Of Bezel Only Patents (Class 368/295)
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120120778
    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: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Haruki Hiranuma
  • Patent number: 8096703
    Abstract: The invention comprises a timepiece including a middle part (4) and a bezel (6) capable of rotating on the middle part (4), the bezel (6) and the middle part (4) delimiting between them an annular chamber (38) in which there is arranged a sealing gasket (40) with a U-shaped profile. A compression member (42) such as an O-ring type joint with a smooth external surface is housed in the sealing gasket (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventors: Bertrand Carrard, Clement Meyrat
  • Patent number: 8064292
    Abstract: A wrist-worn timepiece may have a case, a timing element, and a wristband. The case includes a body, a crystal, and a bezel. The body may define a depression and a channel. The timing element is positioned within the depression, and the channel is located to extend at least partially around the depression. The crystal is located within the depression and adjacent to the timing element, and the bezel is at least partially located within the channel. The body may be formed from a polymer material and the bezel may be formed from a metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Maximillian P. Burton
  • Patent number: 8052323
    Abstract: A wristwatch is equipped with a case band, a bezel, and a guard. The case band has a circular upwardly directed protrusion to which a transparent dial cover is mounted, a surrounding wall portion forming between itself and the upwardly directed protrusion an arrangement groove extending along this protrusion, and open portions for bezel operation. The bezel having manual holding asperities facing the open portions is rotatably supported in the outer periphery of the upwardly directed protrusion, and arranged in the arrangement groove while forming between itself and the surrounding wall portion a gap extending along the surrounding wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Koremoto Takeda
  • Publication number: 20100315909
    Abstract: Method of fastening a glass (2) to a watch bezel (1), wherein the glass (2) has at least one protruding part (3) and/or a recess (4) and the bezel (1) has at least one protruding part (3) and/or a recess (4). The method is characterised in that it comprises a step of pressing the protruding part (3) into the recess (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventors: Thierry Altenhoven, Patrick Hawrylko
  • Patent number: 7826311
    Abstract: A time counting assembly with a display for world time zones comprised of a power source, a second counter, a minute counter, an hour counter, and a time zone display for displaying a correct time over a faceplate. Stir the time zone adjustable ring with the hand to align a first landmark of a local time zone with a fixed point and then calibrate the time counting assembly in accordance with the local time, and then stir the time zone adjustable ring with the hand to align a second landmark of another locating time zone with the fixed point such that the inner gear ring moves the planetary idle gear set and the planetary base wheel to shift engagement of the engaging hooks in the ratchet holes, and the front hour wheel is rotated on the planetary base wheel with a planetary movement along the minute wheel set to cause rotation of a meshed hour wheel so as to turn a hour hand to the time in accordance with the time zone corresponding to the second landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Atop Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Chun Lin
  • Publication number: 20100220561
    Abstract: A wristwatch is equipped with a case band, a bezel, and a guard. The case band has a circular upwardly directed protrusion to which a transparent dial cover is mounted, a surrounding wall portion forming between itself and the upwardly directed protrusion an arrangement groove extending along this protrusion, and open portions for bezel operation. The bezel having manual holding asperities facing the open portions is rotatably supported in the outer periphery of the upwardly directed protrusion, and arranged in the arrangement groove while forming between itself and the surrounding wall portion a gap extending along the surrounding wall portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventor: Koremoto Takeda
  • Publication number: 20100220560
    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: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kazutaka Imai
  • Patent number: 7708457
    Abstract: A watch having a middle part including a top face arranged for receiving a polygonal bezel made of a first material. The corners of the bezel are truncated and the middle part is fitted with angular elements made of a second material, secured to the top face thereof, and arranged so as to be substituted for the truncated corners of the bezel when the latter is mounted on the middle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Tissot S.A.
    Inventors: Marielle Girardin, David Apotheloz, Jean-Claude Gracia
  • Patent number: 7639568
    Abstract: A time counting assembly with a display for world time zones includes a power source, a second counter, a minute counter, an hour counter, and a time zone display for displaying a correct time over a faceplate. Stirring the time zone adjustable ring with the hand ultimately turns a hour hand to the time in accordance with the time zone corresponding to a second landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Atop Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Chun Lin
  • Patent number: 7635219
    Abstract: A diver's watch having a frame (22) and a case (10) containing a clockwork movement associated with time displaying means (15, 16). The case includes a middle (11), a base (12) and a rotating bezel (13). The case is hinge mounted on the frame (22), which is configured so as to define a housing wherein the case can be folded down to take up a position preventing its bezel from rotating and wherefrom it can be retrieved to allow its rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Eterna SA FAbrique D'Horlogerie
    Inventors: Ernst F. Seyr, Stéphane Lauber
  • Patent number: 7614785
    Abstract: A timepiece has a case body and a bezel rotatably and detachably connected to the case body. A ring-shaped guide groove formed in the bezel opposes a ring groove formed in the case body, and a plurality of holding members are slidable in the guide groove into and out of the ring groove to respectively prevent and permit detachment of the bezel from the case body. A plurality of operating screws are screwed into the bezel from an outer side thereof and are rotatably connected at their front end portions to respective holding members. Rotation of the operating screws in tightening and loosening directions moves the holding members into and out of the ring groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kazutaka Imai, Koremoto Takeda
  • Patent number: 7572049
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece in which operations for a rotation stop of a bezel and its release are easy, and reliability and a durability of the rotation stop are high. A bezel is disposed in a bezel disposition part of a case band so as to be capable of rotation-operating, and positioning parts and lock parts, which comprise plural concave-convex portions juxtaposed in a direction of the rotation, are formed in a back face of the bezel. To the case band, there is attached a clip stop mechanism (positioning means), which permits clockwise and counterclockwise rotations of the bezel by engaging with and disengaging from the positioning part, and holds the bezel in a position in which the rotation of the bezel is stopped. Between the case band and the back face of the bezel, a lock member is disposed so as to be movable in a diameter direction of the case band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Haruki Hiranuma
  • Patent number: 7559688
    Abstract: The timepiece includes a case formed of a back cover and a middle part closed by a glass arranged above a dial with an analogue or digital display, delimiting the housing of a watch movement, said glass being surrounded by two external rotating top and bottom bezels, superposed on a shoulder of the middle part. It is characterized in that the two bezels and the shoulder have identical or similar non-circular or non-symmetrical contours in relation to the center of the dial in the superposed position, and in that the bezels can occupy a first rest position in which concealed parts of the shoulder and/or concealed parts of the bottom bezel are made visible after rotation of at least one bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Tissot S.A.
    Inventors: Bertrand Robert-Nicoud, Alberto Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7540655
    Abstract: A setting device (1) includes an outer crown body (11), an inner crown body (12) firmly connected to this, a coupling (13,14) mounted at the inner crown body, as well as a crown sleeve (15) at least partly enveloping the inner crown body (12) and the coupling (13,14), inside of which the inner crown body (12) is mounted in both axially adjustable and rotatable manner. The setting device (1) further includes an elastic element (16) exerting on at least one of the crown bodies (11,12) a force pre-tensioning it in its axial direction, the force of pretension of the elastic element (16) being determined as a function of the effective front surface (A) of the outer crown body (11), in order to allow for an automatic, axial change-over of position of the setting device as a function of the applied external pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Richemont International S.A.
    Inventor: Ferdinand Speichinger
  • Patent number: 7490978
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an analog wristwatch including a watch body and at least two bezels. The watch body further includes a face, along with an hour hand and a minute hand for telling time. The at least two bezels surround the circumference of the face and are rotatably mounted to the watch body. The bezels are used to measure elapsed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Jacqueline Crisci
  • Patent number: 7490979
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece in which a position alignment of a bezel is easy, and a position-aligned bezel can be made so as not to be carelessly rotated. A portable timepiece possesses a case band, an annular bezel, a click member, a coil spring, and a lock member. In the case band, there are provided an annular bezel disposition groove opening upward and to an outer periphery face, and an accommodation hole extending in a vertical direction while opening to a bottom face of this groove. Bezel is disposed, while being fitted to the disposition groove, so as to be rotatable in both directions of a clockwise direction and a counterclockwise direction in regard to the case band. A click member engaging with and disengaging from an engagement part comprising plural irregularities juxtaposed in a rotation direction in a back face of the bezel facing on the bottom face is accommodated in the accommodation hole so as to be vertically movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kinshuro Itoh, Yoshio Hozumi
  • Publication number: 20090040882
    Abstract: A wristwatch includes a case body, a rotary bezel, one or more pieces of operating screws, and a holding member. The case body includes a ring-like portion 16a surrounding a cover glass and the ring-like portion is formed with a ring-like groove opened to an outer periphery thereof. The rotary bezel arranged at the case body includes a fitting portion rotatably fitted to an outer periphery of the ring-like portion and the fitting portion is formed with a guide groove opened to an inner periphery thereof and opposed to the ring-like groove. The operating screw is inserted to the groove from an outer side of the rotary bezel to be rotatably attached to the fitting portion. The holding member is connected to a front end portion of the operating screw by permitting rotation of the operating screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kazutaka Imai, Koremoto Takeda
  • Publication number: 20080285391
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece in which operations for a rotation stop of a bezel and its release are easy, and reliability and a durability of the rotation stop are high. A bezel is disposed in a bezel disposition part of a case band so as to be capable of rotation-operating, and positioning parts and lock parts, which comprise plural concave-convex portions juxtaposed in a direction of the rotation, are formed in a back face of the bezel. To the case band, there is attached a clip stop mechanism (positioning means), which permits clockwise and counterclockwise rotations of the bezel by engaging with and disengaging from the positioning part, and holds the bezel in a position in which the rotation of the bezel is stopped. Between the case band and the back face of the bezel, a lock member is disposed so as to be movable in a diameter direction of the case band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Haruki Hiranuma