The LIV GX1-A Kickstarter Project Fully Funded in 34 Minutes

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With over a quarter of a million dollars pledged by more than 550 backers, the LIV GX1-A Swiss Automatic Watch is proving to be the most sought out Swiss watch on Kickstarter yet. Within 34 minutes of launching the watch, the entire project was fully funded on Kickstarter, replacing the LIV Genesis X1 Chronograph as the most backed Swiss Watch Project on Kickstarter.

The LIV Genesis X1 Automatic boasts the quality and craftsmanship of a Swiss watch, yet proves to not be compromised by the affordable price tag. With the consumers in mind, the Brooklyn-based brand has created a watch unrivalled in its’ ability to couple both the meticulous detail of a high quality Swiss-made automatic watch with the accessible price. Starting at $390 on Kickstarter, the watch is the only Swiss Automatic watch ever launched on Kickstarter under $500.

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It is little wonder the LIV GX1-A Automatic had more backers within 22 hours than the last LIV project had in over 30 days. Designed for “the man who won’t be told what to do,” the watch offers a clean design with its’ three-dimensional multi layered construction and high quality anti-reflective sapphire crystal on the front and back. The rugged stainless steel casing and IP coating, creates an overall tough, yet aesthetically beautiful appearance.

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The LIV journey is showing to be quite exciting for the small, boutique brand. Since its launch in 2012 the company has skyrocketed into success and the LIV Genesis X1-A seems to prove that it’s only getting better

Nixie Watch by Cathode Review

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by Chaz Nash

Nixie Watch by Cathode is a nostalgic journey back in time with a dual digit presentation of time at the mere flick of a wrist.

Calling all gadget creators and engineering geeks, the Nixie watch is just what creative minds ordered for reading the time of day. Engineer David Forbes got the idea for this incredible watch viewing web pictures of Jeff Thomas’ four digit Nixie watch. The watch inspired Forbes so much that he took out his defunct Fluke 8100B nixie DVM and removed its B5870 tubes. He discovered he could fit two tubes along with a camera battery inside a 1 ½ inch square. Forbes found that he could fit four tubes to make a pocket watch sized clock. He also found that a microcontroller (like a 68HC705J1A) worked perfectly and appeared to be a good fit.

Forbes contacted Jeff Thomas consulted with him on the engineering design and the rest became trial and error history which lead to Forbes production journey of his two digit Nixie tube watch.

The watch does not require button-pushing to operate. Wearers need only hold the watch at a stand viewing angle and the hours are displayed, another twist of the wrist reveals the minutes in perfect glowing orange digits. The watch is water resistant and rugged. The case is made aircraft aluminum and hard anodized to handle years of abuse and manages to pull off looking great.

Apple computer co-founder, Steve Wozniak, absolutely loves the geeky Nixie watch. As an engineer he shared with BBC writer Maggie Shiels, that he wished that he had invented the watchhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7641182.stm.

While the Nixie watch is not currently available, Forbes is currently working on a new design for the Nixie watch, considering a possible limited production of only a meager few pieces, depending on demand. Forbes also indicates on his website that if demand warrants it he may bring back the original version of the watch. The Nixie watch has one year warranty. If the watch fails to operate within one calendar year Forbes will repair or replace it free of charge. However, broken Nixie tubes are not covered by the warranty. Additional Nixie tubes are sold for $10 each.

It will be interesting to see what Forbes has in mind for the new Nixie watch design, but whatever the new design offers geeky engineers and gadget fans alike will definitely want to leap on purchasing this amazing watch.

Omega Partners with 2012 Ryder Cup

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The biennial professional golf tournament between the greatest golf players from Europe and America has partnered with luxury watchmaker Omega for the 2012 Ryder Cup. Omega was named as the official timekeeper for the famed tournament in 2011 and is slated to continue the duties as timekeeper until 2016. For those unfamiliar with the distinguished games, the Ryder Cup sets golf greats from Europe and America in opposition to play in a variety of tourneys all for the love and thrill of playing golf.

OMEGA Ambassador Michelle Wie’s artistic talents are now on display in Chicago as part of the 2012 Ryder Cup’s Magnificent Moments charity campaign

Aside from the Ryder Cup trophy, winners compete for the sheer thrill of competition and not for any monetary prize. The lack of a monetary prize distinguishes the Ryder Cup from most other professional competitions and perhaps makes the prize much more desirable.

Davis Love III is Omega’s latest brand ambassador and also named captain of Team USA. Although this is Love’s first time playing the role of team captain, Love is no stranger to the Ryder Cup. He previously took part in six tournaments and played on two winning teams making him the ideal candidate for team captain.

And what partnership would be complete without a commemorative watch to celebrate the alliance? Omega presented the Seamaster Aqua Terra “Captain’s Watch” as a dedicatory piece and can be seen on the wrist of Team USA captain Davis Love III. The Seamaster Aqua Terra comes in a 41.50 millimeter stainless steel case and features a screw-in case back with a sapphire crystal which allows a clear view of the movement. Additionally, the Captain’s Watch is equipped with the exceptional Co-Axial caliber 8500 with an Si14 silicon balance spring that is exclusive to Omega.

The red, blue and yellow colors of the dial on the Seamaster Aqua Terra should be easily recognizable as they are the trademark colors of the Ryder Cup and are incorporated into the pattern of the dial. Other notable features of the piece include the luminous and easily legible hour and minute

hands of the watch and it is also water resistant to 500 feet.

Omega describes the limited edition Seamaster Aqua Terra “Captain’s Watch” as possessing outstanding reliability and superb performance. They believe these are qualities that every leader should possess and believe that Davis Love III is a prime example of a great team leader.
The 2012 Ryder Cup began on September 22 however games will continue until September 30th. Check your local listings to cheer on your favorite golfers and catch Davis Love III and the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Captain’s Watch” in action.

Slyde Watches Becomes Official Watch Sponsor of the European Poker Tour Season 9.

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The poker hands have it at this year’s European Poker Tour Season 9 Main Events, and Slyde Watches has revealed its sleek hand as the Official Watch Sponsor.

 

Luxury Swiss watch brand HD3 Slyde is sporting a different kind of poker face these days as it has forged a partnership with European Poker Tour and has agreed to be the Official Watch Sponsor of the EPT9 Main Events. In addition to the EPT9 prizes six lucky winners will also be presented with “Black and Steel” design HD3 Slyde watches.

 

Mikalai Pobal, Main Event Champion of the EPT9 Barcelona Tournament has already claimed his hefty €1.007.550 check and of course his prestigious “Black and Steel” HD3 Slyde watch. Pobal (a.k.a. “leanod” – his online poker handle) celebrates his impressive win noting it marked his first win and participation in the European Poker Tournament. Needless to say Pobal will not only be holding cards and sporting a winner’s poker face, but he’ll do so wearing his new HD3 Slyde watch. Congratulations go out to Mikalai Pobal for his impressive win.

 

Both EPT President Edgar Stuchly and creator of Slyde Jorg Hysek welcomed the opportunity to partner for Season 9 of the tour, as well as the opportunity to present EPT winners with Slyde watches as part of their prize winnings. Hysek also commented on their partnership drawing parallels to both organizations with regards to their “forward thinking and innovation.”

 

Slyde is the best innovative out-of-the-box technological watch created and produced by luxury Swiss watch manufacturer HD3 . Slyde has successfully married “intuitive technologies” with horological design to produce an enviable timepiece. Slyde has a touch screen sapphire crystal and houses a cutting-edge graphic engine with a simplified navigation system. It offers the first virtual mechanical movem
ent ever designed thanks in part to a micro-controller which processes hundreds of images per second. The most incredible feature of the Slyde watch is its ability to download software, upgrades, functionality and pictures from HD3 – Slyde Shop, making it the most evolutionary luxury watch on the market.EPT9 Main Event winners can look forward to phenomenal cash prizes and a personalized Slyde watches that displays “Champion EPT 9…” and specific tournament site. The winner of the PokerStars.com and Monte Carlo® Casino European Tour Grand Final will receive a “Black and Rose Gold” version of the Sldye watch. It may actually pay off to take up learning the game of poker just for the Slyde watch alone!

Richard Mille to Design Official Bracelet for “Big One for One Drop” Tournament

Written by Debbie. Posted in bracelets, More News, News, tournaments

At the beginning of 2012 the World Series of Poker announced that it would hold a tournament later on in the year. They eventually announced the “Big One for One Drop” tournament that was to be held from July 1st-3rd in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

This would be the world’s biggest charitable tournament and the most well known. The prize winnings and the donations are some of the highest ever in charity and tournament history.

Of course excluding the lottery, but that’s neither charity nor a tournament. The entry into the tournament had a minimum fee of one-million dollars.

The tournaments profits will go to the One Drop foundation founded by the creator of Cirque de Soleil, Guy Laliberte. The foundation works to provide water to those desperately in need of it.

Richard Mille a French businessman and owner of a Swiss watch company under his own name had been chosen to design a trophy bracelet to be given to the winner of the tournament.

The design of the bracelet took the form of the Tonneau shape. The goal of the bracelet was to symbolize the foundation and the event.

To do this Mille took two sapphire crystals and superimposed them into the middle of the case to give the bracelet depth and a picture frame appearance. On the first crystal a water droplet shaped diamond of 0.78k was imbedded within. Behind both crystals is the logo of the Big One for One Drop foundation. The item is super polished and made of platinum, which gives it a sleek and luxurious quality.

Richard Mille’s name is detailed on top of the watch face and World Series of Poker is abbreviated under the foundations name. The water droplet shaped diamond perfectly symbolizes the event and as its set smack in the middle of the bracelet, anyone who looks at it will instantly be intrigued by what it is supposed to represent. When people want to know what the item is meant to represent then you know you have designed an item perfectly towards its intended cause.

Richard Mille is a friend of guy Laliberte. Their friendship helped established the tournament. With the tournament over last week the total charitable earnings equaled out to $5.3 million, a huge sum which will go along way for those in need of the foundations services. Both Mille and Laliberte will be pleased at the success of both the event and the bracelet.

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A History of Raymond Weil

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, More News, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands

All though a fairly new company, Raymond Weil has established itself as one of the world’s finest watch makers.
The company takes its name from its founder Raymond Weil.

Weil, born in 1926 in Geneva Switzerland, joined the Geneva watch company at the age of 23. By 1976 when the watch industry was on a decline, Weil started his own company.

Raymond Weil used his experience to build his company over the years. Incorporating other family members into the company like his son-in-law, Oliver Bernheim. With an increased workforce both loyal and devoted, the Weil brand re-inspired the watch industry.
Weil marketed the brand along with cultural influences. Like their Amadeus collection released in 1983 along with the famous movie.
The Weil brand continued to adapt to changes in society, creating new and unique designs for both men and women.

Timeline
1976: Raymond Weil creates the company
1982: Weil’s son in law joins the company (Oliver Bernheim).
1983: The Amadeus collection launched
1986: Othello collection released
1988: Traviata collection released
1991: Parsaifal collection released
1994: Precision Movements campaign consolidated with Raymond Weil
1996: W1 collection released
1999: The Celebrate the Movement campaign consolidated with Raymond Weil
2001-03: New Othello and Parsaifal collections
2006: Weil’s grandsons join the company (Elie and Pierre Bernheim)
2009: Ladies Noemia collection
2010: Maestro collection released

The Greatest contribution to the watch world that Raymond Weil has given is itself. The founder started the company at a time when the watch industry seemed to be dying out. The company proved that if you could create luxurious watches both unique and simple then you could survive. Weil watches are neither over the top in design nor bland and unoriginal. They can be worn anytime of the day and on any occasion, both formal or informal. The brands success proves that a watch company can be succesfull even if their watches are simple in design.

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Fruitz = Coolest Holiday Watch 2011

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It’s official!

The team at BuzzAboutWatches has nominated the Fruitz Watermelon Watch as the Coolest Holiday Watch 2011.

The three reasons attributed to the nomination are as follows:

  • Reason #1:
    The colors – a gorgeous green strap and faded red dial will make you smile every time you put this cool piece on.

 

  • Reason #2:
    The Natural Frequency Technology embedded in the watch will keep you cool and calm this holiday season, which could get stressful with all that family around! Also perfect for keeping you relaxed during stressful flights, and prevent jet lag if you’re flying far.

 

  • Reason #3:
    They are super comfortable to wear. The silicon strap and stainless steel case feel cool on your wrist – no need to worry about sweating it up in this watch.

 

This is not the first time that the Fruitz Watermelon has received a nomination of this type. Globes identified the Fruitz watermelon as the 2011 Summer watch, and JP featured this fun watch for summer beach fashion this year as well. Last year, in June 2010, ABC also showcased the Watermelon Fruitz (see below).

So congratulations to Fruitz watches, and Happy Holidays 2011 to you all!

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The Coolest Holiday Watch 2011

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A sleek watch, perfect for this holiday season!

Get Blown Away At The Swiss Legend Watches 24 Hour Blowout Sale!

Written by Debbie. Posted in Luxury Watches, More News, Swiss Legend, Watch Brands

Don't Miss the 24 Hour Swiss Legend Watches Sale

The Swiss Legend 24 Hour Blowout Sales event is on at Watches on Net!  Don’t miss the chance to get in on the biggest savings on Swiss Legend ever.  For the first time, Watches on Net is offering Swiss Legend Watches and to kick off this exciting event, they will be holding a 24 hour Blowout Sales Event that you can’t afford to pass up.  The savings on these exceptional timepieces will be unlike anything you have ever seen and to make the deal even sweeter…Watches on Net will throw in free ground shipping, as well!

The energy surrounding this sales event is phenomenal and so are the prices.  Watches on Net, who already carries major brands like Cartier, Gucci, and Hermes is thrilled to be able to add the Swiss Legend line to their collection of luxury watches.  Swiss Legend is an incredibly fashionable luxury watches brand.  They are Swiss made and as elegant as they come.  Get your Swiss Legend fix today at the 24 hour Blowout sale!

  • Pick out a beautiful new Swiss Legend timepiece!
  • Get in on an amazing deal!
  • Take advantage of Watches on Net’s free ground shipping offer!

The next 24 hours could give you a lot and save you plenty!

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Cartier Watches Approach To Success

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Cartier, More News, Watch Brands

Cartier’s name is synonymous with opulence and success; however this luxury watchmaker fully expects to be less than successful in the coming year.  Sales in the Chinese and Asian markets are expected to fall and in order to counteract that decline in revenue, Cartier watches is rushing to open more designer boutiques in the United States and Middle Eastern countries like India and Iraq.

The CEO, Bernard Fornas won’t say how many stores he will open, but the move is clearly strategic and well thought out.  Currently, Cartier receives close to a quarter of their revenue from their China boutiques, but expect a substantial downturn in 2011 and beyond.  Diversifying is the only smart move in this chess game and Cartier knows it.  Besides, while the Shangai Composite Index is falling, business is booming in the Middle East.

These days many watchmakers are struggling…Movado, for example took the opposite approach; instead of opening additional boutiques in more sustainable areas, they opted to close almost all of their specialty boutiques in 2010.  That move paid off for them and hopefully this risk that Cartier is taking will keep them afloat during these tough economic days.  One thing is clear…only time will tell.

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High Quality Watches

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Gucci, More News

High Quality Watchmakers

What makes a high quality watch?  Is it the name?  Does the Gucci Watches logo mean quality craftsmanship or is the quality of a watch determined by something deeper?  Gucci, Omega, and Cartier are watchmakers that have made a name for themselves, but that name has not made their reputation.  The products they produce and their accuracy and their longevity is part of what gave them their fine reputations.  What’s in a name?  Well, a name is simply a reflection of its reputation and in the watchmaking world…reputation can make or break you. 

The reputation of a watchmaker is created because of their ability to design great looking, well made watches…it’s as simple as that, but that is not so simple for everyone.  Many manufacturers, who are more interested in making a quick buck, will cut corners on quality and craftsmanship. 

It’s not necessary to buy from a watchmaker that has been around for 150 years, but you should make certain that they have enough time under their belts to examine their results.  The watch you choose should be made from durable materials, as well.  Watches aren’t disposable, they are meant to tell time accurately and reliably for many years.  Choose wisely and look deeper than the name.

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