Watches

Not wearing a watch does not necessarily mean that I don’t like to wear them. In fact I do like wearing one, as I see them as an essential accessory. Not only does it tells one the time, make sure that one is on time, it is also an exhibit of ones tastes and preferences.

I’ve not worn any watch ever since I lost mine. I guess I’m just too picky for my own good. The watches available in Singapore either don’t match my taste or don’t match my budget.

But I guess I can indulge in some fantasy… See below for the few (impossible-to-own) watches that I’d like to own. All information obtained from Engadget.com.

Di Grisogono Meccanica DG


Before you think this is a digital watch, observe again. Meccanica DG is a completely analog watch, comprising of 651 pieces and absolutely no digital parts. The watch is powered by the DG 042 De Grisgono manual movement which displays the time for two time zones, one on the regular dial at the top and the other in digital format at the bottom. The watch is made of titanium and just 177 of these amazing timepieces are going to be made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Geneva-based horloger. Billed as the most complicated digital-analog timepiece in the world, the digital display is actually mechanical, with rolling tubes forming the digital segments.

The mechanically operated digital display of the second timezone shows tens of hours, single hours, tens of minutes and single minutes, all displayed by mobile microsegments driven by an assemblage of 23 cams connected to a set of gears and a triggering and synchronization system. The time information is displayed by an array of 23 horizontally and vertically positioned microsegments. Vertical segments are 9 mm high and weigh at most 25 milligrams while the horizontal segments measure 2.90 mm in length and weigh only 10 milligrams. The segments have four faces: two opposing visible faces fitted with colored strips and two opposing unmarked faces. Time changes are effected by 90° rotations of the required segment or segments. Involving one to twelve segments, time changes are lightning fast.

Harry Winston Opus 8

An exceptional and advanced timepiece, Opus 8 utilizes hand-wound mechanical movements to create a modern, digital time display. Inspired by pin art games, which create 3D impressions of objects pressed against them, the numbers in the display will only appear “upon request,” activated by a bolt on the right hand side of the case. Nothing appears until the mechanism is wound.

A plate joins together small segments, both mobile and fixed. Just underneath is a disc driven by the movement, which turns independently in real time. When the mechanism is wound, the pieces adjust to display the time. As the plate descends, the small segments remain visible, “blocked” by the crystal, allowing the hour to be read for 5 seconds. Technically, all functions are related, enabling everything to be displayed on demand – the minute hand turns the hour that then turns the AM/PM function.

In addition, the back of the watch features a design resembling a printed circuit that functions as a second time display. AM and PM status are featured on the left, hours and minutes in the center, and a power reserve indicator is located on the right.

Like the Meccanica DG, this is produced in an exclusively limited number. Fifty only.

Concord C1 Tourbillion

This timepiece takes the prize for integrating real old technology: a tourbillon escapement. Invented in 1795, this type of escapement actually rotates inside its frame and was designed to counteract lop-sided gravity effects caused by the vertical position gentlemen’s pocket watches usually sat in. Concord’s C1 mechanical watch has this movement mounted outside the case and dial, and this adds to time accuracy. This feat also gives watchmakers more space to create other complications “inside” the watch itself.

No information of how many of such babies are going to be produced though.

After Thoughts

If you have been observant, the latest technological trend is to integrate the old school designs back into our daily lives. Take the automated doors for example. Do we need all doors at departmental stores to open automatically? Takashimaya has recently replaced it’s automated doors at the taxi drive-in area to a touch sensitive version. Touch a sensor mounted on the glass door to have it open. This reduces the unnecessary opening of the doors due to bypassing passengers and cuts down on the air-con “leakage” into the warm environment outside. I thought that is a good change as that area has heavy human traffic which used to make the automated door be in a permanent opened state. 😀

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