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The Firm Hands of Jason Linde's Wenge Clocks

The Firm Hands of Jason Linde's Wenge ClocksArchitect Jason Linde has created a series of clocks with unique display with a single stationary hand and a rotating dial for hours. Some feature double dials for both hours and minutes. On wood veneered blocks and laser engraved dials, they range from $110 - $130.

The Firm Hands of Jason Linde's Wenge ClocksDouble Dial

The Firm Hands of Jason Linde's Wenge ClocksDouble Dial

Available here-->Link

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Rado Ceramica Chronograph - Designed by Jasper Morrison

Rado Ceramica Chronograph - Designed by Jasper MorrisonNew from Rado, the 50 year anniversary limited edition Jasper Morrison designed "Ceramica Chronograph". Only ten of each will be made. I like the variation of chrono registers but $6500 for Quartz?

Rado Ceramica Chronograph - Designed by Jasper Morrison
More about the Ceramica at Rado->Link
Available at Moss in New York City or through Rado.

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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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10....9....8....7....6....5....4....3.....HM2!

10....9....8....7....6....5....4....3.....HM2!It's just about blast-off time for the next Horological Machine of Maximilian Büsser & Friends. Max has just sent me the official team portrait (a new crew is assembled for each machine) and as many of you know, this is the second landing for the the MB&F brand and we're all less than a two weeks away from seeing their craft!

Yeah, way too many space travel references, I know. But you gotta admit, the HM2 does look other-worldly, based solely on the advance viewing of the movement a while back. Still, nobody really understands where this might be going. (see the HM2 movement below) One thing is certain, the HM2 is likely to wear you, not the other way around.

And nobody really knew who he was working with on this latest project...until now. Max described it as "A truly incredible adventure with a wonderful team. Few of these great artisans-creators have had any media limelight at all, even Jean-Marc Wiederrecht who is probably the most prolific movement creator of the last fifteen years, but who is so shy of publicity that the biggest problem was to convince him to appear openly on this project, has rarely been seen at all!"

10....9....8....7....6....5....4....3.....HM2!Watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, Designer Eric Giroud, and Captain Max

10....9....8....7....6....5....4....3.....HM2!HM2 Movement

Read more about the reclusive watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht here-->Link
Maximilian Busser & Friends website-->Link

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About Time by Buro Vormkrijgers

About Time by Buro Vormkrijgers Dutch designer Buro Vormkrijgers rotating concept clock "About Time" reveals the passing of time by rolling around your desk and telling time in one long continuous sentence. Simply telling you "It's about six o'clock" or "it's almost seven now".

A similar concept to the approximated timing of the Vinta Tilt Clock I featured a while back.

About Time by Buro VormkrijgersClose-up of the time sentence

About Time by Buro VormkrijgersMade from black anondized aluminum
measures 230mm wide x 90mm deep.

Available for $179 here-->Link
Buro Vormkrigers website-->Link

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Unseen DeWitt Incognito Watch sells for Half Million!

Unseen DeWitt Incognito Watch sells for Half Million!The DeWitt Incognito Watch Concept No.1 was part of yesterday's Only Watch auction in Monaco but was the only watch not presented to bidders. The buyer, Mr. Jimmy Tan (Prince Jewellery and Watch Company), one of the best-known Hong Kong distributors of Haute Horlogerie paid 400,000 Euros (approx $550,000). The watch will be delivered and hopefully unveiled early in 2008. All that is known about the watch is that it's equipped with a flying tourbillon regulator endowed with a 21-day power reserve. The supporting structure of the mechanism, made from a lithium-aluminium alloy.

More info via Timezone

Other record breaking sales included the Patek Philippe Nautilus Pièce Unique for 525,000 Euro (approx $740,000) and the follow-up Richard Mille/Philippe Starck collaboration that hammered at 320,000 Euro (approx $450,000).

Unseen DeWitt Incognito Watch sells for Half Million!
Unseen DeWitt Incognito Watch sells for Half Million!
Only Watch auction-->Link
DeWitt website-->Link
Patek Philippe website-->Link
Richard Mille website-->Link

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Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of Day

Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of DayUp until this point, the newly (re)launched Ikepod had a secret watch called the Black Hole, only being shown as a silhouette (below), and a limited edition of 66. Now, thanks to Kong at the Purists Watchprosite, who photographed the now likely sold out model at the Tempus event in Singapore, we can finally see what was just over the event horizon.

The Black Hole is actually an all black version of their Horizon series with optical illusion dial of gradating holes convexing from the ellipse case.

Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of Day

Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of Day
Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of Day
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Ikepod Has Landed (Again)
1980s (pre-Ikepod) Pod Watch & Clock

Photos by Kong (Chopard Moderator-Watchprosite)


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D-DAY - The Letter D Over Time

The Watchismo Times version of Sesame Street by celebrating the letter 'D'.

1940s LeCoultre

1970 Lucerne Jump Hour Digital-->Link

1970s Orion

1971 Pierre Cardin-->-->Link & Link

1980s & 2000s Jean d'Eve Sectora I & II

1973 Bulova Accutron

1970s Roger Tallon "Mach 2000" LIP Chronographs
(yes, I know, a backwards D or even a C, so what?)

1970s Roger Tallon LIP digital LED & Ladies Mystery Dial

1972 Christian Dior by Bulova-->Link

Speaking of Sesame Street,
This creeped me the hell out as a kid...


Stay tuned for the letters B, Q, V, and the number 8.

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Watchismo's Timewarp of Pierre Cardin for QP Magazine

Watchismo's Timewarp of Pierre Cardin for QP MagazineMy third Timewarp column for QP Magazine featuring the super swanky space-age Pierre Cardin Espace Watches of the early seventies. Click to read-->Link




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Animations of Mechanicality - Video of Opus 7


Recently featured here-->Link, the Opus 7 developed by Andreas Strehler for Harry Winston Fine Timepieces really needs to be seen in (on) the flesh. The video shown above doesn't really do it justice but it does help illuminate the complex simplicity of its unusual alternating mechanical digital display. As the watch journalist, Ian Skellern describes, "With only one display indication, the Opus 7 can 'remember' hours, minutes or the power reserve while displaying only one of them." These innovative mechanical memory devolopments are being discussed at Horomundi-->Link, where a post about another watch, the Maurice LaCroix "
Mémoire1", the world's first, and yet unseen by the public, chronograph with memory. (...and which I'll be posting more about this week)

But back to the video...More brands need to shoot live action videos of their complicated watches in motion. Potential enthusiasts and future collectors would really appreciate seeing the convoluted mechanics mingle. Computer animated presentations are fantastic, they go inside the watches like no other physical possibility. They all start to look the same with the spiraling video game slickness. Why not hire a filmmaker who shoots insect documentaries and could really examine the watches in its their actual micro-mechanical-environments.




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The Firm Hands of Jason Linde's Wenge ClocksRado Ceramica Chronograph - Designed by Jasper MorrisonThe Latest Timewarp is LIP Smackin Good!10....9....8....7....6....5....4....3.....HM2!About Time by Buro VormkrijgersUnseen DeWitt Incognito Watch sells for Half Million!Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of DayD-DAY - The Letter D Over TimeWatchismo's Timewarp of Pierre Cardin for QP MagazineAnimations of Mechanicality - Video of Opus 7

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