Apple Watch has revived interest in horology. However, we rarely get to know the stars of the watchmaking. BBC Future recently profiled Roger W. Smith, an elite watch maker whose mechanical timepieces are exceptional, cost over $150,000 and extremely rare and refined. His team puts together a mere 10 watches a year. [BBC Future]
Given that Apple Watch is only a few months away, I feel guilty recommending a watch. But this new-ish Tsovet JPT-TW35 (dress) watch just stole my heart. I am smitten by the sheer aesthetics of the watch. It is not too big. It is not too small. It is not round. It would look great under a white shirt. It isn’t too expensive: $250 is not cheap, but again not a bank breaker. I wish they used sapphire crystal instead of mineral crystal. There are two flavors — gold and steel. I like steel look: it is more classy and golden sheen gives it a cheap/trying too hard.
I have not bought it — but it is on my Christmas wish list. I am not a fan of quartz watches, and yet I think it is beautiful — classic, elegant and minimal. From a quality standpoint, Tsovet (which is based somewhere in Southern California) makes pretty good and reliable watches: I have owned two of them — both of them are now with new owners. Tsovet replaces batteries in the watches for free but you have to send them in, so it is a bit of a laborious process. On the other hand, it is a good reason to try out Shyp. Continue reading “Tsovet does classic elegance”
Watches are a great way to think about how products should be designed to last. We should aspire to the watch design for we live with watches. They have to withstand constraints of life. Water, dust, scratches. — Yves Behar, designer. Designer Yves Behar’s comments were in the back of my mind when I was talking … Continue reading Wearables, Watches & Wearablity
A Victorian 1886 Lancaster Spy Camera Pocket Watch that recently sold in an auction for about 18,000 pounds sterling. (via Steve via Watchismo) Continue reading Stunning Victorian 1886 Lancaster Spy Camera Pocket Watch
Nora Young, a wonderful radio host on CBC Radio up in Canada recently reached out to talk about one of my passions – watches. The conversation sparked by Pebble Watch, we talked about why watches matter. To me, watches give time a heartbeat. As we become more digital and immersed in online world, we need … Continue reading On The Radio: Talking Watches