close

Watchismo Times | category: asymmetrical | (page 5 of 5)

home

Watchismo Times

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

watchismo.blogspot.com

'God Save the Watch' - Grima for Pulsar & Omega 1969-1975

'God Save the Watch' - Grima for Pulsar & Omega 1969-1975

1969 Grima 'About Time' for Omega

Andrew Grima, modernist jeweler and holder of a 20 year Royal Warrant of Appointment to the Queen of England. Grima created some of the rarest watches of the sixties and seventies - Most were one-of-a-kind private commissions and all are made from precious metals or gemstones.

'God Save the Watch' - Grima for Pulsar & Omega 1969-1975

Custom 18k LED top buttons

'God Save the Watch' - Grima for Pulsar & Omega 1969-1975

Alternate version w/ side buttons

Pulsar Time Computer commissioned Grima in the mid-seventies to create a small variety of solid gold LED (light emitting diode) wristwatches. Only surfacing in recent years after a liquidation of a Middle East jeweler's estate. All are one of a kind and part of Simon Alexander and Bruce Wegmann's important collection.

'God Save the Watch' - Grima for Pulsar & Omega 1969-1975

18k Bracelet LED

'God Save the Watch' - Grima for Pulsar & Omega 1969-1975

Solid White Gold LED (115 grams)

'God Save the Watch' - Grima for Pulsar & Omega 1969-1975

Hammered Gold LED

'God Save the Watch' - Grima for Pulsar & Omega 1969-1975

The entire Grima LED collection

Grima collaborated with Omega in 1969 for the 'About Time' series. Designing 85 one-offs built by 64 craftsmen in one year. All featured watches under gemstones instead of glass and one was fitted with a 28-carat emerald crystal. Very little is known about the Grima models but I've been told by an Omega representative that a book is currently being written featuring many of the 'About Time' line.

'God Save the Watch' - Grima for Pulsar & Omega 1969-1975

1969 'Gondola' Watch
18k YG w/Smoky Quartz Crystal

'God Save the Watch' - Grima for Pulsar & Omega 1969-1975

1969 'Greenland' Watch
18k YG w/ irregularly shaped Tourmaline

Andrew Grima 1965

Many thanks to:
Grima Jewellery
LED Watches.net
Simon Alexander & Bruce Wegmann

Rarities: Patek Philippe Asymmetric Watches by Gilbert Albert 1955-65

Rarities: Patek Philippe Asymmetric Watches by Gilbert Albert 1955-65

1959 Prototype 3412 for Beyer (Sothebys 2005)

"Based in Geneva, Gilbert Albert is one of the most innovative and artistic modern jewelers. His talent was spotted very early in his career when, at the age of 24, he was approached by Patek Philippe to design some prototype wristwatch cases. At that time, in 1955, Patek Philippe was under the adventurous guidance of chairman Henri Stern. The bold yet simple designs of Albert's cases were in many ways revolutionary. In his approach, the traditional and conventional designs of cases were completely re-drawn, defying the conventional shapes that manufacturers were used to producing. Much of his inspiration came from his love of modern sculpture and, in particular, his admiration for Brancusi and Mondrian." - antiquorum

Gilbert Albert together with like-minded designer Richard Arbib (Hamilton Electric) were really pushing the triangular and rhomboid envelopes.


Rarities: Patek Philippe Asymmetric Watches by Gilbert Albert 1955-65


1963 Pink Gold 3422 (Sothebys - November 2006) 24 exist, only 3 pink gold



1962 18k Gold Ref 3424 (Sothebys 2005)

Rarities: Patek Philippe Asymmetric Watches by Gilbert Albert 1955-65

1964 Prototype Ricochet 788 (Anitquorum 2005)

Rarities: Patek Philippe Asymmetric Watches by Gilbert Albert 1955-65

1965 Prototype 3270 Lady Isoceles (Antiquorum 2003)

Jumpin Jack Flash, it's a 1970's Sheffield Jump Hour

Jumpin Jack Flash, it's a 1970's Sheffield Jump Hour
A style of many names, Jump Hour, Direct Read, Mechanical Digital. Either way, watches like this tremendously bizarre automatic Sheffield have always been my favorite kind to collect.

Born from competition with the new LED/LCD digital technologies, Swiss companies had to do something. The idea had been done before, many decades prior. But it was re-imagined during the early seventies for a marketplace that wanted to see numbers instead of hands. Ultimately doomed because most people were just tired of winding their watches. The Quartz revolution was born.

But the fact was, so many of these rarities were jam-packed with originality and space-age styling.

Many many more to come...

Streamline Moderne 1940's Breitling Chronograph

Streamline Moderne 1940's Breitling Chronograph

Not the typical flying instrument Breitling is known for. Complex aviation intruments like their classic Navitimer or the modern microtransmitting Emergency. This deco streamline moderne beauty is more likely to fly itself than help you navigate or be rescued.

Found online for $3900. Email me (watchismo@gmail.com) if you want to contact the dealer of the winged chrono.

Streamline Moderne 1940's Breitling ChronographA more traditional Breitling Navitimer chronograph


Hamilton Odyssey Oddity - Flight II Prototype

Hamilton Odyssey Oddity - Flight II PrototypeFlight II Hamilton Electric Prototypes

Wanted to continue on the subject from an earlier post about Hamilton and their current limited edition X-01 (prop watch of "2001 - A Space Odyssey").

Back in 1966, Hamilton (John Bergey, Ed Speakes and Ken Durr) created this alternate futuristic concept watch that Stanley Kubrick didn't choose. A variation of one of the rarest Hamilton Electric Flight II models. Recently up for auction on Ebay, I missed my opportunity to own one of the three shown (without movement).

See more about it on the NAWCC message board.

Hamilton Odyssey Oddity - Flight II PrototypeOriginal prop watch chosen for film


Bomb-astic! Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric

Bomb-astic!  Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric1961 Hamilton Vega

Richard Arbib - Influencial designer of 1950's futuristic cars like the 1955 Nash Astro-Gnome, 1957 Century Coronado boat, vacuum cleaners and WWII Bombs! It was revealed that the Hamilton Electric series (Hess Article) including the first battery powered watch, the 1957 Ventura was based upon some of his bomb designs. Also mentioning that fact when admitting his inspiration for putting fins on cars.


Bomb-astic!  Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric


Bomb-astic!  Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric1940 Sketch for Airex Radial
First around the pylon is this black beauty by Richard Arbib, penned during his brief career at GM. Up front sits a radial engine straight out of an aircraft. Alas, there's no traffic-clearing propeller; instead, the chrome front bumpers provide a visual facsimile.


Wrist Barbell - Desotos Cuff Busting Chrono

Wrist Barbell - Desotos Cuff Busting Chrono
If a watch could kick your ass and take your lunch money, this is the bully who'd do it. Only he'd go home and make out with your mom afterwards.

This bad motha is the early 1970's 60mm asymmetrical Desotos Chronograph, fitted with Valjoux 7734 mechanical movement. Super superwide case that, I can only imagine, was created to stick out of your ultrawide 70's cuffs without pushing those stiff polyester sleeves. Not like they'd get wrinkled if you did...

Recently featured in the LTD article of 70's Chronos.

This watch is even too butch for Shaft. Shut yo mouth...

Paul Smith Pistols - Horology In The UK

Paul Smith Pistols - Horology In The UK
Paul Smith Pistols - Horology In The UK
Paul Smith Pistols - Horology In The UK
Paul Smith Pistols - Horology In The UK

Limited Edition (500) watch by Paul Smith circa 1998


A fascinating blend of vintage and modern by the influential British designer - Especially the sideview analog (pictured) with Op-Art engraved design on top (always mistaken for a Dick Tracy style speaker watch), the hand engraved edition number and Paul Smith signature, angular case design reminiscent of early LEDs like the Synchronar Solar and Bulova Computron.

The rest of the collection was also very impressed with influences like the 1960's Heuer Monaco, asymmetric Bulova by Dior, 1970's Lip Mach 2000 & Pierre Cardin Espace series. See photos

But sadly, the current Paul Smith watches have tamed down quite a bit. I assume it's to please a wider marketplace. Strange how that works...

Examples from the original line;
1. Early Catalog of original Line
2. Automatic Model
3. Dashboard Model

Current Models from UK - link

catalog of the original Paul Smith watch line
Paul Smith Pistols - Horology In The UK


Paul Smith Pistols - Horology In The UK

Pierre Cardin 1971 Espace Watch Collection

Pierre Cardin 1971 Espace Watch Collection
Designing collarless suits for the Beatles in 1963, Nasa Spacesuits in 1970, Pierre Cardin released his very brief Espace watch line in 1971. Made of metal blocks, lucite cubes, layered disks, contouring arcs, bold stripes or Futuro domes, my most prized collection of watches are near majority but forever incomplete due to unearthed prototypes and rare versions of already scarce models. Most are in my gallery for viewing.

Cardin was an 'O.G.' of the space-age set along with Andre Courrèges, Mary Quant, Rudi Gernreich, and Paco Rabanne, all creating clothing for the future where you'd be accompanied by your best friend and confidant, Barbarella.

All mechanical watches fitted with handwound Jaeger FE 68 movements.

Pierre Cardin 1971 Espace Watch Collection

Report "Watchismo Times"

Are you sure you want to report this post for ?

Cancel
×