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Linde Werdelin Gets Complicated for Basel 2010: A Frederic Piguet Powered Oktopus Moonphase

screen20shot202010-02-1520at208234920am1It’s getting to be that time of year, BaselWorld is coming!  One of the first pre-announcements that has excited us is the new Linde Werdelin Oktopus you see to the right.  Last year they announced the first dedicated diver Oktopus model, which quickly became a favorite amongst both professional and recreational divers. 

The First Complication

The new Oktopus retains the same masculine case as the original, but features the very first complication for this young producer of sport watches; a photorealistic moonphase made by Svend Andersen, the same man who created the movement inside their now nouveau-iconic SpidoLite SA.  The Oktopous Moonphase is not your typical moonphase though, in fact the entire disc is made of a photorealistic, luminescent material so that it is easy to read. 

Why the Moon?
Many of you may be wondering what sense a moonphase complication makes for a diving watch, but if you’ve ever gone diving at night, or spent any time around serious divers, you know that many live and die by the phases of the moon.  Diving under a full moon in clear water is an experience that borders on the spiritual.  The Oktopus moonphase complication is actually based on a date function, allowing the wearer to view a countdown to the next full or half moon, so that you can plan your next dive accordingly; a very cool idea. 

Frederic Piguet vs. ETA
The Oktopus Moonphase marks another important departure for Linde Werdelin, that being from the use of ETA automatic movements.  While the complication is a product of Svend Andersen, the based movement is no longer an ETA-2892 but rather a Frederic Piguet Caliber 1150.  This is important for a few reasons, Linde Werdelin has quickly become popular among high-grade collectors and to some the ETA movement was something of a deterrent.  Now for those who don’t know, Frederic Piguet is a sister company to ETA, also owned by the Swatch Group, but instead of providing movements to the likes of Hamilton, Longines, Omega, and hundreds of other brands of varying quality, Frederic Piguet supplies movements to the Swatch Group’s Prestige brands, most notably Blancpain and Breguet, as well as prestigious outsiders like Franck Muller and Harry Winston.  This is a very serious step up and a welcome change.

The Details

The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moonphase will be released in a series of only 29 units (the number of days it takes for a full moon to cycle), and the bezel of this titanium case is rose gold.  This watch also features an exhibition caseback to show off the Frederic Piguet movement and will be available to order from September 2010. 

 

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Calling Dick Tracy: 2 Watch Phones Hit the European Market

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We thought we’d never see the day, but the watch phone has actually arrived. We’ll not beat around the bush: we think it’s a dumb idea. It may sound cool to be able to call someone from your wristwatch, but they’re big and bulky, while the touchscreen seems tiny enough to necessitate button-mashing. And who uses their phone just for talking these days? Never known for heeding our warnings, though, LG and Samsung both went ahead and unveiled watch phones over the summer.

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LG’s GD910 is pretty much just what you’d expect from a watch phone: it’s big, it’s thick, it’s kind of uncomfortable. According to Engadget’s review, it functions just fine, other than having somewhat difficult-to-navigate menus. The big drawback for any watch phone is, of course, having to buy and use a Bluetooth headset because you don’t want the whole world listening to both sides of your conversation. And then there’s the issue of the price: over $800 US. That’s a lot of cash for what amounts to a flashy toy.

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Phone Geeks Rejoice: The Blackberry Watch is Almost Here

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As if having your Blackberry permanently attached to your palm weren’t enough, you’ll soon be able to free up your hands and check your messages from a big ol’ watch strapped to your wrist. The inPulse Smartwatch for Blackberry Smartphones was just announced, and it’s enough to make any BB geek as giddy as a schoolgirl. The device connects to your Blackberry via Bluetooth and lets you read SMS messages, email, and all of your other indispensable info without digging your phone out of your pocket or bag. You don’t even have to set the time on it – the watch grabs it right from your Blackberry.
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It might seem like just another useless smartphone gadget, but it’s crazy useful when you’re stuck in a meeting or some other setting where checking your phone every few seconds isn’t cool. (Of course, glancing at your watch every few seconds in a meeting may not be the smartest career move, either.) It has a built-in vibrating alert, so you can see at a glance who’s calling or texting, even when you’re sweating away at the gym. At the very least, seeing on your watch who’s bugging you will help you decide if you need to actually dig that phone out.

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Faceless, Handless Clock Tells Time With Light Beams

Faceless, Handless Clock Tells Time With Light Beams

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When off, the Good Afternoon Clock looks like nothing more than a plastic circle hanging on the wall with a cord attached. But when it’s on, it becomes a beautifully simple clock that tells time with thin beams of white light coming from the ring and shining inward. The lights tell hours, minutes and seconds in the most clutter-free clock display ever. The delicate and ephemeral nature of the light beams may well be a comment on time itself: it is fluid, fleeting and

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The Good Afternoon Clock was created by the MILE Project, a group of three friends who met at the University of Tsukuba. The software engineer, acoustic engineer and interior designer all bring their own unique talents to each project they embark on, and the Good Afternoon Clock is just one of their fascinating and beautiful designs. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like this particular design is being produced for purchase at this time.

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iWant: Stylish Futuristic iPod Wrist Watch Concept

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Most of us keep our iPods on or near us at all times anyway, so why not go a step further and actually buy an iPod that’s designed to be a part of your daily attire? The iWatch concept by designer Peter Burns would take a 10GB iPod and turn it into a wearable accessory – one that’s actually not too bad-looking.

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The sleek, simple design of the iPod carries through to the watch and is accentuated by the fact that the matching headphones are of the wireless Bluetooth variety. Like all iPod gear, we can only imagine that if/when this ever hits the market it will decrease in size exponentially over the following several years. Unfortunately, since it’s just a concept at the moment we can’t start planning our outfits around the iWatch just yet – but it seems well within the realm of possibility that we’ll see it in Apple stores sometime in the future.

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Biotime: An elegant alarm clock

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BeoTime is an elegant and unusual alarm clock and sleep timer designed by Bang & Olufsen with system integration possibilities and as simple to use as pleasing to the eye. It is the substantial manifestation of an effortless message uniting humanization, utility and beauty in an amazingly discreet form.

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BeoTime can make every morning an enjoyable one with its discreet own chime or customizable wake up sounds from your favorite radio station, TV program or a piece of music and can be switched off at a preset time when you are leaving the house. It also includes a built-in sleep timer which is able to switch all the Bang & Olufsen apparatuses in the room to standby mode after a chosen time interval of up to 120 minutes. This feature is very much convenient for those who want to stay up late to watch TV, or fall asleep with a preferred music without worrying about turning off the music. Aside from the alarm and sleep timer features, you can use this gadget for basic functions of the bedroom loudspeaker, television or light control.

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Wearable X torsion cell phone concept

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The X Torsion cell phone concept has been especially designed for extreme sport athletes that is very much purposeful and at the same time, stylish as well. This concept phone contains two parts, A TPE elastomer cover, available in different colors and can be washed after use, that stretches to fit almost any size of forearm, and another one is the keyboard and display, that is also joined with TPE, allowing free flexion of the cell. The innovation of this design allows flexibility to the athletes to get the readings of their consumed calories through sensors and contains stopwatch and altimeter aside from the functions of a standard cell phone.

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Locus clock a new way to read the time

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Breaking the conservative loop, Locus swings its inimitable orbit by synchronizing the idea of time tell, wall lamp and art decor. This Locus clock is using a simple hyperbola as the hour and minute orbit, two motion wheels are attached to the hyperbolic case and controlled by magnetic mechanism, as they swing along its locus, the instant time, is thus showed by the corresponding coordinate markedly.

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The automatic lighting feature of the hyperbolic locus as well as the indexes in dark environment provides both decorative light effect and continuous time telling feature in any circumstance.

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Seven, a clock mp3 player

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Seven is the first winner of Design Contest Volvo for Life Awards. Using seven, you’ll wake up in the morning listening to your favorite song or radio program. The special thing about Seven, it has motion sensor which can detect weather you have raised or not. Seven will increase its volume to make you really wake up. This clock mp3 player also can tell you the climate on the same day, as well as ambient temperature and humidity.

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