No-Watch on Indiegogo

Times are good for lovers of 24-hour watches. Here’s a new collection from one of our favourite watch suppliers, No-Watch, which has just been launched on Indiegogo.

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Visit the Indiegogo page to make sure you reserve your choices and guarantee early delivery.

One of the models is the “Nigra Turo”:

No watch klatovy

This is a copy of the 24-hour dial on the lower clock on the Nigra Turo or Černa věž (the Black Tower) located in Klatovy city in the Czech Republic; “black” because it’s been burnt several times since it was built in 1557. Details are scarce, but some sources suggest that one of the clocks was designed by famous Czech inventor and engineer Josef Božek (1782-1835) during the early 19th century. The current dial bears the date 1924: this may be a new or repaired clock, or perhaps just the dial was renovated.

The Secret Agent in Greenwich

The BBC is currently showing a dramatisation of Joseph Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent, written in 1907. Conrad was partly inspired by the bizarre story of the anarchist Martial Bourdin, who officially became Britain’s first suicide bomber in February 1894 when a bomb he was carrying exploded in the park near the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

In the drama, starring Toby Jones (Dr Zola in Captain America, and the voice of Dobby in Harry Potter!) plays Verloc, a shabby pornographer and informer secretly in the employ of the Russian embassy. Verloc’s new Russian handler, Vladimir, tells him to organise the detonation of a device at London’s Greenwich Observatory, in a scene that shows them walking past the famous Shepherd Gate clock:


Vladimir tells Verloc to forget about trying to assassinate public figures:

The sacrosanct fetish of the day is science, it’s become the new measure of progress; of how the world is ordered, civilisation moving forward. And here, we have the prime meridian, zero longitude, the centre point of the earth, that divides the world into two, that orders the world, Eastern and Western. One line, emanating from this building, in Greenwich.

To which Verloc replies, incredulously:

Blow up the observatory?

As with all BBC productions (the recent series Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell was another example), the period details — the drama is set in 1886 — are beautifully rendered and convincing, although of course nothing is ever as real as it looks.

In typically ingenious fashion, most of the London scenes were shot in Glasgow, which has a more realistic Victorian London vibe. Fortunately, the Shepherd Gate Clock and the Greenwich Park surroundings look authentically Victorian. But in fact much of this is also a recreation, albeit a real and necessary one. Here’s what the Shepherd Gate looked like in the 1870s:


The more substantial differences between the two scenes can be attributed to another bomb, one dropped on Greenwich in 1940 by German bombers during World War II.

If you’re very observant, you’ll notice that the 1870s photograph shows the clock as reading 23:20, whereas the 1886-set 2016-filmed TV show has the clock showing just after 12, although both scenes look to be set during the daylight hours. If you want an explanation, have a look at this old post!

Jacopo Dondi watches on Kickstarter

Here’s a new single-handed 24-hour watch, from Jacopo Dondi:

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This watch has just been launched on Kickstarter, so if you want to make sure you get hold of one, go and sign up now.

If the name seems familiar, you may be thinking of the de’ Dondi family, famous Italian clockmakers from the 14th century, Jacopo de’ Dondi, father, and Giovanni de’ Dondi, his son. Giovanni is the better known today: his Astrarium, which he designed and built over a period of 16 years, was a highly complex astronomical clock/planetarium with seven dials and over a hundred gears. The dials showed the positions of the stars, Venus, Mercury, the moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. This watch, with its single hand, is modelled more after his Dad’s big clock.

Todd & Marlon watch on Kickstarter

With 11 days to go, there’s still time to fund this Kickstarter project and get a limited edition 24 hour watch:

#YOURTIME Swiss Made Luxury Watch

From the blurb:

… #YOURTIME is a 24-hour watch. The dial shows the anti-meridian (am) hours on the left hand side and the post-meridian (pm) hours on the right hand side. The zenith for the sun is reached at 12:00 and is at the top of the dial as indicated by the applied silver sun icon. Most of the commercially available 24-hour wristwatches are based on a 0-23 or 1-24 numbering system and do not show all numbers (they mix numbers and marks). On the other hand Todd & Marlon watches are based on the Double-XII system and all hours are clearly indicated – remarkably this is the only readily available double-XII watch in the market.

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Thanks to this design Todd & Marlon have combined the best of two worlds. #YOURTIME watches offer all the benefits of a 24-hour watch and at the same time they still have a close reference to the way people talk about timing while clearly indicating the time. Most people still refer to time on a 12 hour scale making reference to a.m. vs p.m. or morning vs evening. In other words #YOURTIME watches talk the language of the bulk of people while offering them the benefit of a 24 hour watch. On top, the clearly indicated hours and minutes/seconds can facilitate the move from a 12 hour based system to the 24 hour system.

The Cosmic Watch (app)

From Markus at Celestial Dynamics comes this beautiful iPhone/iPad/Android app, Cosmic Watch:

COSMIC WATCH ipad time machine

The Cosmic Watch is an interactive 3d tool. You can use it as a realtime worldclock, time travel machine, an astrolab, an antikythera mechanism, an orrery, an armillary sphere, or an astral-chart generator.

The unique thing about the clock face is its ecliptic view around the planet. The complex mechanism of telling time is at the touch of your hands with the Cosmic Watch App.

Cosmic Watch iPhone android worldclock and year


Agutta (Agata)  writes: 

I create 24-hour clocks :) 


Agutta is a name of big, hand painted 24-hour wall clocks, created with great passion. 

An inspiration comes from medieval astronomical clock towers, which have been witnesses to the history of many cities. 

To make a clock I use high quality materials. I always do everything accurately and with attention to every detail. 

I develop and convey reliable techniques used in the past to create beautiful and durable medieval manuscripts. 

Clocks from agutta measure 24 hours – hour hand makes only one full turn during day and night, which lets the time to pass twice as slow🙂

Visit for more details.

Limited edition watches from the No Watch company

United Kingdom brand “No-Watch” release a new collection on March 1st, 2016. This new collection of unusual watches also contains five 24-hour models, including two one-hand watches. All models are Limited Edition, and only 500 numbered watches are made.

24 nw 2016


  • Hard steel case

  • Stainless steel back cover with engraved serial number

  • Case size 42x49x9.5mm / 1.65×1.93×0.37in

  • Scratch-proof mineral glass

  • Swiss quartz Ronda 515.24H movement

  • Battery type SR920SW (Renata 371)

  • Luminous hands, digits and markers (model CM1-2711 only)

  • Date calendar at “6” hours position (model CM1-2711 only)

  • 3 ATM (100 feet) water resistant

  • 22mm black leather band (premium Italian leather)

  • Max. wrist size 225mm

  • Weight 50gm / 1.77oz

Retail price is US$120 (VAT incl.) or US$99 (Tax-Free)

24 Hours CM1 2521Zulu CM1 2711

An additional 7% discount is available for visitors using coupon code “FD3RAS703SVV”. Visit the official No-Watch website and snap them up!