Kevin Rose is a successful and highly-regraded technology entrepreneur and angel investor; among other active efforts, he is presently a General Partner at Google Ventures — but I first came to know of him back in the day as the founder of Digg. And with the launch of his latest app, it is no secret now that Kevin Rose is also a passionate watch guy as well.
I spoke with Rose this past week in advance of the launch of his new app for watch enthusiasts, Watchville. Watchville is described as “the easiest way to keep up with wristwatch news, aggregating the most popular watch blogs all in one place. Watchville also includes tools for the watch collector, including an atomic clock, leap year, and moon phase setting tool.” And that really is a pretty good descriptor! Isn’t it about time the watch community
On the content side, I liken Watchville to an RSS reader-type of format, but in a much, much more enhanced & curated manner. The content in the aggregated feed is from a select few blogs like Hodinkee, Ablogtowatch, Haute Time, us of course, and a couple others. On top of this, Rose has integrated an atomic clock, leap year, and a very neat moon phase calendar into the app — all of these features intended to give luxury watch owners a quick & easy reference to make sure their mechanical timepieces are properly set and keeping accurate time.
What’s missing? Well, this is probably a good start to see how the market will react to such a specific, niche app like this. I do think the app could accommodate a few more blogs, particularly given the ability to turn specific blog feeds on and off. And if Watchville goes big, a way to generate some ad revenue would also be nice.
Overall, as Rose told me, creating this app was essentially taking care of an itch that needed scratched. And I’m thankful for it. Congrats Kevin.
See you in Watchville!!
SIHH 2015 sneak peek…
The first major watch event of 2015 is right around the corner, and you know what that means: let the pre-releases begin! As usual, Officine Panerai shares with Perpetuelle.com readers a first look at one of the new watches to be presented in its 2015 collection. The new Panerai PAM 580 has an in-house automatic mechanical Panerai caliber (the P.9100) providing flyback chronograph timing capability. It is housed in an absolutely killer looking 44mm black ceramic case with a bead-blasted matte-finish.
A new and very functional, very reliable piece from Breitling. Nothing super-special here, but this is a good solid watch if you are looking for something to put through some heavy use in harsh environments.
The masterpiece shown here was created by master watchmaker Kari Voutlinainen along with the artistic talents of Kitamura Tatsuo. Tatsuo, working under the art name Unryuan, is one of Japan’s leading contemporary lacquer artists. The hand-assembled dial is an astounding mosaic of thousand of small pieces of gold and shell set in lacquer. It required well over a thousand hours of work to complete. Specifically, the raw materials for its creation are: Kinpun (gold dust), Jyunkin-itakane (gold leaf), Yakou-gai (shell of great green turban) and Awabi-gai (abalone shell from New Zealand). This bespoke watch — equally attractive on the back as on its front — is inspired by Emerald and Jade precious stones, which is in fact what the name Hisui means.
This watch was the winner of the “Artistic Crafts” category at the 2014 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix last month. Voutilainen’s Husui is a one-of-a-kind piece with a price of 225,000 Swiss Francs. Feast your eyes below.