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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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The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed

The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed
The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed
The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed
Using a satellite/video interface, Time-aid can be programmed to display any clock face the user chooses, in real time, from a local clock tower to a sundial halfway around the world. This personal object contains advanced technology that, paradoxically, connects the wearer to history and the larger world. New and old, personal and global, Time-aid inspires an awareness of time and space. It uses technology to recuperate a connection with the reality of the world, all the while celebrating its potential. It is a very poetic solution that lets the mind roam and inspires the imagination. It reduces distance, enabling the wearer to view real-time feeds from both local clocks as well as those distant, shrinking the world in an instantaneous and palpable way. One imagines the intimacy of the experience being almost startling.

Part of the Timex 2154 Series. Wink...

Mecha-lomaniacal - Azimuth Gauge Mecha Concept Watch 2006

Mecha-lomaniacal - Azimuth Gauge Mecha Concept Watch 2006Azimuth's offering a Watchismo worthy concept watch for 2006, their self described "Man Toy" or more officially named "Gauge Mecha 1 BMF" retailing for around $2500 with only 300 produced.

Features - Torx drive cheese head tamper resistant screws
- Automatic ETA 2836-2
- Hours displayed on disc with arrow (upper right)
- Minutes on retrograde bar (left side)
- Day/Night 24 hour indicator (bottom right)
- 50 mm 316L stainless steel case

Fun quotes from their website;

"
the case is forged out of hardy 316L solid steel blocks, CNC cut into signature tonneau shapes in no less than 80 arduous steps."

"
It is a tribute to all men with a thirst for all things fast and furious."

Mecha-lomaniacal - Azimuth Gauge Mecha Concept Watch 2006Gauge Mecha 1 BMF




Mecha-lomaniacal - Azimuth Gauge Mecha Concept Watch 2006

Mid-Century Modern Gadget - Mortima Thermometer Compass Watch

Mid-Century Modern Gadget - Mortima Thermometer Compass Watch

According to Pieter Doensen's book, Mortima created these steel spiral bimetal thermometer compass wristwatches in 1956. I've seen a few others made by Continental.

This one has the original band with bark cut steel matching the case. If only it squirted poison gas, it might have been used in an early James Bond flick. Hmm, hey what's this button for anyway?...

Soon to come - post about the 1960's Gilbert Spymaster 007.

Mid-Century Modern Gadget - Mortima Thermometer Compass Watch

Sir Clive Sinclair's Doomed FM Radio Watch

Sir Clive Sinclair's Doomed FM Radio Watch
Sir Clive Sinclair's Doomed FM Radio WatchThe man, the myth, the miniaturization of everything he could think of.

Sir Clive Sinclair - Inventor of the first pocket calculator (1972 Sinclair Executive), the first pocket television (1966 Microvision), the homemade LED watch (1975 Black Watch) and this 1984 FM radio watch prototype by Dagfinn Aksnes. Only few exist after the plug was pulled on production within days of it's introduction at an electronics trade show in Las Vegas.

Three separate body casings for the LCD watch, FM radio/tuner and center speaker are connected by bottom hinges, "flexicircuits" and protected by expandable accordion style "concertina" covers allowing the watch to curve to the wrist. The antenna for reception was a copper band concealed inside the strap and powered by two batteries, one in clock case, one in buckle.

I owned one for a time, loved it's prototypical Mars Rover qualities, soon discovered that the watch had many functional (not design) flaws and understand it's premature demise. Apparently there is a rich tradition of advanced products failing at Sinclair. A sign of a true trailblazer.

Dagfinn Aksnes Article
Planet Sinclair Article & Photos
LEDWatches.net Article & Photos


Sir Clive Sinclair's Doomed FM Radio Watch

Clockwise 01 - The Talking Voxclock

Clockwise 01 - The Talking Voxclock
No hands, no digits, just a little two inch box with faux wood panelling, a button and a creepy 1981 voice announcing the time in that ever so globalthermonuclearwar-ish way.

Listen for yourself. Hell, it even has a feature for countdown... He says, "A-LEV-IN OW-ERS FOR-TEE TOO MEN-UTS TAH-GOH."

My first installment of cool vintage clocks I've found. More to come...

Clockwise 01 - The Talking Voxclock

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