Posts Tagged ‘mens watches’
November 13th, 2013 – The master craftsmen over at Melbourne-based watch company AÃRK Collective, are heading into the holiday season with the introduction of their new 2013 Classic Premium Collection – a series of minimalistic and luxurious watches that follow AÃRK’s previous Classic Collection. The new range experiments with materials and finishing – leather, gold, silver and black – as a play on texture.
Each of the three models in the Classic Premium Collection have a brushed matte finish, a jet-black dial and accented gloss hands, all thoughtfully designed to achieve a graphic and not-too-flashy luxe result.
The Classic Premium Amber is made from a high grade 316L Stainless Steel, with a case that protects the timepiece’s precise Japanese Quartz Movement from water damage and the shock of hard knocks.
On top of custom-molded parts that are exclusive to AÃRK, this watch’s unique look comes courtesy of an independent second hand, while the pebbled Italian calfskin leather band makes it comfortable to wear. It’s the perfect unisex piece for everyday style.
The final piece in the collection is AÃRK’s Classic Premium Sterling watch, which is constructed of high grade 316L Stainless Steel and a pebbled Italian calfskin leather band.
Outside of the new collection, but still one of our favorites is the Iconic Graphite watch. A statement watch. Influenced by industrial and avionic instruments, it is raw, tough and precise. With solid form and proportions, it’s a utilitarian piece built for durability and aesthetic beauty; its endurance and strength are paramount.
At the core of the Iconic lies a 1:10 chronograph Japanese Quartz movement. Its dial is designed for both function and symmetry, with acid-etched details and a rotating bezel that can keep track of elapsed time. A 3mm Italian calfskin leather band complements the durability of the case, and softens with each wear for every day comfort. The 316L Aircraft-grade stainless steel has been PVD ion plated, which, combined with the 42mm diameter construction, ensures the Iconic will remain strong and intact.
Photography Courtesy of AÃRK Collective
“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.
April 10th, 2013 – Scotch & Soda have been cranking out classic staple pieces since the 80′s, fast forward twenty years, and the Amsterdam based fashion house is keeping the hits relevant. The spring / summer 2013 collection is military-inspired with a fresh twist, dominated by indigo toned items that are bleached down and over-dyed in colorful summer shades. Amongst the desaturated undertones of the garments are pops of minty green, whites, and neon colors to keep the pieces light – think casually stylish guy ventures to the equator, with no iron.
All-over printed linen shirt $140.00
Ethnic Rock chino shorts $140.00
Sailor sweater with 3/4 sleeves $107.00
Photography Courtesy of Scotch & Soda
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)
Looking straight out of a Mission Impossible movie the Hacker Watch is quite the timepiece. The watch looks strangely like the knob of a safe, so similar that we can almost hear the ticking of the dial. The concave face features a central disk that supports the hands while protecting the lens from Ethan Hunt-like activities, like hanging suspended from a harness and what not (Or just the mundane, inter-office arm wrestling matches, whatever you choose). The watch was crafted by Michael Young and influenced by his engineering projects. It comes outfitted in a stainless steel case, clear lens and polyurethane strap and comes in six different hues to match with your arm wresting sweatbands… or grappling hooks. We’re not judging.
(Photographs: Michael Young)
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.
In 2000, Italo Fontana, grandson of Ilvo Fontana, was looking through his grandfathers old papers when he came across a project to design and manufacture watches specially designed for the navy forces. There is was on paper, the Italian government had contracted his grandfather to create an exclusive set of watches for the most elite unit of the navy. The contract fell through, but the papers inspired Italo to see the 1942 project though, and there, the U-42 watch was born by Italo’s U-Boat Watches.
Italo took his grandfathers sketches and re generated them into a design very similar, but slightly smaller. There are only 29 U-42 watches in the world, they are watertight, made of 5 grade titanium with ceramic sphere on the bezel at 12 o’clock, with easy to clean features. The look of the watch is contemporary with a dash of retro which dates it back to an era of strength and sophistication.
In addition to the exclusive U-42 watches, below are select watches from other collections at U-Boat which are abundant in class and style.
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.