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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

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

LTD Magazine Chronograph Feature

LTD Magazine Chronograph FeatureLTD Magazine (Limited Edition 'Product Showcase' Mag)

This Fall issue of a magazine given out to a very select group of "Taste Makers" featured some of my wilder chronographs including a Waltham Jump Hour Digital Chrono, Desotos Superwide, Breitling Pupitre Bullhead and others from the collection of Evan Orensten at CoolHunting.com.

Click to read article.

LTD Magazine Chronograph Feature

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

Jaw Donors Wanted - Record Sideview

Jaw Donors Wanted - Record Sideview
When I first saw this sideview Record automatic watch by Longines in Pieter Doensen's book, my jaw dropped. I visited Mr. Doensen himself in Utrect, viewed the watch in person and left my jaw in the Netherlands. Jawless and determined, my patience paid off in the form of my very own model with original box!



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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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