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THE WATCHISMO TIMES WATCH BLOG A reliquary of obscure timepieces from bygone eras as well as the cutting-edge watch designs of today.

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Retired Retrogradation - 1970's Retrograde Watches

Retired Retrogradation - 1970's Retrograde WatchesWear one of these masterpieces and pray nobody asks the time... Unless you like talking to strangers, you'll be helping them understand what the hell they're looking at. I'll just pull out my cell phone and get the interaction over with.

Kidding aside, these are very easy to gauge the time as well as my favorite style of timekeeping. Retrograde wristwatches - Time is told as a scale typically passing over an arc of numbers. Each hand has it's corresponding hour or minute measurements and once they grow to the highest increment, they spring back to the opposite side to start the next hour or twelve hour period of timing. Circles? We don't need no stinkin circles!

You can see this feature used in some of the most ridiculously high end wristwatches like Jaeger LeCoultre, Breguet, Gerald Genta, and Glashutte. Generally, it's a retrograde subdial, not an entire watch of retrograde movement like I'm featuring.

Shown in the photos are the 1970's Sultana, Wittnauer Sector Futurama and the three very rare LIP models. 1 2 3

Retired Retrogradation - 1970's Retrograde WatchesApparently, judging from this original LIP advertisement, the LIP Retrograde line were modern dancers when off the wrist...


Retired Retrogradation - 1970's Retrograde Watches

Putting the whore back in horology! Urwerk 103.05

Putting the whore back in horology! Urwerk 103.05Finally! The past few years have been an interesting time in watchmaking, granted only on the Haute end of the stick, but nevertheless, people like Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner are breathing inspired fire with their 103 series (103.05 shown) and the Opus 5.

This watch has rotating/orbiting satellites that pass the arc of minutes lining up the time. See & read more about it's cutting edge complications at Urwerk.ch.

Aesthetically, modern watches have stagnated (nice way of saying stunk) since the eighties and only now are younger independent visionaries like the fellas at Urwerk creating remarkable timepieces that both molest the past and fist themselves into the future.


Putting the whore back in horology! Urwerk 103.05

Patek Philippe Cobra!

Patek Philippe Cobra!
The year was 1958 and in a fresh spark of innovation one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious watch companies Patek Philippe designed the Cobra watch, unique for its unusual time display and aggressive profile. Time is displayed through two graduated linear openings showing the hour and minute marks which are printed in a spiral on rollers, thus eliminating the traditional dial and hands.

The Cobra, like many other Patek watches, was designed by the renowned watchmaker Louis Cottier, who is perhaps best known for inventing the practical World Time system (a dual dial watch with two crowns that permits the wearer to set each dial to a different time zone).

The Cobra's high production cost prevented it from being produced, and this functioning prototype was the only one known to have been made. The fact that this watch never quite had its moment in the sun makes it an obscure but inspirational model of futuristic design.

More Cobra images at original Coolhunting article here.

By Watchismo, CoolHunting and Todd Thomas


Patek Philippe Cobra!

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