SEQUENT

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SEQUENT has not only solved a major problem of the smart watch industry, which suffers from insufficient battery supply for its devices, but it also generates 100% clean energy. The watch features the newest generation of Heart Rate sensor, GPS tracking and notification system, which can connect by Bluetooth to our proprietary Biofeedback health & sport app.

It has done very well on kickstarter so far and the idea makes perfect sense, if it is actually able to produce the required power to run a heart rate sensor etc.

If a product like this could just hit the market with the required investment behind it, the chances of success would be greatly increased. The whole kickstarter style of getting products off the ground still doesn’t sit easy with me.

The Oris Big Crown 1917 And The Staghorn

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The case is completed by a screw-down steel case back with custom engraving – specifically the words ‘Limited Edition’ numbering the piece out of 1917 and the ‘OWC’ (Oris Watch Company) seal. The watch is rated to an adequate 50m of water resistance and the one concession to modernity that Oris has made is in the use of domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating. The dome of the sapphire crystal helps keep the overall look classic and true to form, right down to the distortions one finds when viewing vintage watches with domed crystals from an extreme angle… More at A Blog To Watch.

I remain unconvinced by such accurate replicas, but I do kind of like the idea.

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The program kicked off with the reveal of Oris’ commemorative Aquis— the Staghorn Restoration Limited Edition—at the Coral Restoration Foundation headquarters. For the most part, this will be familiar to fans of Oris and the Aquis line, but it bears repeating. A 43.5mm case with chunky, semi-integrated lugs, the Staghorn bears a handsome and unmistakable outline. What’s more, the short, wide lugs make the watch wear far better than the dimensions suggest: even for a guy who generally tops out at 41mm, the Staghorn was extremely comfortable and not in the least bit overwhelming… More at W&W.

I am, however, convinced by the Staghorn. I love my Oris and this is the pinnacle for me. Just superb.

The Seiko Turtle: Legendary Dive Watch

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Fast forward to 2016. Seiko decided to bring back the Turtle. A few new turtles were born out of the mother 6309 (here’s a side-by-side comparison of the 6309 and the new SRP777). There are two variants, a Suwa and a non-Suwa dial. As with other vintage Seikos it indicates whether it was produced in the Seiko Suwa factory in Japan. The Suwa-dial was used between approximately 1976 and 1980. Although the core is still the same, there were some changes involved… More at Fratello.

If you want a mechanical watch for less than £400, there is no better option than one of the turtle variants.

The future of the smartwatch…

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Instead of trying to shove tech components into the watchface, companies should shift their focus to a different area: the watch strap. We’ve already seen a few attempts at this. The Montblanc e-Strap tried to have the best of both worlds with a full screen on the bottom of a strap for its regular mechanical watches. And more recently, the crowdfunded Smart Buckle cleverly fit an entire fitness tracker into a standard watch band buckle… More at The Verge.

I completely disagree with this, and that comes from someone with an unhealthy obsession with real watches. For someone like me a smart band could be a solution that works, or even a smart buckle, but the reality is that to truly become an object that offers all of the advantages of the wrist a smart watch needs a face.

The Apple Watch showed me that- a quick glance to check the time, your exercise stats and notifications that can be ignored by simply resting your wrist again. Done right, and by that I mean by not trying to cram too much into a small screen, a smart watch can perform the task that real watches do in almost exactly the same way. Admittedly it will lack the style and craftsmanship or a well-made watch, but the vast majority are not looking for that.

You may also want to check out this article which asks the question of what a smart watch actually is. The answer is not that simple. Thanks to Bob for both links.

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Sami: Who saw this coming? Since the last few phones featuring Android and not even any special features, I was surprised people were even buying any.

Kirk: yeah. one if the advantages of the industry’s race for thinness at all costs is that people looking to sport proud bling could spend a few thousand on a bling case instead of 30K or whatever, and still have plenty width left for gems or whatever the hell they’re putting on this

Andrew: Yes, I think many of us could see this coming but it is a blip in the general trend of wealth and fashion. I do think much of it has to do with Apple and the iPhone – it’s a high quality aspirational product. Anyone can be proud of an iPhone, even the wealthy. However, compare this with the smart watch business…. I don’t think any of Pateks, APs or Vacherons will be losing too much sleep over this.

Kirk: Yeah- for a while Apple lived what Warhol “You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.”- but with the Watch Edition, they’re at least willing to think of courting the hyper-money’d…

Andrew: Absolutely right, Kirk. I’d forgotten about the Coke quote.

Shaun: The market just got away from Vertu. They succeeded when billionaires wanted simple phones that could not be hacked or listened in to i.e. a simple Nokia, but to also show the wealth. When they started making Android phones, the first selling part was gone.

Andrew: Perhaps but there’s a point where better tech outweighs bling. If your luxury Nokia only plays snake compared with apps for everything, you don’t look good. Most luxury items do the same as cheaper ones, only they’re handcrafted or made from better materials. If your luxury phone does less than a cheaper one, it’s not going to be a success.

Andrew: Image is everything for the rich and famous.

Sami: I’d say it was purely Apple. They almost are the Coke. Everyone has one, but you can buy the 128gb one to show off you’re richer

Kirk: but no one can SEE the 128. for a while the “rose gold” like colors showed off you had enough to get the latest and greatest….

Andrew: I think at the level of wealth we’re talking about here, $100 for extra memory is inconsequential.

Andrew: Here, Federer has just won Wimbledon. Check out what watch he has when he hoists the trophy.

Andrew: I think he’s a Rolex ambassador.

And that conversation on the Lost In Mobile WhatsApp group takes us back to watches and products that are considered to be either luxury items or just there to brag about. The first comment came from the collapse of Vertu, but I do feel that there is a fundamental difference between wearing a watch that someone may have wanted for years and owning the latest iPhone the day it is released.

One is a status symbol (in the eyes of the beholder) and the latter is just the latest thing. There is a big difference.

Don’t cheat on your wife!

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If you read a little further down, you get a little more of the story. Turns out the seller’s husband was out actin’ a fool with his wife’s friend (ex friend now we’re sure). And his wife found out while out to lunch with some friends. And as such, we now have what appears to be a lovely old Heuer for sale with the proceeds going to pay for the divorce! More at Hodinkee.

Ouch!

Sequent Supercharger

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The Sequent Supercharger project has been in development for about two years now, and is scheduled to be produced and shipped before the year is over, depending the success of the Kickstarter Campaign obviously (launching today July 5th, at 6pm CET). This watch is a true hybrid. Bonding mechanical watchmaking with smart technology into one movement is something we haven’t really seen before. Sure, we’ve seen a watch like the Kairos, which had both, but it still relied on two separate “modules” for the mechanical timekeeping on one hand and the digital technology on the other… More at Monochrome.

I don’t know if this is a bad idea or the perfect solution for those who want a real watch and the smarts of 2017. Conflicted…