Friday, April 20, 2012

VENTURA SPARC MGS - World's First True Mechanical Automatic Digital Watch at Watchismo

After years of research and development, the world's first mechanical automatic digital watch is a reality!


No batteries included, no batteries required

Ventura invented the Automatic Digital Watch in 2000. The movements of the wrist activate a rotary mass which relays the momentum to a micro-generator; the electric energy gained in the process continuously feeds an optoelectronic time-module. The Micro-Generator-System of the new SPARC MGS was developed to achieve maximum performance. Placing the MGS side-by-side next to the time-device enabled a larger and heavier oscillating mass. This array also permits the viewing of the mechanism from the top, giving the SPARC MGS its characteristic appearance. The miniature power-station sustains a state-of-the-art micro-processor and a 250-segments 12-digit liquid-crystal display. The latest operating system EasySkroll v.2.0 allows later upgrades, another first in wristwatches. The multiple functions of the SPARC MGS are intuitively operated by a single scroller.

Click here to view all Ventura Sparc MGS Mechanical Automatic Digital Watches at Watchismo

Listen to inventor/designer/creator/founder Pierre Nobs explain the SPARC MGS history and new collection, just click the YouTube image above.

Listen to inventor/designer/creator/founder Pierre Nobs explain the SPARC MGS history and new collection, just click the YouTube image above.

Watch is supplied in "V-Winder" automatic winding wood box


Pat. pending.
dimensions: 60.00 mm x w 38.00 mm
Powered by MGS®-11 (Micro Generator
System), no battery.
Heavy duty Tungsten oscillating mass
Digital Model
Mvt. VEN_10 with EasySkroll®
operating system v2.0.
Energy management with sleep mode
and movement detector.
LED back light.
T1/date, T2/date, alarm for T1+T2
100 Year perpetual calendar,
chronograph, count down,
user-selectable 12 or 24h time
3 date formats,
Durinox® (tempered steel) black case
2 sapphire crystals
water resistant 3 bar (30m/100ft)

1. MGS®-11 - The owner’s wrist movements cause an oscillating mass to turn approximately 4’000 times per day on average.
2. Gear Train - The oscillating force is transferred to a precision gear with an attached Barillet
3. Barillet - The Gear Train tensions the spring of a Barillet about 17’000 times per day; each time the spring is fully tensioned, it releases its force to a micro-generator
4. Micro-Generator - The Micro-Generator transforms mechanical momentum into electric energy and sends a spark (SPARC®) to an accumulator
5. Accumulator - The accumulator stores the electric energy and powers the Cal. VEN_10 movement
6. Cal. VEN_10 - Ventura’s exclusive caliber with its EasySkroll® operating and scrolling system is entirely operated by the wrist-movements of its owner

Automatic Digital Wristwatch, case and bracelet, two sapphire crystals, water resistant 3 bar, with exclusive deluxe wooden gift casket in piano-lacquer finish. with v-winder included 

2nd gen Micro-Generating-System (MGS), EasySkroll® v.2.0 OS, VEN_10 digital module, LC display backlight by LED
Time1 + date1, time2 + date2, alarm, chronograph, countdown,
100 years perpetual calendar with day (5 languages), date, month, year, 12/24h format, 3 date-formats
MGS® power management, manual power off, automatic sleep mode (LC display "off", functions "on"), motion-sensor to monitor watch movements, automatic backlight control to prevent over-use
Power reserve: ~ 45 days , > 5 years (manual switch-off mode)
H (6 ~ 12h) 56.30 mm x W (9 ~ 3h) 38.00 mm x T 8.90 / 12.20 mm
Weight: ca. 200 gr.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

IT'S ABOUT TIME - WATCHES ARE BACK! Watchismo featured in San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune

Watchismo had the privilege of being featured in the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune this weekend as part of the Sunday Styles section called "It's About Time - Watches Are Back!" -written by Jessica Yadegaran.

See the entire article and photo slideshow here-- >  LINK

Monday, April 2, 2012


The USS Watchismo has unearthed a new collection of VOID watches

V01 and V02 now with stainless steel straps!

"Inspired by the horizon, the line where sky and sea meet, a coming together of the elements and a reconciliation of opposites"

VOID Watches is an independent boutique watch brand launched in 2008 as the single vision of Swedish designer David Ericsson.
They have a unique take on watch design using simple yet expressive shapes, giving our watches an almost architectural expression. Just like a great building is designed to fit its environment, all VOID Watches are made to sit perfectly on your wrist.

The design draws heavily on the Scandinavian design tradition using simple geometries and materials often found in architecture. Our design philosophy is to create unique products using as simple geometries as possible and bring them to life by using honest, traditional materials.

Click here to view the new VOID treasures

See the entire VOID Watch Collection

The V02 uses two ‘compass needle’ hands, the short hand representing the hours and the long the minutes as on any other watch. Each hand has one rd. and one white end where each color corresponds to the number with the matching color on the dial.

This watch uses a custom inverted LCD display with an electroluminescent back light and simple time/date functions. The solid stainless steel case is measuring 36 x 42 x 9mm. The watch comes in various colours and finishes. It has a mineral glass crystal and a high quality leather strap.

This iconic watch features a novel interpretation of the classic speedometer-style dial showing only half of the traditional circular face.

The V02 uses two ‘compass needle’ hands, the short hand representing the hours and the long indicating the minutes as on a normal watch. Each hand has one red and one white tip at opposite ends where each colored tip corresponds to the digit with the matching color on the dial.

This watch is deliberately engineered to encourage the user to reflect on the value of time. The main challenge has been finding the optimum balance between usability and complexity. By using a representation of the classic compass needle, a deliberate contradiction of an intuitive symbology is created. This unusual method of displaying time encourages the user to reflect on this most precious of all commodities and acts as a reminder of the fragility and transience of a moment.

The solid stainless steel case is precisely molded and carefully proportioned measuring 36 x 42 x 9mm. The watch comes in various colors and finishes, with a mineral glass crystal and high quality leather strap. The ‘compass needle’ hands still allow the use of a standard 12 hour high quality quartz movement from Japan.
Designer David Ericsson (b 1977 in Sweden) has always been fascinated with the process of creating products, from idea to delivery to the end user. After graduating as an engineer from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, he started to work for one of Sweden’s largest industrial design firms, where he gradually shifted his attention towards design. With a technical background, his design approach is often to keep things as simple as possible, but with a unique twist.

See the entire VOID Watch Collection