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2015 Is Upon Us, Might As Well Get A Flux Capacitor Wristwatch

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Who wears wristwatches anymore? No one, but don’t tell Apple that. Still, if you fancy yourself old school and don’t plan on getting a smartwatch, you might want to take a look at this cool Flux Capacitor watch instead. With 2015 (the year that Back to the Future II mostly takes place in) right around the corner, it seems fitting to consider its purchase. It has an LED flux capacitor in the middle, looks ok, and tells the time in an obtuse manner that may add to its charm in the eyes of some.

Reading the time on the Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wristwatch is pretty fun. Press the bottom button and then get ready to count lights. Time is divided into hours, minutes first digit, minutes second digit – so it looks confusing, but is very easy to read. (Example: 10 lights, 5 lights, 3 lights = 10:53 – and it repeats). At the same time, the time circuit LCD display will show you the date.

We actually have a soft spot for these types of watches, having been big fans of Tokyoflash for a while. And at $50, this Flux Capacitor timepiece is about half the price of pretty much any Japanese equivalent.

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MB&F Have A $230,000 Space Pirate Watch. Yes, $230,000

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Well that’s a lot of money for something that sits on your wrist. But then again, these timepieces are meant to be bought by the kinds of people that own yachts and private planes and mansions, so what’s a quarter million dollar wristwatch to them? MB&F is known for their lavish watches, and the HM6 Space Pirate is no exception. Looking otherworldly with its various bulbs, the piece is sure to attract attention at the country club.

In each of the four corners of HM6’s biomorphic case is a 360° sphere, capped top and bottom by transparent sapphire crystal domes. Up forward, two semi-spherical indications rotate vertically, displaying hours and minutes. Back aft, driven through multiplying gearing by the automatic winding rotor, twin spherical turbines spin horizontally, automatically regulating the winding system in case of excessive speed to reduce stress and wear.

The transparent central dome houses a 60-second flying tourbillon, the precision regulator of HM6’s Engine. This flying tourbillon can be protected from UV radiation, which speeds up oxidation of lubricating oils, by a retractable shield operated by a crown on the left side of the case.

While the transparent cupola on top of HM6 Space Pirate offers a tantalising glimpse into the sophisticated Engine below, the sapphire crystal display portal on the back reveals more of the 475 finely finished components..

There will only be 50 of these watches made, so order yours now. And then give us a call… we need funding.

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Tikker Is A Watch That Counts Down Your Life

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We’re all gonna kick the bucket, sooner or later. And while some of us are aware that every passing minute is precious, others might need a more visual reminder. The Tikker wristwatch pictured above serves as a powerful expression that your time on this planet is limited, and it does this by displaying not the actual time of day, but how long you have left to live. The way it works involves answering a questionnaire (probably to determine your likely life span), and deducting your current age from the result.

Aside from doing its duty as a powerful symbol of your mortality, it’s also a statement to others that you take life seriously and intend to make the most of it.

We’re not sure whether Tikker also displays the actual time of day, but we’re going to go ahead and assume it does. A $39 pledge will get you one.

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Modillian Strap Turns Any Wristwatch Into A Smartwatch

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The problem with wearing smart watches is that you’re wearing a smartwatch. You’re often going to sacrifice a whole bunch of aesthetics in order to gain only a spoonful of features. Modillian, however, wants to give you the best of both worlds by allowing you to wear any watch you want, while still having some smartwatch functionality. It does this by integrating a Bluetooth-enabled module into the strap’s clasp, which will alert you of incoming calls, texts, messages, and reminders by means of vibrating alerts. Sure, it’s not quite as cool as being able to have a mouth-to-wrist, Dick Tracy style conversation, but at least you’ll be able to wear that expensive Hublot watch you paid so much for and still know if you get a text even if your phone is in the glove box.

There’s no word on price, but the company says they’re launching on June 10th.

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This Is An Atomic Watch, Really

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There’s really nothing quite like the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) new F2 atomic clock when it comes to precision in time-keeping; at most it’ll be off by one second… every 300 million years. And while the watch you’re looking at above isn’t quite as precise, it is powered by the same kind of mechanism behind the NIST-F2. It’s called The Cesium 133 and as the name implies, uses the precise decaying properties of the Cesium-133 isotope to keep an extremely accurate track of time. It’ll lose a second every 1,000 years, which should be enough to keep you punctual within your lifetime, and a few generations down.

Of course no one really needs this kind of precision, but for the geeks out there it’s a fun piece of technology to wear on your wrist. You likely won’t be able to get one though, since it looks like only 10 are being made. It’s probably a good thing too since you’d have had to spend $6,000 to get one.

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Classic Arcade Wristwatch Misses The Mark By A Hair

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This is a watch that looks like a miniature arcade cabinet strapped to your wrist. It’s got the PEW! PEW! sounds and flashing lights, but what it doesn’t have is a working game. Unfortunately. The joystick is decorative and the button causes the thing to flash and make some sounds, but there’s no gaming to be had. With the size of modern LCD screens and chipsets, it seems at least a rudimentary game could have been included, but, well, there isn’t one. Still, $60 isn’t much to ask for a dork’s delight.

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The Faceless Durr Watch Vibrates Every 5 Minutes

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Ever feel like time just flew by? Like, the whole day just passed you by and you have no idea where the hours went! The Durr watch is a curious investigation into our perceptions of time, and it does this by simply vibrating once every 5 minutes. It doesn’t do anything else. It specifically doesn’t tell you time. Instead, what you get is a haptic rhythm by which you’ll be able to get a new perspective on the passage of time.

Time perception is our subjective understanding of how fast time passes. Our ability to accurately estimate durations depend on a range of factors. With Durr you become aware of how your brain alters the length of a bus ride, how fast you finish a beer, how time flies by when you enjoy yourself, and drags along when you wait in line at the post office.

Aside from becoming better acquainted with the workings of your inner mind, there isn’t much utility to the Durr Watch. But it’s an interesting concept nonetheless. At $120 a piece, it’s not outrageously priced, although you’ll have to get in line for the 2nd batch, since the first run of 50 has already sold out.

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Archos Releases Smartwatches For Techies on a Budget

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If you’re keen on buying a smartwatch but haven’t found one with the features that you want in the budget that you’ve allocated for it, then you might want to check out the offerings from Archos. The brand is known for manufacturing discount electronics, and this time they’ve got their sights set on affordable smartwatches.

Their lowest-priced offering is priced at $50 and will feature a 1.55-inch black-and-white LCD screen. That’s not so bad, considering that it’ll come with a good-enough battery life of close to two weeks. Second in line is the $100 model, which will sport a color LCD screen but will only come with two days of battery life. The priciest one they’re offering, which is priced at $129, will come with a curved E-ink display and a week-and-a-half long battery life.

The smartwatches are compatible with both Android and iOS devices and will be released this summer.

 

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Original Grain Watches Are Gorgeous – A Hands-On Opinion

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Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But I’ve had an Original Grain watch for the last week or so and I have to say, it’s one of the most outstanding timepieces I’ve owned. It doesn’t have any high-tech features, but it does have one of the most eye-catching wooden constructions I’ve come across. The combination of matte black metal with wooden elements plays off wonderfully, and it’s nice to know the face is protected with solid sapphire crystal, as opposed to glass. This means it’s pretty much scratch resistant. They don’t do much more than tell time, but will attract attention and I think they’re definitely worth the roughly $200 investment. They come in Indian Rosewood, Maple, and Green Sandalwood flavours, and are water resistant. However, given the fact that wood is used, extended exposure may end up damaging the material so try not to abuse their water-resisting abilities.

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