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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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Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson

Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc NewsonSuspended in a bubble block of Baccarat crystal and powered by temperature change, Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 mechanical clock is the work of Australian super-designer Marc Newson (known for designing the Ikepod watch and a million other sleek objects). Newson is reportedly a huge fan of the Atmos and approached the company to collaborate. The result is this eightieth anniversary Atmos.

The Atmos clocks don't need to be wound up. they get all the energy to run from small temperature changes in the encapsulated environment, and can run for years without human intervention.

Its power source is a hermetically sealed capsule containing a mixture of gas and liquid ethyl chloride, which expands into an expansion chamber as the temperature rises, compressing a spiral spring; with a fall in temperature the gas condenses and the spring slackens. This motion constantly winds the mainspring. A variation in temperature of only one degree in the range between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius is sufficient for two days' operation.

Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Some cool side angles from Dje of Watchprosite

Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
A variety of rare antique and vintage Atmos clocks

Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc NewsonBig Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Some vintage Atmos advertising - via Atmosdam

Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
The Atmos clock was invented by Neuchâtel engineer Jean-Léon Reutter (1899- 1971). From his youth, he wanted to produce a clock that could be wound by atmospheric fluctuations, and in 1928 he succeeded. Reutter’s patent was first licensed to a French company who exploited it until 1935. Subsequently, it was purchased by Jaeger-LeCoultre. via Antiquorum

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The Most Accurate Watch in the World

The Accurate, a watch that fosters humility in the wearer by featuring a mirrored dial to reflect the viewer together with a semi-subtle Memento Mori reminder of your inevitable mortal timeframe. The hour and minute discs spell out "Remember" and "You Will Die".

The dial and rim of the glass on the Accurate is mirrored, so that the wearer is reflected in the watch face (so that there is no ambiguity about who the message is aimed at). The Accurate is a link to the venerable tradition of the Memento Mori - an object designed to remind us that life is brief and that we should seize the moment while we are here.

A statement from artist/designer Crispin Jones about the design of "Mr. Jones Watches":

"Today everyone has a mobile phone to do the really functional timekeeping, this means that the wristwatch is free to do something a bit different. The watches I design reflect and comment on society, both on the role that time plays in all our lives and also on the social impact of technology. Of course because I would like people to wear these watches, I also work very hard to make them beautiful objects in their own right."

Now Available for $145 here-->Link

Also featuring the "Mantra" (below)

The Mantra alternates a very positive statement (e.g. "you are amazing") with a very negative one (e.g. "nobody likes you").Every hour the watch displays one positive message and one negative message (the wedge that you read the statement through is also the hour hand).

Over time The Mantra makes the arrogant person more humble and makes the humble more confident.

The Mantra is inspired by the psychological theories of Émile Coué who promoted the practice of conscious autosuggestion, that is the repeition of positive statements to heal the body or mind; most famously with the phrase "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better."

MJW Mantra $145 -->Link


And the MJW "Decider" (below)

The Decider is a watch that helps you make decisions: as the seconds tick round you see either the word "YES" or "NO" displayed on the watch face; when you need to make a decision you simply look at your watch for your answer.

If you are inclined to cheat then you can pull out the winding crown which stops the mechanism temporarily giving you an answer with no ambiguity.

The watch can also answer a more complex question - when you receive it tell the watch what you want to know, then wait until the battery runs out - whatever the watch stops on YES or NO is your final answer...

The Decider doesn't necessarily make the right decision every time, but as the American motivational speaker Brian Tracy puts it, "Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all."

or as another contemporary philosopher puts it: "A wrong decision is better than indecision." Anthony 'Tony' Soprano, in "The Sopranos"






Decider $145 -->Link
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Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & Cie

Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & CieCornelius & Cie is a new high-end watch brand based in Geneva, Switzerland. The company was founded in the summer of 2007 and was initiated by two Dutchman, world-famous watch engraver Kees Engelbarts (1967) and jeweller Paul Pertijs (1968), crowning a friendship started while both were students at the renowned Dutch Gold- and Silversmith Academy.

Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & CieThe company will produce extremely exclusive watches, using vintage watch movements in proprietary cases of classic but innovative design. Every single part of the movements is embellished by hand, skeletonized and/or engraved by Kees Engelbarts. Customers are offered extensive possibilities to have the watch and the movements personalized with specific engravings.

Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & CieThe
Chronosome 46XY is the first labor of passion coming to the public eye from the Cornelius & Cie studio. The heart of the Chronosome 46XY watch is an Calibre AS 690, developed and produced by the A. Schild company in Grenchen, Switzerland, in 1935, beating at steady 18.000 b.p.h. (beats per hour)

When the strong main spring is fully wound (by hand) the movement has a power reserve of 8 days. The position of the eccentrically barrel is immediately evident by the shape of the case.
The first collection presented (in April) will consist of 12 Chronosome 46XY watches. Total production capacity of the Geneva-based workshop is expected to grow to 300 watches per year.

Interesting New Brand - Cornelius & Cie
Cornelius & Cie website-->Link
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All Independent Brands & Watchmaker 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."

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LIP Product Pages-->Link

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Impressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)

Impressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)One of the very first owners of a MB&F Horological Machine No.2 has shared his images and thoughts-->Link

Impressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)
"It’s an object which I can’t stop staring at. It is anything but tactile (unlike the HM-1 which was all in curves) but I can’t stop touching it."

Impressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)A thermometer watch box for the HM2!


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Clockwise - Tik Tak Clock

Clockwise - Tik Tak Clock
Designed by Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe, the Tik Tak clock explodes with every single minute represented on random lengths of powdered steel rods. The sizes of the 60 digits correspond with varying shades of stee for additional depth.

Available for £89.00 (appx. $177 USD) at Habitat UK-->Link

Clockwise - Tik Tak ClockThe original sketch for the Tik Tak Clock



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Happy Nooka Year - New Styles & Colors from Nooka Watches

Happy Nooka Year - New Styles & Colors from Nooka WatchesI'm a sucker for asymmetry. And that's why the new Nooka Zirc models "stuck out" to me when seeing their latest offerings. Nooka is NYC designer Matthew Waldman's three year old watch brand spawned from his lifelong desire to see time represented in untraditional ways. The Nooka watches feature linear displays of LCD bars, dots, dashes, and the occasional digit.

Happy Nooka Year - New Styles & Colors from Nooka WatchesZirc Black, White, and Mirrored ($330)

Happy Nooka Year - New Styles & Colors from Nooka WatchesThe upcoming Nooka COTN Camo $250
Camouflage patterns of cats, bats, and birds
COTN=Creatures Of The Night





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RIP Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass has passed away soundly in his sleep at the age of 90. Founder of the influential Memphis design movement and the iconic 1969 Olivetti typewriters, he also designed watches for Alessi, Seiko, Tissot, and Cleto Munari.

Sottsass Seiko Designs (originally featured here->link)


Sottsass Designs for Tissot


Sottsass for Munari

Sottsass for Alessi

The 1969 Olivetti




Video of his 2007 exhibition at the Design Museum London spanning sixty years of design-->Link


See also;
Eero Aarnio Prototype Watch
Vintage Christian Dior
Vintage Pierre Cardin
Designer LIP Watches
Paul Smith Watches
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Walter Wayle Wall Clock by Philippe Starck -circa 1989

Walter Wayle Wall Clock by Philippe Starck -circa 1989Walter Wayle Wall Clock
Year of production: 1989
Model: Walter Wayle II
Dimensions: 25.4 x 25.4 x 5.1 cm
Material: Thermoplastic resin
Manufacturer: Alessi
Designer: Philippe Starck


Philippe Starck, designer of half-a-million dollar Richard Mille watches as well as the mass produced models for Fossil created this wall clock sculpture for Alessi in 1989 and is part of the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) Design Collection. Two propeller/flipper style hands for hours and minutes.

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LIP Watch Exhibition New York City July 2008Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc NewsonThe Most Accurate Watch in the WorldInteresting New Brand - Cornelius & CieRoger Tallon's Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph Watch ReviewImpressions of an Early HM2 Owner (MB&F Horological Machine No.2)Clockwise - Tik Tak ClockHappy Nooka Year - New Styles & Colors from Nooka WatchesRIP Ettore SottsassWalter Wayle Wall Clock by Philippe Starck -circa 1989

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