Thursday

Vintage Watching - Two Very Rare 1970 Helmet Jump Hour Watches

Holy crap, I've seen one of these before but fellow eccentric vintage jump hour collector Ruud has found two of them at once! You'll hear more and more about his amazing collection of vintage digital jump hours in time to come... Now if I could only convince him to share the wealth, hell, I'm probably the only other person in the world who would actually want this ridiculous rarity.


A vertical drum display not unlike the 1974 Jaz Derby Swissonic (featured-->here) Or my favorite of all time, the 1950s Patek Philippe Cobra (featured-->here)



Related Stories;
Patek Philippe Cobra Sideview Prototype of 1958
1974 Jaz Derby Swissonic Cylindrical Jump Hour
All Jump Hour Posts
All Sideview Display Posts
Alternative Displays
Jean Dunand Shabaka
Jacob & Co. Quenttin
The Cabestan


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Multiple Timing Disorder

Haldi Opus 9 Time Zone

Glycine Airman

Meccaniche Veloci

Kalpa Concept Watch - William Volcoff

Jacob & Co. 12 Time Zone Tourbillon

Icelink 6 Time Zone Snow
(yes, that is a window of loose diamonds)

The Ice Link diamond chamber window
(time has run out for the term bling, let's try vomit)

Andy Warhol's "Times 5" by Movado from 1988

1890 Gunmetal 7 Time-Zone Pocket Watch

Related Posts;
"Two-Timing Bastards" Dual Time Zones-->Link
Chronoswiss Wristmaster
Multi-function Monsters
Arnold & Son True North
Michael Jordi Double Deckers
Andy Warhol Five Time Zone Watch
World Time Watches
Compass/Thermometer Watches
Math Watches
Dual LED-LCD Watches

About World Time Watches-->Link

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Tuesday

Chronoswiss Wristmaster - Or the Double-Wide (for you trailer park enthusiasts)


Another "monstr-oddity" from the Basel Fair - the Chronoswiss Wristmaster. Proclaimed as the First Automatic Board Watch for the Wrist, the straight jacket of a watch features a double strap and display. A chronograph (ETA 7750) on the right and a standard 2892-A2 on the left.

Measuring a whopping 84mm x 42mm, this baby ain't for the babysitter to calculate her hours spent with with your screaming kids.

The Wristmaster hanging by a thread of wearability





For more information about the Chronoswiss Wristmaster-->Link
All 2008 Chronoswiss releases at Basel-->Link
Chronoswiss website-->Link

And be sure to read Alex Doak's Watchismo Times feature on the Chronoswiss collaboration with Spyker car company-->Link


See Also;
All New 2008 Watch Posts-->Link

Related posts;
Two-timing Bastards
Multi-function Monsters
Arnold & Son True North
Michael Jordi Double Deckers
Andy Warhol Five Time Zone Watch
World Time Watches
Compass/Thermometer Watches
Bullhead Chronographs
Math Watches
Dual LED-LCD Watches



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Monday

This Baume & Mercier Commercial Made Me Pee




Now I understand the real reason I get weird looks at the urinals...

Video-->Link


via MB&F OurWorld

See Also;
Vintage Watch Commercials at The Watchismo Times-->Link





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Friday

LIP Watches in Mens Vogue and Surface Magazine

Two of my favorite magazines recently featured the newly launched LIP watch collection designed by Roger Tallon (1970's) and Prisca Briquet (2000's). Surface Magazine (www.surfacemag.com) and Mens Vogue (www.mensvogue.com) Funny and well written spots by Leila Brillson of Surface and Liz McDaniel for Mens Vogue.

Click images for full article

The Mens Vogue feature (with cool Bugatti on cover)

Click images for full article
(fantastic photo by Richard Pierce)


See also;
LIP Watch Product Pages-->Link
All Watchismo in the Press-->Link


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1970s Influence on Modern Horology (Featuring Watchismo!) Internatonal Herald Tribune

Fellow Brooklynite and famed watch writer and editor of Couture International Jeweler magazine Victoria Gomelsky visited Watchismo headquarters allowing me to show her some of my favorite (and obscure) 1970s watches. All for this big feature in the International Herald Tribune showcasing the influence of that special decade on some of the coolest timepieces in recent years.

A real thrill to have some of my oddball watches featured next to a Horological Machine and Patek Philippe Nautilus. Even more exciting to see the article close with a quote from me! Click the photos to read the article in its entirety or visit the Int'l Herald Tribune-->Here.


The end of the article (where I'm describing the wild variations of Swiss mechanical digital watches trying to survive during the quartz revolution of the 70s);

"Which is why when the Swiss tried some outlandish things in the mechanical arena, they, too, were failures - some of the best examples of which can be found on Watchismo.com, founded in 1998 by Mitch Greenblatt, a New Yorker. Not only does the site sell far-out designer timepieces from the cult French brand Lip, it also has watches, like the Amida Digitrend LRD (Light Reflecting Display) and the Jaz Derby Swissonic, whose retro looks epitomize the decade's eccentric vision.

"They tried to keep up with affordable watches that satisfied the new trend for digital timekeeping," Greenblatt said. "It was an act of desperation that culminated in something really cool."


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LIP Feature in International Watch Magazine


A fantastic article in International Watch Magazine written by the multi-talented bloke Alex Doak on the history of the French watch brand LIP. Click the photos to read the article.







LIP Product Pages-->LINK

International Watch Magazine-->Link

All Alex Doak posts for The Watchismo Times-->Link

More on the 1970s designer history of Lip Watches-->Link


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