Today’s the Winter Solstice in the UK, and the sun was visible for about 6 hours. Up in Svalbard, Latitude 78°13′N, longitude 15°38′E, though, the sun hasn’t risen for weeks, and won’t be seen again by anybody living there until February 15, 2018.
The Svalbard Company’s watches are inspired by the beautiful, extreme and challenging landscapes of Svalbard and are valued more for their elaborate artistry, aesthetic appeal and fashionable design than for simple timekeeping. The Svalbard company has released new models for 2018:
- AA16B model: double layer colored dial with sun & moon figures single hand watch.
- AA17B model: double-twelve (AM/PM) single hand watch, made by request for North American customers.
- BA20B model: this model is made in honor of the exploration of Svalbard by the Dutch discoverer and navigator Willem Barentsz in 1596.
These new models (and previous ones) are available on the official tax-free store. Use the discount code “24HOURTIME24” to obtain a 7% discount.
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.
Visit the Indiegogo page to make sure you reserve your choices and guarantee early delivery.
One of the models is the “Nigra Turo”:
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.
Here are some more watches from No-Watch:
For November 2016, use coupon code 8UB2KH2DI0J2 on checkout for a discount.
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.
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.
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.
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)
An additional 7% discount is available for 24hourtime.info visitors using coupon code “FD3RAS703SVV”. Visit the official No-Watch website and snap them up!
The AAA watch club have released a new series of 24 hour watches:
We’d like to introduce you to our new 2000 Series of 24 Hour Dial Watches. Our 2000 Series has a larger 38mm case and a date window based upon feedback from our customers, who can make suggestions as to what they would like to see in a 24 Hour dial watch. We keep those suggestions in mind when designing our 24 hour watches.
The watches are of the same look as our popular, original 1000 Series except that the 2000 Series case is larger and now has a date window. These features were added when our customers requested it via the Popular Request feature.
- twenty-four hour dial with 24 numbers
- stainless steel case
- stainless steel screw-down case back
- luminous (glow-in-dark) white numbers (some models)
- luminous (glow-in-dark) hour and minute hands (some models)
- sturdy black soft rubber strap with mini compass, or
- superior quality Italian leather strap
- stainless-steel buckle
- Swiss quartz movement with date
- 5 ATM (165 feet) water resistant
- scratch-resistant mineral glass
- 1 year warranty
- case width: 38mm
- case thickness: 9mm
- dial width: 29.5mm
- upper strap length: 85mm
- lower strap length: 123mm
They are of excellent quality with precision Swiss 24 Hour Movement – very reliable indeed.
From the Todd & Marlon website:
Two Italian Swiss gentlemen questioned the belief that luxury should be inherited or gained over time. They then decided to develop luxury products for young people and this is how Todd & Marlon was born. Todd & Marlon leverage old craftsmanship to create modern pieces of art; being Italians they appreciate beauty and have an innate sense of style and their Swiss heritage injects precision and attention to details in all their works.
We believe that a watch should reflect the natural day/night division hence have a 2×12 hour dial. #YOURTIME dial clearly shows the 2×12 hours with the am hours on the left hand side and the pm hours in the right hand side.
#YOURTIME has been carefully crafted for the people who want to seize the day no matter what. With a 24 hours dial this unique timepiece allows you enjoying every moment of the day. Every second counts and having an accurate view of the time is a must, hence the reason for a Swiss Made Movement custom modified to fit the dial design.
Enjoying the day might take many different angles and a robust and solid watch is paramount. #YOURTIME is made of Titanium, a material more resistant and lighter than standard stainless steel, it is treated with Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) technique for a super resistant black matte finish, it has the most resistant crystal made of Sapphire and just to make sure every moment is viable the watch is also resistant to water (10atm/100m). #YOURTIME is the perfect timeless companion for sizing the day.
Fiery and intense: the first Todd & Marlon timepiece showcases Italian Design and Swiss Precision. Handsomely crafted, #YOURTIME iconic shape has been designed to suit sport, casual and business situations. The case shows a sophisticated and elegant silhouette yet it is boldly shaped to resist extreme activities. The dial is made of two layers brushed in different contrasting directions to underline the difference between day and night hours that are emphasized also by the sleek silver sun and moon icons applied at noon and midnight positions respectively. The Diamond Like Carbon treated Titanium custom made bracelet subtly reminds the brand logo.
No sign of pricing or availability yet, but their informative site will no doubt add details when they’re available.
The famous Shepherd Gate Clock at the Greenwich Observatory has been featured frequently on these pages, but at last you can wear this iconic design as a watch, courtesy of the folks at gtgwatch.com.
At present you can still join in their Kickstarter Campaign, but hurry — the 24 hour models are selling out fast (there is a 12 hour version for the less adventurous).
If you have a Mac computer, you can download my old Greenwich Observatory Shepherd Clock screensaver (halfway down this page). Surprisingly, it still runs OK after nearly 10 years: