watches

The Circa app and watching the Apple Watch

At their recent WorldWide Developers Conference, Apple again showed that they quite like the 24 hour watch face. Again, though, they’re not 100% convinced that the world is ready to tell the time on a 24-hour dial. This is as close as they’re going to get, this year at least:

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It’s their new “solar face”, showing the position of the sun in the sky, (like a good old-fashioned medieval astronomical clock). They’ve also kept a 12-hour dial just to help you switch over to the 24 hour dial.

They already use the less error-prone design on current watches for selecting alarm times (when it’s important not to confuse 12am with 12pm:

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But if you want a more modern display suitable for your modern lifestyle, there’s a new iOS app that brings the 24 hour dial to your phone and your wrist. The app is called Circa, and it’s very well done.

Here’s the iPhone app:

Circa phone face

The coloured rings are the “office hours” for the time zone: you can change the names and hours for each one. You can add more cities easily. Notice the short white bars around the edge: these are the appointments taken automatically from your Calendar (if you give permission, of course!). The developer lives in Kiev, I think!

You can touch and move the single hour hand around, to find exact conversions between local and other time zones. You can also create new calendar events.

The Apple Watch app installs automatically when you install the iPhone app, and it’s more or less equivalent in functionality.

Circa watch face

It also lets you move the hour hand around (with your finger or using the digital crown) to see equivalent times in other zones. You can also add Circa as a complication on the other Apple watch faces.

The developer of Circa is Kostiantyn Zuiev.

(See also an earlier post looking at Alex Komarov’s development of an iPhone app.)

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Svalbard Spring Collection 2019

For 2019, the prolific Svalbard Watch company have just added even more models to their already extensive range of limited edition collectible 24-hour watches:

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The 10 new models are:

Top Row: Barentsburg (AA31) Elementary (AA28) Meridian (AA25) Neoteric (AA30)

Second Row: Noonday (AA17E) Radiobolger (AA26) Regulator(AF14) Singly (AA29)

Third Row: Solfestuka (AA12) Utstrale (AA27)

New and previous models (and explanations of some of the names) are available at the official Svalbard tax-free store. You can use the code “24HOURTIME24” to get a 7% discount.

Svalbard watches

The Svalbard Watch company have just added more models to their already extensive range of 24-hour watches:

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The two regulator designs show the hour hand in the top small dial, with 12 at the very top; the large hand is the minute indicator. This design, once used on precision clocks, is based on the sensible idea that you probably already know what the hour is, and are looking at your watch more to get some idea of the precise minute.

A description of all new models is available on the official Svalbard website. You can use the code “24HOURTIME24” to get a 7% discount.

Equilibrium: the latest YES watch

Equilibrium at night

The Equilibrium collection is made in titanium with an anti-glare sapphire crystal. It has an ana-digit construction, which means that it combines a Swiss analog hand movement with a proprietary digital display and programming. A powerful chip using complex solar and lunar algorithms enabling a more comprehensive time data capability than found in any other watch.

Here is a listing of what it has to offer:

  • 48x17mm titanium case constructed to 10 ATM water-resistance specifications.
  • 22mm bracelet attachment with locking clasp. Regular titanium color and black IP plating available. Sapphire crystal with AG on inside.
  • Proprietary YES v6 24-hour solunar ana-digital quartz movement. Automatic setting of the 24-hour hand when – location is changed or set. Ronda Swiss movement. Tritium tube on tip of hand.
  • Inner 24 hour dial with 24 tritium tubes in three different colors.
  • Choice of 5 different bezels in black, metallic orange or metallic yellow.
  • Choice of bracelets:
  • 3 or 5-link titanium bracelets with in titanium color or black IP plating.
  • Silicone straps in black, orange and yellow
  • Leather bands in black or dark tan.
  • NATO straps in a variety of colors.

Visit YES Solunar Wrist Watches for more information.

Svalbard

A new company called Svalbard offers both one and many-handed 24 hour watches.

These watches are inspired by beautiful, extreme and challenging landscapes of Svalbard and are valued more for their elaborate artistry, aesthetic appeal and fashionable design than for simple timekeeping.

It is time for you to enjoy the exclusive features of the unusual and rare watches. Make a difference and create that aura of uniqueness around yourself by getting one or more of the unusual and individually numbered and unique timepiece.

Visit the the official Svalbard Tax-Free Store and use the code “24HOURTIME24” at checkout to obtain a 7% discount.

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Forté Collection from the AAA Watch Club

New models from the AAA Watch Club‘s Forté Collection have been released, with improvements and changes requested by customers, including larger numbers and a waterproof strap option. As usual, there are both 0 at the top and 24 at the top versions:

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Details

  • series: alpha
  • movement: Swiss Quartz 24 hr
  • case size: 43mm
  • case thickness: 15mm
  • distance between lugs: 22mm
  • case: stainless steel
  • date: yes
  • date position: 0800 hours
  • strap: black silicone / orange stitch
  • upper strap length: 75mm
  • lower strap length: 115mm
  • strap width: 22mm
  • luminous numbers: yes
  • super luminous hands: yes
  • water resistance: 10 atm

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You can buy these from the AAA Watch Club or from Amazon.com.

They have also revamped their 1000 Series, with new silicone straps, a slightly curved double dome glass for super resistance to breaking and a slightly thicker case.

There are 24 hours in a day – make them count!