Of Bezel Only Patents (Class 368/295)
  • Patent number: 11385597
    Abstract: An annular rotating bezel system to be rotatably mounted on a case middle of a watch case inside which is housed a timepiece movement which extends in a plane, including a rotating bezel, an annular holding ring, a toothed ring, and a spring ring which extends in a plane in which it is capable of deforming elastically along a radius, the spring ring cooperating elastically with the toothed ring, the toothed ring and the spring ring being held in an axial direction perpendicular to the plane of the movement in the bezel by the annular holding ring, either the toothed ring or the spring ring being arranged to be angularly joined to the rotating bezel, and the other being arranged to be angularly joined to the case middle, wherein the spring ring has a thinned portion to increase the flexibility of the spring ring in its plane, the thinned portion having a tooth elastically and radially meshed with the toothed ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: OMEGA SA
    Inventor: Olivier Silvant
  • Patent number: 11388825
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate to an electronic device and, more specifically, to a rotatable member and an electronic device comprising same. Various embodiments of the present invention may provide a structure for limiting movement of a rotatable member, comprising: a housing; an edge part disposed on one surface of the housing; a wheel structure which is spaced apart from the edge part on the one surface of the housing by a predetermined distance and is rotatably installed along the edge part; and a ring structure, disposed in a space formed between the wheel structure and the edge part, for coupling the wheel structure and the edge part to each other, wherein at least a part of the ring structure is supported by the wheel structure so that the horizontal movement of the ring structure is limited, and at least a part of the ring structure has a hook and is supported by the edge part so that the wheel structure is pressed toward the housing due to the bending of the ring structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyungwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 11314207
    Abstract: An annular retaining ring for a rotating bezel system, intended to cooperate with an external cylindrical surface of a case middle part of a watch case to allow rotation of the rotating bezel on the case middle, the annular ring including a device for guiding rotation of the rotating bezel around the case middle; wherein the annular ring further includes a device configured to brake rotation of the rotating bezel around the case middle and to dampen sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventor: Olivier Silvant
  • Patent number: 11243496
    Abstract: An annular rotating bezel system includes a rotating bezel, a toothed ring having a toothing provided with a plurality of teeth regularly distributed over an edge of the toothed ring, and a spring ring which extends in a plane in which it is capable of deforming elastically along a radius. The spring ring cooperates elastically with the toothed ring. The spring ring includes at least two lugs, each lug being configured to be elastically and radially engaged with the toothing of the toothed ring in at least one position of the bezel. At least two lugs are offset from each other by an offset angle, the or each offset angle between two successive lugs having a value different from an integer sub-multiple of 360 degrees, such that, in each position of the bezel, only one lug is elastically and radially engaged with the toothing of the toothed ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventor: Olivier Silvant
  • Patent number: 11157143
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to music user interfaces. A device, comprising a display and a rotatable input mechanism, one or more processors, memory, and one or more programs, is described. In response to receiving the first user input, the one or more programs may include instructions for ceasing display of an audio playback user interface and displaying a first user interface of a first set of user interfaces. While displaying the user interface of the first set of user interfaces, the one or more pogroms may include instructions for: receiving a second user input representing a directional swipe in a second direction and, in response to receiving the second user input, ceasing display of the first user interface of a first set of user interfaces and displaying the audio playback user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Y. Yang, Anton M. Davydov, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Patrick Foss, David Chance Graham, Jonathan P. Ive, Stephen O. Lemay
  • Patent number: 10964422
    Abstract: An apparatus (2) for user exercise monitoring is disclosed. The apparatus (2) comprises a frame (4), a motion sensing unit (10) and a user input unit (12) supported by the frame (4), and a harness (6) configured to secure the frame (4) to a user body part. The user input unit (12) comprises a continuous input device (72). Also disclosed is a method for monitoring user exercise via a monitoring apparatus (2) secured to the user. The method comprises sensing user motion with the monitoring apparatus (2) and receiving, via the motioning apparatus (2), user input during exercise. The user input is received via a continuous input device (72) on the monitoring apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet Global Supply Chain Center, B.V.
    Inventors: Simon Philippe Paul Maria Desnerck, Samy Andary, Alec Momont, Mathijs Rien De Schipper, Mick Winters, Kiki Kraak, Andriy Yasynetskyy
  • Patent number: 10958310
    Abstract: An electronic device may contain an input-output device such as a speaker, vibrator, or near field communications antenna. The input-output device may include an inductor. The inductor in the input-output device may be shared by wireless charging circuitry in the electronic device so that wireless charging signals can be converted into power to charge a battery in the electronic device. A separate inductor may also be provided within an input-output device to support wireless charging. A drive circuit may supply drive signals to the input-output device such as audio signals, vibrator control signals, or near field communications output signals for external near field communications equipment. An input amplifier that is coupled across the inductor in the input-output device may be used in receiving near field communications signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Terlizzi
  • Patent number: 10942583
    Abstract: Examples of the disclosure determine the current context of a user or a wearable device of the user. User input is received to select one or more of context-dependent events from a plurality of past, current and future events. In some examples, one or more events from the plurality of past, current and future events and a part of the current context are captured by sensors available on the wearable device. Responsive to receiving the user input, one or more of the plurality of events are selected based on the determined current context and a direction of the user input. At least one of the selected one or more of the plurality of events is displayed on the wearable device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Manoj Sharma
  • Patent number: 10877627
    Abstract: A display and interaction method in a user interface is provided. A display region is provided on the user interface for displaying a plurality of interactive items on a track. The track extends along a path created between an outer elliptical border and an inner elliptical border. The inner border lies within the outer border and a center of the inner border is offset from a center of the outer border. A plurality of elliptical frames are provided along the track, and each frame is in contact with the inner border, outer border, and its adjacent frames. An interactive item is displayed in some of the elliptical frames, and user input may move the frames along the track. The frames change in size as they move along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Swirl Design (Pty) Ltd
    Inventor: Hendrik Frans Verwoerd Boshoff
  • Patent number: 10852855
    Abstract: A smart watch interacting method comprises: obtaining a rotation direction and rate information of a rotary knob; obtaining a displacement information of the rotary knob; querying an interacting mapping library to determine an operation instruction according to the rotation direction and rate information and the displacement information of the rotary knob; and displaying an interacting operation on the user interface according to the operation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Haotian Niu, Huicong Zhang, Jiaxin Liu, Heng Wang, Yu Tang, Zhonghe Chen
  • Patent number: 10817136
    Abstract: A control method applied in an electronic device preset with at least two applications is provided. In the case of switching an interface of a first application to an interface of a second application, first, if sense information received meets a preset switching condition, the interface of the first application is switched to a navigation interface including identification information of various applications, and the user may determine rapidly the relative position between the identification information of the first application and the second application as a target application based on the arrangement of the various identification information, and then the user performs a rotating operation in a preset operating region, and when the rotating operation finishes, based on the relative relationship between the positions where the rotating operation finishes and starts, the electronic device positions the target application rapidly, and displays the display interface of the target application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shi Li
  • Patent number: 10636398
    Abstract: Various examples of the present invention relate to a wearable electronic device, comprising: a communication circuit for implementing communication; a sensor circuit for sensing a movement of the wearable electronic device; and a processor electrically connected to the communication circuit and the sensor circuit, wherein the processor transmits, through the communication circuit to the electronic device, movement data of the wearable electronic device acquired through the sensor circuit, and the transmitted movement data of the wearable electronic device enables the electronic device to control a loop application being executed in the electronic device. In addition, other examples, which can be identified through the description, are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Min Hee Lee, Tae Min Cho, Soo Jung Bae
  • Patent number: 10599327
    Abstract: The described technology relates to a wearable electronic device. The wearable electronic device may include a touch display, a rim surrounding the touch display, a rim touch sensor disposed on at least a portion of the rim, a band portion that allows the wearable electronic device to be worn on a user's wrist, and a control unit configured to receive a rim touch on the rim through the rim touch sensor and generate a control signal for controlling the wearable electronic device based on at least one of attributes of the rim touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Korea Electronics Technology Institute
    Inventors: Kunnyun Kim, Yeonhwa Kwak, Won Hyo Kim, Kwang Bum Park
  • Patent number: 10564738
    Abstract: An electronic device according to one embodiment may include: a housing having a first side facing a first direction, a second side facing a second direction opposite to the first direction, and a side surrounding at least a portion of a space between the first side and the second side; a display disposed on the first side of the housing; a detachable input device disposed to surround the display on the first side; and a coupling structure that detachably couples the detachable input device to the housing. Other embodiments may be possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Ok Lim, Donghee Kim, Youngmoon Park, Namhyoung Cho, Hyun-Seok Chang
  • Patent number: 10551928
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes one or more processors and a memory coupled to the processors that includes instructions executable by the processors. When executing the instructions, the processors present on a display of the apparatus a first screen of a graphical user interface. The first screen includes one or more first elements. The processors receive user input indicating a transition in the graphical user interface and, in response to the user input, transition from the first screen to a second screen of the graphical user interface and apply one or more visual transition effects to the transition. The second screen includes one or more second elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Pranav Mistry, Sajid Sadi, Lining Yao, John Snavely, Eva-Maria Offenberg, Link Chun Huang, Cathy Kim
  • Patent number: 10545657
    Abstract: User interface navigation on a personal electronics device based on movements of a crown is disclosed. The device can select an appropriate level of information arranged along a z-axis for display based on crown movement. The navigation can be based on an angular velocity of the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Zambetti, Imran Chaudhri, Jonathan R. Dascola, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Patrick Foss, Aurelio Guzman, Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Duncan Robert Kerr, Stephen O. Lemay, Natalia Maric, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson, Lawrence Y. Yang, Gary Ian Butcher, Anton M. Davydov, Dylan Ross Edwards, Jonathan P. Ive, Zachery Kennedy, Nicholas V. King, Daniel Trent Preston
  • Patent number: 10534809
    Abstract: System, device, and method of image processing, particularly utilizing machine learning and computer vision. A computerized method includes: obtaining a user-image of a user of an electronic device; generating a user-mask image that corresponds to the user-image processed to exclude background image-data of that user-image; receiving a product-image of a particular product; generating from the product-image a product-mask image that corresponds to the product-image processed to exclude background image-data of the product-image; receiving the product-mask image and the user-mask image, and generating from them a combined or composite user-and-product image which depicts that particular user engaging with that particular product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: ZEEKIT ONLINE SHOPPING LTD.
    Inventors: Yael Wiesel, Nir Appleboim, Alon Kristal
  • Patent number: 10534398
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: an electrostatic capacitance-type touch panel; an electrically conductive movable part; and an electrical conductor which moves with a movement of the movable part. At least a part of the electrical conductor moves, overlapping the touch panel, as viewed in a plan view observing the touch panel. The movable part and the electrical conductor are electrically continuous to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriaki Hiraide
  • Patent number: 10528220
    Abstract: An electronic device and an operation method of browsing notification thereof are provided. The electronic device includes a body and a touch display. The operation method of browsing notification comprises: displaying a notification image on the touch display when an instruction of sliding along a first direction is received at the touch display, the notification image includes an information display area and an operation area, and the operation area includes a plurality of notification icons; displaying a first notification corresponding to a first notification icon at the information display area when the first notification icon of the notification icons receives a touch instruction at a first position; and converting to display a second notification corresponding to the second notification icon at the information display area when the touch instruction slides from the first position to a second notification icon of the notification icons at a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Wean-Fong Loi, Yue-Hin Victor Kong, Ee-Fun Teo
  • Patent number: 10261475
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to provide an extended band is described. The method comprises pairing a watch and a host device. The method further comprises monitoring a user's status with a plurality of sensors on the host device and/or the watch, and using the extended band to do one or more of: provide alerts to the user, based on the sensor data, control the extended band from one of the devices, and share data with third parties using the extended band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe R. Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving, David Vogel, Mark Andrew Christensen
  • Patent number: 10088809
    Abstract: A watch type terminal including a body; a display unit disposed on a front surface of the body; a wheel surrounding an outer side of the body, and configured to be turned along the outer side of the body; and a controller configured to display information on the display unit corresponding to an angle and a direction in which the wheel is turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yongdeok Lee, Mijun Yoo, Kwonhan Bae, Minjoo Kim, Jihye Min, Yeehyun Chung, Hyekyoung Bu
  • Patent number: 10028143
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for executing an application or a service. The method includes determining a security level associated with an application or a service of which execution is requested, changing at least part of a graphic object based on the determined security level, and displaying the changed graphic object, obtaining an input through a body of rotation that is included in the electronic device, and executing the application or the service when the input corresponds to security information associated with the application or the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Tae-Han Lee, Hyou-Joo Kwon, Gih-Sung Chung
  • Patent number: 10001752
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to provide an extended band is described. The method comprises pairing a watch and a host device. The method further comprises monitoring a user's status with a plurality of sensors on the host device and/or the watch, and using the extended band to do one or more of: provide alerts to the user, based on the sensor data, control the extended band from one of the devices, and share data with third parties using the extended band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe R. Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving, David Vogel, Mark Andrew Christensen
  • Patent number: 9939923
    Abstract: Examples of the disclosure determine the current context of a user or a wearable device of the user. User input is received to select one or more of context-dependent events from a plurality of past, current and future events. In some examples, one or more events from the plurality of past, current and future events and a part of the current context are captured by sensors available on the wearable device. Responsive to receiving the user input, one or more of the plurality of events are selected based on the determined current context and a direction of the user input. At least one of the selected one or more of the plurality of events is displayed on the wearable device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Manoj Sharma
  • Patent number: 9846508
    Abstract: Touch inputs such as single-finger contacts and multiple-finger contacts are detected at an electronic device and translated into electronic touch communications for playback at an external electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Allen Anzures, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Nicholas V. King, Kevin Lynch, Gregory Novick, Daniel Trent Preston, Monica Jenkins, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 9746916
    Abstract: Disclosed is an application interface that takes into account the user's gaze direction relative to who is speaking in an interactive multi-participant environment where audio-based contextual information and/or visual-based semantic information is being presented. Among these various implementations, two different types of microphone array devices (MADs) may be used. The first type of MAD is a steerable microphone array (a.k.a. a steerable array) which is worn by a user in a known orientation with regard to the user's eyes, and wherein multiple users may each wear a steerable array. The second type of MAD is a fixed-location microphone array (a.k.a. a fixed array) which is placed in the same acoustic space as the users (one or more of which are using steerable arrays).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Lae-Hoon Kim, Jongwon Shin, Erik Visser
  • Patent number: 9612032
    Abstract: A user-friendly programmable thermostat is described that includes a circular body having a large central display surrounded by a ring that can be rotated an pressed inward by a user so as to receive user input in a simple elegant fashion. Different colors can be displayed to the user to indicate currently active HVAC functions, and different shades of colors can be displayed to a user to indicate an estimated amount of time and/or energy for reaching a target temperature. The thermostat is wall mountable and is made up of a head unit removeably mounted to a backplate. A locking mechanism can be provided so as to increase security against unauthorized removal of the head unit. The backplate can be adapted to be mounted on a wall so as to be level, for example by including a bubble level on the backplate. One or more vents are preferably located on the sides of the body, such as in a gap beneath the translatably mounted ring, and/or in a gap between the head unit and the backplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Matas, David Sloo, Michael Plitkins, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, John Benjamin Filson, Brian Huppi, Fred Bould
  • Patent number: 9519340
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a main body configured to be worn on a user's wrist; a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with a glasses-type terminal worn by the user, said glasses-type terminal including a camera configured to capture an image including operational data for operating an external apparatus; and a controller configured to receive including the operational data from the glasses-type terminal, store the operational data in a memory associated with the mobile terminal, and transmit a control signal to the external apparatus to control the external apparatus according to the stored operational data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jumin Chi, Jinwook Ro, Yeseul Jang, Inyong Hwang
  • Patent number: 9348315
    Abstract: Rotary bezel device (11L) for a timepiece (110), the device comprising a first rotary ring (B1), a second rotary ring (B2) and a first mechanical-connection element (C1) allowing the first rotary ring and the second rotary ring to be kinematically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Julien Cattaneo, Arnaud Rosenzweig
  • Patent number: 9342056
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece enables a simple construction, and an electronic device has the electronic timepiece. A wristwatch 1 has a button A 6; a mode setting unit 32 that sets the operating mode of the wristwatch 1 based on an input operation of the button A 6. Based on the continuous input time that the button A 6 is operated continuously, the mode setting unit 32 changes the operating mode between a timekeeping mode that receives satellite signals from one or more GPS satellites and adjusts the internal time information based on time information contained in the received satellite signal(s); and a positioning mode that receives satellite signals from three or more GPS satellites and adjusts the internal time information based on time information and positioning information contained in the received satellite signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Honda, Norimitsu Baba, Jun Matsuzaki, Toshikazu Akiyama
  • Publication number: 20150085627
    Abstract: Provision of a timepiece capable of maintaining the reliability in holding a state where a bezel is mounted to a shell, preventing the wobble of the bezel as well as regulating a rotation operation torque without using a dedicated packing material. A timepiece 11 includes a case 12 having a shell 21, a ring-shaped bezel 41 and a ring-shaped mounting member 51. An engaging projection 33 extending in a circumferential direction is formed at an outer periphery of an annular convex portion 31 included in the shell 21. The bezel 41 has an inner peripheral concave portion 44 surrounding the outer periphery of the annular convex portion 31. The mounting member 51 includes an outer peripheral portion 52 arranged in the inner peripheral concave portion 44, an inner peripheral portion 54 continued from the outer peripheral portion 52 and an engaging portion 56 formed in the inner peripheral portion 54.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Haruki HIRANUMA, Masahiro ISHIDA
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8964512
    Abstract: A wristwatch includes a bezel, a series connected photovoltaic cell, a rechargeable battery, and an electronic device. The bezel defines an internal volume, which houses the photovoltaic cell, the rechargeable battery, and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Emmanuel Fleury, Martin Bisig
  • Patent number: 8931949
    Abstract: A middle part of a timepiece case includes an exterior element secured to the middle part on a securing area by an elastic securing structure. The middle part includes an aperture opening onto the securing area at the securing structure allowing a user to act on and deform the securing structure and to separate the exterior element from the middle part. The securing structure includes a male part including two hooks, one of which is flexible, arranged on one of faces of the exterior element and a female part arranged on the middle part including a groove. The male part cooperates elastically with the female part so that the two hooks are inserted into the groove to secure the exterior element to the middle part. The aperture opens into the female part, allowing the user to act on the flexible hook to separate the exterior element from the middle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventor: Bastien Erard
  • Patent number: 8926169
    Abstract: A timepiece case has a case body having a face and a central axis normal to the face, a bezel on the case body, and a releasable attachment device operatively releasably attaching the bezel to the case body. The releasable attachment device has a retainer and an operator for moving the retainer from an engaged position, in engagement with the bezel for retaining the bezel on the case body, to a disengaged position, disengaged from the bezel, for releasing the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Aqua Master Ltd.
    Inventor: Frankie Leung
  • Patent number: 8902716
    Abstract: A sensitivity adjustment device adjusts radio wave sensitivity of an antenna which wirelessly transmits/receives a signal to/from an external device. The sensitivity adjustment device includes a case and a ring-shaped rotating member. The case houses the antenna. The rotating member is disposed on the outside of the case in such a way as to be rotatable. The rotating member includes (a) a shielding part which shields a radio wave and (b) a penetration part which allows penetration of a radio wave. A positional relationship between (a) the antenna and (b) the shielding part and the penetration part is changed by rotation of the rotating member so that the radio wave sensitivity of the antenna is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 8864369
    Abstract: The invention relates to a member (1) comprising a ceramic element (3) intended to be fitted against a body (5). According to the invention, the member includes a cooperation device (7) comprising a deformable insert (2) for locking the fit between the ceramic element (3) and the body (5), and a means of adherence (13) between the insert (2) and the ceramic element (3), in order to decrease the relative movement between said ceramic element (3) and said insert (2). The invention concerns the field of external elements for timepieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Comadur S.A.
    Inventor: Alexandre Netuschill
  • Publication number: 20140204721
    Abstract: A watch with an adjustable bezel is disclosed and claimed. The adjustable bezel is an assembly including a lower bezel plate that attaches to the watch face and an upper bezel plate that is adjustable attached to the lower bezel plate. The upper bezel plate is connected to the lower bezel plate such that it is moveable to be positioned atop either half of the lower bezel plate. The exposed surfaces of the upper and lower bezel plates contain indicia that cooperate to form a complete set that extends around the perimeter of the watch. By moving the upper bezel plate to the opposite side of the lower bezel plate, different surfaces of the bezel plates are exposed. These different surfaces contain a second set of cooperating indicia that is different from the first set. Thus, the present invention allows the user to easily adjust the multiple viewable indicia on the watch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Howard Kuo
  • Patent number: 8777480
    Abstract: The invention concerns a timepiece comprising a middle part (30) closed by a back cover and a crystal, said middle part (30) comprising a peripheral shoulder (34) in which a groove (37) is arranged, said groove being disposed on a surface of the shoulder parallel to the central axis of the middle part (C), said timepiece comprising a rotating bezel system (20) rotatably mounted on said peripheral shoulder, characterised in that said rotating bezel system includes a bezel ring (40, 41) provided with at least a first recess (46) disposed on a surface of the bezel intended to face said groove when said rotating bezel system (20) is fitted onto the middle part, said rotating bezel system (20) further comprising a spring means (80) extending both into said at least one first recess (46) of the bezel and at the same time into the groove (37) in the middle part so as to hold the rotating bezel system (20) on the middle part (30) of the timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Omega S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Silvant
  • Patent number: 8770832
    Abstract: A watch with an adjustable bezel is disclosed and claimed. The adjustable bezel is an assembly including a lower bezel plate that attaches to the watch face and an upper bezel plate that is adjustable attached to the lower bezel plate. The upper bezel plate is connected to the lower bezel plate such that it is moveable to be positioned atop either half of the lower bezel plate. The exposed surfaces of the upper and lower bezel plates contain indicia that cooperate to form a complete set that extends around the perimeter of the watch. By moving the upper bezel plate to the opposite side of the lower bezel plate, different surfaces of the bezel plates are exposed. These different surfaces contain a second set of cooperating indicia that is different from the first set. Thus, the present invention allows the user to easily adjust the multiple viewable indicia on the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Howard Kuo
  • Patent number: 8764283
    Abstract: Method of fastening a glass to a watch bezel, wherein the glass has a plurality of studs or a plurality of holes or a plurality of studs and holes and the bezel has a plurality of studs or a plurality of holes or a plurality of studs and holes. The method is characterized in that it comprises a step of pressing the studs into the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Thierry Altenhoven, Patrick Hawrylko
  • Publication number: 20140098650
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a revolving bezel system for a timepiece. The timepiece may include a middle, a revolving bezel having teeth and at least one marker on a visible face, and an indexing member configured to cooperate with the teeth to index angular positions of the revolving bezel. In accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, the revolving bezel system includes a mounting configured to bear the indexing member and on which the revolving bezel is configured to be mounted to rotate. The system further includes first fixing elements and second fixing elements configured to provide a fixing for the mounting on the middle, the fixing being rigid while allowing for an angular adjustment of the position of the mounting in relation to the middle, within a predefined angular range. The system also includes positioning elements configured to securely attach the indexing member in rotation to the mounting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Ball Watch Company SA
    Inventor: Philippe Antille
  • Publication number: 20130329537
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a middle part (20, 200) of a timepiece case comprising at least one exterior element (30), said exterior element being secured to the middle part on a securing area by an elastic securing means (70), characterized in that said middle part further includes at least one aperture (26, 206) opening onto the securing area at said elastic securing means, enabling the user to act on and deform said elastic securing means and to separate the exterior element (30) from said middle part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: OMEGA SA
    Inventor: Bastien ERARD
  • Publication number: 20130329536
    Abstract: The invention concerns a timepiece comprising a middle part (30) closed by a back cover and a crystal, said middle part (30) comprising a peripheral shoulder (34) in which a groove (37) is arranged, said groove being disposed on a surface of the shoulder parallel to the central axis of the middle part (C), said timepiece comprising a rotating bezel system (20) rotatably mounted on said peripheral shoulder, characterised in that said rotating bezel system includes a bezel ring (40, 41) provided with at least a first recess (46) disposed on a surface of the bezel intended to face said groove when said rotating bezel system (20) is fitted onto the middle part, said rotating bezel system (20) further comprising a spring means (80) extending both into said at least one first recess (46) of the bezel and at the same time into the groove (37) in the middle part so as to hold the rotating bezel system (20) on the middle part (30) of the timepiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Olivier SILVANT
  • Patent number: 8556500
    Abstract: A wristwatch case includes a case body, an edge member, and a mounting ring. The case body has a circular fitting hole, an edge receiving surface, and an engaging surface. The edge member includes a cylindrical portion extending through the fitting hole, a cover portion, a male screw portion, and a receiving portion. The cover portion is provided on an outer periphery of the cylindrical portion that projects out of the case body and overlaps the edge receiving surface. The male screw portion is formed on the outer periphery of the cylindrical portion that is inserted into the case body. The receiving portion is formed on the cylindrical portion and receives a peripheral portion of a dial of the movement. The mounting ring is screwed onto the male screw portion and comes into contact with the engaging surface to fix the edge member to the case body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Haruki Hiranuma
  • Patent number: 8511890
    Abstract: A control for operating a portable electronic device includes a bezel surrounding a display for the portable electronic device. The bezel is resiliently supported so that it can rock toward the electronic device. One or more portions of the bezel are then positioned relative to inputs for the electronic device, such that rocking of the bezel activates at least one input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Stefan Andren, Brad N. Clarkson, Stephen Dylan Berry
  • Publication number: 20130064050
    Abstract: A watch with easily replaceable components, comprising a case, a bezel which is contoured so as to surround the glass of the case, and a strap. The bezel is fixed reversibly to the case with snap-acting quick engagement/release elements. The bezel has, on opposite perimetric portions, pairs of symmetrical grooves which are open on the inner part of the bezel and are closed on the outer part of the bezel and are each adapted to receive by insertion one end of a pin for the engagement of the strap, each pin remaining closed between the two grooves that accommodate its ends and the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: CONCHIA SOCIETA' A RESPONSABILITA' LIMITATA
    Inventor: Roberto CARDIN
  • Patent number: 8272778
    Abstract: A bezel member rotatably mounted to a case band member is provided with an accommodating groove, a pair of passing portions continuous with the accommodating groove at positions spaced apart by approximately 180°, and a pair of escape grooves continuous with both passing portions from the center side of the bezel member and open to the exterior of the case band member. The case band member is provided with engagement grooves arranged in a ring-like fashion so as to be opposed to the accommodating groove, and a ring-like reception groove surrounded by the engagement grooves and continuous with the engagement grooves. A lock member retains the bezel member at an arbitrary rotating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kazutaka Imai
  • Patent number: 8235587
    Abstract: A portable device, such as a wristwatch, has a push-button that includes an engaging portion, and the push-button is mounted on a watch sheath. A locking member and a leaf spring are arranged on the watch sheath. The locking member is movable between a locked position in which the push-button is held at a predetermined position by engagement with the engaging portion and an unlocked position where operation of the push-button is allowed. The locking member is urged by the leaf spring toward the unlocked position. A circular operating ring surrounds an hour plate mounted on the watch sheath and the operating ring is rotatably mounted to the watch sheath from the front side. The movement of the locking member between the locked position and the unlocked position is interlocked with a rotating operation of the operating ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kazutaka Imai
  • Patent number: 8206028
    Abstract: A portable device, such as a wristwatch, has a push-button that includes an engaging portion, and the push-button is mounted on a watch sheath. A stopper is arranged on the watch sheath. The stopper is movable between a locked position in which the push-button is held at a predetermined position by engagement with the engaging portion and an unlocked position in which the operation of the push-button is allowed. A circular operating ring surrounds an hour plate mounted on the watch sheath and is rotatably mounted on the watch sheath from the front side thereof. The movement of the stopper between the locked position and the unlocked position is interlocked with the rotating operation of the operating ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Hideki Okuda