Friday

Free LIP Watch Giveaway at Cool Hunting! - From My LIPs to Yours

I've teamed up with Coolhunting.com to give one of my new Roger Tallon Mach 2000 or other Revival Seventies LIP watches away for free. Valued at $300. Learn how to enter at Cool Hunting-->Here

And see the entire line here-->LIP LINK

Here are the new models the winner can choose from.

From upper left going clockwise (what other way would I go?);

1. Roger Tallon "Diode" LED Digital -1975 Design
2. Prisca Briquet "Mythic" Jump Hour -2007 Design
3. Prince Francois de Bashmakoff Jump Hour -1969 Design
4. Roger Tallon Mach 2000 -1974 Design
5. Roger Tallon "Frigo" -1975 Design
6. Roger Tallon Mach 2000 Asymmetric -1974 Design

LIP LINK

Good luck!
LIP Watch Giveaway-->Link

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Thursday

1947 Wrist Lighter from Mechanix Illustrated


In addition to the knife watch from Sicura, strangulation watch from James Bond and the self-Defenseband, this antique novelty lighter watch is the perfect gift for that murderous paranoid arsonist in your family!

"Wrist Lighter
is the latest novelty for the smoker. Strapped on the wrist, and outwardly resembling a watch, it lights when the cover is flicked back, as demonstrated above. It is being marketed by Samuel Jones, Ltd., London."

via Modern Mechanix

1947 Issue of Mechanix Illustrated


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Flipping out over the new Antiquorum Flip-Catalog!

There is a incredible new feature for exploring the upcoming Antiquorum "Important Collector's Wristwatches, Pocket Watches, and Clocks" auction on Sunday December 5th in New York City.

Antiquorum developed a really fantastic online flip-catalog where you can view over 400 lots including some of my favorites like a vintage asymmetric Gilbert Albert Patek Philippe, ginormous Omega Ploprof, iconic Heuer Monaco Chronograph, as well as some really interesting antique 1930's Leon Hatot & Atmos Art Deco clocks, classic Rolex Explorer & Daytona, and modern masterpieces such as the mind-boggling F.P. Journe Vagabondage & Seconde Morte, bizarre Gerald Genta retrograde Grand Complicaton, revolutionary Urwerk Nightwatch, stylish Patek Philippe Nautilus, Pagoda & Bombe, retrograde Vacheron Constantin Mercator, confounding Audemars Piguet Grande Complication, and 1 of only 3 ultra-complicated Breguet 250 year anniversary watches.


Go here for the flip-catalog-->Link

Paul Boutros of Timezone also features some of the above in his large intimate four-part photographic reviews-->Link


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Tuesday

Watchismo Holiday Watch Gift Guide - $100 to $100,000

When I proposed to my wife three years ago, I did so by hiding the ring in a vintage watch box. And after receiving many watches from me over time, (one of the many benefits of being married to Watchismo!) she was always prepared for another. It was the perfect concealer for the antique 1920s engagement ring that hid inside.

As she prepared to open the watch box, a tipsy southern man inopportunely standing near us leaned over and drolly drawled, "Whut iis itt? A DIIAMOND RIING?" My wife, being as polite as she is, said (box is still closed at this point) "No, actually it's a vintage watch, my boyfriend...(opening box)...Uh, wait...yeah, it is a diamond ring!" The man turned a bright color purple of which I've only seen on a startled cuttlefish in a National Geographic documentary.

He turned away quickly and she said yes even faster. And now for some interesting watch gift ideas for the holidays...

Under $100; (Above) This modern mystery dial with discs for hands spin with opposing colors for hours, minutes and seconds-->Link

Under $200; (Above) This unused mint 1968 Gladius Jumping Hour digital watch with manual winding movement, spinning wheels with numbers printed on each lining up to tell the time through windows-->Link

Under $300; (Above) The modern reissue of the "Diode", Roger Tallon's innovative 1975 LED watch with one-piece case-integrating leather strap-->Link

Under $400; (Above) This vintage 1970 mechanical digital jump hour by Mentor. Also unused for almost 40 years with manual winding movement, discs for hours & minutes through left porthole. And best of all, the original flexisteel bracelet-->Link

Under $500; (Above) The 2007 "Mach 2000" Chronograph. A Roger Tallon classic with updated design by French designer Prisca Briquet. Protruding balls as stopwatch pushers & crown inside the negative space of the asymmetric aluminum watch case-->Link

Under $800: (Above) 1972 Jump Hour by Kienzle, a German company that manufactured everything from early computers to dashboard clocks for VW, Mercedes and Porsche ventured into 'wrist dashboards' with this 1972 'Life 2002' mechanical digital jump hour wristwatch. An enormous asymmetric case with separate windows for 12/24 hours, minute and seconds disks. And best of all, the original box/packaging-->Link

Under $1000; (Above) 1957 Hamilton Electric Victor with rare white pattern dial (as detailed in Rene Rondeau's book, "The Watch of the Future"). The first electric-mechanical watches ever made. 10k goldfilled square case with asymmetrical placement of crown on upper right corner. Designed by Richard Arbib, the man who designed fins on vintage American cars of the forties and fifties-->Link

Under $3000; (Above) Vintage 1973 Omega Speedmaster "125" Automatic Chronograph Chronometer limited edition. Commemorating the 125th anniversary of Omega in the seventies. One of the largest, most substantial chronographs ever made at 51mm long and 15mm tall-->Link

Under $16,000; (Above) 2007 Sarpaneva Supernova by Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva. One of only ten Supernova made with only one left here-->Link

For more info, read Curtis Thomson's article here-->Link and the PDF here-->Link

Under $60,000; (Above) MB&F's brand new Horological Machine No.2 with double porthole display in enormous solid white gold case. Jumping hours and concentric retrograde minutes on the right, while the retrograde date and bi-hemisphere moonphase on the left dial-->Link

Under $100,000; (Above) 2007 Urwerk 103.08 in super hard TiAlN treated steel (Titanium Aluminum Nitride). A wandering hour watch with rotating satellite hour dics and a fixed minutes arc-->Link

For more, go here-->LINK

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The Winner of the Watchismo Vintage Chronograph Giveaway

After thousands of entries and one random selection, a guy named Mike George of Virginia has won the vintage chronograph giveaway. Upon hearing the news, he wrote back, "This is great, I was thinking if I had ever won anything before and alls I could come up with was a few months ago I received one of those personalized covers from Wired Mag. It was not really winning but I counted it as so at the time." Here is a self-portrait Mike sent me;

After learning about The Watchismo Times through BoingBoing.net, Mike has been a regular reader of my blog. He even mentioned his own desires to build a mechanical watch someday. More good luck to you Mike and thanks to everyone that entered and who subscribe!

Stay tuned, I'm about to have another giveaway for a LIP Mach 2000 wristwatch!


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Buggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab Studio

Artist Mike Libby's medium consists of dead bugs and watch-guts. His second series of mechanically enhanced insect art (previously featured here->link) has just been released at his Insect Lab Studio and it includes entirely new specimens like the scorpion above. Also new to the collection are grasshoppers, Praying Mantis, and beetles with their entire wingspans displayed with the rest of their horological augmentations.

I asked Mike about the new series and details about the improvements and new species being offered...

  • "The quality of the work all around is notably improved due to higher quality insect specimens (larger ones too) and watchparts, also an improvement in insect spreading/handling skills has certainly made the final result more visually pleasing."
  • "Beetles continue to be a big hit and especially lately since I have learned to include their secondary interior wings (responsible for flight, whereas the first set of wings act as a wing case). "
  • "Development of new work with new specimens. Like I mentioned, scorpions, hoppers and praying mantis are all great new additions to my repertoire and have really challenged my customizing skills. I am always looking for a very thorough way to integrate the parts and gears to the specimen without overloading or suffocating it's natural form and beauty with technology. "How much is too much and how little is just enough?" is a question I ask myself constantly. All in all, the new hoppers (about 5" long!) and the improved beetles are certainly my favorite developments."

Arachnidae: Name Unknown
Scorpion & steel and brass gears, parts and springs
5” long (8” full length)
Displayed in 6" glass dome & walnut base, $850

Cetonidae: Polyphemus Confluens
Flower beetle with steel gears & parts -
4.5" width
Displayed in 6” glass dome & walnut base, $600


Dynastidae: Eupatorus Gracilicornis
Rhino Beetle with brass gears & parts - 5" width
Displayed in 6” glass dome & walnut base,
$650

Orthoptera: Tropidacris Dux
Grasshopper & steel, copper, brass gears, parts and springs -
5”
Displayed in 6" glass dome and walnut base, $900

Mantidae: Name Unkown
Praying Mantis & brass, and copper gears, parts and springs
Displayed in 6" glass dome & walnut base, $850


Insect Lab Studio-->LINK


Related Posts;
Insect Lab Studio I
Motorcyclogical
Japanese Steampunk
Art of Movements
Wood & Bone Watches
Bennett Robot Works
Mr. Jones Watches
Vasarely Op-Art Watches


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Monday

Born with Discs Instead of Hands!

A few interesting examples of vintage watches with off-center discs in place of traditional hands. Above and below are two 1960's Juvenia with this rare deformity.

And below, a vintage Russian Raketa "Rocket" (printed in cyrillic as Paketa) with double disc-hands. One solid sphere for hours and outline disc for minutes. See it here-->Link

1960s Raketa Sun & Moon Dial

Related Posts;
History of Russian Watches
Juvenia Architecture Watch
Alternative Time Displays
Jumping Hours

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Friday

More Accurate Than God! Two vintage 60s Bulova Accutron Commercials


1960s Clocktower Video-->Link

Fantastic vintage 1960s television commercials for the Bulova Accutron. The humming transistorized electromagnetic coil tuning fork watches invented by Max Hetzel in the fifties.



Original 60s Accutron Commercial-->Link


Thanks to devout Accutron enthusiasts Horst Knebel and Hummin Georgie Stalzer for digging these out of the dusty vaults.

Max Hetzel - ACCUracy through ElecTRONics

"When the Accutron was introduced in 1960 it was described as the first electronic watch but it also had another revolutionary feature, the time keeping was controlled by a tuning fork. The tuning fork vibrated 360 times per second and the vibrations were maintained at a constant amplitude by means of a transistor, dispensing with the mechanical contact which had been a source of trouble with earlier electric watches. The tuning fork was made of Elinvar, for temperature stability, and Bulova was able to guarantee that it would not gain or loose more than a minute a month thoughout its life. It was designed by a Swiss engineer, Max Hetzel, and manufactured in the USA. It remained in production until 1976, by which time five million watches had been sold." --via Science Museum

"Bulova Accutrons were also subjects of the other famous space era rivalry with Omega Watches for being the first watch on the moon. Ultimately, the Omega Speedmaster Professional chronograph wristwatch (known as the "Moon watch") was designated by NASA for use by the astronauts in all manned space missions, becoming the first watch on the moon on the wrist of Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin.

However, all instrument panel clocks and time-keeping mechanisms in the spacecraft on those missions were Bulova Accutrons with tuning fork movements, because at the time, NASA did not know how well a mechanical movement would work in zero gravity conditions. The Bulova company currently manufactures a limited edition "Astronaut" model under its Accutron line of watches." -via Wikipedia

Related;
Other vintage watch commercials-->Link

Accutron enthusiast websites;
Accutron Spaceview
Accutron 214
MS Accutron
Rob's Accutron
Timezone Accutron



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Wednesday

Watchismo's Timewarp - Max Büsser's 19th Century Steel & Gunmetal Pocket Watch Collection

After many opportunities to address my proclivities in my Timewarp column in QP Magazine, I wanted to turn the loupe on people who never fail to impress me, to explore what makes them tick. First on my list was modern pioneer, Maximilian Büsser and his rare & unusual 19th century unsigned laminated iron, gunmetal and steel pocket watches.

Click here to read article-->LINK

Ian Skellern's amazing photos of the collection;

Green enamel Jumping Hour

Blackened steel with full triple calendar on back

Blackened seven day power reserve

St. Imiers 1100 year anniversary one-handed pocket watch

Article available in issue 27 of QP Magazine

And of course, Max has just unveiled his remarkable HM2 (Horological Machine No.2) here-->LINK

An interview with Max at PuristsPro-->link

Related posts;
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Previous Timewarps



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Tuesday

Faux-Electronic Mechanical Digital Watches

You see many types of jump hour watches here at my blog, but these two actually try their best hiding their Swiss mechanics by imitating the popular & new LED and LCD technology of the early seventies. This Fashiontime Instalite Digital has two mechanical discs with printed LCD style bar digits (dark gray on light gray) and a display light activated by the button on the upper right.

This Tegrov Digital took it a step further by creating a fake LED display with red crystal tinting the mechanical jump hour discs. Also with a lamp function to give the full faux emitting diode effect.
Close-up of faux-LED display

Related Posts;
Amida Digitrend LRD (another faux digital)
Dynamic Scattering LCD (earliest of the style)
Sicura Instalite
All Jump Hour Stories



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Friday

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!
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.

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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Wednesday

Just when you thought you've seen everything...

I love being pleasantly surprised and appalled at the same time. It's a particular feeling that can't be summed up with one word, at least not in English. But the need for such a word has never been more appropriate than when laying my eyes on a watch owned by fellow collector Ruud in The Netherlands. He shared this recent purchase of a bizarre 1965 Jump Hour by Jean Chuard. I've found no information about this French brand but photos (or actions, whatever) speak louder than words...

The band is a solid cuff of transparent red plastic, the dial has a plastic guilloche face, the time is displayed in three windows (Heure, Minute, Date) of mechanical digital rotating dials.

The movement "capsule"


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Multi-functional Kitsch Clocks - 1966 Numechron Tele-Vision Clock & 1950s Telephonecigarettelighterlampclock

A reader of The Watchismo Times and mid-century collector named Kyle Supley has shared a few of his kitschy clocks with me. Featured here are two especially funny models.

First, the
Numechron Tele-Visiondigital clock from 1966. Plastic burled wood case with gold trim. Meant for the top of a TV set with low wattage bulb to relieve eyestrain believed to be cause by television in the early days.

A vintage 60s digital clock by Westclox with an unusual display of hours as words.

And this 1950s teal lamp which is also a clock (clock face instead of telephone dial), and a cigarette lighter, conveniently hidden in the phone handset. It does not function as a phone. This lamp also comes with a conical desk lamp top instead of the venetian blind metal shade.


See some others at his Flickr Set->Link

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