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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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Marc Newson 1986 Pod Watch - Pre-Ikepod Mystery Dial

Marc Newson's 1986 Pod Watch (Pre-Ike)

Considering Marc Newson's accomplishments in design, I'd have to assume he started designing out of the womb. 1986, Eight years before the birth of Ikepod, the "Pod" mystery dial watch was created. Spinning disks with dot markers lined the time similar to the Pod Clock below. Likely his first watch project, the name has a deeper meaning now as we see Marc's rich history of watch design grown from this very original Pod.


Marc Newson 1989 Pod Clock

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)

Opus 6 by Greubel Forsey for Harry Winston

Opus 6 by Greubel Forsey for Harry Winston

Harry Winston Opus 6


The Opus series for Harry Winston has produced some of the most phenomenal timepieces in history. Designed and built by "mechanical architects" Robert Greubel & Stephen Forsey, the sixth in a series of collaborations with independent watchmakers taking complications to a new level of complicated.

Greubel & Forsey (Opus 6) along with previous designers Vianney Halter (Opus 3), Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei (Opus 5) have all been creating new inventions of timekeeping, new mechanics of time making and new aesthetics of time viewing. It also may require new methods of moneymaking.


Opus 3 by Vianney Halter

Opus 5 by Felix Baumgartner & Martin Frei (of Urwerk)

I've got a Woody - 1960's Swank Wood Watch

I've got a Woody - 1960's Swank Wood WatchSwanky, huh? Should be, it's by a long defunct German company named Swank. Solid wood watch case & dial, basically a miniature George Nelson clock for your wrist. Mechanical winding 17 jewel movement. Swank had some kooky designs like this all plastic mechanical Hamilton Ventura imitator - Link

Link to additional photos

Repro and original George Nelson clocks

I've got a Woody - 1960's Swank Wood WatchI've got a Woody - 1960's Swank Wood Watch

I've got a Woody - 1960's Swank Wood Watch

Early Ikepod? No, that's the baby daddy - The Jurgentron!

Early Ikepod?  No, that's the baby daddy - The Jurgentron!Like this watch? Hope not, you'll never find another. Unless you can pry one of the only models existing from Heirloom Gallery's private collection. He bought if from me some time ago and I sure do miss it. I once searched high and low for this baby and somehow convinced the president of Jules Jurgenson himself to sell me one from his personal safe.

This 1960's Jules Jurgenson triple date moonphase chronograph with complicated Valjoux 88 movement appears to have fathered Mark Newson's Ikepod watches. DNA tests will determine, stay tuned!



It's a boy!
Marc Newson's Ikepod Hemipode and Megapode.

Early Ikepod?  No, that's the baby daddy - The Jurgentron!Early Ikepod?  No, that's the baby daddy - The Jurgentron!

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


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...

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.


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

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