Cecil Purnell is a brand that is really trying to legitimize itself, but they only probably need to sell a handful of watches each year to stay alive. According to them they ONLY make tourbillon-based watches, and subscribe to the "true values of haute horlogerie." Now that sounds like a BS marketing statement if I ever heard one. To be honest, I would take them much more seriously if their marketing copy didn't sound like it came from a kid who was really desperate to fit in on the playground.
There was not a lot of new Ananta action this year from super Seiko. I really like the Ananta collection (see the first Ananta automatics here and the first Ananta Spring Drive watches here) and would like to see Seiko continue to develop the range. One new model in the Automatic range was this limited edition version for 2011 meant to help celebrate 130 years of the Seiko brand.
Slyde comes with one installed "engine." This is like the skin of the watch you see. Each engine has screens for a range of functions you expect in most digital watches. This includes a world time function, chronograph, countdown timer, full calendar, moon phase indicator, and a series of special custom calendar functions. Some of these special calendar functions include linking pictures with calendar data. The Slyde allows you to upload some images to it and assign a date to them. You then can see how many days you need to wait until the date comes or how many days have passed since a calendar date. Take for example the birth of a child. You can upload an image of the baby and set it to their birthday. When you access the image it will tell you how many days passed since they were born. Alternatively, you can upload a picture of a vacation destination and the date when you will travel there for a countdown each time you look at it.
The Opus 2 - Featuring a 38mm platinum case and a total of two possible versions, the Opus 2 is the result of a collaboration with watchmaker Antoine Preziuso. The Opus 2 was limited to 11 units spanning two different movement options which additionally each had a special single unit adorned with diamonds for a total existence of just 24 hand-made pieces. Seen as both a tourbillon with retrograde calendar or as a fully exposed tourbillon, this auction was for a diamond clad version of the latter and saw estimates of 0,000 - 5,000. This extremely limited piece found a new home with a hammer price of 1,318 USD (lot 4581).
While using the Nike+FuelBand might not go so far as creating a Tamagochi Effect, I have spent a lazy morning on the couch only to be prompted to get up and do something more physical after seeing that the NikeFuel meter had not moved towards my daily goal. The FuelBand can't track your heart rate or running route through GPS like some other fitness devives but the way it works without bothering you is a definite plus. It's just always there and always recording. This is geared more towards those who are currently active and want to track their activity as well as those looking to become more active and could use an additional nudge. While you might not necessarily feel like you let your Nike+FuelBand down by not reaching your goal it just might have you doing some last minute jumping jacks before bed to cross into Goal territory. Should you reach your predetermined Fuel goal, you are rewarded with an animated "goal" message. There are a few that it cycles through to keep things interesting day by day.