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Another watch cell phone with keypad surfaces

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2008

Another watch cell phone with keypad surfaces
Back in April we told you about Van Der Led’s WM2 cellphone watch. Well here’s another also featuring a keypad. Cell phone wrist watches have yet to really take off. There haven’t been many of course, but seeing another watch with a dedicated keypad tells me they may just start getting some respect.

The CECT WRIST looks like it’s doing a good job of copying Van Der Led’s WM2. The GSM phone also features a small 1.3″ TFT Touch screen, bluetooth, an FM radio, MP4 and 3GP video support, a WAP browser, an equalizer for playing MP3 files, a Voice recorder, calculator, and it’s memory can be expanded via Transflash cards. It retails for ₤151.57.

Watch the sky with the Planisphere watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2008

Watch the sky with the Planisphere watch
The Planisphere Watch will show you the constellations visible in the Northern Hemisphere (between 35 & 50 degrees latitude). Just turn the bezel so the current time is aligned with the date to determine which major constellations are visible. The watch features a 43mm diameter brass case and crystal dome lens with a rubber band that has stainless steel links.

It has quartz movement and a “super luminescent” dial that illuminates the star chart for 2-3 hours without batteries. It is a guaranteed nerd conversation starter, but the watch face is small, so it’s only going to to show a handful of constellations.

Chronoswiss Wristmaster: The straight jacket of watches

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2008

Chronoswiss Wristmaster: The straight jacket of watches
It might help to have arms like the hulk to wear this monstrosity. It’s yet another of those odd watches we love from Basel Fair. It’s not for the feint of heart and it’s not for puny men with spaghetti arms. It goes by the “Chronoswiss Wristmaster”. Look at the size of this thing. It master’s any wrist it attaches to. Putting it on must be like saddling a small horse.

It’s hailed as the First Automatic Board Watch for the Wrist, and features a double strap and display, consisting of a chronograph on the right and a standard display on the left. It measures a full 84mm x 42mm.

Globwon ZTC-F1 offers up watch phone abilities

Posted in Watches by Nino Marchetti on May 9th, 2008

Globwon ZTC-F1 watch phoneGlobwon Electronics is making available to overseas purchasers a new Chinese watch phone. It is called the Globwon ZTC-F1 and you’ll find it pricing around $225.

The Globwon ZTC-F1 is a quad-band, mobile phone which supports Bluetooth for hands-free calling and includes an integrated 1.3-megapixel digital camera. It’s also got FM radio capability and comes with a 1GB memory card.

D299i quad band cell phone watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2008

D299i quad band cell phone watch
This Cell Phone watch is pretty nice looking with a number of cool features, like a camera, E-Book reader, vibration, card slot and bluetooth, plus a built in 1.4 inch touch screen display.

You can actually write on the screen as the watch has hand writing recognition capabilities. I am not sure how many words you can write on a screen that size, but if you keep it simple you should be alright. The camera is 1.3 megapixels. It will cost you $249.99.

The Opus 8 watch with pin-art display

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2008

The Opus 8 watch with pin-art display
The Di Grisogono Meccanica DG watch blew us away with it’s mechanical-digital display, now the Opus 8 watch by Harry Winston is turning things upside down as well. The DG used mechanical tubes to display the time, while the Opus 8 uses a complicated system of mechanical pixels that rise up from the display when the user hits a button on the side.

That would be cool enough, but there’s more. The back of the watch sports a design that looks like a printed circuit that functions as a second time display. AM and PM are featured on the left, hours and minutes in the center, while the power reserve indicator is on the right. What you have here is a cool looking retro watch, with retro attitude. But don’t get your hopes up. The series is limited to 50 watches and it’s likely that they were sold out before the unveiling even happened.

DIY uWatch: the scientific calculator wristwatch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2008

DIY uWatch: the scientific calculator wristwatch
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a scientific calculator wristwatch. They haven’t been around for about 20 years or so. Dave Jones remembers them well: “Back in 1987 or so I got a Casio CFX-400 scientific calculator watch, and I wore that watch to death for 10 years until the band support on the case broke. The CFX-400 was the best, and last scientific calculator watch ever sold.”

So if you’re like Dave, and has missed the calculator watch, there’s good news. He’s revived the scientific calculator wristwatch as a DIY project. His uWatch features a roomy LCD that can display 16 characters across, two lines deep, and it can handle all your fancy RPN/Algebraic scientific needs. You’ll need at least a bit of technical know-how to pull it off, but in the end you’ll have an awesome geek wristwatch that’ll catch the eye of lady nerds.

NEO 8 watch makes time retro

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2008

NEO 8 watch makes time retro
If you’re in the market for an awesome watch that doesn’t cost $1,000, then the NEO 8 watch certainly fits the bill. It’s currently priced at approximately $210, and is available in green or orange segments on a black background complete with a matching rubber strap.

The first two columns will tell you the hours, while the minutes are on the last two columns. It’s got a nice understated retro look, with grest lines. The three buttons on the side add a nice touch. As with many of these new watches, it might take some getting used to, telling the time by using blocks, but your wrist will be looking good.

If space pirates had watches…

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2008

If space pirates had watches…
We’ve seen some crazy awesome watches lately. Like the UR-202 for instance. But the DeWitt Concept No. 1 is something else again. It’s a unique one-of-a-kind timepiece that’ll set you back a cool $633,000 if you have a pile of cash that’s burning a hole in your bank vault. It was bought from an auction, sight unseen.

What makes it so special? According to the creators of the watch, this “gothic pirate spaceship of a watch is taking the steampunk oeuvre to new heights with its expanding riveted case, flying tourbillon, five barrels and a 21 day power reserve.” Yes, they know that the way to a geek’s heart is through his wrist. Steampunk and the mention of Gothic pirates don’t hurt either.

Epoq watchphone runs windows mobile

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2008

Epoq watchphone runs windows mobile
We all know from Sci-Fi movies that phones will be strapped to your wrist, and you will learn to like it! The Epoq EGP-WP98B runs Windows Mobile 5.0 and has a 1.4 inch OLED touch screen display with a quad-band GSM radio with GPRS. It includes support for WMV, AVI, 3GP, MP4 and MP3 media files with full screen playback and the 128MB of internal memory can be expanded with a trans-flash memory card.

You also get a WAP and web browser. If paying GPRS fees doesn’t sit well with you, it even has wifi b & g. Other software included will give you calendar functions, voice recorder, e-book reader, handwriting input, MMS, calculator, memo and a world clock. The Epoq EGP-WP98B has 100-180 minutes of talk time per charge, with 80-100 hours of standby. No details on pricing or availability.

UR-202 watch wound with compressed air

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2008

UR-202 watch wound with compressed air
The UR-202 Hammerhead Automatic from Urwerk is a watch that demands your respect. It’s actually quite impressive. It features a unique winding system that’s regulated using compressed air. The 202 uses miniature twin turbines to control the rate of automatic winding and the level of air compression can be controlled using a 3-position selector switch.

The watch tells time in a unique way as well, using an elegant series of rotating hour blocks built around hands. They adjust their length to mark the minutes. The innovation here is pretty damn impressive. No pricing info and no date yet, but obviously this doesn’t come cheap. Check out a video below.

Astronomer’s chronograph watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2008

Astronomer’s chronograph watch
Astronomers working with huge telescopes have all of the equipment they need to tell them when the conditions are ideal to stargaze. But it’s not so easy for hobbyists, who have to use and set up their telescopes in the backyard in order to gaze out at the heavens. This watch will give them all the data they need.

The LCD display on the face has 96 separate sections arranged in a ray pattern. Each slice represents a 15 minute window of time, which adds up to a full 24 hour day. Just choose your location from a list of 583 pre-programmed cities. The sections are shaded to depict the hours of sunlight and darkness throughout the day. Then another circular LCD display around the edge shows the times of moonrise and moonset. And yes, it can tell the time too. It will cost you $495.95, but will come in very handy.

LED watch made from real crystals

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

LED watch made from real crystals
This is inspired by the Swarovsky Signity watches, and this timepiece by designer Ilya Yakovlev has a surface made from real crystals that are backlit by LEDs.

One interesting feature is that you can increase the luminosity and change the colors to suit your mood. As far as I can tell, it’s a concept that we probably won’t see for a long time yet, but it is interesting. I think it probably would need more functions aside from just being a watch. They should look great in the dark.

Watch with all-mechanical “digital” display

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

Watch with all-mechanical “digital” display
This sweet looking limited-edition Di Grisogono Meccanica DG watch looks like a hybrid mechanical-digital watch. But in fact, it’s all completely analog, with 651 pieces in total. No digital parts or LEDs at all.

Only 177 of these amazing timepieces are going to be available to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company. They’re calling it the most complicated digital-analog timepiece in the world, and it probably is since the digital display is actually mechanical, with rolling tubes that form the digital segments. It will be available in four styles. Red gold, titanium and gold, titanium and platinum and titanium and rubber. The Meccanica DG is also waterproof to 100 feet

Van Der Led’s WM2 cellphone watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 9th, 2008

Van Der Led’s WM2 cellphone watch
The Van Der Led WM2 is a quad-band GSM watch that actually looks good enough to wear. Dare I say it’s even sexy? Watch phones generally do not look this nice. It’s got a tiny 1.3-inch, 260k color touchscreen display, stereo Bluetooth, and boasts up to 240-hours of standby or 300-minutes of talk. Plus 1GB of storage for your MP3 or MP4 files. As usual, transfer data via USB.

The numeric pad makes it easy to use and really stands out and they even kind of resemble studs in the distance. It will cost you about $471 beginning on Monday, which is a bit much but hey it’s got that cool numeric pad.