The new for 2015 Swatch Sistem51 SUTR401 (pink case with blue dial), Sistem51 SUTG400 (green case with green and orange dial), Sistem51 SUTB402 (black case with white dial), Sistem51 SUTS402 (blue case with black dial), and Sistem51 SUTM400 (cream case with black dial) watches offer a nice new range of styles which add to the appeal of the Sistem51 family. The watches will continue to be priced at 0 in the United States and will be available for sale in Swatch stores and via their website starting February 23rd, 2015. store.swatch.com
Cindy Livingston: My true fascination with watches started when I was merchandising women's accessories along with watches and jewelery for a department store in the USA. We were selling traditional watch brands, and in the early 80's, along came the introduction of Swatch, a colorful plastic watch that retailed for .00 US. These watches quickly became the accessory of choice and transitioned timekeeping into an accessory.
I am personally a fan of e-ink for a lot of reasons and feel that its utility has been under-valued by smartwatch makers. The first "decent" smartwatch, the Pebble, decided that it was a good idea to use an e-ink screen, but we haven't seen much after that. While e-ink does have its limitations, more R&D into the concept can likely vastly improve it. E-ink is already fantastic when it comes to battery life and clarity. Assuming with more development we could have a faster refresh rate and colors - it could totally revolutionize smartwatches, given the enormous power drain of back-lit LCD or OLED screens. While I don't know if e-ink will be the answer to all wearable screen technology in the future, it is something I would like to see more work put into. Sony is also no stranger to e-ink screens, as they launched the world's first e-ink book readers a while back. Darrell Etherington at TechCrunch makes more arguments for the benefits of e-ink on the Sony FES Watch as well.
Aloe Blacc: I just happen to love the Portuguese watches more than anything! [laughs] I'm trying to collect as many of them as possible. There’s the Perpetual Calendar, which I believe is white gold. I fell in love with the face, and I also wanted to have a watch that felt really big. And this is the Portuguese Tourbillon. [holds up his wrist] Again, I loved the visual interest of the face. I like just the right amount of gadgetry on the dial: the open face really drew me to it, and shows the craftsmanship that goes into making the watch.
Is Rolex there in name only, or is their status as an important part of Monterey Classic Car Week represented on the wrists of car owners and tourists? That of course is the million dollar question for any company who invests in sponsoring a type of event for many years. You won't find a lack of Rolex watches on people in all parts of the Monterey Classic Car Week. Then again, it is a great place for watch spotting of all types. Though yeah, if you are anywhere where cool cars might be Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pebble Beach, or Monterey during Classic Car Week, you'll see a very healthy assortment of Rolex watches. It makes me wonder what it would be like for Rolex to make a car. The Swiss have done it before... rolex.com
You can see that previous article for more information, but in a nutshell, rather than work with outside partners, Porsche Design will be doing watch production themselves. Apparently, that also means in-house movement production in the future, but we aren't there yet. For now, Porsche Design has released two new timepieces (essentially the same watch with different case finishes, but with two different names) that are the Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1 and the Porsche Design Chronograph Titanium Limited Edition. Nice watches, but the names are a bit bland.
JK: Omega are risk takers. They take risks with different styles, different cases - look at the Bullhead! Because of the brand's legacy, they can afford to take such risks. And let's talk about value. A lot of people come into my store and leave because it's not Rolex or Patek; they think I'm crazy. But I have pieces that, ten years ago, I paid two, three, four thousand for, and now at auction I'm seeing them go for ,000. That's tenfold - ten times. If you buy a Patek for ,000, it may hold much of its value, but it's not going to be worth 0,000 if you hold onto it for a decade. I'm happy with those investments. But it's not about making money - it's about helping someone get what they want.
Now, when one thinks of Oris, dressier watches - let alone music-themed ones - rarely come to mind at first. Oris is best known, of course, as the independent Swiss brand beloved for guys' mechanical tool watches – pilot watches, and especially its industry-standard-setting dive watches like the Aquis and ProDiver. These models, like much of Oris’ offerings, are famed for punching well above their weight (i.e. price point) in terms of compelling style and Swiss-made quality. However, Oris has maintained a more experimental collection know as “Culture” that is unexpected compared to its more sober offerings – it seems to be the brand’s test lab of sorts, where it can get its freak on to try out different looks, styles, and mechanics one simply wouldn’t expect (or crave) from Oris. And within the “Culture” offerings, there is a particularly developed subset known as the “Jazz Collection.”
James Lamdin: I am James Lamdin, and in addition to my freelance writing for ABTW and other outlets, I am the founder and CEO of analog/shift, an online boutique with a curated selection of vintage timepieces. In other words, I work on both sides of the timepiece industry, covering new watches and current events while wearing my writer's cap, as well as buying, selling, and brokering vintage wrist and pocket watches for individual and corporate clients. In many ways, I get the best of both worlds, and should it ever stop being fun, I'll stop doing it!
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A few tech industry journalists suspected that Watchville was the beginning of a new commercial venture for Rose, or that he has immediate plans on how to monetize Watchville. Rose denies these claims, saying that he isn't planning on including any type of advertising in Watchville, and even plans to offer traffic metrics to publishers like aBlogtoWatch that he includes in his feed. Rose doesn't outright prohibit the future opportunity to develop Watchville into something with a commercial element, but there are no current plans. Something like that would require a rich community of users - and Watchville has just begun.
My relationship with the watch industry is purely as an outsider and a consumer, although I have been to the Basel show and aspire to be in the business one day (that said, the monopolistic nature of the Swiss watch industry is scary!)
Rolex creates the love affair people have with their products and companies like Bamford simply exploit it. There isn't anything wrong with that, but George wouldn't be doing the same type of work if he was trying to create passion rather than manipulate and enhance it. For him, it is about taking widely known products with established characters and markets and simply making them more unique. It isn't about making his own red dress that no one else has, it is about taking the red dress everyone is used to and putting pinstripes on it.
Some believe that the cornerstone of one’s timepiece collection is a fine dress watch. Others, however, may prefer spending their hard-earned cash on rugged sport and tool watches that don’t really work under a shirt cuff. Enter the Orient Watch Company. If you’re a guy who doesn’t wear dress watches all the time, but you’re in a pinch and need a classier option, there aren’t many better options for a dress watch with these requirements, at such an attainable price.
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At the time of publication, no one knows the identity of their Secret Santa, nor the reasons behind their Santa's choice. I'm on-the-fence about whether bribery is an option, but in most cases, I'll be taking these Secret Santa identities with me to my grave. Will it prove to be a team-building experience? Or will it drive us further apart than our home lands have already flung us?
Shreve, Crump & Low: We do sponsor a number of special events throughout the year. These exclusive events will take place in our Greenwich location as we continue to work and grow with various watch enthusiasts in Boston, Greenwich and New York City.
I would go so far as to say that the watch auction market is in a bubble. Existing auction houses are increasingly focused on timepieces, and many new auction houses are popping up hoping to attract horological collectors around the world. I talked about some of the major watch auction houses here on Forbes. There are so many timepiece-related auction houses and so many timepiece-themed auction events, it is, in my opinion, mostly unsustainable for the long run. Many of these events focus on just a few featured auction lots or highlight pieces that the organizers hope will attract major collectors; the rest of the auction lots are far less interesting pieces. Don't forget that rare and valuable timepieces are actually rare. It isn't common for there to be timepieces such as the Patek Philippe Supercomplication that go for ,000,000.
AA: Patek Philippe has been a regular star among watch auctions, with strong results, despite relative frequency. How would you explain that?
Pisa Orologeria: This year Pisa Orologeria has been for the first time the official sponsor of a sport tournament, taking part and supporting one of the most prestigious junior tennis events in the world: the Bonfiglio Trophy.