Posted on 09 April 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
We have covered a number of new releases from Arnold & Son in the last month, five to be exact. Well, here is number six, and it is another beautiful and technically interesting watch. Part of their instrument line, the CBT utilizes an in-house movement to incorporate both a chronograph and true beat second hand, a world’s first according to the company. As to be expected from a boutique such as this, the detailing on the watch is lovely, with the blued hands leaping out against the light grey and silver colors. Continue Reading
Posted on 04 April 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
45 years ago, man first walked on the moon. And an Omega was there. And Omega wants you to know that. That year, they released the Speedmaster Mark II, featuring the same movement that was in the watch worn by the astronauts. And now it is time for an update and reissue. The new Speedmaster Mark II retains the overall look of the original, but also provides nice modern updates. Continue Reading
Posted on 03 April 2014 by Patrick Kansa
We recently got word from our friends over at Hager about their newest watches in the pipeline, along with some pre-order discounts that are available. If you recall, we took a look at their crowd-funded project about a year ago. That project didn’t end up hitting the funding levels, but Hager is back at it with production of affordable watches with clean style and solid movements here in the US of A. Continue Reading
Posted on 28 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
The Ressence Type 3 watch was shown last year as BaselWorld and received a lot of press and even the Revelation Watch Prize at last tear’s Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. It was one sexy watch, really unlike anything else on the market. The closest looking product on the market would be a smart watch with e-ink, but the Ressence is pure mechanical watchmaking beauty. Now, in time for BaselWorld 2014 comes the Type 1 from Ressence. Continue Reading
Posted on 27 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
We’ve featured Dubey & Schaldenbrand on these pages before, bringing attention to their luxury timepieces (link to review). Well, their latest model takes things in a much different direction than we’ve seen from them previously, with a watch that practically looks like it’s made of diamond. Now, for those who know me (or have been reading here for some time), you know that I’m not normally a fan of flashy watches. Continue Reading
Posted on 26 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Hey, remember back in November when we told you about the Kisai Console from TokyoFlash? In that post, I talked about how the watch was a perfect mashup of Seventies woodgrain and SciFi conventions on displays. Well, they went back to the drawing board, and instead, we’ve now got a full on future watch. Continue Reading
Posted on 24 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
Arnold & Son, the Swiss haute watchmakers, have been busy of late and have announced several new watches to be shown at Baselworld. 2014 is also the 250th anniversary for the brand, so it seems that parties are taking a back seat to new watches.
Posted on 14 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
TokyoFlash has been creating unusual digital watches for a while. They have a variety of different ways to represent time on the watch, some straight forward and inventive, some a little tougher to read. The Kisai Upload walks between the line between the two, using the same type of system utilized for road markings to disguise the time from the casual, straight on glance.
Looking straight down on the watch makes the display look like a collection of fat lines across the face and thin lines up and down. If you know the trick and concentrate, I imagine you could read the watch this way, but when you tilt the watch a bit, the display becomes much more readable, much like you can read the markings painted on the road from your car.
The watch case comes in two variations, a darker sandalwood with a matching wood and polished stainless steel bracelet and a lighter maple with a matching wood and gold colored stainless bracelet. The watch itself is always on, with a back light for night time reading, a date read out and an alarm. The battery is rechargeable through a USB connection. The watch is pretty big, 59mm tall x 40mm wide and 13mm tall, but the bracelet is adjustable for smaller wrists.
But where is does the data smuggling come it? Well, the USB port is not just for recharging. Hidden behind the screw down back plate, next to the battery, is a 2GB MicroSD card. You can connect it to your computer or other device via USB and use it as an external storage device. So if you don’t want to carry around a USB stick on your key chain and you seem to keep sending SD cards through the wash in your pockets, here is a way to keep the complete technical details of the Death Star close at hand.
- Brand & Model: Tokyo Flash Kisai Upload
- Price: ~$90 USD
- Who we think it might be for: Anyone who goes to ComicCon.
- Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?: Not for me, but I would as a gift for the right person.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Skip the gold on the maple version.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The use of wood, especially the sandalwood.