MB&F Unveils Melchior, the Mechanical Timekeeping Robot (Video + Pics)

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Melchior is one of MB&F’s 10th Anniversary Pieces, presented in 2015 under the theme: ”A creative adult is a child who survived”.  Created in collaboration with L’Epée 1839, Switzerland’s only specialized high-end clock manufacture, Melchior is not only an impressive kinetic robot which may remind you of your childhood dreams, but also an impeccably finished, 480-component mechanical table clock.  The name ‘Melchior’ is a traditional forename in Maximilian Büsser’s family.  The concept was specifically developed with designer Xin Wang, selecting a high-end L’Epée clock movement and reimagining it as the mechanical head and torso of a robot.   Melchior has plenty to occupy the senses, including moving eyes (double retrograde 20-seconds counters), an escaepement “brain” and steel arms which rotate.  I believe Melchior is also supposed to be a friendly, “happy feeling” robot, but he does hold a rocket launcher and Gatling gun in those steel arms of his, just in case something goes down.  And, by the way, that Gatling gun is detachable and cleverly doubles as a winding/setting key for the movement.

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The New Oris Force Recon GMT Diver

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When I say this is a true tactical watch, I mean it:  Oris is very proud to announce a new partnership with the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, also known as Force Recon, one of the elite U.S. Special Forces companies.   Force Recon is a special operations command unit like the U.S. Navy Seals or Army Special Forces that operates independently behind enemy lines to provide military intelligence to Marine Air-Ground Task Forces, performing deep reconnaissance and direct action missions at sea and on land.   Accordingly, this watch is spec’d up for heavy duty use, with a light & scratch resistant DLC-finished titanium case, 1,000 meter water resistance, and even a tactical watch cover for full camouflage needs.

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Google and Intel Will Team Up with TAG Heuer for Android Smartwatch

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I, for one, was very impressed with Breitling’s “Connected Watch” concept unveiled with its B55 Chronograph Pilot’s watch.  I thought it struck the right balance of “connectedness” and “smartness” while not trying to be all things to all consumers.  It will be interested to see the approach that is taken with TAG Heuer.  I think to try and compete directly with Apple is a mistake.  The Swiss brands — at least the luxury ones — must look to differentiate.

Here’s the TAG Heuer / Google / Intel press release:

Baselworld, Switzerland, 19 March 2015 — TAG Heuer, Google, and Intel have announced a partnership to launch a Swiss smartwatch powered by Intel technology and Android Wear. The effort signifies a new era of collaboration between Swiss watchmakers and Silicon Valley, bringing together each company’s respective expertise in luxury watchmaking, software and hardware.

The collaboration was made official at Baselworld, during a press conference held on Thursday 19th March at the TAG Heuer booth. Jean-Claude Biver, President of the Watch Division LVMH Group and CEO of TAG Heuer, David Singleton, Director of Engineering for Android Wear, and Michael Bell, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s New Devices Group, joined each other on stage.

Together, these companies will create a product that is both luxurious, and seamlessly connected to its wearer’s daily life—a culmination of innovation, creativity and design from Silicon Valley in California and the Watch Valley in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

“Swiss watchmaking and Silicon Valley is a marriage of technological innovation with watchmaking credibility. Our collaboration provides a rich host of synergies, forming a win-win partnership, and the potential for our three companies is enormous,” said Jean-Claude Biver.

Guy Sémon, General Manager of TAG Heuer added: “The quality of Swiss watches is renowned worldwide. When this is allied with the creative technology and global power of two companies like Intel and Google, using the Android Wear platform and based on Intel technology, we can see the launch of a technological revolution in our industry, of which I am proud to be a pioneer today with TAG Heuer.”

David Singleton noted, “By fusing beauty with technology, the Swiss watch has inspired generations of artists and engineers alike—including us at Google. So we’re thrilled to be working with TAG Heuer and Intel to bring a unique blend of emotion and innovation to the luxury market. Together, and using the Android Wear platform, we can imagine a better, beautiful, smarter watch.”

“As we work to enable technology experiences that provide greater utility and value to people, Intel is confident that a collective approach will inspire new innovation in wearable technology. The collaboration with TAG Heuer and Google brings us closer to realizing the vision of wearable technology with a distinctive smartwatch that elevates the category,” remarked Michael Bell.

Introducing the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite with 37 World Time Zones

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Glashütte Originals have always bore a strong resemblance to one another, making it—at times—tough to distinguish between models. A conspicuous design formula is partially to blame for this, but consider that an established brand identity is often the key to success, because it enables consumers to easily identify with a product and recognize it as none other than a Glashütte Original.

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