Facer 4.0

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There are currently around 30,000 watch faces in the growing Facer database. While smartwatches and the potential for designers to come up with creative watch faces is exciting, there will naturally be demand for the good design of familiar and iconic watch faces too. But existing watch designs or something too closely mimicking them submitted by third parties are obviously a concern. Let’s be honest that this problem is not limited to smartwatch faces, and we also see a lot of “inspired by” design across the watch industry – but let’s stick with the topic of smartwatches and Facer for now… More at A Blog To Watch.

I can’t quite get my head around the idea of watchmakers allowing their faces to appear on a smart watch. It’s not real in any way.

As one of the commenters to the above article wrote- ‘It’s like putting a Porsche spoiler on the back of a Ford Escort.’

100 Million G-Shocks

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Over 2000 different models of the G-Shock have been produced since its introduction in 1983, and it’s still going strong, with one of the most recent being the hand-decorated MR-G Indigo Hammer Tone Kasumi-Tsuchime. The remarkably robust G-Shock is found on the wrists of astronauts and special forces soldiers, yet is versatile enough to become the subject of collaborations with pop artists and streetwear labels. The appeal of the G-Shock is remarkable and almost price-agnostic. Even the entirely gilded MR-G Hammer Tone that cost over US$6000 was sold out shortly after its launch… More at SJX.

An incredible number until you realise that the iPhone has sold over 1 billion.

Why I still wear the Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch is the last watch most of us will ever wear. Watches, as a fashion statement and a tool, are fading and things like the Apple Watch are the last vestige of these strange objects that William Gibson called “the very finest fossils of the pre-digital age.” The Apple Watch is a hyper-evolved version of the watch that Packard tucked into his waistcoat, the culmination of centuries of work in miniaturization and design. It is also the Omega, the last of its breed. Sure, obsessives like me will still wear mechanical watches as my primary daily wear pieces – most recently I’ve been most enamored by the aforementioned Airman SST Purist edition, one of the few watches with a 24-hour-dial. But even obsessives like me will wear the Apple Watch because, compared to every other electronic watch I’ve tested, barring a few higher-tech Casios, the Apple Watch is still the only – and last – wrist-worn computer worth buying… More at TC.

Good article from what I have read so far. Thanks to, you guessed it, Bob!

The Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta

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Being so very niche, I think it’s both remarkable and very cool that modern Omega would go to the trouble of making the X-33 at all, let alone customize the movement to offer an even higher degree of specialization for the Regatta LE. I have a slowly growing fondness for ana-digi watches and I think the X-33, Regatta or otherwise, represents a fun and fantastic specialization of the form… More at Hodinkee.

Great article, great watch, great writer.

ICON The Duesey

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My only personal biggest frustration with the watch is that Ward wasn’t able to make it cheaper than its higher-than-anticipated retail price. Even at $11,500 the price is only double what it costs Ward to manufacture each one. So his profit margin is significantly less than the vast majority of watches out there. It was important to Jonathan that the watch was Swiss Made, which no doubt was largely responsible for the cost… More here.

So lovely, but so expensive!