compared to the possibilities of the future. Even though gadgets are popping up left and right, attempting to give people efficiency and convenience, there is one, old gadget, that won’t die – the wrist watch! One of our favorite designers Jaime Hayon has teamed up with Ian Lowe to start a new company called Orolog, to design and manufacture innovative Swiss Made time pieces.
Here is a glimpse at their first collection which is comprised of 3 simple function and 3 chronographs using multiple materials within a clean and simple design. Hayon wanted to create the series by “exploring the combination of classical elements and modern details to create a contemporary classic [watch].”
The talented designer created an organically shaped case, ‘Capitone’ quilted texture dial face, a clever use of typographic details for numerals, complemented by exquisite colored leather straps (made from Hermes leather).
The water resistant watches are manufactured in Switzerland, they feature Ronda quartz movements, with matte stainless steel and pvd case finishes, matching or contrasting matte black pvd buckles, crowns & pushers.
(Photography: Jaime Hayon)
There is a magical philosophy behind the Jormungand Watch. The design of this truly intriguing watch is the representation of time, flowing back into itself. “Jormungand is a serpent that is large enough to encircle the earth and hold onto his own tail. As the story goes, when Jormungand lets go of his own tail the earth will end,” Wisconsin based Industrial Designer David Prince explains. Prince goes on to note that the “forms of Jormungand are about eternity and time flowing back into itself, hence the helical disc shapes that make up the hour and minute “hands.” The “hands”, are not actual watch hands – instead of watch hands, part of the face is raised up to create a space for tiny sliver of an LED light which peeks through to provide a glow which acts as the hour hand. Beyond the fascinating mythical inspiration – this is watch is brilliant.
(Renderings: David Prince)
A classic metal watch…with no watch face? Yep, you read that right! Tokyo based designer Hitonao Tsuboi created what he calls The Faceless Watch. In between the metal components of the banding there are LED strips which tell the time when needed. It’s pretty simple, the top row displays the hour and the lower row the minute; the press of a button switches the view to month and day. Tsuboi created the watch in silver and high gloss black and it is retailed at an affordable $128.00.
Mutewatch is a highly sophisticated timepiece that will keep you on point with your day-to-day tasks. The innovative watch has some impressive features imbedded into the design. Just give the watch a light tap on its surface and the band will light up with the time. If you swipe your finger across the face of the band, you can adjust your alarm time. When your alarm goes off, the Mutewatch will vibrate to let you know to move on to your next task. And we’re not talking about just any old vibration, but a built-in motion sensor that will register your movement and automatically adjusts the strength of the vibrations!!! This groundbreaking watch is offered in red, white, and grey, with an LED screen that adjusts light levels based on its surroundings. Mutewatch is a Swedish based company operating out of Stockholm, that is currently selling their watch in local stores. If you’d rather not jet set to Scandinavia to scoop one up, save your frequent flier miles and try online.
(Imagery Provided by Mutewatch)
Lactose intolerant folks rejoice! There’s a new line of ‘yogurt’ for all to enjoy, and with delectable flavors like lime, blueberry, and raspberry no less. New York based fashion brand NOOKA has teamed up with the one and only Karim Rashid to create a new line of arm candy titled, “Yogurt.” The bold, colorful watches are based on the synergies of “democratic design” and “universal language.” “Yogurt” is their first circular design, utilizing soft, malleable polyurethane. The watch face displays digital hexagons that comprise the hour, while minutes tick away encircling the outer display of the watch. This tasty timepiece also features sleep mode, in addition to a 12 and 24 hour display mode. Now that’s a fresh watch that’s ripe for the picking. ($130)
Twisted Time is a Glasgow based watch shop for all you watch geeks out there! The idea behind the unique shop is to sell and showcase watches that stand out from the crowd, but don’t break the bank (all watches here retail for under $200.00!!!) Twisted Times lives by the philosophy of Jim Rohn “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
Each watch is carefully selected with the finest construction and quality of detail in mind. Some pieces take an old world watch and add a new world spin, while others are just new age all together, but in this line of uniquely designed there is something for everyone.