Winwatch Puts RFID Tags In Watch Crystals
The new Guer Man Trace watch uses a log of wood as the watch box and case. It is even part of the presentation, and I believe that Guer Man includes the pictured pedestal where the log watch box can reside. There is also the little porthole on the log to see the watch face, turning it into some oddly impractical pedestal clock. "What time is it? Not sure, go check log." Pretty wild, pretty weird, and pretty fun to see stuff like this right?
So going back to the F.P. Journe and Jaquet Droz situation. In 2004 FP. Journe apparently accused Jaquet Droz of copying the looks of its Octa Automatic watch - that has a small frame secured with three screws over the smaller hours and minutes, with a second subdial in the middle of the watch dial. It is really the three screws and their "figure 8" layout which FP. Journe was accusing Jaquet Droz of copying. Everything I have read about this situation was translated from French, so I am doing my best to understand it all. Based on the language, it appears at though the issue was based around copyright - but it could have trademark infringement elements in it. This is because the FP Journe Octa watch featured this design, and they could have made the argument that there is a consumer association between the design and the brand. Trademark protection is all about product or service origination association, and (real or likely) consumer confusion.
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I find it interesting that while Casio Shock watches are extremely popular with law enforcement, military personnel and anyone else who needs a reliable durable watch - such timepieces are also very popular for the urban elite (who'd have though). Pop culture goes wild for these designs, so Casio's designers in Japan have been giving Casio Baby-G watches (Baby-G is one of the dedicated women's lines of watches from the G-Shock collections) bold looks with bight colors and interesting materials. This specific watch is sized at about 40mm wide, but does not look that big because the actual screen for the dial is smaller. It might be a little larger that most women's watches, but looks right as a Casio Baby-G on even the most petite of women's wrists. Thickness is about 12mm.
I've just come up with a new saying you are all free to use. "Watches are wearable art we feel comfortable putting on because they actually do something." It is the proverbial excuse us men need to put on something that can be arguably purely decorative. A drugstore Timex will tell the time, but is it nice enough to adorn? Arguably not in many instances. Is a very expensive and highly stylized Thomas Prescher watch merely an item to tell the time? Not in the least. Rather it is a serious hand-made piece of art with the added "justification" that it does something useful like tell the time. This my friends is why men like watches and aren't seen typically with jewelry.
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Mounting your watch is easy to do. Simply take the cylinder off the rollers and press out the foam brick. Close your watch around the brick, place it back inside of the cylinder and then put it back on the rollers - that easy. The system also works to alleviate fears of breaking a motor by adding or removing a watch while the system is on. It does not matter at all whether or not the cylinder is on the device as it will not hurt the motor inside of the roller. That is really it in terms of using the Future watch winder. It is just that simple. There is of course the cubic hood that helps complete the look and keeps out dust. Yea, you'll have to lift it off the unit. The acrylic hood fits relatively well on the unit - it does not have a real specific spot, but seems to fit on well.
The bracelet on the watches are really well done. Lighter than you'd expect, but done so on purpose to enhance comfort. Still, the links are all solid and very well polished - they are also close together, with the bracelet having mostly no gaps. The links have interesting beveled edges that increase the sense of style. While the watches have a functional feel, they are the antithesis of boring, and this concept carries over to the bracelet. The bracelet has a push-button locking clasp and a great looking "Seiko" logo engraved on the clasp. The watches are also available with an alligator strap - also with a folding clasp.
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