SwissKubik Travelbox – world’s first travel watchwinder?

The SwissKubik Travelbox stores your watch and doubles up as a watch winder as well. Photo: SwissKubik.

The SwissKubik Travelbox, the result of two years of research and development, stakes its claim as the “first rotating travel case” mechanical watches.

In the closed position, it protects your watch. When opened, it can be transformed into a watchwinder as seen in the video. Measuring 20cm by 7cm by 11.5cm and weighing in at 500 grams, it has a “one-year autonomy” with its rechargeable battery.

Source: TimeWerke Videos on YouTube.

It can be charged from a main power supply as well and it is programmable via its “Bluetooth application or USB socket”.

For those unfamilair with the brand, SwissKubik is essentially specialising in watchwinders. Approximately 15,000 watchwinders are produced annually. Its products are distributed in more than 50 countries via a network of 450 retailers.

The SwissKubik Travelbox in watchwinder mode. Photo: SwissKubik.

Founded by watch designer Philippe Subilia in 2007, SwissKubik lays its claim of producing 100% Swiss made watchwinders where the current generation (as at the time of writing) features “ultra-quiet, non-magnetic, programmable and an autonomy of three years because of low power consumption”.

In February 2017, SwussKubik was acquired by Xavier Castelli. A few months later, the Scatola del Tempo watchwinder brand was also bought by him.

Frank Abagnale and Catch Me if You Can: While You (Still) Can

The name Frank Abagnale may not ring a bell immediately but perhaps the 2002 movie “Catch Me if You Can” which starred Leonardo DiCaprio will. In the movie, DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale who, in his youth, forged cheques and impersonated an airline pilot, doctor and even a lawyer.

The real Frank Abagnale, born in 1948, mentioned that he did many things (he shouldn’t have in order) to survive and the shameful acts would be something he would live with for the rest of his life.

He was caught when he was 21 years old. After being caught, he eventually made his redemption when he was 26 years old by accepting the offer to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Today, Abagnale is a respected authority on security and fraud. He currently has his own security consultancy company, Abagnale & Associates. He has worked for the FBI for more than four decades.

In a world filled with fake news and fakers, there is the need to be even more discerning and alert. We therefore thought it would be good to highlight Abagnale, not just for the fantastic speech he gave at Google in 2017 (in the video above), but his views on parents. This is because today, 12 May, is Mother’s Day. We highly recommend making time to watch the entire video (which is 1 hour and 3 minutes) as it is worth the while.

When Abagnale was 16 years old, he had to make a choice between his father and mother. Abagnale never made that choice but instead ran away. His father never saw him nor spoke to him again.

“All children need their mother and their father. All children are entitled to their mother and father,” Abagnale states (23.16 in the video). Best of all, do listen and heed his advice (26.50 in the video) while you still can.