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MacGyver MP3 watch makes MacGyver relax

Posted in Media Players by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2008

MacGyver MP3 watch makes MacGyver chill
Remember MacGyver? As in Angus MacGyver, the guy who could make a bomb from your grandmothers bra, dental floss and a paper clip? The folks at Skullcandy now have a watch bearing his name. The MacGyver watch features a 5-mode audio equalizer, 3-D stereo sound, built-in voice recorder, integrated USB cable, and thumb drive to store and transfer data.

Through the magic of my crappy Photoshop skills, we can clearly see Mac before and after wearing the watch. In the before pic he’s clearly bored while rigging his latest gadget, which obviously involves an alligator clip so he can escape captivity. In the second pic he’s wearing the watch. He’s still clearly not thrilled with his latest feat of innovation, however his watch is no longer from the 80′s and so he stops to have a beer and contemplate his career, secure in the knowledge that someone finally named a watch after him. MacGyver…Stargate…And a watch. Oh yeah.

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.

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.

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

The Hamilton Code Breaker watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2008

The Hamilton Code Breaker watch
Hamilton introduced an awesome luxury watch for sci-fi fans at the BaselWorld 2008. The Hamilton Code Breaker is a watch with some amazing design and great level of detail. Just look at that square case and the dials within. Hamilton is not new to watches with a Sci-Fi flare.

They have enjoyed a long relationship with the science fiction movie genre, going back to 1968 when a desk clock was features in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. They also made the alien-shaped watches from Men in Black. Their watches aren’t for those on a Timex budget though, the Hamilton Code Breaker will set you back $1,995. And any geek knows that will buy you a lot of Star Trek or Star Wars toys.

G104 watch phone sports unique look

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

G104 watch phone sports unique look
The G104 Watch Phone has a unique and interesting look with a flip open design. It’s running on the optional: GSM900 / DCS1800, GSM850 / PCS1900 networks and comes with a 1.5-inch display, 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated MP3 and MP4 player, 64MB internal memory, microSD that support up to 2GB and multi-language interfaces.

This combination watch/phone measures 59.74 x 51.69 x 19.58mm and comes in either black or white. It’s available for $185.90. I’m not sure I would wear it myself, but it’s interesting and different.

Robot Love: Mr. Roboto watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2008

Mr. Roboto watch
Azimuth is a watch manufacturer in Switzerland. They’ve announced their Mr. Roboto watch, the world’s first vintage tin robot concept timepiece. All those who have a love of all things robot, like myself, have collectively wet our pants.

The idea is that it’s based on those retro tin robots that old people grew up with. It’s a revival of those vintage tin robotic spacemen. The time is easy to read and the appearance is awesome. The left ‘eye’ is for the hour, the right ‘eye’ comes with GMT indication, the nose region joint with the mouth region are the seconds. It will be available from September 2008 with the international retail price of about $4,800 USD. Well, it’s out of my price range, but it’s one of the coolest watches I’ve ever seen.

The Accurate watch is never wrong

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2008

The Accurate watch
The company that thought up this watch must like being right all the time. When a watch maker puts a simple statement like “remember you will die” on the hour and minute hands, you really can’t argue or tell them that they are full of crap.

I haven’t really worn a watch for a long time, and this one doesn’t make me want to put it on anytime soon. Though it’s probably great for the Emo and Goth kids on your block. Personally, I don’t think we needed the reminder, but if you are THAT forgetful about your eventual dirt nap, you can pick one of these up for $145. It might read better if it said, ““remember you will die with $145 less…”

Luna crystal watch concept is beautiful

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2008

Luna crystal watch concept
The Luna watch is inspired by Swarovski’s expertise in crystal and Signity’s brilliance in gems. It’s made of crystal, stainless steel and a Spessartite Garnet. The time display is simple, just touch the two contact points and the time seems to magically appear within the crystal.

The idea is that it’s simple in function and also aesthetically complex. So it’s more of a fashion watch. Just incorporate a cell into it and I would say you’ve got a hit on your hands…Or wrist. The odds that we are going to see anything like this anytime soon, zero. But it is futuristic eye candy.

Maurice Lacroix watches are sci-fi bling

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2008

Maurice Lacroix watches
Maurice Lacroix unveiled three new watches in its Starside series, and all of them would be at home as wristwear in a sci-fi movie. They are absolute masterpieces. The analog watches all sport a celestial motif in a 38 millimeter stainless steel case, covered in dozens of diamonds. Some even have pearls, crystals, silver and gold.

They were showing off their new bling in preparation for the Baselworld watch show. No pricing yet, but I’m willing to bet these will cost you an entire Star Trek star system and two federation ships.

Diesel watches with OLED display

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2008

Diesel watches with OLED display
This may not be the first watch from Diesel that features an OLED display, but they have certainly upped their game. The display on the DZ7086 is a bit on the small side, but this watch looks retro-licious, with a bright dual-color screen with both blue and green OLED phosphors.

The watch face has 4 different animations which go off randomly when you push one of the buttons on the side. How about a genuine black leather strap attached to the display with stainless steel lugs? Complete with the Diesel logo for those that are brand loyal.