Luxury Watchmakers Target Pirate Smartwatch Faces




While digital watches have been becoming more complex in recent years, the advent of a new generation of smartwatches is changing the market significantly. Manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony, Pebble, Motorola and LG all have an interest in the game, with Apple set to show its hand in the early part of 2015.


Currently Android Wear compatible devices such as Motorola’s Moto360 are proving popular, not least due to their ability to display custom watch faces. Fancy Tag Heuer’s latest offering on your wrist? No problem. Rolex? Omega? Cartier? Patek Philippe? All just a click or two away.


Of course, having a digital copy of a watch on one’s wrist is a much cheaper option than the real deal. See that Devon watch fourth from left in the image below? A real-world version will set you back a cool $17,500. The copy? Absolutely free.


Eberman’s son, Joseph, rebuilt the clock in 1854. And it was rebuilt again by Godfried M. Zahm in 1878.


The museum plans to get the clock’s gears working and hopes to learn more about which pieces are from the original and which were added later, Poirier said.


The clock — which was wound once per week and kept time during Lancaster’s 13 years as the state capital 1799-1812 — is a rare piece, he said.





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Collecting Watches in the Social Media Age


Randy Brandoff got his first taste of watch one-upmanship when he was a high school student in Jericho, N.Y. The Movado and TAG Heuer wristwatches he owned seemed like sophisticated choices, especially for a teenager, until a friend turned 16 and came to school sporting a Royal Oak, the signature luxury timepiece from the Swiss brand Audemars Piguet.


“I remember looking at his watch and looking at mine,” recalled the 38-year-old entrepreneur. “Much like the Yugo was a car and Rolls Royce was a car, they really weren’t playing the same game.”


As a business-minded 20-something in the heady years of the new millennium, when he became the first employee of Marquis Jet, a company that sold fractional ownership on corporate jets before being acquired by Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets in 2010, Mr. Brandoff experienced a feeling of déjà vu.




by Adam Harris

by Adam Harris

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18th century Lancaster clock that kept time for 100+ years goes on display Friday

Noel B. Poirier, director of the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, has a new, favorite piece.


It's the movement, or time-keeping innards, of the tower clock that kept time in the Lancaster County Courthouse from 1785 until it was replaced in 1898.


It was built by John Eberman Jr., a Lancaster clock maker, for a new county courthouse on Penn Square after a fire destroyed the courthouse there in 1784.



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