September began with Samsung announcing its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, we share our thoughts on the Gear as well as those of Om Malik, an experienced tech journalist. We check out a couple of new watches from Ulysse Nardin, MB&F, and Bamford and end off with a look at the top women’s watches of this year and a visit to Parmigiani’s workshops in Switzerland.
1. Parmigiani: Watchmakers Of Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
Parmigiani is perhaps most famous for its Bugatti watch, but beyond that, the brand actually has a very interesting, though brief, history. In this special feature, our contributor, David Bredan, spent six days with Parmigiani, learning more about their history and learning how they make watches. This is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most promising brands right now.
2. Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser Watch Hands-On
Ulysses Nardin’s original Freak from 2001 is one of the “legend watches” – it possesses horological significance and has a distinctive design. Over the years, the brand has released a number of variants of the Freak and this year sees the release of the Freak Cruiser which, according to our Editor-in-Chief Ariel, is one of his favorites. Find out why in our hands-on article.
3. Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
I’m generally skeptical about smartwatches, because they generally don’t work that well and are not that “smart”. However, I will acknowledge that the idea behind them is exciting, just that the execution, as of now at least, is flawed. Samsung is the latest to take a crack at the smartwatch genre and here is all you need to know about their new Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
4. Cars Change, Watches Don’t: Looking At Cadillacs & Rolex Over The Years
Like the author of this post, I like cars and watches. In many ways they are quite similar, representing the coming together of both mechanical engineering and design. However, while cars have changed quite dramatically over the years, some watches, on the other hand, seemed to have been stuck in time.
5. Interview With Watch Lover Om Malik Of GigaOM On Smartwatches And The Samsung Galaxy Gear
Despite the hype surrounding smartwatches, we believe they are still not ready for the prime time. A lot of things need addressing, such as design, materials, and the technology behind it. Here to provide a more comprehensive and authoritative overview of the current smartwatch situation is Om Malik, a watch lover and founder of GigaOm.com, a leading tech website.