Latest from Sinn in Germany, who have won a German design award.
The jury honours the conceptual design of the 717 with the award Excellent Product Design 2022 for “combining the past with the future in the most stylish way and perfectly embodying the brand DNA of Sinn Spezialuhren down to the last detail.”
“We are really pleased that the 717 received this award – it confirms our principle of developing and designing watches in strict conformity with the relevant requirements”, comments Lothar Schmidt, qualified engineer, owner of Sinn Spezialuhren.
Design quality unites both award-winning products
The German Design Award sets the highest standards for determining its award winners: during the course of an exacting nomination procedure, only those products with design qualities that demonstrably set them apart from their competition will be selected by the expert panels from the “Rat für Formgebung” (German Design Council) to participate in the competition.
More than 5,000 nominated products were submitted to the panel of judges. The international panel of judges is composed of design experts from industry, teaching and science as well as the design industry. All members of the panel of judges are recognised experts in their fields.
During a two-day assessment process, the panel makes a final, well-founded decision on the design quality of the presentations. As part of the evaluation process, the panel attaches great importance to criteria such as the degree of innovation, functionality and usability, technical quality and function, as well as durability and ergonomics.
Timex have some Coca-Cola themed watches in the pipeline. The pics on the Timex site suggest that there’sa classic 80s retro digital model, an automatic featuring a 70s Peace graphic, plus a basic quartz with an onion crown and pocket watch style case, in the range.
All have Coke branding on the dials. Soon as we get more info we shall let you know. As you were.
MHD are continuing to crowdsource ideas for their retro, 1930s inspired Streamliner watch. Dubbed Project 2021, this one has striking Art Deco kind of case, and now MHD are looking for customer feedback on dial design, colours, chapter rings and second hands etc.
There are pleny of choices and MHD welcome emails on the design prototypes. We love this approach, because collectors then feel they had a real say in creating something unique. Here are some pics. The black dial with red second hand is the winner for us, (top of the page) but you can make your choice and find out more at the MHD website.
MHD Watches had a novel idea earlier this year, in that they asked their fanbase to help design their next watch project. Now the usual set-up is that a microbrand designs a watch, launches the prototype on Kickstarter and then crowdfunds production. Great.
But this early stage involvement by MHD is going to get people emotionally invested in the finished watch and that can only be good for sales. If you helped design it, then you’ll want to own it – imagine if Rolex let customers do that?
MHD had three era-themed watches; 30s, 50s and 70s. Given that MHD has a motorsport feel to their existing range, the 30s watch which proved the winner, also has those features. There’s a knurled edge to the winding crown, rather than like the footpeg on a sportbike, plus a case side view that’s very similar to a grille.
The auto movement power reserve gets a needle gauge too, like a fuel indicator on a classic car. The dial is flat, clean as a the Smiths clocks on a 30s car. It’s a simple design that should have wide appeal once it’s in production. Price is likely to be about £750. More here at MHD Watches.
UK based Militex Watches has launched their Duxford Spirit range on Kickstarter, looking to raise some 28K to produce motorsport themed meca-quartz watches. The handsome chronographs feature Seiko VK series movements, housed in 316 stainless steel case. They also have sapphire crystals, ceramic bezels and luxury leather straps. Each watch is numbered too by the way.
There is a black, white and cream dial option in the range. They all have the usual chrono stopwatch feature of course, plus lumed hands and markers, sub-second dial and a date window at the 4pm position. Decent lookers. A 42mm case size is just right for many watch enthusiasts and a 22mm lug width lets you choose from thousands of replacement strap options if you don’t like the 70s style perforated ones supplied.
We like the contrast stitching on the straps, just right, and the straps have an engraved buckle too. Little extra detailing like that always sets something apart. If you buy on the early bird pre-order then you get a second strap as part of the package, which is welcome.
Priced at £149 or £468 for a set of three watches, plus three spare straps, it is a fair price for a project that has taken two years to get off the ground. Based in Duxford, Militex are expecting to ship the first production watches in mid-December. More details here.
OK, you thought telling the time was basic stuff. But OLTO 8 watches have different ideas and their Infinity model, which starts at about £250, is a Miyota powered automatic that has the numbers stacked in a 120 degree stacked viewing area of the dial.
It’s kinda like half a vintage Austin Mini dashboard from the 60s, but the more you look at it, the more it makes sense.
Hours, minutes and seconds are set on three levels, so you just re-calibrate your brain to figure out the time. There’s a sapphire crystal and a wide range of dial colours, plus steel case, or bronze case options.
Definitely different, and Olto-8 is founded by an ex Corum watches guy, so there’s good reason to think standards of finishing will be high for the price. More here, including early bird discounts.