It’s always a pleasant wonder when mechanical watches show up with really intricate systems that are crafted well enough to blow your mind. Complication Poétique Midnight Planétarium watch from Cleef & Arpels is one of those sweet little mechanical wonders. While the watch tells you time, its face mimics the solar system.
Mask rotary watch has two layers, one masking the hour numbers except the relevant one, and the other doing the same for minutes. All other numbers remain hidden under the layers and give the watch a cool minimalist look. Interestingly enough, designer Filip Slováček mentions that all the “disgusting numbers” stay hidden. Although wearing our common sense hat, which is not good enough to change the heading, it apparently has more to do with the designer not being fluent in English, rather than finding numbers disgusting.
Pebble’s e-Paper Smartwatch supports both iPhone and Android, looks rather rad and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It can display texts, caller ID, email, your favorite apps, and can even control music playback through iTunes, Spotify and Pandora. The watch runs on a rechargeable battery and claims one full charge to be good enough for 5-7 days. Costs $150.
Grand Master Astronomical clock measures six feet tall and five feet wide. Made on commission by Art Donovan, much of the clock was hand built over a period of three months. Components on the solid mahogany body are held by oversized hand machined brass bolts.
Samsung has entered the Smartwatch arena with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Rather than be smart all by itself, the watch works with the Galaxy range of phones and tablets, and makes them slightly more convenient for the user. It connects to the Galaxy gadget through a Bluetooth 4.0 ＋ BLE connection and keeps you informed of incoming mails, texts and messages so you don’t have to reach out for the phone or tablet when every little notification shows up.
We tend to get floored by excellent precision and crafting skills. Those features are best apparent for consumer items, in our opinion, in good old watch making and horology masterpieces. Urwerk EMC (Electro Mechanical Control) has a built-in “Artificial Intelligence”, well as much of an AI as a mechanical system can afford. It uses this AI to keep its measurement of time precise. Common variances like temperature, position and shock can reduce the timing regularity of a wristwatch.
Make way Cuckoo Clocks, the the watch can now go miniature enough to include its very own miniature tweeting bird. The miniature masterpiece was created to celebrate the 275th anniversary of clockmaker Pierre Jaquet Droz opening his first workshop. While tweeting birds inside watches isn’t totally unheard of, this mechanical bird can flap its wings and move its beak to accompany the sound. That’s a whole new level of mechanical miniaturization. Christened The Charming Bird, this watch is limited to 28 pieces only.
Not many people wear a wristwatch or carry lighters these days, but hey, this one let’s you do both at the same time. It is for all purposes a butane lighter because the wrist watch is non-functional, working only as a body for the lighter. Still, pretty decent for a novelty item, eh? Costs $14.99.