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Tag Archives: Watches

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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LEGO Is Going To Make Watches For Adults

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Even though they already have a line of watches for kids, LEGO has announced they’ll complement that range with one made for grown-ups. Now everybody knows there’s no such thing as grown-ups, but only kids wearing big boy pants. So we wouldn’t be surprised to see some vigorous interest in these. Ranging in price from $85 to $185, these watches will have the added benefit (much like the ones made for kids) of having wristbands that disassemble and mix-and-match with those of other LEGO timepieces. This means that if you own more than one, you can further customize it… though if you get to the point where you’re buying two of these just so you can screw around with the wristbands, you clearly fall in the “too much money” category. Or “serious, serious LEGO aficionado.”

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Awesome Ring-Worn Clock Could Be Real, Isn’t Yet

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Here’s to hoping that an ambitious crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo not only reaches its funding goals, but that the product in question turns into reality even if funding is met (which is not always guaranteed). It’s called the Ring Clock, and is meant to be a time telling device worn on one of your fingers. It allegedly uses “ultra-thin mono-color LEDs” and a “6mAh, ultrathin rechargeable lithium polymer battery” to display the time at the twist of its body. The battery, though small, would be enough to give the ring one week of autonomy. Charging would be done wirelessly, through induction using the Qi standard and would involve nothing more than placing it on a charging plate. It’s an eye catching product, which would be sure to start several conversations at parties and altogether make you look like an Alpha geek.

But here’s the rub. The company is seeking $287,400 in funding. So far, the only concrete thing they have is a work-in-progress prototype which appears to be nothing more than the external body with laser cut numerals. They admit that they will use a third of the funds to complete said prototypes… so we’re not even sure if the concept can actually be pulled off. We’re not informed of any track record they may have, and considering how ahead of its time it is, we’re worried that even if they manage to reach their goal, that the Ring Clock will never be successfully manufactured. Still, this is the nature of crowd funding: to give an opportunity to people to produce innovative products when they might not otherwise have fit traditional criteria for doing so. Let’s hope they pull it off. It’s an $185 pledge to get in line for yours, which might arrive in April 2014 if all goes well.

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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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