There is something about the Neff Zub ZenV20 by Nooka x Neff collaboration watch that I just love. I think it’s the little smiley face.Â Nooka has gotten love from I want – I got back in the early days.Â They are an innovative watch company that has an interesting take on the digital timepiece.Â Neff is a California based headwear company focusing on the skate/snow/surf industries.
The watch retails for $150US and can be found online at Nooka.com. Toronto retailers for Nooka include the AGO.
Uniform Wares is an London based luxury watch company. Product designers Patrick Bek and Oliver Fowles started the company in 2009. The company philosophy is based on classic British design that incorporates contemporary minimalism.
Uniform Wares 300 Series is their first chronograph watch. My favourite style of watch is the chronograph and I’m enamored with the minimal face and strap design. You can also buy different coloured straps for the watch if you wish to switch it up.
Rado has introduced a new r5.5 Chronograph watch in a white ceramic finish. I’m a sucker for a chronograph watch and I like the simplity of the Rado. Â The watch is part of the limited edition Rene Liu, Rado GlobalÂ AmbassadorÂ collection. Â Rene is aÂ Taiwanese actress, singer and writer. Â Of course, the watch is too rich for my blood at $3,100 but you can find Rado at Holt Renfrew and Birks.
So, Chanel PR has started to email me about all things Chanel. I’m not going to lie, my nerdy blogger self thinks this is pretty cool. The latest release was for the new Chanel J12 Chromatic watches. I normally go for bright colourful watches but it’s always good to have something that is a bit classic. Â The J12 Chromatic watches are made fromÂ titanium ceramic which is a new highly scratch-resistant material almost that is almostÂ hard as sapphire. Â I really like the silvery grey finish on these watches. Â It looks like liquid metal. Â The perfect alternative to your standard black or silver. Â There are a number of styles with varying amounts of diamonds orÂ 18-karat white gold bezel, crown and hands.
There are two size options, 33mm (top photo) and 38mm. I’ve only posted the women’s options but there is a men’s collection also.
The Chanel J12 Chromatic commercial plays on that liquid metal look.
My favourite watch company, ToyWatch came to town to show off what’s going on for spring summer 2011. I’ve been mourning my beloved Neon Chronograph Plasteramics in Atomic Orange since the clasp broke and render it unwearable. I’m awaiting a replacement and I hope it’s the same.Â My wrist hasn’t been the same since.
ToyWatch introduced a kids line this season. The new styles this year are solid black or solid white. This is a very big trend I’m noticing in watch land that is keeping in step with the bright colour trend.
At the preview, I got to see some of the Missoni x ToyWatch collaboration. This was pretty exciting. They are a little hard to wear in my opinion but oh so very beautiful. They aren’t your everyday watch, much to pretty.
I love Alessi and in addition to quirky kitchen products they have two new watch designs for fall 2010.
Space-bimba (top row) is a product of designer Miriam Mirri and retails for $163. It’s to look like an alien and I think that’s very cute. NEKO (bottom row) is designed by Pritzer prize winner, SANAA. It’s a very simple watch but I like to think those are devil horns. It retails for $173. You can get the watches at the Alessi store in Montreal(2085 Rue Crescent) or online at www.alessi-shop.com.
This watch was my first foray into sample pulling. Coyne PR sent me this Vivid Baby-G Square watch by Casio to review for a month. I wore it around for a bit, pairing it with my bright orange Toy Watch. Eventually, I took these macro shots with the trusty Olympus E-PL1 for this post.
I like the Vivid Baby-G Square. It’s a good looking watch with dual analog and digital display. It comes in a variety of bright colours like blue and neon green. I love that all watch companies are following this trend. It’s an easy way to incorporate a pop of colour into your life. It has most of the features you expect from a Casio watch: stop watch, alarm, world clock with 28 time zones, countdown timer and calendar. The analog arms of the watch glow in the dark but I’m not a big fan of the LED light. It doesn’t do that great of a job illuminating the digital face.Â The analog arms can get in the way of stopwatch and countdown usage depending on the time of the day.
The Vivid Baby-G Square retails for $99 and you can find it online at Casio.com
I’m into watches these days. I love my Toywatch and you rarely see it without it. I covet the uberluxury of Rado watches. I relieve my youth with GShock. I like the look of these Fruitz watches and they remind me of fruit slices.Â I love the colour schemes.Â Â Â The watch bands are silicon.Â Fruitz watches also have some kind of health claim that I don’t really buy into ask, I’m skeptical.
The earth resonates at 7-9 hertz.Â So does the metal Natural Frequency Technology disk embedded in a Fruitz watch. We have infused it with these key frequencies via a proprietary process. With a Fruitz watch, natural frequencies are delivered to your body through your wrist. That means wearing a Fruitz watch brings you more in in harmony with the natural earth than ever before.Â The Natural Frequency Technology actually works with the individual biorhythm and energy field of the Fruitz watch wearer.Â It is likely to inform your body to relax. It does so by exposing your bio-field, the Master energy field that regulates your body’s functions, to important frequencies and information.Fruitz watches may relax and calm you, and reduce your stress level too.
A clinical study reported that participants wearing devices with Natural Frequency Technology experienced more vivid dreams in their sleep, felt more refreshed in the morning, fell asleep faster, and woke up less during the night, than those wearing devices without Natural Frequency Technology. Plus, everyday people wearing FRUITZ watches have reported better sleep, less stress, more focus, increased concentration, and an overall sense of well being. Are you ready to become more centered and grounded? Would you like to create a better and healthier you? Imagine what Fruitz will do for you!(source)
There are a few items I associate with my youth: Neon, Oakleys, Converse and G-Shock watches. I loved my old G-Shock watch, it was a man’s version but I didn’t care. I loved it’s chunkiness and digital display. I think women’s watches are a bit to delicate; I need the feeling of the huge watch on my arm. I’ve been slowly acquiring these old artifacts of youth and now that these G-Shocks come in bright colours I think I’m going to have to buy in again.
Casio created the G-Shock Mini for women. They feature the same G-Shock style in smaller size for women’s proportions.Â They are cute too but I love all the bells and whistles that come with the men’s G-Shock.
I received a PlastiChic watch after being pitched by their PR. The simple digital display and shape peaked my interest.Â I love colourful watches and I’m usually always wearing my neon orange Toywatch. PlastiChic seemed liked an accessible way to enjoy a colourful watch. A Toy Watch is $200+ and PlastiChic are much cheaper.Â PlastiChic watches are made from silicone and come in 19 colours.Â They weight 10 grams and are water-resistant. They are the kind of watch that would look great stacked on top ofÂ each other in wild colours.
The packaging of the PlastiChic watches is pretty slick. I had a bit of trouble getting the watch out butÂ I was really impressed with the test tube design. It’s easy to appeal to the science nerd in me.
There are three sizes available. They will retail from $22 – $40. The Bay will be carrying PlastiChic starting July 1, 2010. They are available in Toronto at The Little Party Shoppe
2566 Yonge Street
There is a funny coincidence I had with PlastiChic watches. I wrote about picking up two watches at Mark’s as part of my Marksover experience. These two watches looked identical to the PlastiChic one.
The WindRiver watches from Mark’s didn’t have the PlastiChic branding all over it, but it did have one word “Ion”. It lead me to a company called Ion Watch USA which carries watches very similar to PlastiChic. They even contain the same health claim about the mineral tourmaline. Â It was curious.Â There wasn’t a broad selection of colour in Mark’s and the packaging was uninspiring. PlastiChic wins hands down in the colour and packaging war. The WindRiver watches cost $9.99 if you are willing to sacrifice colour options and slick presentation. How much different are the two brands? I can only say I lost one of the WindRiver watches to water damage a day after getting them. The PlastiChic watch is still going strong.
Luxury watchmaker Hublot is creating 12 “popâ€ versions of their very popular Big Bang series with one of my favourite bands, Depeche Mode. Each one of a kind watch will feature a different Depeche Mode album cover. They will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
There were no images of the Hublot Depeche Mode watches at the time and I was suppose to check back when the auction happen. I forgot and it’s taken me this long to follow up, ha ha. So here are the watches.
My favourites are Music for the Masses and Sounds of the Universe.
Luxury watchmaker Hublot is creating 12 “pop” versions of their very popular Big Bang series with one of my favourite bands, Depeche Mode. Each one of a kind watch will feature a different Depeche Mode album cover. They will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
One of the most influential bands on the international electropop scene, this will be Depeche Mode’s first ever concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The band’s members are thrilled at the prospect. Not just because of the prestigious venue, but also because of the cause they have chosen to support. The event will raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, an organization which provides help to adolescents with cancer in terms of treatment, research, education, family support and specialist diagnosis (www.teenagecancertrust.org).
To mark this special occasion, Hublot and Depeche Mode have decided to create a series of 12 unique watches, each of which will feature one of the band’s album covers on its dial. The watches will be sold at an auction at the beginning of February on a
dedicated website (link available at www.hublot.ch or www.depechemode.com from 1 February 2010). All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.
Martin L. Gore, on behalf of the band, declares : “As big fans of Hublot, we’re happy to be collaborating with them on such an important cause. We’re all honored to have these 12 unique pieces created by Hublot and are grateful that it will be in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.”
Since there are no photos yet, here is the new and amazing Depeche Mode video for Fragile Tension.
I was invited to see the Toy Watch preview awhile back. I hadn’t heard of Toy Watch at the time of the invite so I did some investigation. Toy Watch started in Milan and came to North America in 2006. Their whole motto is combing high design with accessible materials, namely plastic, rubber and other non luxury materials. The preview was a vehicle to showcase the new Toywatch Jelly collection.
The Jelly is made of soft, pliable silicone and the watch face is interchangeable. Every colour of the rainbow is available in super bright hues. You can mix and match with possibilities of over 72 different versions.Â The Jelly’s retail for $250.00.
I was super lucky for this preview and was given a Toywatch. It took me a very long time to finally decide on theÂ Toy Watch Neon Chronograph Plasteramics in Atomic Orange.Â I love Neon. I loved it in the 80s as a kid and still love it now.Â I describe Toywatch to people as the Swatch of the 2000s.
Some people are really into watches. It seems to be a big thing with guys. I’ve never been much of a fan but after seeing the RADO watches the Swatch Group Canada Media Preview in the spring. I had seen pictures of the watches before the preview. I liked the look of them and that turned to love when I was able to touch and try one the pieces. They are very sleek and remind me of a bracelet more than a watch. What really gets me is that they are made out of ceramic.
In the mid-1980s, Rado engineers discovered a substance that fulfilled all these requirements, but had not been used in the watch industry before: high-tech ceramics. Extremely resistant, it had been applied in medicine, Formula-1 motor racing, and on the heat shield that enabled the Space Shuttle’s re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere. Our pioneering application of this material led to the iconic Rado Ceramica watch….The raw material is ultra-fine zirconium-oxide or titaniumcarbide powder with a grain size of about 1/1000th mm, approximately one fiftieth of the diameter of a human hair. The pre-shaped forms are heated in a special furnace at a temperature of 1,450ÂºC. This process is known as “sinteringâ€ and results in the full density and absolute hardness of all high-tech ceramic elements. Depending on the surface desired, the individual elements are polished, given a satin finish or further decorated. The powder is homogenized and granulated. A process known as Ceramics Injection Molding (CIM) enables us to produce well-defined and highly complex shapes, such as case or bracelet elements.(source)
Pictured is the standard black version and the platinum version that was released this summer. RADO isn’t cheap (surprise, surprise) and these watched range from $3500 – $5500. I’m amazed that people wear watches this expensive but that’s only because I tend to lose them. RADO is available all across Canada at various retailers, please check the Rado site for locations.
Sometimes readers ask me questions. If they are of value to all my readers I post them online. If you have a question, please feel free to submit it using the contact form. I’ll definitely do my best to answer it.
I want – I got reader Annie wrote:
I’m desperately looking for the Marc by Marc Jacobs Grovee Dr. Q purse in the brown colour. My friend’s birthday is this weekend and she’s been yearning for it. Do you know of any other store in Toronto aside from Holt who sells Marc by Marc?
I hope you don’t mind me sharing your question Annie! Holt Renfrew sells Marc by Marc handbags along with the Marc Jacobs line and Bloor Street is your best bet for selection. Holt Renfrew also carries Marc by Marc Jacobs womenswear, footwear, watches and jewellery. I did some searching on the net and found out that David’s Footwear also sells Marc by Marc handbags and shoes. I believe those are the 2 major players in Toronto.
If there are more out there dear reader, please leave a comment.
EDIT (March 10, 2010): I’ve decided to change the title of this post so it’s a little more broad in terms of Marc by Marc Jacobs merchandise.
I just recently lost my Paul Frank watch, grrr. I lose watches a lot and I stopped buying them, except for the recent Paul Frank purchase. Figures I lose it. These beauties however might make me change my mind on spending a lot of money on watches. I promise not to lose you!
Nooka is the ancient Amararunk’thuh word meaning “future is now”.
Nooka is a contraction of “New Yorker” as pronounced with a native New York accent.
Nooka is a the first part of “New York” and the last part of “Osaka”â€“ expressing the global aesthetic of its creator.
There are 2 retailers in Canada and they are all out west.