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Greenhouse Watches

Posted on 09 August 2007 by John Biggs

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Another great Watchismo find. This guy gets it all.

Found an interesting vintage mechanical Lucerne that could double as a terrarium. I’m sure there’s a geometric term for this shape but I must have skipped that day in high school. Similar to the Spaceman Audacieuse of the early seventies with it’s anglular space age styling, unsure which came first. Transparent viewing from the sides and top allow the sunlight to germinate your hour flowers.

Horological Horticulture – 1970′s Greenhouse Watch [THE WATCHISMO TIMES]

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Poljot Alarm Traveller – Huh.

Posted on 19 April 2007 by John Biggs

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I like Poljot, but I went to an actual Poljot store and tried a few of their models and found many of them were quite poorly made. Hopefully, this Alarm Traveller is considerably better. This has a mechanical alarm. The extra crowns are for setting the time and winding the internal alarm. Much like a Seiko Bellmatic, the alarm sounds like a teeny-tiny clockwork alarm clock as hammers pound on the sides of the case. Cute.

Is Happy Day! The Traveller Post about a watch containing an alarm complication arrived Laughing out loud! and Poll Post contains Picture(s) [PMWF]

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Scoring Watches

Posted on 10 April 2007 by John Biggs

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Watchismo put together a nice collection of sports watches designed for scoring matches. The sub-dials simply rotate with each push of the button, marking up to four scores in a match. Crazy stuff. Didn’t they have paper?

Watches To Score With [THE WATCHISMO TIMES]

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Wooden Watch from 1900

Posted on 09 March 2007 by John Biggs

wooden_2.jpgTo heck with ceramics! Give me frasier fir! This Russian watch is made almost entirely out of wood and has a beautifully carved geartrain, case, and face. Amazing, painstaking work.
Solid Wood 1900 Pocket Watch – Wood Gears, Hands and Case [THE WATCHISMO TIMES]

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Bovet: China’s Dream Watch

Posted on 21 February 2007 by John Biggs

bovet-fleurier-no-2932.jpgBovet is all but unknown here but it’s quite popular in China. This is a fascinating piece, their version of a sports watch, which is pretty hot no matter what language you speak.

Made in 2001. Self-winding, water-resistant, asymmetric, diamond-set stainless steel gentleman’s wristwatch with Chinese Dial, square button chronograph at 11 and 1 o’clock, registers, date and a stainless steel Bovet deployant clasp. Three-body case, polished and brushed, screwed-down transparent case back, rounded polished band, brushed inclined bezel, asymmetric “Vendôme” type lugs with screwed bars at 6, extended mobile geometrical-shaped pendant and winding-crown at 12, square chronograph buttons at 11 and 1. Dial: Mother-of-pearl with blue enameled Chinese characters for the hours, subsidiary sunk dials for the seconds, 12-hour and 30-minute register dials with unusual numeration, double aperture for the date at 12 with Arabic numerals. Blued steel skeletonized “bâton” hands.

Bovet Fleurier Sportster

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YouTube – Blue Jeans

Posted on 01 February 2007 by John Biggs

How do you wear your jeans? Blue demin straps, blue denim look face!

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Math Watches: Not Just For Nerds

Posted on 01 February 2007 by John Biggs

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A great look at the nerd watches of old. They’re not quite as cool as the calculator watches of my childhood, but look at this Tag!

MATH WATCHES – Protractor and Slide Ruler Timepieces [THE WATCHISMO TIMES]

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Nicolas Delaloye Geneve

Posted on 25 January 2007 by John Biggs

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This is what watchmaking is all about. Beautiful workmanship on an all but obsolete mechanical device. This is what we’re all searching for when we talk about watch collecting. Striking. Expensive… but striking.

Nicolas Delaloye Geneve [TimeZone]

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