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LIP Watch Exhibition New York City July 2008

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Vintage LIP watches (1900-1976)

Vintage LIP collection

Vintage & Modern LIP Display


From the recent NYC show;

"The 141 year old French watch brand LIP is reintroducing some of the most important wristwatches - a series from the early 1970s that remains as visionary today as when first unveiled almost four decades ago. These timepieces were created from a melting pot of Pan European industrial, architectural, interior and graphic designers, all given carte blanche by LIP to create some of the most original watches ever produced.

Of the seven original designers between 1969 and 1976, Roger Tallon has made the most lasting impact. A true renaissance man of the mid-century. Tallon's contributions to the Modern era include the Teleavia, the earliest portable television, the world's first Helicoid staircase (part of the Museum of Modern Art collection), and the ultra modern French high speed TGV trains. His asymmetric Mach 2000 series has since become an icon for LIP with their unmistakable primary colored spherical pushers and crowns.

The legacy of LIP evolves today in the hands of talented new designers like Prisca Briquet who are writing the next chapter of watch design in horological history".

For the first time ever, LIP watches are available in the United States - offered at Barneys, Moss, Takashimaya, Museum of Modern Art Design Stores, Canvas, and online at Watchismo.com

Below are some brand new images of the collection by the talented product photographer Michael Kraus.

If you'd like to see some of the soon to be released images of the Fall/Winter 2008/2009 Lips-->contact me to be added to the first sneak peek email.


Lip Mythic Jump Hour by Prisca Briquet

Lip Darkmaster Chronograph by Roger Tallon

Lip Diode by Roger Tallon

Lip Mach 2000 Marge by Roger Tallon

Lip Fridge by Roger Tallon

LIP Watches-->Link

Related Posts;
LIP article in International Watch Magazine
LIP in Surface and Mens Vogue
International Herald Tribue
USA debut of LIP at Barneys New York
LIP Diode in GQ
Vintage LIP LED 1975-76



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LIP Feature in International Watch Magazine

LIP Feature in International Watch Magazine
A fantastic article in International Watch Magazine written by the multi-talented bloke Alex Doak on the history of the French watch brand LIP. Click the photos to read the article.

LIP Feature in International Watch Magazine
LIP Feature in International Watch Magazine
LIP Feature in International Watch Magazine
LIP Feature in International Watch Magazine
LIP Feature in International Watch Magazine
LIP Feature in International Watch Magazine
LIP Product Pages-->LINK

International Watch Magazine-->Link

All Alex Doak posts for The Watchismo Times-->Link

More on the 1970s designer history of Lip Watches-->Link


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Black LIP Diode LED in new GQ Magazine Digital Watch Feature!

Black LIP Diode LED in new GQ Magazine Digital Watch Feature!Yes, I wish I thought of the title "Digitally Remastered" as the March 2008 issue of GQ did for the vintage inspired digital (LED & LCD) wristwatch feature. And I may be biased but the LIP Diode pops right out of the page compared to the rest of the very respectable Nooka and Gucci offerings.

LIP first introduced Roger Tallon's cubist Diode back in 1976 and is only being offered again now after 32 years...and guess where? Here-->Link Or in stores now at Barneys New York.

Black LIP Diode LED in new GQ Magazine Digital Watch Feature!The All-Black LIP Diode (bottom right with 8:37 displayed)

Black LIP Diode LED in new GQ Magazine Digital Watch Feature!Other new digitals from Gucci & Nooka

Black LIP Diode LED in new GQ Magazine Digital Watch Feature!The March 2008 issue of GQ. Their website just posted a pretty good "How to buy a watch" slideshow here-->Link

LIP Watches-->Link

See Also;

History of LED Calculator Watches
History of Dynamic Scattering LCD
History of Solar LED Watches
LED-LCD Watch Combos
Zenith Analog/Digital Hybrid
Other Analog-Digital Posts
Alternative Displays
All Digital Watch Posts
All LED Watch Related Posts


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Roger Tallon's Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph Watch Review

Roger Tallon's Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph Watch ReviewAblogtoread.com has just reviewed the new LIP Mach 2000 "Dark Master" Chronograph-->Link

He sums it up with; "Should you buy a LIP Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph? The answer to that all depends on whether you find a connection with the ideal presented in 1970s futurism. Do you want a piece of modern design history? Can you appreciate the toils of industrial design and post-Bauhaus era industrial French charm? Will the concept of psychological design resonate with you in so far that the bright colors and organic shapes combine with pure function to interface better with humans? The LIP Mach 2000 Chronograph design is one man’s attempt to address these issues and more."

See Also;
All LIP Posts-->Link
LIP Product Pages-->Link

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LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New York

LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkLIP watches are having their US retail debut this week at one of the most exclusive & influential stores in the world, the grand opening of Barneys New York in Las Vegas. Part of the Palazzo Hotel & Casino's Shoppes at The Palazzo, the flagship Barneys is located on the Grand Canal between the Venetian Hotel and the Palazzo. LIP Mach 2000 & Revival Seventies collections will be introduced on the main floor before they make their way across the country to other Barneys locations in New York City, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, and Boston in February-March. LIP are also available online here-->Link

(Pictured above - LIP "Mythic" Watch by Prisca Briquet)

The French brand LIP has been around 150 years but were unavailable in the United States until now. The company is reintroducing some of their most important models from a modern collection that remains as visionary today as when first unveiled 35 years ago. Most are faithful recreations while others have been updated with new designer visions. Best of all, the quality of the watchmaking is top notch and priced incredibly well ranging from $180-$520.

The Mach 2000 and Revival Seventies collections were the brainchild of a revolutionary collective of French industrial designers, architects, interior decorators, and graphic designers. In the 1960s and 1970s, LIP enlisted a handful of these creatives to bring their truly original ideas of timekeeping to life in a series of watches. Among them was the prolific Roger Tallon who designed everything from high-speed French TGV trains to the 1964 Helicoid Staircase (part of the MoMa Design Collection). Tallon’s LIP designs include the iconic Mach 2000 series.

See more about LIP here-->Link

The LIP Product Pages-->Link

LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New York
LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkBarneys Las Vegas (along the indoor canals of the Venetian Hotel & Casino)
What do you want? It's Vegas!

LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkStaircase to the main floor LIP department in Vegas

LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkBig Fat LIPs!

LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkLIP Mach 2000 Chronograph->Link
Roger Tallon Design - 1974

LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkLIP Mach 2000 Watch "Mafia" ->Link
Roger Tallon Design - 1974

LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkLIP Revival Seventies "Big TV"
Roger Tallon Design->Link

LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkLIP Revival "TV" ->Link
Roger Tallon Design - 1975

LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkLIP Revival Seventies "Fridge"
Roger Tallon Design - 1975 ->Link

LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkLIP Revival Seventies "Diode" LED Digital Watch
Roger Tallon Design - 1975 ->Link
(and soon to be featured in GQ Magazine!)


LIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkLIP Revival Seventies "Baschmakoff" Jump Hour
Prince Francois de Baschmakoff Design - 1970 ->Link

See more about LIP here-->Link

The LIP Product Pages-->Link

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LAUNCH OF WATCHISMO 2.0 !!!

LAUNCH OF WATCHISMO 2.0 !!!
I'm proud to announce the launch of the new Watchismo.com! Hundreds of really unusual vintage timepieces have been added and for the first time, a very select group of modern watches from LIP. A French brand I've collected for years and only now had the opportunity to own all the revolutionary Mach 2000 models by Roger Tallon, Jump Hours of Prince Francois De Baschmakoff, and the distinct ladies watches by Isabelle Hebey. And some interesting new directions as well. More about that soon!
LAUNCH OF WATCHISMO 2.0 !!!A large variety of LIP including chronographs, jump hours, and LED. Most are original designs from the early seventies. See my article about LIP in QP Magazine here.

LAUNCH OF WATCHISMO 2.0 !!!And of course, my first love, obscure and unusual vintage mechanical and early digital watches from the sixties and seventies. Everything from the Space Age including a mystery dial Mondia Moonstone, a Spaceman Audacieuse, and an Omega Speedmaster 125.

The site is super simple and easy to stroll through, even just for eye candy, it's all part of a hobby gone horribly horribly wrong...Enjoy!

Check em out--->LINK



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The Latest Timewarp is LIP Smackin Good!

The Latest Timewarp is LIP Smackin Good!Here is my fourth "Timewarp" column for the 26th issue of QP Magazine. This time I feature the innovative French brand LIP and their incredibly advanced Mach 2000 and others from the revolutionary designer series of the early seventies.

Click to view the article-->Link

Past Timewarps (Sideview displays, Macho 60s & 70s vintage chronographs, and the 1971 Pierre Cardin Espace watches)-->Link



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LIP Watch Exhibition New York City July 2008LIP Feature in International Watch MagazineBlack LIP Diode LED in new GQ Magazine Digital Watch Feature!Roger Tallon's Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph Watch ReviewLIP Watch Debut at Barneys New YorkLAUNCH OF WATCHISMO 2.0 !!!The Latest Timewarp is LIP Smackin Good!

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