With Ornamentation Patents (Class 368/285)
  • Patent number: 9703261
    Abstract: A bellows is provided for fluid storage and displacement used in precise fluid indication in a capillary tube. The bellows is made of a housing made of flexible, watertight material. The housing is made up of an upper portion, a lower portion, and an outer accordion formed portion. The accordion formed portion has a length/and is sealingly connected along a periphery between the upper and lower portions. At least one entry/exit port is formed on at least one of the portions thereof. At least one of the upper and lower portions extends from a periphery of the accordion formed portion substantially within the housing so as to reduce the storage volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Preciflex SA
    Inventor: Lucien Vouillamoz
  • Patent number: 9588495
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a ceramic element for a timepiece is provided, including forming a body made of oxide-based ceramic; exposing at least one portion of the external surface of the body to a reduction reaction, to remove oxygen atoms to a predetermined depth in order to make the at least one portion electrically conductive; depositing a metallic material starting from the at least one electrically conductive portion; and machining the body and/or the metallic material in order to provide the element with an aesthetic finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Guido Plankert, Pierry Vuille
  • Publication number: 20150146504
    Abstract: A transparent substrate (10) made of a transparent material resistant to temperatures higher than 500° C., such as sapphire, includes recesses (13, 14) in at least one of its faces (11, 12) and/or a groove (15) machined into its thickness, that are covered with opaque, translucent or transparent enamel depositions (23 to 30) that may or may not be coloured, depending upon the pigments used in the enamel composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Gilles Derriey, Christian Verdon, Stewes Bourban, Giancarlo Poli
  • Publication number: 20150092524
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of manufacturing an inlaid ceramic element for a timepiece comprising the following steps: a) forming a ceramic body; b) etching at least one recess in one face of the ceramic body, each at least one recess forming the pattern cavity for a decoration; c) changing the surface state of the bottom of said at least one recess in order to increase the contact surface thereof; d) depositing, by thermal spraying, a second ceramic material above said at least one recess in order to totally fill said at least one recess; e) flattening said second ceramic material so that said second ceramic material remains only in the hollow of said at least one recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Montres Rado SA
    Inventor: Christian VERDON
  • Patent number: 8974113
    Abstract: A wristwatch is disclosed as including a casing 12 having a first layer 14, a second layer 16 and a base member 18. The first and second layers are spaced apart from each other and are substantially transparent. The base member is spaced apart from the second layer and comprises a dial or a watch movement. At least one movable member 22 is movable relative to the first and second layers between a first position in which an end 24 of the movable member contacts the first layer, and a second position in which the end of the movable member is out of contact with the first layer. At least part of the movable member remains within a recess or a hole 20 of the second layer during movement of the movable member between the first and second positions, so that detachment of the movable member from the second layer is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Chung Nam Watch Company Limited
    Inventor: Siu Ming Raymond Chan
  • Patent number: 8971158
    Abstract: Method for securing a decoration (1) to an external timepiece element (2) coated with a galvanically deposited metallic layer (3). Instead of the decoration (1), a dummy part (5) is temporarily placed in the hole (4) pierced in the external element (2), and the galvanic deposition (3) is then carried out. After the deposition has been levelled, the dummy part (5) is removed and the decoration is placed in the hole (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Pascal Grossenbacher, Thomas Froelicher
  • Publication number: 20140341004
    Abstract: The watchcase includes a top portion (11) for holding a watchglass (1), a case back (40), and a case middle (10) with a circumferential case wall (12) arranged between the top portion and the case back. The watchcase further includes at least one ring (20), which extends around the case wall (12) and is rotatably arranged with respect to the case wall (12). The at least one ring (20) is arranged such that it accessible from the outside for a manual rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Julian VON BURG
  • Publication number: 20140334273
    Abstract: A timepiece includes: an ornamental body; a drive mechanism moving the ornamental body; an output portion capable of outputting a sound; and a control portion performing movement control for outputting a piece of theme music and moving the ornamental body from an initial position, and performing return control for outputting a piece of ending music and moving the ornamental body to the initial position after the movement control is finished.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: SEIKO CLOCK INC.
    Inventors: Motohiro TAKO, Toyonori MURAJI, Hiroshi TAKEMATSU
  • Publication number: 20140307532
    Abstract: Disclosed is a timepiece including a representation of a non-rectilinear object, the representation particularly consisting of a movable element kinematically connected to a drive mechanism (16). The representation also consists of at least one second movable element, the drive mechanism (16) being arranged such that the movable elements (14a, 14b) each move, simultaneously and in synchronization, between a first and a second end position, and vice versa, the movable elements forming the representation at a first size and at a second size greater than the first, respectively, when the movable elements are in the first and second end positions thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Paul HARTZBAND
  • Publication number: 20140029392
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece faceplate having appropriate light permeability with excellent aesthetic appearance having glittering property, and an electrical timepiece equipped with a solar battery, a timepiece faceplate of the invention includes a faceplate main body that has light permeability, and a glittering layer that is provided on either one of a front surface side and a back surface side of the faceplate main body and is configured by dispersing a glittering powder into a light permeable resin. The glittering powder is configured by laminating a metallic oxide film above one surface side of a plate shaped base material, which has light permeability, and the glittering powder is a lamination powder that an average grain diameter is more than 10 ?m and less than 90 ?m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Koki TAKASAWA
  • Publication number: 20140029394
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a first and at least one second removable accessory, a locking system that is activated to rigidly connect the accessories to the timepiece and deactivated to detach the accessories from the timepiece, the locking system including a locking member that is movable between an operative position and an inoperative position for locking and unlocking the first accessory, respectively, a safety element which is automatically activated upon the unlocking of the first accessory, and which prevents the complete removal of the first accessory from the timepiece, and a blocking member for preventing the separation of at least one second accessory from the timepiece, the blocking member consisting of a functional portion of the first accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Paul HARTZBAND
  • Patent number: 8579500
    Abstract: The band attachment device (1) and the closed case (17) together form the housing of the wristwatch. The device (1) is a perforated construction, the central part (2) of which contains the closed case (17) and the side parts (3 and 4) of which provide the connection to each half of the band. The device (1) is made entirely of elongate elements of metal or plastic sections joined by welding or adhesive bonding and arranged in such a way as to form a rigid, lightweight lattice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Penula
  • Patent number: 8540419
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a decorative piece (1) including a first (2) and a second part (3). The second part (3) is secured in the first part (3) by inlay. The invention is characterized in that at least one of the parts (2, 3) is made of an at least partially amorphous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Omega S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Winkler, Stewes Bourban, Jean-François Dionne
  • Publication number: 20130208577
    Abstract: The invention relates to an element (10) including a body (11, 18, 18?) comprising at least one recess (12) forming the pattern cavity for a decoration (13), said at least one recess being entirely filled by a galvanic deposition (16) in order to form an element (10) inlaid with at least one metallic decoration (13) with improved visual quality. According to the invention, the element (10) includes a device for fixedly securing said at least one metallic decoration communicating with said at least one recess in order to improve the securing of said at least one decoration against said element. The invention concerns the field of timepieces or pieces of jewellery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Omega S.A.
    Inventor: Omega S.A.
  • Publication number: 20130200143
    Abstract: A method and system for creating and storing an identifier for a timepiece having at least one gemstone. The method includes determining one or more characteristics of the at least one gemstone and detecting a relative position of the at least one gemstone in the timepiece. The method further includes creating the identifier for the timepiece in dependence upon at least one of the one or more characteristics of the at least one gemstone and the respective relative position of the at least one gemstone and storing the identifier in a database or device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventor: SICPA HOLDING SA
  • Publication number: 20130155822
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a decorative article, including a first coating formation step of forming a first coating of primarily TiN on a substrate; a second coating formation step of forming a second coating on the first coating by means of a dry plating method using a target containing 70.0 wt %?85.0 wt % Au and 15.0 wt %?30.0 wt % Cu; a heat treatment step of promoting formation of a solid solution of the constituents of the second coating by applying a heating process that heats the substrate on which the first coating and the second coating are disposed to 300° C.?395° C. and then applying a cooling process; and an acid treatment step that, of the constituents of the second coating to which the heating process was applied, removes the constituents not forming a solid solution by applying an acid treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130083634
    Abstract: This invention discloses a watch comprising a housing comprising a watch case and a fixed attached watch glass, a first annular flange and a second concentric annular flange arranged outside the first flange, thereby defining a groove containing at least one moveable element, wherein said watch glass is attached to one of said flanges and where said watch glass is attached to the first flange, that said watch further comprises a cover element having a top ring with first connection means enclosing a cover glass, that said second flange is provided with second connection means releaseably cooperating with said first connection means and that said cover glass covers said watch glass and said groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Claus Skødt Hembo, Christina Hembo
  • Publication number: 20130021882
    Abstract: Method for securing a decoration (1) to an external timepiece element (2) coated with a galvanically deposited metallic layer (3). Instead of the decoration (1), a dummy part (5) is temporarily placed in the hole (4) pierced in the external element (2), and the galvanic deposition (3) is then carried out. After the deposition has been levelled, the dummy part (5) is removed and the decoration is placed in the hole (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Pascal GROSSENBACHER, Thomas Froelicher
  • Patent number: 8282270
    Abstract: According to this process for manufacturing a ceramic element intended to be fitted onto a watch case, the visible surface of which has features, a soluble layer (2) is selectively deposited on said visible surface, the thickness of said soluble layer being at least equal to the height of said features, a first tie layer (3) of the Ti, Ta, Cr or Th type is vacuum-deposited by magnetron sputtering with a thickness of at least 100 nm by physical vapor deposition (PVD) on said surface thus selectively coated, followed, without venting atmosphere, by PVD deposition of said second layer (4) made of Au, Pt, Ag, Ni, Pd, TiN, CrN, ZrN or alloys thereof with a thickness of at least 100 nm, and then said soluble layer (2) is dissolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Grippo
  • Publication number: 20120155229
    Abstract: A decorative part, a timepiece, and a manufacturing method of the decorative part capable of stabilizing and improving the aesthetic appearance while using a fixing member are provided. In an oscillating weight which includes a body of an oscillating weight and screws for fixing the body of the oscillating weight to a weight, the body of the oscillating weight and the screws are a member to which an anodizing can be applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Akiko Araki, Takashi Niwa, Takuya Murazumi, Matsuo Kishi
  • Publication number: 20120018057
    Abstract: A surface layer structure of a silver article and a forming method thereof. The silver article is a decoration made of a silver metal body (or silver alloy body) or a silver decoration body such as in the form of a sheet. After the silver metal body is formed, at least a part of the surface of the silver metal body is heated to a recrystallization temperature to form a recrystallized surface layer. Accordingly, the residual stresses of the silver metal body are eliminated and the malleability thereof is enhanced. The crystalline grains of the recrystallized surface layer can regrow to present the specific qualities of cubic lattices. The recrystallized surface layer can be further processed by fine electrolysis to enhance the clearness and brilliance of the recrystallized surface layer. The recrystallized surface layer can be further electroplated with a colored electroplating material to form a colorful electroplated layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: KUANG-SHI KUO
  • Patent number: 8018327
    Abstract: A night light that transitions between at least two states to provide a visual indication to a child as to whether it is time for the child to get out of bed or that the child should stay in bed. The night light shows an illuminated sun to indicate that the child can get out of bed. The night light shows an illuminated moon with a border of Z's to indicate that the child should stay in bed. The transitions between modes are based on information entered into a user interface, the current time, and/or the actuation of buttons on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Good Nite Lite, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Nelson
  • Publication number: 20110205859
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a replaceable decorative cover adapted to be snap-coupled with one of those watches formed of a monolithic rubber bracelet provided in the centre with a tapering enlarged section that contains the display of the watch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: SQUAN DI PASCUAL LUNA MARIA PAULA & C. SAS
    Inventor: Silvia Durpetti
  • Patent number: 7997789
    Abstract: A clock for displaying collectibles and method of displaying collectibles within the clock is disclosed. The clock is a customizable device comprising a core having a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface and a thickness portion connecting the first and the second surfaces. The clock further includes a first structure removably attached to the first surface of the core and a clock movement received in an opening in the core. Also provided is a plurality of recesses, each of the recesses having a depth and configured and dimensioned to receive a collectible. In at least some embodiments, the recesses are provided in the core while in at least some other embodiments, the recesses are provided in the first structure of the clock. The collectibles are additionally secured in position within the clock by way of one or more adaptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Judd C. Smith, Brett Rammel
  • Publication number: 20110110201
    Abstract: The invention concerns a portable object (1). This portable object includes at least one transparent or semi-transparent decorative element (2) arranged and held on a support (6). The element takes the form and appearance of a precious stone. The portable object further includes a layer of luminescent material (10), arranged at least between one part of the support (6) and the decorative element (2) held on the support, to produce a visual effect through the element by reflection or refraction of the light passing therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: THE SWATCH GROUP MANAGEMENT SERVICES AG
    Inventor: Maamar Boularas
  • Publication number: 20110103199
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a decorative piece (1) including a first (2) and a second part (3). The second part (3) is secured in the first part (3) by inlay. The invention is characterized in that at least one of the parts (2, 3) is made of an at least partially amorphous material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: OMEGA S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Winkler, Stewes Bourban, Jean-Francois Dionne
  • Publication number: 20100329084
    Abstract: A clock includes a tumbler and a decorative scale unit including a plurality of decorative scales surrounding the tumbler. Thus, the clock has an outstanding outer appearance by the decorative scales of the decorative scale unit. In addition, a smaller one of the decorative scales of the decorative scale unit is received in a larger one of the decorative scales so that the decorative scales encircle each other before assembly to reduce the whole volume of the decorative scale unit, thereby facilitating packaging, storage and transportation of the clock. Further, the decorative scales are arranged arbitrarily to form different geometric shapes according to the requirements of different users, thereby greatly enhancing the aesthetic quality of the clock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Shanker Mo
  • Publication number: 20100302915
    Abstract: An decorative element container module and a watch assembly incorporating the module are provided. The decorative element case module may include as walls lower and upper crystals, an outer ring for receiving an upper lip of the watch case body so as to secure the outer ring and for securing the upper crystal, and an inner ring including an upper portion for holding the upper crystal and a lower portion for securing the lower crystal. The outer and inner rings may have annular sloping walls to provide a unified reflecting surface for reflecting light to the decorative element container. The components of the module may be secured together and to the watch assembly without adhesive or glue, and may be disassemblable to facilitate removing and/or replacing decorative elements contained inside. The upper and lower crystals may have an anti-static coatings for discharging static electricity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Steven Grotell, Marc Jenni
  • Publication number: 20100302916
    Abstract: Timepiece with an hour circle formed by a module placed around the movement. The module cover comprises openings at the position of each hour. Inside the module are rockers with decorations in two particular positions. An oscillating mass moves when the inclination of the plane of the timepiece changes and moves the rockers from one position to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Andre Saunier
  • Publication number: 20100149925
    Abstract: A holiday decoration with an electronic countdown feature, comprising: a decoration body (1) comprising a panel with a display area (2); and an electronic countdown device being attached to the decoration body and comprising: a processor (100) calculating and determining remaining time preceding a target holiday based on an input current time after a number of remaining days left till the target holiday is set; a display (300) connected to and correspondingly arranged with the processor in the display area of the panel for showing the remaining time preceding the target holiday; one or more adjustment control keys (200) connected with the processor and arranged on the display for provision of the current time to the processor; and a battery (400) for provision of power to the electronic countdown device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Hon Kwok Cheng
  • Patent number: 7683763
    Abstract: A night light that transitions between at least two states to provide a visual indication to a child as to whether it is time for the child to get out of bed or that the child should stay in bed. The night light shows an illuminated sun to indicate that the child can get out of bed. The night light shows an illuminated moon with a border of Z's to indicate that the child should stay in bed. The transitions between modes are based on information entered into a user interface, the current time, and/or the actuation of buttons on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Adam Nelson
  • Patent number: 7564742
    Abstract: A timepiece having an openable and closable dial plate, includes a stationary segment included in the dial plate, and a movable segment included in the dial plate and reciprocating between an open position and a closed position, the movable segment being positioned at the closed position by abutting with the stationary segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Clock Inc.
    Inventor: Toyonori Muraji
  • Publication number: 20090154302
    Abstract: A clock for displaying collectibles and method of displaying collectibles within the clock is disclosed. The clock is a customizable device comprising a core having a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface and a thickness portion connecting the first and the second surfaces. The clock further includes a first structure removably attached to the first surface of the core and a clock movement received in an opening in the core. Also provided is a plurality of recesses, each of the recesses having a depth and configured and dimensioned to receive a collectible. In at least some embodiments, the recesses are provided in the core while in at least some other embodiments, the recesses are provided in the first structure of the clock. The collectibles are additionally secured in position within the clock by way of one or more adaptors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Judd C. Smith, Brett Rammel
  • Patent number: 7480213
    Abstract: A mechanical timepiece has a plurality of divisional segments divided in a movable manner, a driving source operable to produce a driving rotation for moving the divisional segments, an ornamental portion to be exposed by outward movement of the divisional segments, and a plurality of driving mechanisms operable to move the divisional segments and rotate them about their axes so as to change an exposure state of the ornamental portion by using the driving rotation transmitted from the driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Clock Inc.
    Inventor: Toyonori Muraji
  • Publication number: 20090016175
    Abstract: A device for displaying an item, wherein the item being displayed can be selectively changed. The device includes an annular body with an inside circumferential surface having an associated mounting arrangement including a shoulder, a groove and a snap ring. A changeable item for display is generally received in the annular body and held in place between the shoulder and the groove by positioning the snap ring into the groove. In some embodiments, the annular body may be adapted to be carried and used on a strap or band, generally in the manner a wristwatch is carried and used. In other embodiments, the annular body may be free-standing or adapted to be supported by a suitable support. The present invention may further include a cover hingedly attached to the annular body. In some embodiments, the cover may have generally similar characteristics as the annular body, it may interchangeably display other selected items, and/or it may include or display a watch face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: James K. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7339855
    Abstract: A mechanical timepiece has an ornamental portion and a plurality of movable units operable to expose and hide the ornamental portion. Each of the movable units includes a divisional segment for exposing and hiding the ornamental portion by inward and outward movement, a holding plate configured to hold the divisional segment in a movable manner so as to move the divisional segment in inward and outward directions, and an attachment structure for attaching the divisional segment to the holding plate. The attachment structure is formed integrally with at least one of the holding plate and the divisional segment. The attachment structure includes engagement portions projecting from both sides of the holding plate and a pair of holder members formed on a surface of the divisional segment so as to have an L-shaped cross-section with their tip portions being opposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Clock Inc.
    Inventor: Toyonori Muraji
  • Patent number: 7300202
    Abstract: A clock includes a main body having a lower space and provided with a protruding post extended into the lower space, a face plate mounted on the main body and formed with a plurality of holes, a tumbler mounted in the lower space of the main body and rested on the protruding post, a top cover mounted on the main body to form an upper space, and a plurality of rolling balls mounted in the upper space and placed on the face plate. Thus, the clock has a playing function and can produce a figure arrangement variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Centre Clock Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shanker Mo
  • Patent number: 7281845
    Abstract: The invention relates to a watchcase comprising: (a) a lower case characterized by a first annular recess for receiving an optically transparent cylinder and a timepiece support for receiving a timepiece mechanism; (b) an upper case characterized by (i) on the bottom surface thereof, a second upper annular recess for receiving an optically transparent cylinder; (ii) on the upper surface thereof, a track for removably receiving and securing an ornamental top; (c) an optically transparent cylinder placed in said first and second annular recesses and between the lower and upper cases wherein the lower case, upper case and optically transparent cylinder are fixedly connected. The invention also relates to a watch that comprises the watchcase and a cylindrical timepiece, with or without one or more ornamental tops and watch bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventors: William H. Hohenstein, Andrew Von Zadora-Gerlof
  • Patent number: 7126881
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a timepiece device, and more particularly to a timepiece device having a customized dial. The timepiece device has a housing and a face plate attached to the housing. The face plate has a peripheral rim which has a plurality of intermittently spaced lands. Each land is configured to provide a surface for receiving customized indicia. An outer cover which can be removed or opened to provide access to customize the face plate is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: 8 Point 5 Concepts, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin R. Cooper, Kimberly R. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6942379
    Abstract: The present invention provides a modular clock assembly comprising a body portion having a clock face and an exterior surface extending peripherally around the clock face, a clock mechanism secured to the body portion, a clock magnet affixed to the exterior surface of the body portion, a moveable member having a plurality of member surfaces, and at least one member magnet affixed to a member surface so that the moveable member is attachable to the exterior surface of the body portion by aligning the member magnet with the clock magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: John Hardy
  • Patent number: 6935774
    Abstract: A wristwatch case (11) and a method of manufacturing the case, the wristwatch case comprising a wristwatch case body (1) made of titanium or stainless steel and a crown pipe (3) fixed to each other, wherein a stem hole (2) corresponding to the crown pipe (3) is formed in the wristwatch case body (1), a small diameter part is formed in the crown pipe (3), and a small diameter part corresponding to the a small diameter part of the crown pipe is formed in the stem hole (2), the method comprising the step of fitting the crown pipe (3) into the stem hole (2) in the wristwatch case body (1) to form a solid phase diffusion joining part at a portion where the small diameter parts thereof are fitted closely to each other, and to form a brazed connection part at a portion other than that where the small diameter parts are fitted closely to each other, whereby a watch external part having excellent corrosion resistance and waterproof and a large number of design variations can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouji Fujii, Junji Satoh, Hitoshi Uchida, Norio Hashimoto, Ryo Fujita
  • Patent number: 6891778
    Abstract: A timepiece, such as a watch, has a plurality of concentric rotating bands, viewable from both above and from the side so that a viewer may read the time without changing the orientation of the timepiece. The timepiece has an attachment mechanism that permits the removable attachment of objects, such as sculptures or other ornamental pieces to the surface of the timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Zadora Timepieces, LLC
    Inventors: William H. Hohenstein, Andrew Von Zodora-Gerlof, Ron De Corte
  • Publication number: 20040233795
    Abstract: A wristwatch case (11) and a method of manufacturing the case, the wristwatch case comprising a wristwatch case body (1) made of titan or stainless steel and a crown pipe (3) fixed to each other, wherein a stem hole (2) corresponding to the crown pipe (3) is formed in the wristwatch case body (1), a small diameter part is formed in the crown pipe (3), and a small diameter part corresponding to the a small diameter part of the crown pipe is formed in the stem hole (2), the method comprising the step of fitting the crown pipe (3) into the stem hole (2) in the wristwatch case body (1) to form a solid phase diffusion joining part at a portion where the small diameter parts thereof are fitted closely to each other, and to form a brazed connection part at a portion other than that where the small diameter parts are fitted closely to each other, whereby a watch external part having excellent corrosion resistance and waterproof and a large number of design variations can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Applicant: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD
    Inventors: Kouji Fujii, Junji Satoh, Hitoshi Uchida, Norio Hashimoto, Ryo Fujita
  • Patent number: 6685353
    Abstract: A clock apparatus comprises a clock case made of either an opaque material or a translucent material, the clock case enclosing an electronic circuit comprising electronic circuit elements including: a clock timer, a source of electrical current, a power switch, a switching device, and a means for illumination. The clock case comprises a pair of cubes, with an upper one of the cubes mounted at one corner, on a face of a lower one of the cubes. The cubes provide apertures having a distribution on the clock case in correspondence with the dots of a pair of dice. Windows made of either an opaque or a translucent material, cover the apertures so that light from the illumination means of the electrical circuit is visible through either the clock case or the windows as a light show in accordance with the switching device. A clock face is engaged with the clock timer and is mounted on one of the faces of the upper one of the cubes so as to be visible to a viewer of the light show.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventor: Vincent Arroyo
  • Patent number: 6525999
    Abstract: A watch with an illuminated display comprises a case. The case has a bottom wall with an upstanding peripheral wall. A divider wall is provided between the walls to form a watch chamber and a display chamber. A timing assembly is provided in the watch chamber. The timing assembly has hands and a face. Also provided is an illuminatable ornamental display. The display may have any of a plurality of designs. The display has a rectangular base. The base is selectively received within the display chamber. A light source is provided beneath the base. Further provided are coupling components. The coupling components selectively position or remove the display. Last provided is a transparent crystal. The crystal is positioned over the upper face of the watch chamber. In this manner the face and hands of the watch are protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Herbert Shevins
  • Patent number: 6491424
    Abstract: A timepiece, such as a watch, having a protective cover with a gem set therein. The protective cover may be crystal, plastic or any other transparent and durable material. The protective cover has an aperture having concentric cuts. The setting is seated in the aperture and secured to the protective cover. The setting is configured to be of a similar size and shape as the aperture so that it may be securely affixed to the protective cover. A gasket may be inserted between the setting and the aperture to create a watertight seal in the watch cover. The timepiece may also have a hinged, hidden compartment on the backside of the watch frame. Engravings may be made in the hidden compartment, and small, thin objects may be stored therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Christian Bernard Stores Corp.
    Inventor: Pierre Tardy
  • Publication number: 20020101789
    Abstract: A clock having a transparent weight with a liquid content comprising a clock shell installed with a set of clockwork, with a pendulum positioned inside the clock shell. The transparent weight at the bottom of the pendulum consists of a transparent container filled with liquid and an adornment floating on the surface of the liquid. A piece of magnet is fastened onto the pendulum, and a piece of electromagnet is attached to the bottom of the clock. The nature of the magnetic attraction of the iron alternates with the change of the electric current being passed through the iron, which causes the pendulum to swing back and forth. As the pendulum swings, the liquid in the transparent container fluctuates, shaking the adornment to achieve an animated effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventor: Shu-Hua Tseng
  • Patent number: 6416217
    Abstract: A timepiece has a removably attachable aquarium adapted to support aquatic life. Living aquatic pets are introduced into the aquarium prior to attaching the aquarium to the timepiece. A wearer of such timepiece is then able to contemporaneously tell time and enjoy watching the living aquatic pets. A kit is also provided with a timepiece, an aquarium and aquatic life adapted to be supported in said aquarium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Harold Von Braunhut
  • Patent number: 6388953
    Abstract: A magnetically driven dynamic ornament includes a horizontally positioned closed annular chamber having a predetermined width for receiving a dual-liquid ornament therein, and a central chamber surrounded by the annular chamber and having at least one horizontally turnable magnetic body provided therein, such that the magnetic body is in the vicinity of magnetic induction bodies attached to floating decorations in the dual-liquid ornament with only a thin wall between the central chamber and the annular chamber separating the at least one magnetic body from the magnetic induction bodies, enabling the at least one magnetic body to effectively and stably magnetically drive the floating decorations to move in and along said annular chamber to present a dynamic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Teng-Yang Wu
  • Patent number: 6382829
    Abstract: The invention is related to a watch case equipped with a decoration piece (50) which has the particularity of being difficult to machine and having moreover dimensions of rather wide tolerances, namely plus or minus about a tenth of a millimeter around a reference dimension, whereas the manufacturers of the watch cases are able to ascertain usually a precision in the order of a hundredth of a millimeter. This handicap is overcome in providing a clearance between the decoration piece and the adjacent elements (20, 30), namely the middle of the watch and the bottom, and thanks to means (60, 70) ascertaining the maintenance of these clearances, these means exerting at the same time the functions of tightness and of shock dampening where the shocks occur on the clockwork-movement (10) or on the decoration piece (50), or on both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Aurema SA
    Inventor: Von Burg Ursula