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Shutter Watches - Vacheron & Constantin's "Montre à Volets"


With my recent blog about automobile grille watches, I found it aesthetically appropriate to follow with the 1930 Vacheron & Constantin "Montre à Volets" shutter watches. Designed by Verger Frères, they feature concealed dials under hinged panels in 18k Art Deco cases. 






“Jalousie", is the re-introduction of the shutter watch by Vacheron & Constantin in the 90's. A cabochon sapphire is used for the switch to open the shutters revealing the dial.



1960's Seth Thomas 'Sethosphere' Mystery Clock

Good thing my wife loves timepieces as much as I do. She agreed this space-age-deco globule of a clock would be an anniversary gift to ourselves. When I first showed her the Seth Thomas 'Sethosphere' mystery clock - movement hidden in brass base & mechanics leading through tube to center sphere - she belted out "We must have this!" Don't twist my arm lady. Fine. It's here, it's queer, get used to it.


Sethosphere Front View 

Rolling Cylinders of Jean Dunand's 2007 'Shabaka'


Ever since I found the very rare 1970's Jaz Derby Swissonic, a watch built of cylinders instead of dials, I've wondered when I'd see another roller style feature in a watch...

Four years in the making, new Swiss Watch company Jean Dunand has announced the 'Shabaka' release for 2007. A minute repeater (chiming gongs), moonphase, leap year cycle, and best of all,
instantaneous perpetual calendar with rollers for month, day of week and double-barreled day of month. Named after a Egyptian Pharaoh and modeled in an Art Deco Egyptian revival style, only twenty models a year are planned for production.


Named for Swiss Art Deco artist, Jean Dunand - by entrepreneur Thierry Oulevay (Tourbillon Orbital) and haute watchmaker Christophe Claret (Harry Winston Opus IV).

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


Shutter Watches - Vacheron & Constantin's "Montre à Volets"1960's Seth Thomas 'Sethosphere' Mystery ClockRolling Cylinders of Jean Dunand's 2007 'Shabaka'

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