Why I'm not buying an Apple Watch... yet
I have several to choose from - from beater Casios to an Omega - and yet most of the time I'm watchless and tell the time by looking at my iPhone, or my Macs, or the clock in my car, or just eyeballing the sun and going for a guesstimate. In fact, I've ...
April 9, 2015
When Rolex Went Quartz: A Tale of the 1970s
This already had happened with transistor radios, TV sets, and pocket calculators. Top-quality mechanical movements would Caliber 5235, with a diameter of 28.10 mm and a height of 5.40 mm, was equipped with a Faselec chip that included digital ...
April 11, 2015
Seiko winds down Gifu clock plant
GIFU – Seiko Clock Inc. will close its sole remaining domestic clock-making plant by the end of March, informed sources said Wednesday. Its clock production will take place only in Chinese and Thai factories to which it is already outsourcing ...
March 4, 2015
Goodbye Apple fanboy: how the watchmaker alienated its audience
The Apple Watch Edition, the most expensive iteration of the new smartwatch, starts at £8,000. Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP. Sponsored by: Havas. Martin McNulty. chief executive of Forward3D and Locaria. Wednesday 11 March 2015 12.10 EDT Last ...
March 11, 2015
Apple Watch arrives in April as 'most advanced timepiece ever created'
Apple included a digital touch feature to allow two people to communicate quickly through taps, drawings, and by sharing their heartbeats. Apple Watch is . Why would I deliberately attach an active radio transmitter to my wrist? Call me a Luddite if ...
March 9, 2015
Dreaming Designs for Land and Space
LONDON — While on a road trip across America in 2000, Richard Hoptroff, a physicist, dreamed up a series of watches to keep himself amused. But he believed that those dream watches, with space, maritime and aviation capabilities, could never be ...
March 18, 2015
Hosseini is Kearney's only master mender of timepieces
Amid grandfather clocks, wall clocks, mantel clocks, Seiko watches and a few dainty cuckoo clocks, Saadat Hosseini sits peering through a magnifying loop at a tiny hair spring that is just .02 millimeters in size, as tiny as the head of a pin. He is ...
February 28, 2015
How did mechanical-watch king Rolex dealt with the arrival of quartz in the 1970s. What follows is an excerpt from the book “Electrifying the Wristwatch,” by WatchTime contributor Lucien Trueb. The book, illustrated with photos of pieces from watch collectors Günther Ramm and Peter Wenzig, tells how quartz-watch technology evolved. André Heiniger, second Rolex president and successor of the founder Hans Wilsdorf, was a true visionary. This already had happened with transistor radios, TV sets, and pocket calculators. In due time, every watch brand in the “upscale” sector copied Heiniger’s concept. Rolex totally ignored microelectronics until the early 1970s. as a shareholder of CEH [Centre Électronique Horloger] it obtained 320 Beta 21 calibers out of the 6,000 that were actually produced. Furthermore, Rolex bought 650 pieces of the Beta 22 version produced by Omega. they are known as the Rolex Caliber 5100. In addition, Rolex Bienne was part of the consortium that financed the Neosonic-AFIF adventure with the known, sad end. After this easy beginning, it was quite clear to Heiniger that Rolex had to be independent in the realm of microelectronics too.
Seiko Clock Inc. will close its sole remaining domestic clock-making plant by the end of March, informed sources said Wednesday. Its clock production will take place only in Chinese and Thai factories to which it is already outsourcing production, the sources said. Seiko Clock, a unit of Seiko Holdings Corp. The company’s predecessor, Seikosha Clock Factory, was established in 1892 as the manufacturing arm of K. Hattori, which later became Seiko Holdings.
As a bit of a product design history lesson, let’s take a step back and look at the evolution of the watch itself and why it exists. Originally, the pocket or fob watch was a precursor to the wristwatch. Smaller and cheaper mechanisms combined with good product development meant that something that was essentially a luxury item became mass market as soon as it graduated to the wrist. Having the time of day available at a glance, rather than taking a fob watch in and out of your pocket, was a clear step forward. Arguably, the Apple Watch is trying to do what the wristwatch did for the fob watch: taking the phone out of people’s pockets and putting it on their wrists to provide constant ease of use. we’ve been able to use our phones while it’s in our pocket for ages – just look at bluetooth. Which is where we come to the fashion-forward nature of what Apple is trying to do. Instead of leading with problem-solving, function and usability – as it did with the Mac, iPhone and so on throughout the years – Apple has decided to do something...