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Gadgets, Watches

Another stunning (but mostly completely baffling) watch from Tokyoflash

By Stefano on March 5th, 2013

tokyoflash

We really love Tokyoflash Japan and their genius watches. They look amazing, but can we use them to tell the time? – well nah, but who cares.

The company has just released its latest community designed watch, Kisai X, which is apartment based on a concept that the company published on its Tokyoflash Design Studio Blog which was submitted jointly by Firdaus Rohman from Malaysia and Heather Sable from America.

It describes the watch this way.

“Sharp lines of LED light shining through the dark pyramid lens appear to be a secret code. They are in fact regular numbers that present the digital time in an easy to read way. Inspired by cryptography, Kisai X features time, date, alarm and animation mode. Can you decode the time?”

It is available in black or silver polished stainless steel with a blue, green or red LED display and you use its USB connection to recharge it. It is on sale now for $99 (€75, £65) from here.



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Is Apple gunning for your wrist? How the iWatch could revolutionise smart watches

By Stefano on December 4th, 2012

As a gentleman of discerning taste and impeccable grooming you are probably wearing a watch. It is likely to have been made by a high-end Swiss company and quite possibly cost you a fair bit of money.

If that is you the you are in fact part of a dying breed. Male watch wearers have been on the decline for several years now and there are many good reasons why. Firstly the economy. With many people watching their cash watches are often seen as a luxury that ultimately we can do without.

Secondly you simply can’t escape from devices that tell you the time. Even bus shelters let you know not just how long it is until the next 73 but also what the time is right now and how late you are going to be.

The overwhelming reason though for the decline in watch wearing is that it is one of many gadgets that has been usurped by the mobile phone. I bought my first mobile in 1997, which was around the time I stopped wearing watches on a regular basis. I have bought a few since, but they reside in a draw in my room and only appear on special occasions.

Nope if I want to know what the time is I pull out my phone, or if I am at home, my iPad. From a functional perspective there really is no need for me to own one.

SPOT and the early smart watches

The first whiff of change came a decade or so ago when a flurry of smart watches that appeared that added brought live data and gadget functionality to the wrist. Microsoft unveiled something called SPOT technology which drew in basic info like traffic details and the weather via FM transmissions. In spite of a hard core geeky fan club though SPOT never really took off.

I also remember a flurry of watch MP3 players like this one from Casio. There were also watch cameras too and I remember Sir Paul McCartney getting very excited about wearing one and sharing all his images with the press. There was also a Casio MP3 watch which received lots of press coverage, but attracted very few purchasers.

More recently has seen the growth of mobile phone watches which team up with Bluetooth headsets and enable the user to make and receive phone calls as well do basics like send text messages. The market leader here appears to be sWaP whose range can be bought SIM free in the UK via Amazon.

But it is only now that the smart watch has come of age and now shows signs of going mainstream. There are two reasons for this. Firstly the technology that enables watches to communicate with smart phones has matured to point whereby exciting data (ie your latest Facebook updates!) can be ported to the watch’s screen. Secondly our growing desire to archive every area of our lives – from the number of steps we take to the messages we send – has meant a renaissance in wearable technology and the wrist is a great place to keep a device to ensure that it is easy to access.

The new generation of smart watches

A great example of how smart watch technology is heading is the I’m Watch from Italy. This teams up with any number of smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile) via a Bluetooth connection to deliver a huge selection of features. You can do the basics, make and receive calls, send text messages etc. But you can also use it to get updates from social networks, see your email, play music, check the weather and more. There are also developers working on new features to add to the watch.

The I’m Watch has its rivals. Sony’s Liveview, and the just launched Cookoo, both of which have fewer features but are significantly cheaper and may have great mass appeal.

Then there is the Pebble which gives you access to lots of apps so that you can turn your watch into a cycle computer or fitness performance analyser.

Almost all of the watches let you customise the face too, and you can even opt for an old school analogue type fascia.

You can bet too that companies who pioneered gadget watches like Swatch, are monitoring the new breed of devices and will be working on partnerships and developing their own products very soon.

Is the iWatch next?

There is one company though that could seriously propel smart watches into the mainstream – you guessed it Apple. Having sewn up the smartphone and tablet markets there is a huge amount of speculation as to where the company will be turning its attention to next. Some critics believe that Apple’s focus will be reinventing TV. However if it wants to explode a maturing market smart watches would be a sensible move. The reach would be huge and the watch would be complementary to Apple’s existing range of devices.

Apple is especially good at coming up with interfaces and operating systems that make devices easier to use. What bigger challenge could there be than making that tiny screen useful? Maybe Siri could play an important role? Secondly Apple is also genius at creating products that excite consumers. If anyone is going to be able to produce a gorgeous hi-tech watch it has to be Apple.

Finally Apple has a great track record of taking nascent technologies and perfecting them so that they are mass market friendly.

In some way the company has already done the groundwork in that iPad nano has the screen size of a smart watch and already has many of its features. All it would need to do would be for Apple to add a Bluetooth connection to the iPhone that enables the nano to access data and it would have a smart watch.

So, for any gadget lover a smart watch sounds like a no brainer. Except that there are a few significant obstacles that will have to overcome before they become mass market.

The biggest is battery life. Most smart watches need a recharge every few days and do you really want another device you have to power up.

Then there’s the making and receiving calls process. Apparently none of us are especially keen on being Dick Tracey and having a conversation via our watches.

Then there is the frustration of being able to access information but not really responding it. To reply to that tweet or email you will probably still have to get out your mobile.

Finally smart watch makers need to get design right. Producing watches that will appeal to techy boys and girls is one thing. Creating a timepiece that has the elegance and sophistication of say a Tag is another.

Over to you Jonathan Ive.

In the meantime here are the watches mentioned in the article.

Sony Liveview smart watch £70

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The highest profile smart watch so far the Sony watch gives you updates from Facebook, Twitter, email and more. It will also play any tunes you have on your phone and there are a series of other apps that you can download. It works with Android phones only at the moment.



Celeb style, Watches

David Beckham becomes new face of Breitling watches

By shinychris on November 14th, 2012

Beckham and Breitling

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He’s more commonly seen wearing Rolexes, like the Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA Watch, but now the part time LA Galaxy footballer and style icon David Beckham has been named the face of Breitling’s Transocean Chronograph Unitime worldtimer watch (phew that’s a mouthful). Launched earlier this year, the Transocean Chronograph Unitime is equipped with the new Manufacture Breitling Caliber B05and features a double disk enabling permanent readings of the time in all 24 timezones – handy if you are the globe trotting Beckham I’m sure.

Shot o the runway of the Mojave Air & Space Port in California by  renowned American photographer Anthony Mandler the striking images below show Beckham standing in front of a private jet wearing his Transocean Chronograph Unitime watch. “I’ve always been a long-time admirer of Breitling”, said David Beckham. “As a company they create not only the highest-performance watches but also timeless designs that have inspired generations. It was a natural choice for me to partner with this fantastic brand.”

Unfortunately not everyone on Breitling’s Facebook‘s page is so enthusiastic about Beckham’s endorsement, one writing ‘That’s 150 odd years of reputation down the drain’ and another ‘It’s time to change the brand of watches’ Oh well can’t please everyone.



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Eric Clapton’s ultra-rare Patek Philippe 2499 wristwatch is up for auction

By Gerald Lynch on October 30th, 2012

The Patek Philippe 2499 is like the Holy Grail of wristwatches, the sort of timepiece enthusiasts would happily dive in-front of marauding boulder, Indiana Jones style, in order to acquire. Perhaps the rarest wristwatch in the world, and also regarded by many experts as the finest ever made too, it’s about to go up for sale at Christies in Geneva on November 12th, something few believed would ever happen.

Like all great antiquities, the story of the Patek Philippe 2499 is an intriguing one. One of only a pair ever made back in 1989 at the personal request of Patek owner and former brand president Philipe Stern (the other sits in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva), it was never intended to be sold, but fell into the hands of an unknown-private collector, thought never to be seen again.

But that collector is now parting with his ultra-valuable wristwatch. And that collector happens to be rock ‘n’ roll legend Eric Clapton, adding a priceless element of mystique to an already exquisite item.

This is before you even consider the quality of the watch itself. A Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph (Reference 2499) cased in platinum, the most valuable metal in the world, it’s considered the finest watch from the world’s best wristwatch manufacturer at the height of their powers.

It’s therefore a watch sale quite unlike any other.

So what should you expect to pay for a unique slice of design history? Somewhere between  £1.5 million and £3 million are the current conservative estimates.



Accessories, Watches

Storm Watches reveal AW2012 Black, Remex and Dualtec styles

By Gerald Lynch on October 11th, 2012

We love our British brands here at Brandish, and there’s no wristwatch house here in Blighty we love more than Storm. Revealing their 2012 range, we wen’t down to see their AW2012 collection at a preview event in London today. Combining retro mechanical aesthetics alongside items with a more futuristic feel, there’s something for everyone this year. We’ve picked out our favourites from the bunch below, but scroll to the bottom of the post for a gallery taking in the entire range.

Top of the line (and top of the price range) is the Storm Black Aquatec. Pictured above, it’s made using sapphire glass with a rotating ceramic bezel, sitting on the chunkier side of this year’s slim-wrist trend. Water resistant to up to 200M, it’s a toughie too, letting you take a dive without having to lose track of time. You’re looking at £239.99 for the white version, or £259.99 for the black edition.

If you like a traditional clockwork design, the special edition Storm Dualtec will catch your eye. Using a multi-layerd cog and gear face, it too is water resistant, this time up to 50m. The Dualtec comes in two colours, black or brown, and will set you back £159.99 or £179.99 respectively.

Moving from the classic styles to more modern designs, the Storm Remex is probably our favourite from the whole line. Using two numeric dials with a harsh squared-off font to display the time, it’s a lightwieght design for the techy gent. £89.99 will grab you the white version, £99.99 for the Tron-like Slate and Lazer Blue.

Another sci-fi inspired slice of timekeeping design comes courtesy of the Mini Lazer watches. They pull together a silver and enamel strap with a pastel-coloured glass front, and is again water resistant to 50M. With the colourful faces suitable for either sex, each blue, ice or pink Mini Lazer watch costs £119.99.

Dotted around the showcase was also Storm’s jewelery collection. their Quin line takes in leather, plaid and stainless steel necklaces and bracelets, ranging from £39.99 to £54.99.

Check out the complete range from every angle in the gallery below.

Storm Watches AW2012 collection

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Accessories, Watches

Burberry combines British design with Swiss craftsmanship in new collection The Britain

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 10th, 2012

Here at Brandish we’re always debating ‘what makes the man’. Of course we don’t expect the men of Britain to be dressed like James Bond all day every day (OK we do a little…), but we’re great believers that accessories is a great way to stay stylish even on the odd off day.

One of our favourite new additions to the world of accessories comes from British heritage label Burberry which has just released its new watch collection: The Britain. Offering ‘a powerful balance of modernity and tradition, mixing strong attitude and innovative design with elegant craftsmanship’ The Britain has been designed in (you guessed it!) Britain and hand-finished by master artisans in Biel, Switzerland. This collection truly captures the spirit of Burberry, celebrating its heritage and culture – it takes inspiration from the iconic trench coat – yet fitting perfectly in with the lifestyle of the modern man. We think even Bond would like to get his hands on one of these…

Take a look at the complete collection here and below are images that gives us a glimpse into how The Britain was made.



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Casio mark 30th anniversary of G-Shock brand with fire red watch line

By Gerald Lynch on August 14th, 2012

Casio are preparing for quite the anniversary. April 13th 2012 will mark the 30th birthday of the brand’s popular chunky G-Shock wristwatch line.

To mark the occasion, Casio are to release three fire-red limited edition watches. The sturdy Mudman G-9330A, Frogman GF-8230A and DW-6930A have all been given a devilish makeover, a bold look for a bold brand that’s consistently pushed watch design to its limits.

Etched with the special 30th Anniversary logo designed by Eric Haze and finished with gold tint, they’ll land in a special commemorative tin sometime around September.

More than anything, it’s hard to believe the G-Shock brand is now nearly 30 years old, and how the classic look is stills stylish. Just take a look at the first ever G-Shock model pictured below, the DW-5000C-1A. Despite launching in April 1983, the G-Shock line still retains many of the details established so many years ago:

 



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The Grande Seconde Watch by J.Crew x Mougin & Piquard

By Laura on November 15th, 2011

J.Crew and luxury watch retailer Tourneau recently teamed up to reproduce a pair vintage styled watches based on sketches from Parisian watchmaker Mougin & Piquard’s archive.

The watches clearly reflect J.Crew’s design sensibilities while borrowing its style from the pilot watches of the ’20s. The Grand Seconde Watch collection features beautiful outer dials displaying minutes and seconds, accompanied by an inner dial showing the hour. These limited edition watches, handcrafted in Switzerland, are available at J.Crew for $425 USD.



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The Terry Richardson Casio Collaboration

By Laura on September 28th, 2011

Terry Richardson, yeah the pervy guy behind American Apparel, recently released a double book, called “Mom & Dad.” To launch the book, the world acclaimed photographer Richardson, is exhibiting picture of his parents at the Colotte in Paris.

The exhibition is joined by a small pop-up store, which includes a selection of products such as t-shirts, G-shock and BabyG Casio watches. Despite what we may think of Richardson, these watches are pretty damn cool. The watches come in a brilliant red plaid, mimicking his trademark button-down shirts.

Mom & Dad is being held at Colette now through November 5 and you can purchase the time pieces online and in store today.



Lifestyle & Gadgets, Watches

Casio launched Formula 1 predictor game on Facebook

By Laura on May 17th, 2011

Formula 1 fan? Then make sure you check out the Facebook game Casio lauched last month. Users have to try and predict specific race times from each Grand Prix for the chance to winning various prizes, including a VIP trip to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Casio EDIFICE watches and more.

Each week, you are asked to ‘Guess the Time’ of the driver in pole position and the fastest lap time of Casio’s Formula 1 partner Red Bull Racing. Users will be entered into a draw every week they play.

players who guess either time correctly get to go on a tour of the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes, and the users who come closest each week overall will win one of Casio’s latest EDIFICE watches.

I have had a chance to check out the EDIFICE watch… and trust me they are pretty awesome. You can check out the game here.



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G-shock West opens in London

By Laura on April 1st, 2011

Yesterday we went to check out the opening of the Casio G-Shock West store in the heart of Covent Garden.

When we walked in the front door we were greeted by a live street art installation – meant to serve as a dynamic celebration of the transience of the space and G-Shock’s passion for the spontaneous creativity of the underground art scene.

The new store stocks all the latest G-Shock, Baby-G and G-Shock Premium watches. As I mentioned in my article yesterday I have not really been following G-Shock, and honestly did not have huge expectations for the brand. However, any hesitations I once had were completely gone after checking out the new collection. It really feels as though they have given their classic watches new life through new colour ways and shapes.

A definite highlight of the collection was the limited edition collaboration with revered graffiti artist KRINK , the G-Shock DW-6900KR. This watch epitomises the resilience and toughness associated with graffiti culture and blends a classic G-Shock shape with the iconic silver colouring distinctive of KRINK’s style. The watch comes with a number of useful features including water resistance of up to 200 meters, world timer, full auto and flash alert lighting.

One of our team loved the G-Shock DW-6900KR so much, he went back this morning to pick one up

To celebrate the opening of the store, G-Shock will be offering 20% off your first purchase (until May 31st), so get down there soon to check it out.



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Casio G-Shock GRX-5600B-2JF

By Laura on March 31st, 2011

Ahead of the G-shock West launch tonight in Seven Dials, London, I decided to do a little research and check out some of their latest watches. To be honest I was not really expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. One of my favourites is the G-Shock’s GRX-5600, which merges two of the brand’s most iconic styles, the DW-5600 and DW-6900. The result a highly durable watch for those out on the water. It even has the ability to calculate waves with a solar panel for battery collection. Time to hit the beach…



Accessories, Watches

The Casio Pathfinder

By Laura on March 23rd, 2011

Looking for a new watch with a more grown up look? Then check out the new Pathfinder range from Casio. This watch has all the makings of the G-Shock yet with more mature refinement.

Incorporating a durable casing with some great outdoor functions, including a digital compass, altimeter, thermometer and barometer. Additionally, battery power can be taken in from solar energy thanks to the “Tough Solar” feature.

However, at the end of the day the Pathfinder is a watch, and accuracy is paramount. This is provided by a 6-Band atomic syncing feature which allows radio signals to calibrate the watch – super cool in our opinions!



Watches

The Nooka Zub Ziric

By Laura on December 14th, 2010

I recently came across the Nooka Zub Ziric and loved the way it brings functionality and design together. Reading like an analog watch, the 12 dots represent hours while the horizontal row counts minutes, with a small window counting up the seconds. The watch is set in a polyurethane band and features an alarm mode as well as a chronograph mode.

Available here for $130



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Turn Your iPod Nano Into A Watch

By Laura on November 19th, 2010

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Scott Wilson, formerly the global creative director for Nike Watches is introducing the TikTok and LunaTik, a wrist dock that will allow you to turn your Nano into a watch.

The TikTok is the cheaper of the two versions, with a plastic band and a snap-in frame inspired by the locking mechanisms found on ski boots. The LunaTik is the more premium case – forged from Aerospace Grade Aluminum and then machined via CNC into its final form. The straps are made from high grade silicone rubber and the hardware is solid stainless steel.

Wilson is using Kickstarter to find people to fund the project. By pledging $25 you are pre-ordering TikTok (which will retail for $34.95) or by pledging $50 you are pre-ordering the LunaTik (which will retail for $69.95). He needed $15K to reach his goal and is currently at $127,024 so we think it’s safe to say we will see production of this project kicking off soon.

TikTok+LunaTik MultiTouch Watch Kits for iPod Nano from Scott Wilson on Vimeo.




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