Bulova offers more gimmicks

The first of the models in the Bulova Frank Sinatra Collection, the Bulova My Way, starts with an Art Deco style rectangular stainless steel case sized at 29.5 mm by 47 mm. Finished in either polished stainless or gold tone, the plan view of the case is dominated by the prominent C-shaped attached lug assembly at each end, adding some visual depth to an otherwise flat design. This case is further embellished with a handful of Sinatra signature touches, with the signed crown featuring Frank Sinatra’s hat logo along with a specially engraved caseback. The dial of the My Way doubles down on this early 20th century Art Deco aesthetic, with swooping applied Arabic numerals in gold tone accenting simple pointed indices and alpha hands over a heavily brushed base dial in either black or silver… More here.

I do wish Bulova would spend more time investing in quality components, original movements and design rather than offering gimmicks. Some of the brand’s recent releases have been shockingly bad.

Spiderman-inspired wearable sanitiser

The designer wanted to solve the behavioral perception and usage when it came to traditional sanitizer bottles. He wanted to create something that was innovative, ergonomic, easy to carry, and made it hassle-free to sanitize frequently when you go outside. I, for one, do get lazy if I have to constantly remove the bottle from my backpack when I am carrying groceries in my hand and a wearable sanitizer would truly be a blessing. The smartwatch-shaped personal gadget has a refillable container for the sanitizer liquid and will dispense it with a simple press. We can’t wait to see this concept sketched out with more details… More here.

This is not a watch, but I guess it does sit on the wrist. As silly as it sounds it is such an obvious and clever idea.

Ressence & Sotheby’s Design Competition’s Winning Watch

Speaking about the competition, Ressence founder and CEO Benoît Mintiens said, “Letting our community have the final say and be part of our project felt like the right thing to do. During the selection process, we discussed the feasibility of the designs with our Swiss manufacturers. We also wanted to create a genuine one-off, so we opted for entries that were far from our own artistic direction. And most importantly, we chose optimistic approaches which would bring a message of hope in the current difficult times.” More here.

Love that design. So much fun in a dial.

The Tutima M2 Coastline Chronograph

The deep-set dial features a sloping chapter ring for the minutes/seconds with clear white markings and Arabic numerals. The thick rectangular hour markers printed on the dial are shortened at 12 o’clock to accommodate the 30-minute elapsed time counter, at 9 o’clock to house the running seconds and at 6 o’clock for the 12-hour elapsed counter. There is also a date window at 3 o’clock. The linear arrangement of the chronograph functions is easy to consult and Super-LumiNova illuminates the hour and minute hands as well as the indices. The chronograph model with a black dial has red hands for the chronograph indications… More here.

An honest and refreshing design in my opinion…

The “resilience” issue

The new issue of Europa Star is devoted to the theme of “resilience”. Resilience of people, brands, technologies and networks in the face of a pandemic with consequences on an unprecedented scale. The issue that immediately follows will be the magazine’s version of a watch show… More here.

Always worth a read.

The G-Shock GMWB5000CS-1

Before the laser printing is applied to the GMWB5000CS-1, it’s given a black IP finish. If you’re only familiar with the old school resin cased G-Shocks, handling a metallic G-Shock is a very different experience. These obviously have a much more significant heft to them, and in a way they make more sense and are easier to understand than a plastic watch, because we associate plastic with flimsiness, or something that’s just not made very well. Newcomers to the brand are sometimes surprised to learn that a traditional G-Shock can withstand all the abuse we’re told it can take, but the metal watches feel tougher and more substantial. This G-Shock, like virtually every G-Shock, is shock resistant and water resistant to 200 meters. It has the typical array of functions we’re used to seeing on G-Shocks, including a calendar, stopwatch, and a series of daily alarms. The square case design is modeled after the original G-Shock, and with a measurement of 49.3 x 43.2 x 13mm it’s surprisingly wearable… More here.

It’s nice to see Casio doing something different with a G-Shock. Wonder what it looks like on the wrist though?!?

The GBDH1000-1A7 Move… on

The most significant aspect of the new G-SHOCK Move collection is the presence of an optical heart-rate sensor that can measure your heart rate by detecting the blood flow under the skin. This sensor will provide you with at-a-glance health tracking, but it is most beneficial once you’ve begun exercising, as the watch has a unique “heart-rate zone” that shows exercise intensity at five different stages, making it useful for managing pace whether you’re going for a simple jog or undergoing endurance training. G-SHOCK didn’t just add a heart-rate monitor and call it a day, as the Move incorporates a system for determining your VO2max level, which combines your heart rate and running speed to calculate the rate of oxygen consumption during exercises of increasing intensity… More here.

Casio had a chance here. The company was well placed to enter this market before the likes of Fitbit and Apple came along, but as a first offering this is bizarre in a world where the Apple Watch is selling in such big numbers. One thing about all stands out as ridiculous here-

63mm x 55mm diameter; 20.4mm thickness

The Booming Covid-19 Vintage Watch Market

Thesaleroom.com, an online marketplace for art, antiques and collectables auctions, has also seen a significant increase in demand for vintage watches, in the time that the UK has been in lockdown. Demand for Rolex watches is up 11 percent in the month since March 26, with Tag Heuer up 19 per cent and Blancpain up 37 per cent, according to trade title WatchPro. Meanwhile Chrono24, another major pre-owned watch retailer, last week announced sales were 13 per cent higher compared to pre-Coronavirus crisis… More here.

I can see the high-end vintage going up a lot, the mid-range going up a little and new watch sales tanking for many brands, especially the low end.

Making Machines Come to Life

After decades conforming to the rules of corporate watchmaking, Maximilian Büsser broke the chains and started a rebellion in 2005; a rebellion called MB&F – Maximilian Büsser & Friends. MB&F is an artistic concept laboratory based around a simple idea: to assemble collectives of independent watchmaking professionals to develop radical watches – Horological or Legacy Machines. By nurturing teams of talented individuals, harnessing their passion and creativity and crediting each person’s essential role, MB&F uses their synergy to become much greater than the sum of its parts. Respecting tradition, but never constrained by it, we reinterpret traditional, high-quality watchmaking into three-dimensional kinetic sculptures.

The production in this video is amazing.