Monday, November 24, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
It seems that virtually all things can be transformed into “glow in the dark” these days. When it comes to watches, this feature has been around for quite some time. Many pieces offered illuminated dials and bright faces to make underwater and dark time-telling a breeze. You may find that the history behind this type of accessory addition is somewhat interesting and to some a little disturbing.
Did you know:
- In the 18-19th centuries, watchmakers boiled down volcanic rock and painted the dial to create sheen on the face of timepieces
- Radioactive radium was added shortly thereafter, as it would emit particles that would give off a glow-like effect
- Radium infused paint was created in the 20th century and added to dials and hands of the watches, green was the color of choice
- In 1914 an American company (U.S Radium Corp) began to mine radium and produced radium paints
- Thousands of US workers, mainly women, were hired to apply the paint to hundreds of dials a day
- Not until the 1990’s was a non radioactive product introduced to the market
Although these basic facts give us a timeline, there is a history behind glow in the dark watches. Unfortunately, it was discovered that when workers would lick the tips of their paintbrushes to create a pointed edge, the dangerous material (radium) would be ingested. Many workers would become very sick and there were deaths as a result of this. It was some time into the 1920’s that a group of employees banded together to bring a lawsuit against the company. These ladies were known as the “Radium Girls”. As a direct result of this, the factory was ultimately shut down and new regulations were established.
Radium was no longer used as a form of illumination and another material called tritium was introduced. Although this is also a radioactive material, it is far less harmful and much more regulated. Ultimately though, the use of any matter that is radioactive in nature was prohibited. Chemists and engineers worked on an alternate source for glow in the dark painting and illuminating products.
Super LumiNova was revealed to the world in the 1990’s. This amazing product had the ability to glow at night while being “charged up” in the sun during the day. This is composed of a form of phosphorescent pigmentation, also called lume. This is the brand that is used to this very day.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Apple versus Tradition, who is winning this one?
It was only a few short months ago that Apple has revealed their new SMART watch, although these will not be available to purchase until some time next year. This "watch" is getting attention and although it does have some fairly cool features, the more traditional watch is hardly a comparison. Although this concept is not new, Apple is expected to retail more glamorous versions- offering a blend of both high tech function and trending style. While we can all appreciate the desire to make these timepieces fashionable, the truth is, they are in no way intended to compete with tradition. Apple has designed these to work together with the newer versions of the iphone. Applications such as multiple time zones, health monitoring, Twitter, Facebook and GPS walking/driving directions are just a few of the features becoming available in the form of a watch.
It is highly doubtful that giants such as Rolex and TAG Heuer will be put out of business by the technology of Apple's new phone-band wristwatch. This is still a hot debate and only a matter of opinion, of course...we shall wait for the market to dictate the true "winner".
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014