A big-faced Timex watch and a 1980s-style Binatone mobile phone, designed to offer a dramatic new way to show the world that you’re living large.
Let us face it, there are plenty of people around who prefer to flaunt their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and watches, not only as a way to make their devices a fashion statement—in the same way as most people who wear eyeglasses spend a lot of time selecting just the right, fashionable frames—but also to make a different kind of statement. During a season of new devices, it becomes a tough market for watch and mobile phone makers to differentiate their offerings; but for the users all that they want is people to notice their latest gadgetry. We look at two new innovations, both big in size, which will surely generate a lot of buzz in your vicinity, if you decide to take them home.
Timex T49971 watch
Watches are big business these days and large ones are especially in. People are wearing bigger watches for a wide variety of reasons. For starters, men and women are dressing more casually these days. When you are wearing sporty looking jeans, polo shirts and sneakers, you naturally want to wear a timepiece with similar styling. As a result of today’s more casual styles, the popularity of diver watches, chronographs, pilot’s watches, and other sports watches has grown dramatically.
I have been wearing a Timex quartz watch from the Timex Expedition Global Shock Collection and take my word, it really is a head-turner. The T49971, which is shock resistant to ISO Standards, features a 48 mm case (today, a 42 mm watch is considered normal, and many popular timepieces are considerably larger), a 100-hour chronograph with lap and split times, a 24-hour countdown timer with stop and repeat capabilities, three time zone settings, three daily alarms with a 5-minute back up feature, INDIGLO night-light technology and water resistance up to 100 meters. This collection also features a World Time mode, providing time settings for 62 different cities in 30 different time zones. The Timex Expedition Global Shock Collection is available in Blackout, Camo, a Military Inspired pattern, Black with Red accents and Black with Bold yellow accents.
You will, however, have to get used to this big watch. Don’t constantly fiddle with or take it off. Just act like it’s not there and you will forget it’s there—till the time people turn their heads to it and make you realise that it’s your wrist they’re staring at. To set time, date and day of the week is fairly straight forward; pull crown out to the second click position when the second hand is at 12 o’clock position, turn the crown clockwise to advance the hour and minute hands until day hand is set to the desired day of the week. Using the chronograph isn’t too difficult too. This chronograph is able to measure and display time in 1/1 second united upto maximum of 11 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. Approximate life of battery if two years under normal usage conditions.
A well-rounded wardrobe often includes more than one timepiece—perhaps as many as three or four. As men’s watches grow larger and flashier, you can make this Timex watch a part of your collection. At Rs 5,495, it is quite affordable too.
Estimated street price is Rs 5,495.
Back in the 1980s we all used to fancy cordless phones, for the simple reason that they were without wires and allowed us to walk around in our house with no interruption in our telephonic conversation. Binatone’s Brick will take you back to that era; it’s a 1980s-style mobile phone with an astounding standby time. The Brick can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth, to make and receive calls and text messages, or can be used as a basic phone on its own.
Basically, Brick is a two-in-one mobile phone and Bluetooth handset—pair the Brick via Bluetooth to your smartphone and it becomes your fashionable handset. One can even access smartphone contacts, music and call log via Bluetooth. It is Bluetooth compatible with iOS and Android phones.
The Brick boasts of upto one month of standby time, 14 hours of talk time and an integrated flashlight, all wrapped up in an extremely compact form. It offers large speaker and a micro SD slot that allows users to load and play their favourite music. Other features include an FM radio and an LED flashlight. And for retro-gamers, the Brick even features a classic mobile phone game, Snake!
Binatone’s Brick can also be used to charge a mobile phone via a USB port, making it not only a fun, retro phone but also a great second mobile to have handy in the event of an emergency. It is quite user-friendly and even the children and can operate the phone easily. It retails for Rs 3,495.
Estimated street price: Rs 3,495