Archive for October, 2009

New Designs and Improving Existing Products

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

I’m currently traveling with the Steinhausen product development team to explore the manufacturing of some of the recently rediscovered product designs when the Steinhausen name was brought back to the Van-Heusen family. It turns out that most of the family was very passionate about not just watches but all sorts of technology (virtual Da Vinicis).

Some of the watch designs were decades ahead of their time, while some of the other concepts they came up with are still not even possible even with the rapid advancements in technology over the last 60 years. Currently, we are traveling all over the world to find the right materials to make some of the designs we have uncovered. Ulrich Van-Heusen was a world dreamer, often designing watches based upon the cities around the world that he visited and read about. You can feel the international influence in many of his rediscovered designs.

We are hoping to have several of the immaculate designs ready over the next few years. The first one is the Zehneck, which is currently available for pre-sale through SkyMall and will be available for general sale in the middle of November 2009.

A Classic Pre-Dating the Original Steinhausen

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Every once in a while we all crack open the old attic to explore our old memories or discovery the memories of generations passed. When you hear the name Steinhausen, 1923 instantly comes to mind. We have long treasured the history and legend of our name. This has never been more important to our company since a distant relative of the Van-Heusen family brought the Steinhausen name back to the family!

I’ll have to admit that I was bit of a kid in a candy store when I first got to see some of the antique designs of the Van-Heusen family with my Steinhausen colleagues. The amount of detail that went into the Steinhausen Classic is astonishing, an immaculate masterpiece. However, nothing could prepare me for what we uncovered when we dusted off an old set of sketches we found nestled away in a family study. It was like stumbling upon one of the greatest treasures in timepiece history!

Based upon the information included with the sketches, these unbelievable designs predated the Steinhausen Classic wristwatch by at least 20 years, making them one of Ulrich Van-Heusen’s first designs as a watchmaker. We painstakingly duplicated every detail down to the exact material and mechanical specifications of the movement to bring you one of the most impressive Steinhausen timepieces in history.

A limited quantity of these timepieces will be available for the first time in November 2009 and are sure to be the desire of serious watch collectors. Of course, I’m going to tease you with a picture of just the box. I’ll leave it up to your imagination as to what is inside, but as is always the case with Steinhausen, you won’t be disappointed.

Steinhausen Timepiece Case. Click to See What's Inside

Leonardo Returning to the Steinhausen Vault

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Leonardo Skeleton Face The Swiss movement Leonardo Skeleton was brought back for an ultra-limited edition release in 2009. While we are pleased to have sold out the inventory in such a short period, we are saddened that this handsome watch is returning to the Steinhausen vault after having been one of the most praised watches of the year.

The first Leonardo went on sale more than 50 years ago and was one of the most sought after Steinhausen signature watches of the time. Reintroduced in 2004 with just 100 watches made, the Leonardo was a favorite among Steinhausen collectors and those new to the name. We decided to reintroduce this classic Skeleton timepiece after constant requests from customers for this special skeleton watch. Only 80 Leonardo Skeleton watches were available for sale starting in beginning of 2009 and now the watch is no longer available.

However, we have several new skeleton models on the way for 2009 and 2010. The most notable are the pocket watches we will be reintroducing after more than 60 years of hiding! We dusted off some immaculate designs and have replicated everything down to the original Swiss movement that is so incredibly accurate that you’ll be setting your other watches to these pocket watches.

October Special: Swiss Chronograph under $100

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Riviera Sport Black/Silver FaceSwiss Movement Chronographs Starting under $100

Designed with the active adult in mind, the Riviera Retro Sport Chronography Quartz Watch comes with a high endurance sport band and Swiss movement chronograph to make sure you beat your personal best each time. We all sweat when we are getting a great workout. That shouldn’t mean you can’t wear a good looking watch or need to ruin your handsome leather banded watches. The Riviera Retro Sport Chronograph’s band is made of a special material that remains comfortable when you sweat, rather than sticking like leather bands do.

Of course, the best part is that just like our other monthly deals, this special is at an unbelievably low price. We spared nothing with this particular watch. Use our website’s zoom functionality to eye the detail present with this amazing watch.

There are three watches to choose from: Silver/White Face, Black Face, and White Face with rose gold. Each watch is not just a fashionable addition to your wardrobe but a functional piece of timepiece technology.