Watch Attaching Means Extending Circumferentially Of Wrist Patents (Class 224/164)
  • Patent number: 11109648
    Abstract: A buckle includes a tab having a first side opposed to a second side and a receiver having a first side opposed to a second side. A first pair of pawls is pivotally connected to the first side of the tab. A cavity is defined in the receiver between the first and second sides of the receiver and configured to receive the first and second sides of the tab. The first pair of pawls has a locked position in which the first pair of pawls is engaged with the receiver to prevent movement of the tab with respect to the receiver and a released position in which the first pair of pawls permits movement of the tab with respect to the receiver. A first button on the first side of the receiver has a released position that moves the first pair of pawls to the released position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Microtech Knives, Inc.
    Inventor: John Crawford
  • Patent number: 11047509
    Abstract: A hang-off insert for hanging-off a flexible elongate subsea element from a surface vessel has a circular loop that includes circumferentially-spaced support segments. Collectively, the segments define a substantially planar support face of the insert and have respective radially inner faces that define an inner radius of the loop. The radially inner faces of the support segments can be positioned at various radial positions to determine the inner radius of the loop and hence to adapt the circumference of the loop to suit different diameters of elongate subsea elements. With the hang-off insert supported by a hang-off structure of the vessel, a laterally-protruding hang-off feature of the elongate subsea element extending through the loop may be rested on the support face to transfer suspended weight loads to the hang-off structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Subsea 7 do Brasil Servicos Ltda Niteroi
    Inventors: Marcelo Aguiar Camara, Joao Luiz Vaz Coelho, Francisco Carlos De Souza Santos, Luiz Carlos De Lemos Junior, Andre Azevedo, Jaime Andres Berrio Henao, Marcio Nogueira Barcellos, Danilo De Hollanda Fernandes
  • Patent number: 11022943
    Abstract: A device for attaching a bracelet or strap to a watch case includes a bar secured to the watch case by at least one horn and an insert integral with the end of the bracelet. The bar and the insert are complementary to cooperate by interlocking or fitting with each other to form a removable assembly to make the bracelet interchangeable. The bar is formed by a cylindrical shaft having a flat portion, the flat portion being arranged to cooperate by interlocking or fitting with at least one housing made in the insert, the housing having a substantially rectangular opening for receiving the flat portion. The shaft is telescopic to move from a first position, in which the insert is positionable on the shaft, to a second position, in which the insert is locked on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Orane Romano, Fabrice Rochat, Alain Zaugg
  • Patent number: 10943748
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided that have components. A housing protrusion may be interposed between a display cover layer and display components. A button may have a button member. A support structure for a dome switch in the button may have a screw hole. A housing may have screw holes through which a screw passes. The screw may also pass through the screw hole of the support structure to hold the switch structure near the button member. A clip may have a spring. A metal plate may prevent the clip from becoming worn by the spring. A display may be mounted on a ledge in a device housing. The ledge may have gaps with supports and removed corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Emery Sanford
  • Patent number: 10918174
    Abstract: A connection structure is configured to connect a watchband including a watchband body to a watchcase including a watchcase body. The connection structure includes a latching member attached to a first end of the watchband body; and an elastic piece attached to the watchcase body and located in a locking slot of the watchcase body. When the latching member is inserted into the locking slot, the latching member is engaged with the elastic piece to thereby engage the watchband body with the watchcase body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN FENDA SMART TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Siyu Liang, Li Li
  • Patent number: 10782742
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device may include a sensing component positioned in an enclosure. The sensing component can determine ambient air pressure. In order for the sensing component to access ambient air, the electronic device includes a through hole in the enclosure. The through hole allows communication from the ambient air to the sensing component. In some instances, liquid becomes lodges in the through hole and reduces or inhibits the ability of the sensing component to determine the ambient air pressure. In order to expel the liquid from the through hole, the electronic device may include an air accumulation module designed to receive air from the internal volume, causing an increased air pressure within the air accumulation module. The air accumulation module can subsequently release the air in a direction toward the through hole. In this manner, the air can expel the liquid from the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Maegan K. Spencer, Ryan C. Perkins, Shannon X. Yang, Erik G. De Jong
  • Patent number: 10761490
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus and an information processing method are described, which solve the technical problem that the relative position between respective bodies of wearable devices are unchangeable, and achieve the technical effect that a relative position between a display body and a fixation body of the electronic apparatus are changeable. The electronic apparatus includes a display body configured to output image information in a display state; a fixation body configured to maintain a relative position relationship between the electronic apparatus and at least a portion of a user's body when the electronic apparatus is in a fixed state; and a connection device configured to connect the display body and the fixation body and through which a relative position between the display body and the fixation body can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhiyu Wei
  • Patent number: 10750831
    Abstract: A watchband can comfortably secure an electronic device to a wrist of a user. The watchband can include a base having a contact surface opposite an engagement surface, contact loops on the contact surface for contacting a user, and engagement loops on the engagement surface for engaging hooks. The hooks can be provided on the engagement surface, opposite some of the contact loops. The base can include base threads, and the contact loops and engagement loops can be formed by contact threads and engagement threads woven about some of the base threads between the contact surface and the engagement surface. Between adjacent engagement loops, the engagement thread can be more securely attached to the base than is the contact thread between adjacent contact loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Shaffer, Yoji Hamada, Motohide Hatanaka, Hsiang-Hung Chen, Eiryo Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10716370
    Abstract: A strap (2) for a watch (1) comprising: a first fastening portion (4); a watch supporting portion (6); and a second fastening portion (8). The first and second fastening portions comprise a series of holes (22, 24) spaced along each fastening portion. The first fastening portion further comprises an opening (10) through which the second fastening portion can be threaded and at least one pin (12) projecting inwards from the strap so as to be received in a hole in the second fastening portion. The second fastening portion further comprises at least one pin (14) projecting inwards from the strap so as to be received in a hole in the first fastening portion when the second fastening portion is threaded through the opening and laid on top of the first fastening portion. The first fastening portion further comprises at least one peg (18) projecting outwards from the strap so as to engage in a hole in the second fastening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOMTOM INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Stephen Bayley, Martin Riddiford, Jonathan Chan
  • Patent number: 10702031
    Abstract: A panel bracelet includes a plurality of panels configured to be selectively replaceable within the bracelet, and a pair of panel holding frames, wherein each open panel holding frame is configured to hold a panel therein. Each panel holding frame includes a retaining bead that is received within a perimeter groove of the panel which is held within the panel holding frame to receive and retain the panel therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Thomas
  • Patent number: 10575602
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a locking assembly for an attachment system of an electronic device. More specifically, embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an attachment unit that is configured to be inserted and removed from a housing of a consumer product. The attachment unit and/or the housing includes a catch member or other such locking assembly configured to relaseably secure the attachment unit within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Perkins, Michael J. Webb, Stephen Dey, Osamu Yabe, Hsiang Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 10499714
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable electronic device including a case and a watchband link attached to said case, the case comprising a pair of horns, between which is disposed a female electrical connector, the link comprising a male electrical connector disposed at the end of the link and adapted to make an electrical connection with the female electrical connector when the link is mounted on the case. According to the invention, each horn comprises a bar intended to come to be housed in an opposite housing of the watchband, the bars engaging successively in a guide groove and then in a locking groove formed in the link, the device comprising a manual actuation member for moving the bars into a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Laurent Mouche, Pascal Lagorgette, Raphael Balmer
  • Patent number: 10383410
    Abstract: A strap for a wrist-worn article comprises a strapping structure including an inner surface and one or more coupling portions configured for coupling to a housing of the wrist-worn article. At least a portion of the strapping structure is configured so that the inner surface forms a frustoconical or substantially frustoconical contour corresponding to a generally frustoconical portion of an arm of a user when the one or more coupling portions are coupled to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Kelly Rittenhouse
  • Patent number: 10327702
    Abstract: The present application provides a portable biometric monitor (10) comprising a biometric sensor, wherein the housing of said portable biometric monitor is connected to a strap for attaching the portable biometric monitor to a user, the strap comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the strap comprises spacer elements (12, 13, 14, 15) having a first end and a second end, the strap being connected from its two sides at the first end and from its two sides at the second end to two sides at the first end of the housing and to two sides at the second end of the housing via pivots (16, 17, 18, 19) connected to said spacer elements to allow pivoted movement of the housing, wherein the distance of the pivot locations between the first end of the housing and the second end of the housing is in the range of 10-30 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: PULSEON OY
    Inventors: Jari Nousiainen, Jarkko Saunamäki, Eric Lam
  • Patent number: 10327520
    Abstract: Wearable electronic devices, such as watches, can be provided with an attachment system for connecting and releasing a removable module that interfaces with some portion of the electronic device. For example, a watch can include locking mechanisms that allow a user to connect a watchband to a watch housing by moving the watchband directly toward the watch housing. An attachment unit of a watchband can be moved in a direction along its own longitudinal axis to securely engage the watch housing. Once engaged, one or more locking mechanisms limit longitudinal movement of the attachment unit away from the watch housing. One or more locking mechanisms also limit lateral movement of the attachment unit with respect to the watch housing until a user releases the one or more locking mechanisms and enables the lateral movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Colin M. Ely
  • Patent number: 10306972
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a securement apparatus, such as a lanyard, that has increased tensile strength and shear strength when compared with a conventional securement apparatus. The securement apparatus includes a connector extending from a connector body, a strap coupled to the connector body, and a structural component. The structural component has a tapered geometry such that a first end that is contained within the connector body has a first width and/or height and a second end that transitions from the connector body into the strap has a second width and/or height that is less than the first width and/or height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Javier Mendez, Craig M. Stanley, Tyler S. Bushnell
  • Patent number: 10261473
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a wristband adapted to position a watch face substantially over at least one of a lateral radial portion of a wrist of a user or an anatomical snuffbox of the user. In an example, this watch face may be part of a smartwatch or other personal electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Bridger Bell
  • Patent number: 10212994
    Abstract: A replacement wrist band may include a display and at least one replaceable module formed on the wrist band itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, Tony A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10206462
    Abstract: A tool is provided that includes a plurality of links including at least three links movably interconnected to one another to form at least a portion of a wearable accessory, such as a bracelet. The plurality of links are articulatable so as to alternately assume a first configuration in which the plurality of links extend linearly, a second configuration in which the plurality of links are curved about an axis in a first direction and a third configuration in which the plurality of links are curved about the axis in a second direction, opposite the first direction. The plurality of links are configured to permit limited motion in a direction parallel to the axis prior to becoming structurally rigid. At least one link includes at least one tool function. A clasp and a receiver are also provided to facilitate the functionality and versatility of the resulting wearable accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: LEATHERMAN TOOL GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin C. Rivera
  • Patent number: 10149519
    Abstract: A wristwatch strap connector for engagement of either of a two piece watch band formed in two sections, or, a single piece watch band formed in a single section to a wristwatch case. The connectors are employed in pairs and each connector is adapted at a first end to engage one side of the watch band case. Once the connectors are engaged, a user can connect either a one piece or two piece watch band to the wristwatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: James Giles
  • Patent number: 10136683
    Abstract: A three-wire wearable device provided by the present disclosure provides numerous functions, a diversity of uses and convenience by a specific design of a first buckle and detachable second buckles. When the second buckles are fastened to the first buckle, the first buckle mutually communicates with the second buckles by using different pulse signals or digital signals through the three-wire transmission, such that the first buckle can be integrated with function modules of all of the second buckles, such as a touch panel, a screen, a heat dissipation pad, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Shu-Ling Chen, Chih-Te Chang
  • Patent number: 10123593
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a locking assembly for an attachment system of an electronic device. More specifically, embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an attachment unit that is configured to be inserted and removed from a housing of a consumer product. The attachment unit and/or the housing includes a catch member or other such locking assembly configured to releasably secure the attachment unit within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Perkins, Michael J. Webb, Stephen Dey, Osamu Yabe, Hsiang Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 10092236
    Abstract: A system comprising: a wrist-worn device configured to be worn on the wrist of a rescuer performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the wrist-worn device including: one or more sensors coupled with the wrist-worn device, the one or more sensors being configured to sense one or more parameters indicative of a fatigue level of the rescuer; and a sensor interface configured to provide the sensed parameters to one or more external computing devices via an interface; and a wearable computing device configured to be worn by a rescuer, the wearable computing device including: a device interface for receiving information related to CPR; and a display for displaying an indication of the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Guy R. Johnson, Gary A. Freeman
  • Patent number: 9993709
    Abstract: An athletic training device for selectively and removably urging a user's limbs together is provided. The device includes two arm/leg cuffs, each having a flexible band with securing means for removably securing the band to a user's limb. Extending from each band is a spacer component having a sidewall and a top wall. Located on or within the top wall is a magnet. The magnets in each cuff are configured with opposing polarity so that the top walls of each cuff are urged together when placed in close proximity to one another. The device can be used by securing each cuff around a user's arms/legs. When the user places his/her arms/legs in close proximity to one another, the magnets urge the cuffs in an attached arrangement and the user can only separate his/her arms/legs by intentionally applying a separating force sufficient to overcome the force of the magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: RE-PEAT SPORTS, LLC
    Inventors: Tim Akin, Matthew W. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9894964
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a locking assembly for an attachment system of an electronic device. More specifically, embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an attachment unit that is configured to be inserted and removed from a housing of a consumer product. The attachment unit and/or the housing includes a catch member or other such locking assembly configured to relaseably secure the attachment unit within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Perkins, Michael J. Webb, Stephen Dey, Osamu Yabe, Hsiang Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 9612617
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments present a wearable computing device for storing and managing data. The wearable computing device includes a wristband including a hermetically sealed rechargeable battery, a ferromagnetic shaft coupled to one end of the wristband, and a case comprising a waterproof housing. The case is configured for holding a cylinder shaped for securely inserting the shaft into said cylinder, various wireless communications processors, a memory element, a data storage device, an inductive charging system, and a processor for receiving and storing data, and for receiving status data. The wearable computing device also includes a touch-sensitive display located on an external surface of the case, the display configured to display said status data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Guillaume Jaulerry
  • Patent number: 9565906
    Abstract: A multi-joint bending structure includes: a first-band-piece including joint potions on both ends; bending-units enabling the multi-joint-bending-structure to change in position between a straight state and a bent state; a third-band-piece including a joint potion provided on one end, the joint portion connected to the joint potion of the end of one of the bending-units; one pair of two linear bodies, each of the linear bodies having one end fixed to the housings and another end movable along the housings; and an assisting-force-generation-mechanism provided at predetermined opposed positions of the pair of two linear bodies and configured to generate assisting force, wherein the assisting-force-generation-mechanism includes rod-like bodies, a contracting-elastic-body inserted into the gap, and two piece members which both the ends of the overlapping potions energized by the piece members switch over, and the contracting force of the elastic-body acts as the assisting force between both the ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yutaka Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9532178
    Abstract: A location management system includes: user equipment that periodically repeats an operating state and a standby state with a predetermined time interval, transmits a short-range wireless communication signal including its own identification information; a user equipment managing server that collects and manages user management information including the identification information of the user equipment and manager information of a manager who manages the management target and that monitors and provides location information of the management target, the location of which needs to be monitored, to the manager; and a location information relay terminal that stores identification information of a signal previously transmitted from the user equipment and that provides the acquired location information and time information along with the identification information to the user equipment managing server when both pieces of information agree to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Dong-Yeon Kim, Jeong-Yong Pyo
  • Patent number: 9022261
    Abstract: A watch comprising a watch case with opposite arranged connecting parts in form of two parallel branches for the mounting of a watch strap or cord between said branches, where said watch further comprises at least one generally T-shaped strap or cord connector comprising a spring loaded sliding bar suited for engaging in holes provided in a surface of each branch facing each other, said T-shaped strap or cord connector further comprises a cord receiving opening being arranged opposite to the spring loaded sliding bar and being an opening adapted to receive a cord having generally round or polygonal cross section, said cord at a first end and a second end being provided with interacting locking parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Claus Skødt Hembo, Christina Arvin Hembo
  • Patent number: 9010593
    Abstract: System for connecting a bracelet to a watch case by means of a link, the watch case comprising a caseband and a back cover, the link comprising a first hollow element and a second element partly nesting in the first hollow element, the first hollow element carrying a first means of fastening to the watch case and the second element carrying a second means of fastening to an adjacent bracelet link, characterized in that the watch case includes a mechanical device arranged to pivot the second element about a transverse axis to the longitudinal direction of the bracelet, the second element transmitting the pivoting motion thereof to the first element which pivots in turn and which is pressed against the caseband of the watch case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventor: Philipp Tschumi
  • Patent number: 8960510
    Abstract: A watch band is provided which provides a retention assembly for securing excess material of the watch band after the watch band has been secured. The watch band has first and second end portions. The first end portion has a plurality of aperture provided therethrough. The second end portion has a buckle, which has a prong, secured thereto at a free end thereof. The second end portion further has a keeper secured thereto distal from the free end thereof. The retention assembly has first and second portions which are configured to interlock with one another. The first portion of the retention assembly is associated with the second end portion proximate the keeper, and the second portion of the retention assembly is associated with the first end portion between the plurality of apertures and a free end of the first end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: MH Bertucci, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael H. Bertucci
  • Patent number: 8935834
    Abstract: Bracelet clasp (1) with a buckle (10) having strands carrying shouldered pins (6, 7) cooperating with eyes (8, 9) in the buckle, with two pushers (11, 12) antagonistic against springs, each controlling two bolts (15, 16; 17, 18), where the first pusher (11) integrally drives a first bolt (15) opposite a first pin (6) and a second bolt (16) opposite a second pin (7), this first pin (6) and a second bolt (18) opposite this second pin (7), so that only the combined actuation of the two pushers (11, 12) drives all of the bolts (15, 16, 17, 18) through their entire release travel to release these pins (6, 7) and one of the bolts (17, 18) remains locked during insertion of a pin (6, 7) in an eye (8, 9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Montres Breguet SA
    Inventors: Laurent Mouche, Tommaso Biraghi, Stéphane Cadau, Cédric Meiller
  • Patent number: 8919019
    Abstract: A biometric monitoring device and multiple carrying cases for same are provided. In some implementations, the case may be made from a flexible viscoelastic material and the biometric monitoring device may be slipped into a receptacle in the case through an opening in the case; the opening may become distended during the insertion of the biometric monitoring device. In some implementations, the case may feature a display window that, in combination with materials of the biometric monitoring device, may mask a display of the biometric monitoring device from view when the display is off and may allow the display to be seen when the display is displaying content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Manuel Martinez, Michael Hans Berlinger, Keeline Burdick Wilcox, Michael Joseph Francisco, James Park
  • Publication number: 20140353349
    Abstract: A connecting device includes two complementary coupling members (3, 4) secured respectively to the connecting ends of a wrist band (2a, 2b) and of the component to which it is attached. The coupling members (3a, 3b) are oriented transversely to the longitudinal direction of the wrist band (2a, 2b). One (3) of the coupling members is movable laterally between two end positions, a first position in which it is engaged with the other (4) of said coupling members, and a second position in which it is dissociated from said other coupling member (4). An elastic return force (5) tends to keep said coupling member (3) movable laterally between two end positions in said first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: HUBLOT S.A., GENEVE
    Inventor: Stéphane De Oliveira
  • Patent number: 8763868
    Abstract: A hinged bracelet (100) includes a first component (6) hinged with a second component (9) by a hinge (8) along an axis (D). A single-piece, resilient compensation element (1) is imprisoned between said first and second components (6; 9) to prevent any direct contact between said components radial to said axis (D), and to limit the relative angular travel thereof and includes, on either side of a central extensible layer (2), at a first end at least one first extensible and compressible boss (3), and at a second end at least one second extensible and compressible boss (4), said first boss (3) and said second boss (4) projecting relative to said layer (2) and having a larger section than that of said layer (2) in a plane perpendicular to said axis (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Montres Rado SA
    Inventors: Hakim El Kadiri, Sebastien Bolzt, Armin Guenster
  • Patent number: 8763869
    Abstract: A wrist-wearable device uses a loop keeper to securely keep the wristband at place. The loop keeper includes a first protrusion extending from a first inner surface for engaging with one of a plurality of first eyelets of a first wristband and avoiding the first wristband from falling out of the loop keeper to flap around. The loop keeper also includes a second protrusion extending from a second inner surface for engaging with one of a plurality of second eyelets of a second wristband, which the loop keeper is slidably disposed on, so as to provide ease experience for the user from readjust the keeper every time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventor: Matthieu Gabriel Marie Gerard-Goddet
  • Publication number: 20140084033
    Abstract: Watchmakers have maintained a tidy, fiddling, monopoly on changing watch straps for a century even as customers have increasingly sought and asked for more readily-replaceable options, to let their expensive centerpiece display (whether mechanical or electronic) to be attached by fashion-responsive, inexpensive straps. This invention is of a strap for a variety of displays or equipment worn on the user's wrist, limb, or body that is simpler to manufacture, sturdier, easy to use, and yet readily replaceable without any tool. This invention enables the strap itself to become a separable element for differing needs including those suitable for changing seasons, special events or situations, purely of fashion, or simply for expressing personal taste, feeling, preference, or opinion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Cheryl Kellond, Sylvia L. Marino
  • Patent number: 8602638
    Abstract: This bracelet comprises a plurality of articulated elements (1) in which one transverse edge of each element is interlocked in a transverse edge of an adjacent element, a transverse passageway passing at least partially through the adjacent interlocked portions in order to form a bearing (7) in which an articulation member (10) is engaged and is held at least one end of the said transverse passageway. The mid-portion of the said articulation member (10) comprises at least one O-ring placed on the portion of the said articulation member (10) situated inside the said bearing (7) and close to its ends and in jointed contact with the wall of the said transverse passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventor: Adrien Catheline
  • Publication number: 20130313294
    Abstract: A watch band is provided which provides a retention assembly for securing excess material of the watch band after the watch band has been secured. The watch band has first and second end portions. The first end portion has a plurality of aperture provided therethrough. The second end portion has a buckle, which has a prong, secured thereto at a free end thereof. The second end portion further has a keeper secured thereto distal from the free end thereof. The retention assembly has first and second portions which are configured to interlock with one another. The first portion of the retention assembly is associated with the second end portion proximate the keeper, and the second portion of the retention assembly is associated with the first end portion between the plurality of apertures and a free end of the first end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: MH Bertucci, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael H. Bertucci
  • Patent number: 8590114
    Abstract: A watch band with a buckle which does not slip off from a band body thereof even when it gets a great shock, for example from collision with an object due to dropping thereof, and a wristwatch with such band. The band body has a pair of spaced attaching parts provided at an end thereof. An engaging member has a connection part connected through a connection pipe to between these attaching parts. A buckle has a pair of arms which hold these attaching parts therebetween. A pair of screws have a thread portion screwed into a screw hole in the end portion of an associated arm of the buckle and a shank part inserted in a nearer end portion of the connection pipe to attach the buckle to the band body so as not to slip off from the connection pipe even when the buckle gets a great shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Takayuki Shindo
  • Publication number: 20130292431
    Abstract: A tissue holder is designed to provide tissues for users at the point of use, especially for those people who are mobile. The tissue holder may be used in multiple different ways. First, the tissue holder may adhere to a dashboard in a motor vehicle, close to the driver. This provides convenient access to the tissues with no or minimal distraction for the driver. Second, the tissue holder may snap with a ring, such as a metal ring, having a clasp or other attachment mechanism, onto items such as articles of clothing, book bags, purses, zippers, diaper bags, lanyards, belt loops and the like. Third, the tissue holder may attach around a user's wrist with an elastic band, hook and loop straps, or the like. Fourth, the tissue holder may be adhered to the inside of a purse or bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Regina Layne Christian
  • Publication number: 20130221043
    Abstract: Hinged bracelet (100) including a first component (6) hinged with a second component (9) by a hinge (8) along an axis (D). A single-piece, resilient compensation element (1) is imprisoned between said first and second components (6; 9) to prevent any direct contact between said components radial to said axis (D), and to limit the relative angular travel thereof and includes, on either side of a central extensible layer (2), at a first end at least one first extensible and compressible boss (3), and at a second end at least one second extensible and compressible boss (4), said first boss (3) and said second boss (4) projecting relative to said layer (2) and having a larger section than that of said layer (2) in a plane perpendicular to said axis (D).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Montres Rado SA
    Inventor: Montres Rado SA
  • Patent number: 8506158
    Abstract: A watch having a band formed from a bistable spring is described. The band automatically wraps to or coils around a wrist, arm, or other limb of an individual wearing the watch. The band is formed from the bistable spring, which includes an extended configuration and a coiled configuration. The band forms a first portion and a second portion. An outer layer covers at least a portion of the bistable spring. The watch includes a watch module to display time data. A housing receives the watch module. The housing is integral with the outer layer. The housing is positioned between the first portion and the second portion of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: P.S.L. Limited
    Inventors: Paul So Wing Keung, Leung Chun Fai, Tam Wing Hong
  • Publication number: 20130062373
    Abstract: A watchband segment includes a flexible substrate and a luminous inset attached to or formed integrally with the flexible substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Wai-Ho Eddie Leung
  • Publication number: 20130056507
    Abstract: A watchband is made up of a number of links. Each link is formed of light-transmissive plastics material and has transverse apertures. Coloured pins pass through the apertures of adjacent links to form the watchband. The pins are visible through the links.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Wai-Ho Eddie Leung
  • Patent number: 8281616
    Abstract: A bracelet with links articulated to each other like a hinge, includes first links provided with a male hinge part pierced by a first through hole, second links provided with a female hinge part pierced by second and third through hole, the first, second and third holes forming an alignment when a male hinge part is engaged in a female hinge part. The bracelet further includes pins occupying the hole alignments, and axial locking elements for the pins formed of a first radially elastic tube and a second tube, axially locked in the first through holes, the pins being driven inside the first slit tubes. The first and second tubes include an annular end via which the tubes are secured to each other so as to preserve the radial elasticity of the first tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Montres Rado S.A.
    Inventors: Kurt Bergundthal, Vincent Brunner
  • Publication number: 20120250471
    Abstract: A bracelet strand (1) for a wristwatch, comprising a first end (2) suitable for a connection to a watchcase (29), which comprises a comfort pad (10) arranged on the inner surface thereof towards this first end (2) and wherein this comfort pad (10) comprises a longitudinal opening (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Daniele-Antonio Bianco, Benjamin Celant, Adrien Catheline, Yannick Droux
  • Publication number: 20120111905
    Abstract: A wristband assembly comprises a first portion having a first length, a second portion having a second length, and a release mechanism. The release mechanism is configured to establish a pre-defined pre-load that corresponds to the magnitude of tension load at which the first portion is released from the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Brian K. Bell
  • Publication number: 20120085796
    Abstract: The electronic device includes a body and an adjustable strap. The adjustable strap includes a first strap, a second strap, a first slider, and a second slider. Each of the first and second sliders defines a rail in the middle thereof and two through holes of each slider are formed via the rail. One end of the first strap is connected to one end of the body, and the other end passes through one through hole of the first slider and one through hole of the second slider. Then it is connected to the second slider; one end of the second strap is connected to the other end of the body, and the other end passes through the other through hole of the second slider and the other through hole of the first slider, and then is connected to the first slider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: DA-YI PENG
  • Publication number: 20120061430
    Abstract: The wrist cover/support for bracelets/watches is made of elastic fabric or comparable material. Once sewn or glued, this composition allows the invention to be placed over worn jewelry on wrist. Use of the wrist cover results in preventing jewelry loss, reduces likelihood of its damage, and also likely prevents jewelry from snagging, scratching or otherwise damaging items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Kimberly Dawn Hall