Saturday, December 14, 2013

Top Conversation Starters - See Our Most Talked About Watches

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Top Watch Conversation Starters


Find one that speaks your language

Seduce your date, liven up a lame happy hour or even redeem yourself after a faux pas: Express your personality with a watch that demands to be noticed or that begs the question, 'What's up with that veritable gallery of kinetic sculpture strapped to your arm?'

Watches tell us so much more than just the time. From inspired designs and mystifying displays to unique materials and complex movements, our selection offers endless ways to spark up a conversation about what's on your wrist.

See Watchismo's top 24 conversation starters here...

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Mr. Jones Vingt Mille & Tour Du Monde - Classic Journeys Through Time...

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Classic Journeys Through Time

Just In! New Tour Du Monde & Vingt Mille from Mr. Jones Watches

These two watches were created for Mr. Jones by multi-talented designer and illustrator Fanny Shorter. She drew inspiration from the adventure stories of Jules Verne: One watch shows the battle with the giant squid from '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea', the other has Phileas Fogg racing to make it 'Around The World In 80 Days'.
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Mr. Jones Vingt Mille Watch

In homage to the fearless Captain Nemo, this watch shows the dramatic attack of the giant squid from 20,000 leagues under the sea ("Vingt mille lieues sous les mers" in the original title). The endless battle between squid and man depicts the time, from hour to hour each appears to be gaining the upper hand. The two men being held by the squid indicate the hours and minutes.
The winding crown of this watch is specially signed with Captain Nemo's initial "N".
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Mr. Jones Tour Du Monde

Inspired by the adventures of Phileas Fogg in “Around the world in 80 days” (or "Tour Du Monde en 80 Jours" in the original French). Two modes of transport mark the time around a central globe. The position of the ship indicates the hours and the balloon the minutes. The constant motion around the world creates an ever changing picture on the watch face of this very unique watch.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Vestal Syncratic, Roosevelt, Heirloom, Alpha Bravo Zulu & ZR2 Swarovski Watches

New watch collections from Vestal just in and on sale!

New Syncratic, Heirloom, Alpha Bravo Zulu & Roosevelt Watches Now Available

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Just in time for the holidays, a wide array of timepieces that will appeal to cranky teenagers, self-absorbed millennials, broke thirty-somethings, over-extended Generation X'ers, middle-aged malcontents all the way to your dear ol' Grandpa Joe!

See the entire Vestal Watch Collection or click the new categories featured below...

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VESTAL ROOSEVELT

The Roosevelt is a signature Vestal timepiece with its clean minimal slim line case and straightforward dial. The premium 3 hand Japanese analog movement with date rests inside a multi-layered 42mm 316L solid stainless steel case. The 20mm wide genuine leather strap is integrated into the case with no lugs allowing the watch to hug your wrist and completing a clean and precise overall look and feel.
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VESTAL ZR2 SWAROVSKI

A lot of glamor captured in the perfectly-sized 43mm case. Its a premium Miyota chronograph wrapped in minimalist magic. A polished gold ion-plated stainless steel case includes an extra thick raised crystal seated in an angular fixed bezel encrusted with real Swarovski crystals. These features together with a crown adorned with a big ol' crystal make the ZR2 Swarovski ever girl's next must-have. The ZR-2 is finished with a vintage inspired three-link bracelet and a premium butterfly deployant clasp. Make a statement without using a megaphone.
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VESTAL HEIRLOOM

The Heirloom features a premium Japanese analog quartz movement, encompassed by 39mm case crafted from 316L surgical-grade stainless steel. The traditional detailing on the dial is evident in the solid, thick metal hour markers, double-printed minute track, and lum-filled hour & minute hands - giving the Heirloom a classic, antique look.
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VESTAL SYNCRATIC

Inspired by the past but designed for the future, the Syncratic is Vestal’s first foray into harnessing the power of the sun. The solar aided movement is housed in a custom 37mm 316L solid stainless steel case. The digital movement displays the time and day of the week in a unique way. The movement also features an alarm plus a 1/100th sec chronograph.
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vestal-brig1Vestal Brig Tide & Train - Black & White

VESTAL BRIG TIDE & TRAIN

A digital tide & train watch that can track the tide at over 200 beaches worldwide for the next 20 years. It also offers a host of other high end features like a digital tide graph that features current tide height, quick access to Vestal's own custom training mode with "Suffer and Recover" interval timer, and Heat Mode with countdown timer so you can practice your surf heats like the Pros.
vestal-brig2Vestal Brig Tide & Train - Yellow & Red/White/Blue
vestal-zulu1Vestal Alpha Bravo Zulu NATO Red, White & Blue

VESTAL ALPHA BRAVO ZULU

The Alpha Bravo Zulu is a no nonsense timepiece inspired by vintage WWII military equipment. The premium 3-hand Miyota analog movement is surrounded by a 38mm 316L surgical-grade stainless steel case with a hardened, domed mineral crystal. The solid steel case is paired with a custom ZULU style woven strap with stainless steel hardware. With a 10 ATM depth rating, this amazingly, compact watch can withstand water pressure as deep as 100 meters.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mr. Jones Wants vs. Needs - Limited Edition His & Hers Watches

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Act Fast, Just 25 His & Hers Available!

New Limited Edition Wants vs. Needs from Mr. Jones Watches

The hands on this watch are in the form of two circles, one circle is labelled "what I want" and the other "what I need". As the circles move to mark the time, they form a Venn diagram. The shifting relationship that the diagram depicts between "wants" and "needs" is a way for us to think about the changing nature of our own desires and their fulfillment.

The watch is a tool for questioning ourselves - how does the diagram reflect the relationship between our own wants and needs?

This watch is only produced in an edition of 100 pieces worldwide, with each watch individually numbered on the case-back.

The Mens Mr. Jones Wants vs. Needs

The Ladies Mr. Jones Wants vs. Needs

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Friday, November 29, 2013

New Ziiiro Eclipse Mystery Glow-in-the-dark Watches & Ziiiro Titan Pocket Watches

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Brand New Watches From Ziiiro

Glow-in-the-Dark Eclipse Mystery Watch & Titan Pocket Watches

The Eclipse uses patented Swiss Super-LumiNova® BGW9 pigments for high-performance luminescence which shows the dial/hand in white color during daytime and glows Blue/Green in the dark. . The pigments are non-radioactive, environmental friendly and does not suffer from any decay thus guaranteeing full performance over the lifetime of the watch.

Check out the Ziiiro Eclipse

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Ziiiro Titan Pocket Watches

Moving with time. Whether you need it as a pocket watch or stylish pendant accessory. Titan is your brightly colored special charm. Incredibly lightweight with a beautifully crafted aluminum casing. Time is read from the outer hour ring of 12 segments and inner minute ring of 60 segments. Available in 5 colors of azure, chrome, purple, black and cherry.

Check out the Ziiiro Titan Pocket Watch

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Botta Duo Green Edition Watches - First Ever One-Handed Dual Time Zone Timepieces

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Introducing The New German Botta Duo Green Edition

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Botta Duo Green Edition Watch

The Duo 24 Green Edition watch by Germany´s Botta Design is the world’s first dual one-hand watch featuring dual time zones. It shows both the local time and the time at one additional time zone, using just one hand in each case. The main hand is a 12 hour hand referencing the 12 hour markers, and the secondary hand is a 24 hour hand referencing the 24 hour ring.

Two relevant times can thus be checked easily at a glance. It has a very simple yet amazingly logical principle, the main scale on the outside of the watch shows you local time while the inside scale you can set to your time zone of choice. Simple and clever.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thank God It's Friday! SevenFriday Watches at Watchismo

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SevenFriday Watches at Watchismo


The Coolest Watch Any Day of the Week

We've been chomping at the bit to get our wrists into this amazing new collection of Seven Friday watches. And now we've got em!

The introduction of this new mechanical brand is perhaps a sign for both watchmakers, watch collectors or even the average watch buyer that an aesthetically beautiful design need not be expensive, nor it be relegated to the usage of off-the-shelf quartz movements. Conversely, the brand also aims to let everyone know that a timepiece can also be good without the need for heritage or history. There is no need for good landscapes where the manufacture and the watchmakers reside and good design can be achieved without the need for such. At the end of day, these watches are all about living life, and as cliche as it may be, we would say “Carpe Diem”, but since we are living from the other side of the world, we say, “Carpe Noctum”

See The Entire SevenFriday Collection

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sevenfridaywoodSevenFriday Black Walnut Limited Edition
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Meet The XERISCOPE Watch from XERIC Watches on Kickstarter



XERISCOPE: The Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch by XERIC

XERIC Watches: Stop strangers in their tracks with an unusual mechanical time machine beating on your wrist. Meet the XERISCOPE.

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For years, my brother and I combed the globe to bring the world’s most interesting watches to our customers at Watchismo.com.  Our work identified a glaring gap in the watch market – the need for a very cool & affordable mechanical watch – at a time when we were eager to act on our longstanding dream to create something that had not been done by anyone else. Together with our team, we designed the first collection of
XERIC timepieces.



Take a look and you’ll see why XERISCOPE watches by XERIC will stop strangers in their tracks for a glance at your wrist:

The Fully-exposed, mechanical movement that is the display: Enjoy viewing the machine on BOTH sides of the watch and reading the time via the movement itself.

Unique double-sided minute hand lives nearby, alongside a second timezone display and a power reserve meter that lets you know it’s time to keep moving.

Five colorways in a timeless-yet-modern design to suit any style and proudly pass along to the next generation.

A limited edition of 100 individually numbered watches per style for the early backers of our Kickstarter campaign.

Automatically recharges itself with the motion of your daily life: No batteries needed. Ever.

How did we finally make Mechanical an affordable reality?  We are a slim company, and don’t have a lot of red tape and added costs. Yet we do have a great deal of experience with watches that informed the design of a piece that would look as exceptional today as it will in a hundred years. Finally, we found a way to produce our creation at an artisanal scale… and we hope to keep it that way because our customers care to have the most unusual watch in the room.

We value Kickstarter as a way to reach those who share our dream of making Mechanical affordable now to the visionary and stylish people who care about them.

Know anyone who plans to leave their smart watch to their kids? Neither do we. Let’s not plan for obsolescence. Let’s be a part of something that was perfect to begin with, and only gets better with time. Join us by making XERISCOPE watches a timeless reality.





ABOUT WATCHISMO

Watchismo.com is carefully curated watch collection by brothers Mitch & Andrew Greenblatt, modern horological enthusiasts with a passion for unique timepieces. Purveyors of wrist-borne time machines since 1999, Watchismo is a singular source for unusual modern watches from around the world.

Mitch and Andrew founded XERIC Watches to bring complex, mechanical timepieces like the XERISCOPE collection to a broad cross-section of watch enthusiasts who dream of an affordable Mechanical. Together, the brothers have carefully curated the exceptional collection at Watchismo, which since 1999 has been a singular source for unique modern watches from around the world. XERIC Watches represents a natural progression of the business: from Curators to Creators of designs that reflect their experience, knowledge and passion for the truly unusual.

THE GENESIS of XERIC

2009: While living in Switzerland four years ago, Mitch began doodling rough concepts for very unusual watch designs and discussing an action plan with Andrew. The brothers agreed that the watch market was riddled with extravagant watches but held a gaping hole that they could attempt to fill, if only there were a way to make an excellent mechanical watch for an accessible price.

2010: They began connecting with watchmakers in Switzerland while attending the annual Baselworld watch expo. Mitch moved home to Brooklyn, NY, and then to the San Francisco Bay area, so that the brothers at last could work side by side.

2011-2012: With feedback from their discussions with manufacturers, Mitch and Andy refined their designs and decided to name their creations after Xeric Court, the street they grew up on. Their field research continued to highlight the enthusiasm for mechanical watches among a stylish, tech-appreciative crowd that was priced out of the typical high-end Mechanicals.  All they needed to complete the XERIC team was a visionary, in-house watch designer with extensive experience in every aspect of the production gauntlet.

2013: The brothers hired Danny to help finalize the XERISCOPE design and navigate the production process, knowing he’s succeeded with similar projects for other watchmakers. The team knew they had the right movement for the XERSISCOPE and a design that would celebrate every detail of mechanical timekeeping: the watch case would need to be open on both sides and the hour hand would be a direct extension of the mechanism. Andrew, Mitch and Danny developed five distinct colorways, packaging elements and a fulfillment timeline, applying their years of experience as watch authorities, designers, distributors and retailers.

The team identified a manufacturing partner with 30 years in the watch industry, with whom they created and tweaked several waves of prototypes before finalizing the fully-viable XERISCOPE prototype.  Upon full funding, production will immediately begin for 100 first-edition pieces in each of the five colorways.

All they needed to bring the XERSISCOPE to life was involvement from fellow enthusiasts for timeless thinking, in order to attract those with the same appetite for an affordable Mechanical. The team then cultivated a plan to connect with relevant audiences via Kickstarter, where original thinking is directly rewarded by those who share a dream.

XERIC Watches embody the art of timekeeping by fusing mechanical function with timeless form in a singular machine. Designed in California, XERIC watches are produced on an artisanal scale, making high-end mechanical features accessible to a broad cross-section of horological enthusiasts.

BRINGING THE XERISCOPE TO LIFE

For a company that has had worldwide retail fulfillment experience since 1999, meeting customer needs for a new product was no mind-blowing task; however, the XERISCOPE product line represents a new realm for an established business already catering to the desires of a global customer base.

Both internal and external factors are balanced by having a manufacturer with 30+ years of watch-specific manufacturing experience and a brand presence by an established authority in vintage and contemporary milestones in the world of watchmaking.

All next steps in production depend on expressed interest by consumers in the presence of an affordable Mechanical timepiece. The same manufacturers who meticulously developed the prototype through the finalization process stand ready to produce this series within two months, given notice to activate production procedures once funding goals are met.

Each Limited Edition XERISCOPE watch takes its place in individually numbered series featuring a surgical grade stainless steel case; a fully-exposed, orbiting 12-hour mechanical movement with dual timezone display; retrograde power reserve meter; and case-back window for observing the oscillating rotor. No batteries required -- ever -- as XERIC watches generate power by the daily action of your wrist.


 
Mitch Greenblatt’s career path as a visual artist spans the film, television, music and advertising industries. After receiving his first watch (ever!) in 1998, Mitch began collecting and selling unusual vintage watches via Watchismo.com, with special attention to mid-century modern design. Just a few years later, he established himself as an influential watch blogger and authority on the subject of modern horology, and to this day maintains friendships spanning the horological universe. Mitch brings his deep knowledge of historical watches and innate sense of style to XERIC Watches, where he guides overall creative direction.

Andrew Greenblatt is a born entrepreneur, with a lifelong track record of success growing seedling businesses to bountiful fruition. His experience launching a profitable personal computing company at the dawn of the PC industry is a testament to his instinct for finding a viable niche and for taking the right risks at the right time. In 2008, Andrew merged retail forces with his brother Mitch to focus on truly special contemporary watches, following his heart to drive insanely deep beyond avocation into a full-fledged vocation. Andrew is in touch with the customer base and keeps a creative and critical eye on retail market objectives for XERIC.  A passionate watch collector himself, Andrew knows how to translate an abstract concept to a concrete reality.

Daniel Hunsaker joined the XERIC team earlier this year to help make the XERISCOPE dream a reality. Danny is a watch world “insider” whose career has focused squarely on designing watches and managing product development from concept-to-market. Far from “square” though, Danny applies his sharp eye for detail and boundless creativity to create unique XERISCOPE designs and usher them through the production process. Danny brings an acute awareness of design implications for other aspects of the development trajectory.

Meet the New Mr. Jones Ambassador Watch - Limited Edition Memento Mori Mystery Dial Skull Watch

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New Limited Edition Memento Mori from Mr. Jones Watches

A skull appears on this watch every time the hour and minute hand align (once an hour). The remainder of the time the image is a mix of colors and shapes. The skull comes from a Hans Holbein painting called “The Ambassadors”. When (and only when) the painting is viewed from a certain angle the skull suddenly appears. The watch is a link to the tradition of the memento mori - an object designed to remind us that life is brief and we should seize it while we are here.

This watch is only produced in an edition of 100 pieces worldwide, with each watch individually numbered on the case-back.

See The MR. JONES Ambassador

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Friday, November 15, 2013

New NOVO Watch Collection at Watchismo - See the Mayhem, Unknown & Street Watches

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New NOVO Watches

Watches Built From Action & Reaction

Just a few years ago, NOVO was nothing more than some drawings and an idea consuming Steve Christensen. Practicing action sports in the summer and winter, Steve was frustrated that he couldn't get his hands on a timepiece that symbolized that aspect of his life. Why did it seem that no matter how unique or intriguing a watch looked at first, it felt like everyone ended up wearing the same thing? He was looking for something different, and realized that he was looking for more than a watch - something to remind him of the exhilaration felt from pushing a sport to the limits and something to remind him to let that passion push the rest of his life to the next level.
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Two years of meticulous attention to detail, prototyping and a plethora of powder days later, NOVO became the watches you see here today. The watches they make inspire daily with memories of those times in life that raise the hairs on the back of our necks. They are a symbol of the moments in time we killed it and a reminder of the need to do it again.

Get off your butt and check them out here;

See The Entire NOVO Watch Collection

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NOVO Mayhem

A perfect blend of simplicity and style, the Mayhem tips its hat to traditionalists. It utilizes all three hands to tell you the time like a prisoner counting the days until his release...
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NOVO Unknown

In a time of ever changing trends it seemed impossible to please the masses, that is until they remembered one of the oldest rules in the book : it's hip to be square.

A unique display of minutes creeping bit by bit into view behind the hour markers themselves...
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NOVO Street

Considered the classiest NOVO watch, the street explains the time by lining up a revolving disk with a line on the face. They thought that rather than make hands do all the work spinning, sometimes it’s nice for the time to come to them.


Xeriscope by Xeric Watches Introduce the Open Series on Kickstarter

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KICKSTARTER UPDATE

To celebrate the Xeriscope becoming the most successful mechanical watch project on Kickstarter, we're introducing what we think might be the best colorway of all, the Gold & Black Xeriscope. This Open Series version will also feature a double-sided 'Halo Hand' (as shown below) for the two-tier minute display and a sapphire crystal.

The Limited Edition collection is now entirely unique to themselves with their double-sided needle minute hands -- no Open Series will ever feature that design!















































XERIC Watches: Stop strangers in their tracks with an unusual mechanical time machine beating on your wrist. Meet the XERISCOPE.
"For years, my brother and I combed the globe to bring the world’s most interesting watches to our customers at Watchismo.com. Our work identified a glaring gap in the watch market – the need for a very cool & affordable mechanical watch – at a time when we were eager to act on our longstanding dream to create something that had not been done by anyone else. Together with our team, we designed the first collection of XERIC timepieces."
  • The Fully-exposed, mechanical movement that is the display: Enjoy viewing the machine on BOTH sides of the watch and reading the time via the movement itself.
  • Unique double-sided minute hand lives nearby, alongside a second timezone display and a power reserve meter that lets you know it’s time to keep moving.
  • Five colorways in a timeless-yet-modern design to suit any style and proudly pass along to the next generation.
  • A limited edition of 100 individually numbered watches per style for the early backers of our Kickstarter campaign.
  • Automatically recharges itself with the motion of your daily life: No batteries needed. Ever.

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