Elastic Patents (Class 59/79.1)
  • Patent number: 9737118
    Abstract: An adjustable link for bracelets, including a first half link and a second half link arranged to be assembled to move with respect to each other, including an adjustment, and a locking mechanism cooperating with a complementary locking mechanism in order to form a captive assembly. The adjustment includes a screw, a hole passing through the first half link, and a blind threaded hole extending into the second half link, the through hole and the blind threaded hole facing each other, and being arranged to cooperate with the screw to continuously adjust the position of the first half link and of the second half link in the longitudinal direction in order to adjust the position between a maximum position and a minimum position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: Paulo Bravo
  • Patent number: 9010080
    Abstract: An extensible chain includes a plurality of cage-shaped elements (2) connected to one another in succession, each one of which includes a flat central body (3) from which two or more lateral arms (4) branch off whose free ends are slidingly inserted in an adjacent cage-shaped element. The adjacent elements define an intermediate space in which there is a spring (6) obtained from a plane metal sheet element from which two tabs (6b) depart that are opposite each other with respect to the base of the metal sheet element and are positioned above it at a distance (H) that, when the spring is at rest, exceeds the distance between the free ends of the lateral arms (4) of any cage-shaped element and the central body (3) of the adjacent cage-shaped element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: FOPE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Umberto Cazzola
  • Patent number: 8776492
    Abstract: An adjustable link for a bracelet, including first and second half links longitudinally moveable via cooperation of a guide and a complementary guide, and captived by cooperation of a stopping mechanism and a complementary stopping mechanism. The first half link includes a longitudinal finger with a locking mechanism including a radial elastic return moveable between folded and unfolded positions, and the second half link includes a longitudinal channel allowing the finger to pass in only one of the folded or unfolded positions, and, in proximity to the channel, a complementary locking mechanism cooperating, in at least one locking position, with the locking mechanism in the other of the folded or unfolded positions, the locking mechanism and complementary locking mechanism together defining at least two of the longitudinally separate locking positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventor: Daniel Knuchel
  • Patent number: 7673441
    Abstract: A slider chain including a plurality of sliders joined together by divisible bridging pieces (30), and including a linking device at each end in order to interconnect the ends of two slider chains so as to form a longer chain overall. The sliders include an attachment mechanism which is not of cylindrical revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: S2F Flexico
    Inventors: Antony Roger, Michel Barreaux
  • Patent number: 7506495
    Abstract: The invention is a chain comprising a plurality of cage-shaped elements connected in succession, the cage-shaped element comprising a central body from which two or more lateral bodies branch off whose free ends are arranged opposite each other, slidingly inserted in another cage-shaped element adjacent to the cage-shaped element and facing the corresponding central body. The chain comprises an elastic element interposed between the free ends of the lateral bodies of each cage-shaped element and the central body of the adjacent cage-shaped element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: FOPE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Umberto Cazzola
  • Patent number: 6978596
    Abstract: A 13 mm transitional modular Italian charm link capable of connecting to smaller 9mm charm links and/or other 13 mm charm links in various combinations. Charm links connect to one another using a spring loaded hook and post combination with the hook element emanating from the charm face to maintain the continuity of the bracelet but the hook elements of existing charm links do not properly mate with charm links of a different size. The present invention provides a charm link that may be configured in any of three configurations having a transitional hook and/or transitional post to accommodate charm links of a smaller width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Inventor: Alfred Lee
  • Patent number: 6964153
    Abstract: There is provided a band for a timepiece comprising a plurality of inter-connected links, at least one of the links including a first portion made at least principally of a metallic material and a second portion made at least principally of an injection moldable material and fixedly secured thereto and molded thereover by injection moulding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Wing Hon Metal Manufactory LTD
    Inventors: Chin Hung Eddy So, Chin Ping So
  • Patent number: 6782690
    Abstract: An expansible band (10) is disclosed as including a first band part (P), a second band part (Q1, Q2) and a third band part (R), each of the band parts including a number of inter-engaged link members (14A, 14B), in which each of the band parts (P, Q1, Q2, R) is movable between an expanded configuration and a stable contracted configuration, and the first band part (P) is releasably engaged with the second band part (Q1, Q2), and the second band part (Q1, Q2) is releasably engaged with the third band part (R).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Chung Nam Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wing Cheuk Kwan
  • Patent number: 6711886
    Abstract: There is disclosed a link for forming a band, the link being formed of an outer casing formed of a plate made of titanium or stainless steel, and an inner part made of aluminum, zinc, an aluminum alloy comprising at least 90 wt. % of aluminum, or a zinc alloy comprising at least 90 wt. % of zinc. There is also disclosed a band made of such links inter-engaged with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Chung Nam Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wing Cheuk Kwan
  • Patent number: 6412303
    Abstract: An article of jewelry includes a plurality of settings coupled to each other by slidable links and an elastic member threaded through the settings extending substantially parallel to the links in a “string”. The settings may include stones or any other decorative element. According to one embodiment, the ends of the string are coupled to each other without the use of a clasp. The elasticity of the elastic member keeps the settings close together with little or no space between them but allows the string to be stretched thereby separating the settings by the length of the links. According to the first embodiment, where no clasp is used, the string and the links are dimensioned such that when the string is stretched the article can be fit over a body part such as a wrist or ankle and remain in place when released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventor: Chung-Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 6227006
    Abstract: The links (8) forming the bracelet (6) are articulated one after the other via cylindrical bars (9), these bars and links being held together by a flexible tie (10). The link (8) is made of a mineral material whose hardness is equal to or greater than 7.5 Mohs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventor: Laurent Pantet
  • Patent number: 6205622
    Abstract: A method for holding money and money clip or band designed to efficiently accommodate and hold all amounts and quantities of paper currency. The money clip uses a continuous row of outer members and a continuous row of inner members that are interconnected through a linkage system that provides for the longitudinal displacement of the outer members and inner members relative to one another to receive and hold the paper currency inserted. The band is very sturdy and flexible to provide for reversibility in that it may be rotated 180 degrees so that either side may be used as the exposed outer display surface. The exposed outer display surface is presented with an attractive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Pera M. Odishoo
  • Patent number: 6185923
    Abstract: Significant length adjustment is achieved in a facile manner in connection with an expansible chain comprising upper and lower layers of links, each link extending generally laterally of said chain and arranged longitudinally to define the length of said chain, the links of said upper layer having a dimension in the direction of said chain length greater than that of the links of said lower layer so that when said chain is contracted adjacent links of said upper layer engage one another and gaps are produced between the links of said lower layer, an end of said chain being slidably telescopable into a housing having an articulately mounted retaining member which when disengaged from said chain end permits telescoping movement of said chain end with respect to said housing to adjust the effective chain length and which when moved to retaining position engages said chain in the gap between the adjacent links of said lower layer, thereby fixing said chain within said housing without distortion of or damage to sa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Genal Strap, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Joseph Elias