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Lash Your G-Shock To Your Phone

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There have been all manner of watches that want to tie in to your phone, to varying success (both in design and usability).  Casio has introduced a new G-Shock that looks to overcome some of the shortcomings that other models have had.

First look: Camden from Storm London

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So this is pretty cool. It’s an LED watch with a touch screen for changing the modes. I’m probably going to do up a proper review next week, but here’s a quick look for you to whet the appetite.

Ventura Automatic Digital Watch

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I’m not amazed by this – Seiko has had this sort of thing since I was in diapers – but leave it to a Swiss company to make this a big fat deal. Essentially, it’s a digital watch with a microgenerator and a unqiue Ventura style that the kids seem to love.

The MGS version will look exactly like the Sigma watch except the Lithium battery would be replaced by a micro-generator powered by the movements of the user’s wrist and the case would use an even more hardened material called Titanox. The generator will be located on the top of the case and will be visible through a sapphire crystal glass for posterity purposes.

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MJW’s A-OK! is too legit to quit

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I’ve always loved the whimsy of Mr. Jones Watches, but their last two releases have pushed past amusing into artistic. With the Whoomm and Wildstyle, they upped the technical game substantially, bringing Swiss automatic movements and Cloisonné hand-enameled dials. The A-OK! is no technical masterpiece, but it is another entry in MJW’s legit art collection—with the same legit STP1-11 mechanical movement.

A-OK! is a collaboration with graphic artist, printmaker, and designer Anthony Burrill. Burrill is (apparently) known for his “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” poster.

Burrill’s “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” has become a mantra for the design community and beyond.

The watch features Burrill’s primary-color pictograms and industrial icons printed on both the dial and the front mineral glass. The dual-layer design means the flat sausage hands are obscured at times as they travel around the dial. It’s a neat little surprise you can see at about 1:00 in the video.

Burrill explains: “My work is essentially collage based—I’m a big collector of found objects and graphics, so the design is an assemblage of different, interesting things. I wanted to create something that, when you see it on someone’s wrist is a definite talking point.” I think he’s nailed that.

A-OK!’s dial and glass were handprinted with a pad printer in MJW’s London workshop. The watches were then assembled and regulated by hand. It uses the familiar round case/wire lug shape that we see in a lot of MJW products and a Milanese bracelet. I’d like to see MJW venture into some more interesting case designs as they continue to up their dial and movement game.

The movement is Fossil’s answer to Swatch’s ETA 2824-2 and Sellita’s SW200. Like the Sellita, the STP1-11 is a Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 design, but the STP1-11 is made in part with a robotic assembly line. The exhibition caseback gives you a glimpse at the sparsely decorated workhorse. We first saw MJW use this movement on the significantly more expensive Whoomm and Wildstyle, so it is nice to see it in a more modest MJW offering.

The A-OK! is a limited edition of 100 available now at £475 (approx $495 USD/ €559). mrjoneswatches.com.

Tech Specs from Mr. Jones

  • Movement: STP1-11 Swiss made automatic mechanical
  • Case: stainless steel
  • Crystal: mineral glass front and back
  • Strap: Stainless steel
  • Diameter (excluding winding crown): 37mm
  • Thickness (including glass): 11.5mm
  • Guarantee: 12 months

The MB&F HM4 Only Watch: For All Your Panda-Riding-A-Jet-Engine Needs

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The MB&F MH4 looks like a pair of jet engines roaring off your wrist and costs about as much as the fuel needed to power one of those jet engines for a cross-country flight. However, the HM4 Only Watch limited edition costs even more (provided you can take part in the auction) and features a tiny removable panda cast in gold.

Yeah, you read that right.

Hourtime Episode 78 – An Interview With Simon Philipp Wolf

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Welcome to the HourTime show, the best 30 minute (+/-) hour podcast on the web


Today we have a very special interview (conducted by Ariel) with the owner ofWolf Designs, Simon Philipp Wolf – makers of fantastic watch winders and boxes

Give a listen. You may learn a thing … or even two.

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Everwrist aims for Sir Edmund Hillary’s Rolex

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Everwrist is jumping into the watch business to help the people of Nepal.

The Alpine is their value-priced Miyota quartz three-hander, named after Mt. Everest and “created to reflect the vintage designs worn by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary.” The case certainly looks inspired by Hillary’s pre-Explorer Rolex. Although the £60–£70 (~$74–$86) price is not inspired by anything Swiss.

A portion of the profits from each watch will be donated to needy people in Nepal, creating a private, profit-driven alternative to the country’s (apparent) lack of a government-run welfare system. Cool.

They also aim to ramp up a “one-for-one” donation program, à la TOMS Shoes, to donate watches to healthcare workers in third world countries. Although, aspiring Nepalese watchmakers probably hope they won’t.

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The Alpine comes in two flavors: Black PVD with black dial, or stainless with white dial. Both have simple applied stick indices and a red second hand. Strap options run the gamut from Milanese to NATO to leather to silicone. The watch’s style is deliberately simple, but the strap options give it a range of possible personalities.

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Tech Specs from Everwrist

  • Stainless steel case
  • Case diameter 41.00mm, lug width 20.00mm
  • Water Resistant to 50 meters. 5ATM
  • Engraved stainless steel screw down caseback
  • Crystal Glass
  • Japanese Miyota quartz movement with date function

CODE41 is going to DISRUPT the Swiss Watch Industry

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Three watch designers back in March 2016 began the Goldgena Project to challenge the “Swiss Made” label of the Swiss watch industry. Their view is to expose what parts in your Swiss watch are really Swiss. These three are a team of designers from the Cosonova design workshop that was founded in 2005 by designer Claudio D’Amore, and is in the heart of Swiss watchmaking. With more that 11 years of watch design experience designers Claudio, Kevin, and Gaelle have come out with the Code41 watches. Released on Kickstarter November 22 they have already brought in over $411,000 dollars with 765 backers. What makes them different from other crowdfunded watch companies? Transparency.

Hands on with the Ulysse Nardin Chariman

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How much would you pay for an Android phone? $99? $199? Maybe $299 with contract?

How about $50,000. As you recall, the Ulysse Nardin Chairman is a freaking $50,000 phone. It’s only in beta right now, but it will run Android 2.1 and come in multiple styles including a model covered with diamonds. The box, as you’ll see in the video, is nutso too. It’s basically a dock with speakers and a USB port.

The phone is made for the ultrarich. As the charming young lady who showed it to us explained, it’s for folks who can’t bring their Ferraris into the club and need something equally ostentatious.

Hourtime Episode 15 – Watch Repair and the Legends of Watch

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In this episode we talk about watch repair tips and some classic watch legends. Enjoy!