A watch is usually a small accessory used to count the time passing by. These timepieces, typically put on one’s wrist or attached on a chain and carried in a pocket, either in one‘s pants or shirt. However, nowadays wristwatches are the most common type of watch used. Their evolution boomed 17th century from the big spring powered clocks that first appeared in the 15th century. The first watches that were created were mechanical watches. As the technology of watches evolved, the mechanisms used to measure time was replaced by “quartz movements”, using quartz vibrations or electromagnetic pulses. 1970 saw the creation of the first digital electronic watch. Since then, there have been a lot of new developments in the watches technology and from now on the market for pre-owned watches was bigger.
In 2006 Seiko announced a “Hi-Tech” and very original watch. The manufacturer has introduced the “first e-Ink watch.” This is a watch that uses electronic ink (already used in some products such as USB key or electronic ink e-book from Sony). This technology enables to enjoy an excellent contrast ratio and very good visibility without the use of internal lighting. Besides, the electronic ink consumes little power.
The manufacturer also presented his concept of a watch with Bluetooth technology. It can be used to “talk” using a PC, a mobile phone or a PDA with Bluetooth, which allows to be informed and to view its emails / text messages directly from one’s watch. Seiko says that with an internet connection, the watch can also display RSS feeds, weather news, etc. Nowadays, many of the main watchmaking companies including Breitling watches have been adding the Bluetooth technology to their luxury watches.