As South Coast Plaza celebrates 007’s watches, looking back at James Bond’s most memorable watch gadgets

James Bond’s wristwatches explode, saw and sometimes kill. And for a while, they’ll be on display at South Coast Plaza.

Today, the mall’s Omega boutique is celebrating the company’s two decades as 007’s watch of choice by debuting an exhibit dedicated to seven of Bond’s high-tech timepieces.

The exhibit has replicas and descriptions of Bond’s watches from “GoldenEye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough,” “Die Another Day,” “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall,” and “Spectre,” set to be released Friday.

Most of the watches were never sold commercially. “Spectre” is the first film for which Omega will sell the same model that Daniel Craig wears in the movie. Only 7,007 pieces were manufactured of the special edition of the Omega Seamaster 300, with each retailing for $7,500.

Those special editions will be sold at Omega’s South Coast Plaza store, and the exhibit will run through Sunday.

As a tie-in to the timepiece exhibit, we take a look back at some of Bond’s most memorable and deadly wristwatch gadgets from his 24 films.

“Thunderball,” 1965: The fourth film in the Bond series was the first to feature a watch gadget, but it wasn’t very exciting. The timepiece, given to Bond by Q, was outfitted with a Geiger counter, a device used to detect radioactivity. Bond uses the watch in his failed underwater search for two NATO atomic bombs stolen by the global criminal syndicate SPECTRE.

Thunderball

After the film, the watch prop worn by Sean Connery disappeared for nearly five decades, before reappearing at a car boot sale, where it was purchased for $40. Later that year, the new owner sold the timepiece at auction for more than $160,000.

The “Thunderball” watch was made by Breitling, a Swiss company.

“Live and Let Die,” 1973: In “Live and Let Die,” filmmakers finally give Bond a watch that really gives him a trick up his sleeve. The Rolex Submariner timepiece boasts a “hyper-intensified magnetic field” so powerful that it can deflect bullets. Bond instead uses the device to make a spoon fly across the room and later to unzip a woman’s dress.

Live and Let Die

The watch also has a spinning bezel that Bond uses as a mini buzzsaw to escape man-eating sharks, cutting through ropes that bind him to a lowering platform.

“The Spy Who Loved Me,” 1977: The earliest precursor to the Apple Watch was Bond’s modified Seiko DK001, which could print secret messages from MI6 on a thin strip that looked like the output of a label maker.

The Spy Who Loved Me Trailer (Skyfall Style)

“Moonraker,” 1979: In “Moonraker,” Bond’s Seiko M354-5019 wristwatch contains an explosive charge that can be detached and detonated at a distance, using a button on the timepiece. Bond uses it to escape from a room below the Moonraker 5 spaceship only seconds before the room fills with flames.

Moonraker

“For Your Eyes Only” 1981: Again, a modified Seiko wristwatch allows Bond to receive secret messages from MI6, but this time, the text is digital, slowly scrolling across an LCD display on the watch’s face. The timepiece also boasts a built-in satellite phone.

“Octopussy” 1983: Bond’s Seiko G757 contains a universal radio direction finder to track a replica Fabergé egg outfitted with a homing device, which features heavily in the plot. Bond uses the wristwatch to track exiled Afghan prince Kamal Khan to India, where he uses a listening device in the egg to spy on the villain.

Bond is also given a Liquid Crystal TV Seiko T001 capable of transmitting live video to his wrist. He uses the device to look at a woman’s cleavage.

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“GoldenEye,” 1995: This film marks the switch from Seiko to Omega watches and begins a run of more powerful gadgets in Bond’s timepieces. In “GoldenEye,” Bond’s Omega Seamaster Quartz has a built-in laser cutter and remote detonator, both of which became well-known to players of the film’s acclaimed video game adaptation. Bond uses the laser to cut through the floor of villain Col. Arkady Ourumov’s armor-plated train and escape moments before it explodes.

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“Tomorrow Never Dies” 1997: In a Chinese safe-house, Bond finds a modified Omega Seamaster that has a detachable explosive charge hidden in its back. Later, in Saigon, Bond places the charge in a glass jar with a grenade and plants the item in case he needs to make a quick mistake. After media mogul Elliot Carver corners 007 and reveals his devious plan to provoke World War 3, Bond uses his watch to detonate the explosive, allowing him time to escape.

World Is Not Enough

“The World Is Not Enough” 1999: Bond’s Omega Semaster watch contains a tiny grappling hook capable and 50 feet of wire, capable of supporting 800 pounds. He uses the device to dislodge himself from a pile of snow after an avalanche, and later to escape a pit in which he is being kept prisoner.

The World is Not Enough

“Die Another Day” 2002: The most recent Bond film to include a wristwatch gadget with a laser cutter and explosive detonator. During Bond’s fight to prevent a craze billionaire from building an orbital mirror that can turn solar energy into a super weapon, the agent needs to cut through the surface of a frozen lake, and the laser comes in handy.

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“Casino Royale,” 2006; “Quantum of Solace,” 2008; “Skyfall,” 2012; “Spectre,” 2015:Since Daniel Craig became 007, the gadgets have disappeared from the films. Bond sports a new Omega watch in each film, but none boast explosives or lasers or tracking devices. “Spectre” pokes fun at the return to normalcy.

Upon receiving his new Omega Seamaster from Q, Bond asks, “Does it do anything?” Q responds, “It tells the time.”

Contact the writer: jgraham@ocregister.com or 714-796-7960

Retail-restaurant roundup: Hopdoddy debuts Tuesday, La Perlita shutters, Luxe Buffet coming, new cake supplier due in Orange

Below’s a roundup of dining establishment and also retail news from throughout Orange Region. Look at the slide show for more details on each.

Hopdoddy Hamburger Bar: The Austin cheeseburger sensation is opening its 3rd The golden state electrical outlet– the initial in Orange County and also the first table-service dining establishment in the chain– Tuesday at Fashion Island.

La Perlita: La Perlita, a Mexican restaurant in Foothill Cattle ranch, shut Friday after 37 years in company.

Pila’s Cupboard Cake & & Supply: The supply store will certainly open an establishment in Orange around Thanksgiving holiday, loading a void left by ABC Cakes, which closed this summertime. The establishment will certainly be situated at 417 N. Tustin St.

Fallas Paredes: The bargain discounter opened Oct. 3 in a previous Anna’s Linens store in Santa Ana. Fallas is component of National Stores Inc. The brand-new Fallas goes to 2120 S. Bristol Road.

Luxe Buffet: The luxurious buffet will open its first Orange County area at Westminster Shopping mall this spring. It will certainly be the buffet’s second location in the nation. The initial remains in Ontario. The buffet will be identified on the second level of the shopping mall near Macy’s.

Todai: Todai at the Village at Orange has shuttered its doorways.

Storymakery: The store, which assists kids produce and release their very own publications, will certainly have a soft opening today at the Irvine Range. Storymakery lies in between Large Wheel and also Target.

Aldi: The Aldi grocery chain, which intends to open 45 shops in Southern California by the end of 2016, will certainly have a three-day hiring occasion Nov. 13-15 at its Moreno Valley warehouse and regional head office.

The hiring events will certainly be Nov. 13, 14 as well as 15 at the stockroom, 12661 Aldi Location, Moreno Valley.

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Photos: Here’s what you can see from the Snoopy MetLife blimp above O.C.

Snoopy impended over Knott’s Berry Farm on Sunday.

No, not a flying beagle on top of a red canine house. It was Snoopy 2, the MetLife blimp.

The dirigible floated over Knott’s Berry Farm’s Camp Snoopy for a couple of hrs, advertising the opening of the brand-new Peanuts motion picture.

“It resembles being in a boat in the sky,” is just how aviator Cesar Mendez described flying the light-than-air ship. “We keep it slow and reduced – 30 miles per hour and 1,000 feet over the ground,” he stated.

The blimp will be floating over Westwood on Sunday for the premier of The Peanuts Motion picture. It will certainly more than Southern California for the remainder of the week.

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Video: How it feels to ride the Goodyear blimp, which will retire to the Tustin garage

Here are some MetLife Blimp highlights:

  • MetLife has two full-time blimps in the United States Snoopy One, and also “Snoopy 2.”
  • . Snoopy One has a blue tail fins and also control car and also Snoopy Two’s are red.

    . The blimp has no structure inside, merely helium as well as an air bladder.

    . Together, Snoopy One and Snoopy Two combine to take a trip roughly 120,000 miles per year

    . Just 4 individuals can fly in the blimp at one time

    . Snoopy 2 spends the winter season west of the Rockies. Snoopy One remains in Florida.

    . Snoopy Two has been to 88 locations this year including its most significant work– adhering to the PGA trip.

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Brew battle: Mega beer merger could tap a war in the suds market

The world’s two biggest beer companies want to join forces. Could this be the first major salvo in an epic battle against craft breweries, whose meteoric rise is capturing a growing chunk of the market?

On Oct. 13, Anheuser-Busch InBev reached a tentative agreement to purchase SABMiller for $104.6 billion, and they have until Wednesday to finalize the terms. If the deal goes through, many of America’s most recognized labels – Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller, Corona, Becks, Stella Artois, Coors, Michelob, Fosters – will be made by a single gigantic producer.

When asked to comment on the pending transaction, AB InBev referred the Register to a website with a pre-recorded video statement from its CEO, Carlos Brito.

“Together, we have better growth prospects and an appealing mix of global and local brands that consumers love,” Brio said. “The combined company would have strong growth prospects in key emerging regions such as Asia, Central and Latin America, and of course Africa.”

Curiously, Brito said nothing about the U.S.

Since AB InBev would control about 80 percent of the domestic beer market, the deal will undoubtedly be scrutinized by the Department of Justice. But even if AB InBev is forced to lower its monopolistic ambitions by selling a label or two, many think the new mega-brewer’s size and clout could have far-reaching consequences for all American breweries, including the thriving world of craft beers.

Some local craft brewers are concerned about facing a competitor with such a massive throw weight. Others think the impact on their world will be minimal.

“I just read an email predicting that (large breweries) are going to buy up most of the aluminum cans this year, making it harder for craft breweries to buy cans,” said Kyle Manns, brewery operations manager at TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Brea.

And Manns worries that cans are just the tip of the iceberg. “A large brewer could dominate various raw materials markets,” he said. Manns theorized that such a behemoth could easily snap up the national supply of hops if it decided to make a hop-driven beer – a style that craft brewers have popularized in the last few years.

“I absolutely believe that it’s their plan to put the squeeze on us,” Manns said. “They see us as a threat, and this is part of their response.”

Trevor Walls, head brewer at Pizza Port in San Clemente, has noticed that small craft breweries are already finding it hard to find shelf space in supermarkets. “Walking into any grocery store, it’s all about the big names and the larger craft breweries. There isn’t a lot of room for new brands,” Walls said. The marketing and distribution power of a brewing giant could make the situation worse, he added.

Not everyone in the craft beer industry shares Manns’ and Walls’ concerns.

“I really don’t think (the merger) is going to have that much of an impact on us,” said Aaron Barkenhagen, brew master at Fullerton’s Bootlegger’s Brewery. “The two markets are separate. It all comes down to the independent brewers staying on top of their game and introducing new things. Also, we need to appeal to new customers constantly.”

Barkenhagen thinks the big brewers are making a fundamental mistake about beer fans’ shifting tastes. “People are drawn toward a diverse variety of flavors,” he said. “They like the range of choices. That’s something we can do better than (the mass-market brewers) can.”

Trend lines point to changes in taste

Recent trends have undoubtedly given large beer makers the jitters.

In March, the Brewers Association, which represents the craft beer industry, reported that small brewers had attained an 11 percent share of the domestic suds marketplace by volume, a sharp increase from the 7.8 percent share it held in 2013.

In 2014, craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels, a 17.6 percent rise in production over the previous year and a tenfold increase over the last decade. Since craft beer tends to be more expensive than mass-market beers, the retail dollar numbers in 2014 were even rosier: $19.6 billion, representing a 19.3 percent market share – up 22 percent from 2013.

And the craft beer explosion shows no signs of abating. The number of operating breweries in the U.S. grew 19 percent in 2014 to 3,464. There were 615 brewery openings last year and only 46 closings.

This growth contrasts sharply with domestic beer consumption overall. In 2013, the total volume of beer sold in the U.S. fell 1.4 percent to 2.8 billion 2.25-gallon cases from 2.84 billion in 2012, according to market tracking firm Technomic. It inched up only 0.5 percent in 2014.

Why this disconnect between the number of breweries and the amount of beer sold?

Craft breweries produced an average of 6,410 barrels each in 2014, a tiny fraction of the major breweries’ numbers (almost 295 million cases of Bud Light were sold in the U.S in 2013, for example).

Many of the little guys were operating at near-capacity output, according to the Brewers Association. That means the big producers are bearing the brunt of the weakening consumption numbers, as more beer drinkers turn to craft brews.

Still, Walls’ worries about shrinking shelf space could be well-founded. The U.S. Justice Department is probing allegations that Anheuser-Busch InBev wants to squeeze competitors out of the marketplace by buying retail beer distributors and dominating shelf space with its products, according to a story by Reuters published Oct. 12.

The company purchased two large distributors in Colorado, raising eyebrows in that craft beer-crazy state.

“Antitrust regulators are also reviewing craft brewers’ claims that AB InBev pushes some independent distributors to only carry the company’s products and end their ties with the craft industry,” Reuters reported.

The big brewers are fighting the craft-beer upstarts in other ways, too.

One powerful weapon: infiltrating their ranks. Since 2011, AB InBev has purchased several craft beer makers, including Golden Road, Blue Point Brewing and Goose Island Beer Co.

Of course, why buy a craft brewery when you can invent one?

According to its website, Blue Moon Brewing was the creation of a Belgian-trained beer lover named Keith Villa. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find the company has always been a subsidiary of MillerCoors, owned by SABMiller. In May, Zach Rabun, owner of Denver’s Mockery Brewing, sued Miller-Coors for labeling Blue Moon a craft beer.

Shock Top is another faux-craft beer; it’s made by AB InBev.

Those moves are part of a long-term strategy.

“We want to create a company that can stand the test of time and create value for shareholders, not only for the next 10 to 20 years, but for the next 100 years,” Brito wrote in a recent letter to shareholders.

Though the mega-brewers might describe their merger plan as a return to the status quo, it’s not. Market consolidation of the American beer industry is a relatively recent development.

For most of this country’s history, our thirst for beer was slaked by small to medium-sized brewers that served their communities and regions. But improvements such as pasteurization and better distribution systems changed the equation, allowing beer to be shipped long distances without spoiling.

From 1947 to 1981, the five largest American brewers increased their domestic market share by volume from 19 percent to 76 percent. In 2014, that number stood at 84 percent.

‘The battle has already been won’

Evan Price, brew master at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim, believes his brewery’s small size is an asset. “We don’t sell to any distributors other than Whole Foods and Gelson’s,” he said. As is the case with many craft breweries, most of Noble Ale’s sales come from the tasting room, making the company impervious to changes in the distribution network.

Like Barkenhagen, Price thinks the markets for craft and big-brand beer don’t intersect much.

“A lot of those macro-beers are light lagers, very watery,” he says. “A lot of the stuff we’re making is big, with in-your-face flavors. People know and appreciate the difference.”

If the mega-brewers want to coax beer drinkers back to their product, they have their work cut out for them. Though some dismiss craft beer as a fixation only for millennials, recent research shows its appeal is much broader.

A 2014 report in the Brookston Beer Bulletin concludes craft beer fans are Gen Xers, for the most part. More than 41 percent of craft beer fans are 35 to 49 years old. Most of the rest are split evenly between millennials (25-34) and baby boomers (50-65).

They’re also well educated. More than 21 percent of them have graduate degrees, and 8.5 percent have doctorates.

Those numbers suggest the craft beer movement is part of the larger gourmet trend that has swept the worlds of food, wine and spirits, creating a separate market for people of all ages with curious palates and sufficient disposable income.

Price agreed with that assessment. “The battle has already been won,” he said. “Our fans are smart, and they know what they want.”

Contact the writer: 714-796-7979 or phodgins@ocregister.com

90-foot Christmas tree punctures wall at Fashion Island store during delivery

NEWPORT BEACH– The arrival of a 90-foot-tall Christmas tree to Style Island made rather a mark when its lifting went awry Friday morning, creating the idea of the gigantic fir to penetrate the wall surface higher than a deluxe glasses store.

As opposed to outdoor decking the halls, the tree fissured the appearance over the Optical Shop of Aspen. The treetop snapped, sending out branches, pine needles and also plaster rolling to the ground.

Yet the error hardly slowed the setup of the gigantic evergreen. Soon, as some workers pried the wedged treetop from the store, others raised the lightly-marred tree into placement in the Bloomingdales and also Neiman Marcus yard, where it will stay with Jan. 4.

The annual Xmas tree raising symbolizes the start of the holiday purchasing season at Style Island. Soon, the tree will certainly be decorated with about 20,000 lights as well as red, silver and also gold accessories. A nighttime, 20-minute-long tree lighting ceremony will certainly start Nov. 7.

The fir traveled regarding 650 miles from its house near Mt. Shasta in Northern The golden state. It was installed by Victor’s Customized Xmas Trees.

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