An interesting thread over at WatchUSeek. Eric asks if he should wear his Planet Ocean to Jamaica. First, do any street toughs know what a Planet Ocean is and second, this brings up an interesting point: is watch thievery still a big deal especially considering the glut of fakes and quartz junk out there?
Check out the thread here.
Fossil, one of the early adopters in the SPOT race, is now bowing out as Microsoft re-tools that standard. The result? It’s pretty iffy in terms of future SPOT direction. Fossil had a huge supply chain and lots of sales and that’s definitely going to hurt things.
Fossil has made their last MSN Direct watch, at least for the foreseeable future. Coco and Glam were made in a tiny batch and sold to Tiger Direct. However we hear Fossil is no longer going to make new watches and will re-direct their technology efforts after current inventory is sold through. Microsoft has recently pulled the SPOT initiative back into R&D and appears intent on pushing the technology into other products like the weather clocks and integration with the PC and other Microsoft products.
With SPOT going back into the garage for a re-tooling, the hope is that it will emerge with more stability and functionality. Indeed, the commitment from Microsoft over the past several months has been just that, though any improvements are difficult for end users to see. In a recent post in our forums, a Microsoft representative disclosed they have been working on infrastructure improvements to make the network more reliable and efficient in bandwidth usage.
Phil Torrone at make rocks a full story on the Fossil Abacus, which may or may not be the last Palm watch ever.
have a bit of a fetish for gadgety watches (video). Why waste the precious wrist real estate on something that can -just- tell time. Last week on MAKE I posted my HOW TO on getting RSS feeds to a Microsoft SPOT watch (Swatch, Fossil, Suunto and few others make these watches). I’m always on the look out for the uber geek watch- wireless SPOT watches for getting RSS feeds, TV watches from Japan, binary watches that tell time in, well, binary. So when Brian Jepson sent me a link to a sale on the Palm based PDA watch for $70 (about %50 less than it was a few months ago) and I had some Tiger credit voucher thing- I thought I’d see what I could do with a PDA on my wrist.
Read the rest here.
Man, I thought my Russian Zlatoust Diver was a beast. This thing is actually a voice watch dealie. You dial 117, the number for Japanese time and weather, and it repeats the time for you. I also think the name, Zihotch, is highly suggestive and can be used in everyday conversation. “What are you up to, zihotch?”
Check it out here.
UPDATE – Login works now. I guess it was busted.
As a service to the watch community, I’ve decided to create a watch and tool classifieds section. These ads are totally free and we are allowing, currently, anyone to post. Please feel free to consign your favorites here with us.
This is an experiment. I know there are about 50 other, and better, sales boards out there, but i thought it might be nice to offer something nice and small for some items. I will highlight items in the section from time to time.
Give SPOT a chance. CES edition Swatch Paparazzi watch with charger. Works perfectly. This watch is designed to pick up radio signals from SPACE (!!) – OK, the FM band – and inform you on News, Weather, Sports, et al. I will transfer ownership to you upon purchase but you will have to sign up for Microsoft’s Direct service to get news et al. Like new, no damage, never worn. 45mm face, rubber band.
WatchUSeek is now selling these amazing looking Laco automatics. Great style.
Details: ETA 2824-2 automatic movement
High-quality stainless steel, black anodized case
Diameter 46mm, height 13mm
Screwed display case back, sapphire crystal,
Uni-directional diving bezel, waterresistant 200m
Screw down crown at “12”, date at “6”
Stainless steel bracelet
Check them out here.
WatchUSeek is hosting a design contest with 121Time and offer a $200 gift voucher. Hurry!
A dedicated jury composed of 121TIME staff & designers will meet at the first day of each month (5x) until December 2005 and choose the most appealing watch design out of all valid entries.
Check it out here.