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Rumor Mill: Samsung to Launch the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch at IFA

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The competition between Samsung and Apple is fiercer than ever. It’s been rumored for months that Apple is working on a smart watch, but Samsung is working actively to beat them to the punch.

Sources say that Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch at their IFA press event, which will be held on September 4th. Apple is also said to be planning a press conference announcing the iWatch this September, but specifics on both events are not yet available or officially announced by either manufacturer.

Few details have been confirmed for the Galaxy Gear, but you can expect it to be compatible with Samsung’s wide range of smartphones and tablets.

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Watch For The Blind Features Ball Bearings To Tell The Time

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Whether you’re unable to see or just have an aversion of looking down at your wrist, the Bradley watch will let you tell the time without ever even having to open your eyes; that’s why the makers want you to call it a timepiece, and not a watch. It uses two ball bearings to indicate the hours and minutes, one on the face and the other around the periphery, in special tracks. Magnets hidden inside put the ball bearings in the right place, so that all you have to do is touch your watch to know what time it is. The face features clearly textured hour markers to make it even simpler to find your way around. A $128 pledge to the Kickstarter campaign will get you one, with delivery in November.

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[ A stylish steel watch will always stand out when put on. ]

Tokyoflash Kisai Intoxicated Features A Breathalyzer

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It used to be that Tokyoflash watches got conversations started thanks to their unusual way of telling the time. Now you can add another potentially useful feature: measuring your blood alcohol content. The Kisai Intoxicated has a port on the side which when blown upon for 5 seconds, registers the amount of libations in your breath and informs you of the results. Granted, they’re not incredibly accurate, giving results in 0.02mg/L tiers, but it should be enough to tell you whether you’re just a little buzzed or altogether drunk. We suggest not taking any chances if you’re hovering near the legal limit, since the margin of error could potentially lead you to false negatives, but as a general indicator of sobriety, it’ll do in a pinch.

Aside from that ability, the watch fits in with other timepieces from the company with an original (if not altogether difficult) timetelling design. It’s $99, and due to heightened demand, is currently on pre-order, with shipping slated for July 1st.

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TokyoFlash Kisai Rogue Wood Watch

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It’s been a while since we’ve covered our favourite watchmaker, so we’re pleased to announce the Kisai Rogue Wood, from Tokyoflash. It combines one of their trademark initially-hard-to-read time-telling watchfaces, with a rather distinctive looking wooden wristband and case.

The case and strap have been carefully made from a combination of 100% natural maple and sandal wood, meaning each watch has a unique wood-grained finish. A clear coating has been applied to the wood for protection.

The lens is made of mineral crystal and links that make up the strap are individually made so the strap can be adjusted like a normal watch to fit your wrist perfectly.

We think they look rather good, and unlike some of their other designs, it’s not so hard to tell the time with this one. Just refer to the image below.

The watches are $99 for the next 25 hours.

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CST-01 Watch Is World’s Thinnest

E-ink displays are great for a number of reasons, one of which is that their technology can be harvested and used in other products, like the watch above: the CST-01. Measuring a ridiculous 0.80mm thin, the timepiece is about the thickness of a slap bracelet. Built around a stainless steel frame, it weighs next to nothing: 12g, or less than the weight of five pennies. But its physical attributes are only half the story. Since it uses e-ink to display the time, it barely uses any power at all. As a matter of fact

the micro energy cell (MEC) that powers the watch is incredible in its own right. It can be recharged 10,000 times and lasts over 15 years. The watch can charge in 10 minutes and we expect [it] to be able to function for a month between charges.

Charges in 10 minutes? Lasts a month? Is super thin? Weighs nothing? Sign us up! Well… we should probably say, we’re tempted to plunk down the $129 for a Kickstarter pre-order. The campaign is more than fully funded at the moment, with $613k raised on a $200k goal. Which means that if all else goes well, delivery will happen in September of 2013.

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TokyoFlash Launches Polygon Watch

Our love for Tokyoflash watches hasn’t necessarily waned, but we have to recognize that not all are created equal, which is why we don’t cover every single launch. But we like the Kisai Polygon above. It harkens back to the company’s obtuse time-telling schemes, though once you’ve figured out how it works, it’s actually really simple.

Twelve polygons around the outside of the display show hours, in the same position as hours on a clock.

Six larger triangles inside act as the minute hand, pointing to 00, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 minutes past the hour. Single minutes are displayed by a hexagonal digit in the centre of the display. Easy once you know how.

Yeah, we realize that that particular explanation (or even our attempt) may not be enough to get you to see it right away. But really, it’s like those stereograms that pop out of page once you look at them right. Which is the beauty of the Kisai Polygon in our opinion. Still, hit the jump for a graphic that could help clear things up a bit.

It’s $99.

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New Romain Jerome Watch Features Parts Of An Actual DeLorean Car

Romain Jerome is known for making expensive watches that contain pieces of various things, like the Titanic or moon dust. It’s a winning formula it appears, and now the company has announced the launch of the DeLorean DNA watch. It features pieces of an original DeLorean DMC-12 and has “an aesthetic reminiscent of the classic car.”

The ring surrounding the minute counter at 3 o’clock evokes the original design of the wheel rims, while the hands are inspired by automobile dashboards. The small seconds dial has the same colours and look as the car’s tail-lights.

Of course like most of his other timepieces that are either expensive or ridiculously expensive, the DeLorean DNA watch clocks in at a hefty $15,900. There will only be 81 of them made, and that’s a good thing too considering there are only 6,500 of the cars left and we’d rather not see even a single one of them be sacrificed in the name of fancy watchmaking.

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Seiko Japan Launches Limited Edition Star Wars Watches

The Star Wars saga is perhaps the cult classic amongst geeks, so it’s no surprise to see products like the above watch making the rounds whenever they’re announced. Seiko Japan is putting out a series of wristwatches featuring various characters from the films. The one in the picture is the Seiko Brightz R2-D2, and features a 300dpi screen that can display scenes from the movies. Other watches are more traditional looking and come in flavours of Darth Maul, Darth Vader and Stormtroopers. Depending on the model, there will be between 500 and 1,500 of each made. With limited supply comes of course the fancy prices: around $1,800, although now that they’re already on the market, you can find some on eBay for less.

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Tokyoflash Releases Kisai Zone

At this point we believe we don’t need to hammer in just how much we like Tokyoflash. So let’s cut to the chase and just announce that they have a new watch out. It’s made from stainless steel and features an always on LCD screen with “a composition of stylized hexagons.” These are fairly easy to read at a glance, as the hexagons actually write out numerals. It looks a little weird at first, but the picture above should clear things up a bit. Another thing to note is the “constantly moving display. Seconds are always changing and fractions of seconds continuously rotate. An additional animation sends hexagons spinning around the screen once every 15 minutes. Both of these animations can be turned on or off.”

It comes in two strap and four LCD colours. The Kisai Zone is currently $99 for the next 26 hours, and will go up to $139 afterwards.

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