Ahead of their time

Multi-function watches Paging, e-mailing, even filming - telling the hours and minutes is the least of what the new watches do. Martin Skegg and Michael Oliviera-Salac report

Citizen Independent Drum 'n' Bass The fun bit is the three alarm tunes mixed by Japanese DJ Ken Ishii, and there is a funky blue backlight. pounds 79. Available from Face for Watches, Thomas Neal Centre, London WC2 and by mail order on 0171-379 1179

Casio Protrek PRT400L (above, top) Keep in touch with your place in time and space. This has built-in digital compass, altimeter, barometer and thermometer. pounds 220. Available from Watch 2 Watch, 97 Kings Road, London SW3 (0171-351 4606). For further stockists and information, call Casio on 0181-450 9131. Breitling Emergency (above) It's got the chronograph, alarm and countdown function you would expect, and if you pull out the antenna in an emergency it sends out a distress signal in Morse code every 60 seconds. pounds 3,055. Available from Watches of Switzerland, 500 Oxford Street, London W1 (0171-629 3151). For your nearest branch, call 0171-931 7171.

Below, from left: Oktos HR11 Heart Watch For the fitness fanatic, this measures the heart rate using a transmitter belt on the chest and includes a handlebar mount. pounds 60, mail order only, from Elite on 01664 444 513. Timex Ironman Triathlon All the usual features plus a datalink function which can download information from the watch to your PC as well as reading information off your PC screen (using the special software that comes with it). Also works as a personal organiser. From pounds 40. For further information and stockists, contact Timex on 0171-630 8180. Timex Motorola Beepwear Currently unavailable in the UK, the Timex Motorola Beepwear can receive pager messages and is the only watch able to receive e-mail. For further information, visit the Timex website at www.beepwear.com, or contact Face for Watches, as before.

Watch camera (above, top) Not just an Eighties-style digital watch. This has a built-in camera (focusing depth 1m to infinity) enabling photos to be taken in a totally unobtrusive manner. Takes a special 5mm negative and comes complete with its own DIY processing kit. pounds 1,000 + VAT. For further information and mail order, call Spymaster on 0171-486 3885. Casio Touch Screen VDB 200 (above) Use the touch screen to access data from four memory areas (business, private, play, personal), to use the calculator and set the five alarms. A remarkably small watch but you don't need small fingers. pounds 80. For further stockists and information, call Casio as before.

Below, from left: Seiko Sports 150 Flight Computer Everything for the wannabe pilot, including chronograph, alarms, dual time display, plus logarithmic and conversion scales to help with calculations and navigation. pounds 275. For further information, contact Seiko on 01628 770988. Casio DBV300 Includes a voice recorder that stores up to five messages of six seconds duration each, and there's also a handy 30-page databank for storing telephone numbers. pounds 65. Available from Face for Watches, as before. For further stockists and information, call Casio as before. Casio Mr G Limited edition, made from titanium, this has a databank and a world time facility, so you know the time in up to 40 cities around the world. pounds 350. Available from Watch 2 Watch,as before. For further stockists and information, call G Shock on 0800 253 571.

News
Lois Pryce... Life Without a Postcode. Lois lives on a boat with her husband.. Registering to vote in the election has prooved to be very difficult without a fixed residential post code. (David Sandison)
newsHow living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Arts and Entertainment
Cassetteboy's latest video is called Emperor's New Clothes rap
videoThe political parody genius duo strike again with new video
Sport
Steven Fletcher scores the second goal for Scotland
cricketBut they have to bounce back to beat Gibraltar in Euro 2016 qualifier
News
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Junior Web Designer - Client Liaison

    £6 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join a gro...

    Recruitment Genius: Service Delivery Manager

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Service Delivery Manager is required to join...

    Recruitment Genius: Massage Therapist / Sports Therapist

    £12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...

    Ashdown Group: Practice Accountant - Bournemouth - £38,000

    £32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...

    Day In a Page

    Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

    Promises, promises

    But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
    The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

    The death of a Gaza fisherman

    He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
    Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
    Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

    The only direction Zayn could go

    We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
    Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

    Spells like teen spirit

    A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
    Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
    Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

    Licence to offend in the land of the free

    Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
    From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

    From farm to fork in Cornwall

    One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
    Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

    Robert Parker interview

    The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
    How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

    How to make your own Easter egg

    Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

    Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

    Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
    Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

    Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

    The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
    Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

    Cricket World Cup 2015

    Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
    The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing