Casio Edifice ERA300B-1AV and ERA300DB-1A2V – Designed for Function and Fashion

ERA300B-1AV and ERA300DB-1A2V are Casio’s newest watches to hail from its Edifice Collection designed specifically to translate both function and fashion for every dressed occasion.

The Edifice Collection welcomes ERA300B-1AV and ERA300DB-1A2 to its technologically charged family of watches that feature solar and/or twin sensor technologies.  ERA300B-1AV and ERA300DB-1A2 features include solar, twin sensor, auto neon illuminator and a water resistance up to 100 meters.

Casio ERA300B-1AV and ERA300DB-1A2 are not only designed to be technologically functional but to also possess a daring style so sophisticated that it compliments every occasion of a man that’s on the social track or simply relaxing at home. The new design translates a new era for Casio as it reaches out to men that not only want a watch with a high level of technological functions but also makes a fashionable statement in every social arena.

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ERA300B-1AV is equipped twin sensor (digital compass and thermometer) and neon illuminator technology. An impressive unique feature is the direct compass button (located at 9 o’clock) which when pressed immediately points the second hand north regardless of which geographical position one is standing. Its seamless multi-dimensional dial incorporates digital and analog design to deliver readable information provided by various watch functions. It is a resin analog-digital watch with a partially ion plated black bezel and is adorned with a black resin strap. ERA300B-1AV retails for $330.

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ERA300DB-1A2V is also equipped twin sensor (digital compass and thermometer) and neon illuminator technology. It also features the direct compass button (located at 9 o’clock) which when pressed immediately points the second hand north. ERA300DB-1A2V multi-dimensional dial also incorporates the digital and analog design. It is a stainless steel analog-digital watch featuring a partially ion plated black bezel and is adorned with a stainless steel bracelet. ERA300DB-1A2V retails for $380.

Both watches also feature full auto-calendar which is pre-programmed until year 2099 and 12/24 hour formats, as well as mineral glass covering the dials.

Shigenori Itoh, Chairman and CEO of Casio America, Inc. best described both watches when he said, “The latest additions to the EDIFICE collection possess a number of advanced technological features, while still incorporating a sense of style fit for work, the ball park or a relaxing night at home.” Enough said.

Spectacular Diver Watches of 2014: Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli Special Edition

(Part three of a four part series on luxury diver watches)

Hublot designed a special edition diver’s watch, so special that there are only 20 pieces of Hublot’s Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli Special Edition.

Hublot King Power Cheval Blanc

Hublot invested eighteen months in research and extensive testing in the development of Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli. The watch’s name was derived from the Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel, a contemporary haven in Noonu Atoll in Maldives. It also happens to be the only place where the Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli watch can be purchased.

Cheval Blanc Randheli Garden Villa

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Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc underwent testing inside Roxer Tank where it was placed in a controlled pressurized environment equivalent to 5000 meters under water, however, is actually capable of withstanding pressure at 4000 meters, the depth at which it can be worn.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli has a 48 mm case crafted in light weight grade 2 titanium which is accentuated in a finely brushed satin finish. Its visual presentation is further illustrated in vibrant colors of white and yellow making it quite unique from the usual black color norm for most diver watches. The dial, flange and hands have been treated with in a bright yellow SuperLuminova™ hue allowing for readability when diving at a distance of 25 cm in the dark.

Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli has a helium valve which helps emit gases that the watch might intake while diving under water. The valve is located on the left side of the case which is attached at 10 o’clock.

The Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli caseback is etched with the Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel’s emblem and Hublot’s name which is engraved in yellow.  Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc operates with an automatic caliber HUB1401 mechanism consisting of 180 components. It also has a power reserve of 42 hours.

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As mentioned earlier Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli is a special limited edition timepiece of only 20 pieces with a retail price of $26,000 (USD).

For a selection of other Hublot watches please visit watchesonnet.com.

Spectacular Diver Watches of 2014: Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Blue and Orange

(Part two of a four part series on luxury diver’s watches)

Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Blue and Orange captures attention in vivid colors of cobalt blue and coral orange.

There’s a new time shark circling the deep and its Girard-Perregaux vibrant Sea Hawk Blue and Orange. Girard-Perregaux has stirred the deep with this spectacular diver’s watch which at this point merely requires a dramatic musical score to cue its stunning entrance.

Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Blue & Orange - Blue rubber strap model

Sea Hawk Blue and Orange striking visual acuity stuns with a cobalt blue dial (matched by its rubber strap) and a 15 minute diver’s scale (on the bezel), minute and reserve indicator hands accentuated in vibrant coral orange. Its rotating unidirectional bezel encompasses the sapphire crystal which has been designed to track diving time.

Girard-Perregaux designed the dial giving it a raised honeycomb effect adding dimension to Sea Hawk Blue and Orange’s character. It presents with a 44 mm diameter case which has a thickness of 17.1 mm, closely weighing in at a substantial 188 grams. It does have luminescent coating on the hour indication markers and hour/minute hands of the watch to allow for readability in darkness. A sloping outer flange incorporates the dial with the case and bezel along as well as the helium escape valve. Sea Hawk Blue and Orange is certified by ISO 6425 meaning it meets diving watch standards for professional use along with a water resistance up to 1000 meters.

Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk Blue & Orange- stainless steel bracelet

Sea Hawk Blue and Orange houses Girard-Perregaux’s in-house GP03300 automatic mechanical movement and has a screw down caseback.

Girard-Perragaux Sea Hawk in Blue and Orange is available with a blue rubber strap (Ref. 49960-19-431-FK4A) for $10,000 or with a stainless steel bracelet (Ref. 49960-19-431-11A) for $11,850. This watch is for the man that wants a certified diver’s watch that’s sure to make a statement in both performance and style.

Kickstarter Watch Projects Worth Checking Out: Carbon – The Only Watch that Charges Smart Phones and Devices! Part 2

Carbon by EnergyBionics has produced a watch that’s smart enough to charge your smart phone and other smart mobile devices. Finally a watch with a practical use that’s absolutely timeless!

It’s no secret that smart phones and smart watches have changed the way we navigate in the world today, however, keeping these devices charged can be both burdensome and challenging. Enters Carbon by EnergyBionics – a new solution that effectively answers the smart device need for chargeable energy.

Carbon by EnergyBionics has taken the advancements of energy harvesting technology and customized that technology using high-tech monocrystalline solar cells to harvest the sun’s energy (and indoor lighting). The solar cell stores and converts the sun’s energy into an electrical form of energy capable of producing an output of 1 Amp and 5 Volts in small traces of energy. This technological harvesting of energy is performed while Carbon is worn on the wrist. Carbon has also been equipped with a lithium battery which can be charged using a USB to provide charges for mobile devices as well.

Shown below are devices compatible with Carbon’s energy output of 1 Amp and 5 Volts:

 Carbon Compatible Mobile Devices

 Carbon rectangular watch cases offer simplistic dials in white, blue/white or orange/white. Despite this simplistic dial its outstanding solar charging ability out-weighs it face-value. Carbon is presented in two case finishes: brushed metal referred to as “Slate” and black PVD referred to as “Coal”.

Carbon Dial Colors

How Carbon Works  Carbon houses a Japanese analog movement with hour/minute hands that sweep over its custom solar cell surface. Depending on pledge level watch straps are available in standard 24mm off the shelf dark brown leather or a black smooth silicone.

Carbon - Slate Case with brown leather strap

Another dynamic of the Carbon watch is that it was designed according to International Protection standards with a Solid Particle Protection rating of 6 (no ingress of dust) and Liquid Ingress Protection rating of 4 (splashing water), meaning it should not be submerged in water.

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Carbon’s design, assembly, testing, manufacturing and packaging will occur in the US performed by the Energy Bionic Team. Carbon anticipated funding of goal is $15,000, as of April 28, the project has already received pledges in the amount of $30,900. The project will be completely funded on May 30, 2014 and seven pledge levels remain available at present.

Details about Carbon by EnergyBionics are available on Kickstarter.com – happy pledging.

Kickstarter Watch Projects Worth Checking Out: Canvas Watch Company: Community Driven Watch Design – Part 1

Two interesting watch projects are approaching full funding on Kickstarter.com Canvas Watch Company and Carbon by Energy Bionics, both of which have a thread of commonality – watches manufactured in the US.

The Canvas Watch Company: Community Driven Watch Design project invites backers and community to participate in an interactive watch design collaborative by inviting them to select watch designs and lend their voices to the creative process while Canvas focuses on the crafting of watchmaking itself.

Canvas - Black Dial

Canvas Watch Company, hailing from Detroit, Michigan, springboarded from the premise that watch design is an art, as is mastering the very craft of watchmaking. Shaun Reinhold, the company’s innovative founder, has simplified the watch design process by creating an illustrator template file which enables them to merely open the file and organically design a watch based on their vision and that of their customers.

Canvas - White Dial

This innovative template brings a new approach to watch design that etches the watch design onto the sapphire crystal versus the actual dial surface – an incredible yet appealing design move. This innovative approach not only allows for the creative design of the sapphire crystal, but allows for watches with Swiss-made movements to be placed into production in counts of 250 pieces at a time. Canvas Watch Co. plans to assemble and manufacture their watches in the United States in an effort to effectively manage both the quality control and distribution of their watches in a matter of weeks versus months.

Watches will feature high grade 316L stainless steel cases that have a finely polished and brushed finish. The etched sapphire crystals are double AR-coated. The watches will house Swiss-made Ronda 513 quartz movement and will possess an accuracy of + / – 20 seconds per month. The watch crown and caseback are screw-down and the watch is water resistant up to 330 feet.

The watches are currently adorned with black leather straps which are contrasted by grey stitching. The watches are numbered (001-500) “1st Edition” on the caseback with Canvas Watch Co. branding on the strap, clasp and caseback.

Canvas Watch Company is seeking funding of $40,000 and currently has pledges of $29,183 with six days remaining to meet their goal. Here is an opportunity to contribute to a watch company that will offer interesting watch designs.