watches

The new 2000 Series from the AAA Watch Club

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.

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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.

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Features:

  • 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

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Dimensions:

  • 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.

Todd & Marlon: #YOURTIME

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.

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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.

Greenwich Shepherd Gate Clock – now available as a watch

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.

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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:

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New Forté collection from the AAA Watch club

The AAA watch club have released this new 24-hour Swiss-Movement Quartz ALPHA Series 24 Hour Military Time watch.

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These new models keep the three symbols (Air, Land and Sea) but now as morse code on the dial. Features: New BIG (43 mm) Case (15mm Thick), a Screw-Down Crown and date indicator at the “south east” position that’s easy on the wrist, and 10 ATM (300 Feet) Water Resistant, plus a Leather Band with matching colour stitches; super LumiNova Hands and luminous Hour Markers; a dome of mineral glass – and dial with two shades representing day and night.

These watches are available with 24, 12, or 00 at the top.

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Also updated to Series 3 are the luminous display versions — here’s the beautiful white dial version:

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Order from their web site — and tell Tammy I sent you!

No Watch: special edition

You can find this elegant 24 hour watch, and other interesting pieces, at No Watch.

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If you visit the web site before the end of 2014, you can buy these watches at a reduced price: for a single watch ($100 discount), use coupon code “24hourtime”, for two or more watches (50% discount) the coupon code is “24hourtime24”. The coupon codes are valid for any model in store up to 12/31/2014. Also, free worldwide economic shipping (Registred Air Mail shipping with a tracking) is available with this offer.

If you have any questions, visit the web site.

Butterfly Dial

The Butterfly Dial is an ingenious invention designed to combine both the 12 hour and 24 hour dials into a single 12 hour dial.

It’s much easier to see it in action than try to explain it:

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The video can be seen on YouTube.

It’s no substitute for a true 24 hour dial, but it’s a much neater solution than the Cyclos dial, described in the Design page of this site:

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Van Cleef & Arpels Complication Poetique Midnight Planetarium watch

At $ 250,000, you probably won’t be able to afford the new Midnight Planetarium watch from Van Cleef and Arpels, but you will be able to enjoy this beautiful video of it for free:

As described by pocket-lint:

Not only is it encased in 18ct rose gold and sport double sapphire crystals, it features six of the planets of our solar system orbiting the Sun in real time.

Each of those planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – is itself represented with a precious stone. Aventurine, serpentine, chloromelanite, turquoise, red jasper, blue agate and sugilite have been employed to double as the planets and stars. The Sun is a similar rose gold to the frame.

The strap is made of alligator leather, but beyond the materials used, it is the mechanism inside that is truly spectacular. As each planet orbits the Sun in real time, that means some of them move very slowly indeed. For example, while it will take just three months for Mercury to complete an orbit, Saturn will take 29-and-a-half years.

You can see why Van Cleef & Arpels has stopped at Saturn. Uranus takes 84 years to complete an orbit, while Pluto takes 248. There’s little point having a dial on a watch that you are unlikely to ever see rotate.

Jaquet Droz – The Grande Heure GMT

The Grande Heure GMT from Jaquet Droz has two hands, but both of them are hour hands.

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From the description:

Never before has a watch presented such a clear, effortless indication of two time zones. This technological development is enhanced by the majestic hands in the form of a compass, a detail which hints at the navigational instruments used by sailors of another era. The red hand indicates local time while the blued steel hand shows the time at the destination. When the two hands come together in the same time zone they merge into a single, bicolored indication of the exact time.

How much does it cost? Well, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. (About $25,000, I think.)

Average Days from Mr Jones

I noticed that Mr Jones also made this 24-hour watch, the Average Days model, reminiscent of the Swatch watch, which had the similar idea of showing what you’re up to at different times of the day:

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The dial of this watch visualises statistical research into how the average person spends their time. The slot on the hour-disc shows what the average person is doing at that time of the day. You can see at any time how you measure up to this notional individual. 

Professor Jonathan Gershuny, the Director of the Centre for Time Use Research provided us with an updated and customised data set for the activities mapped to the different times of the day for this watch.

It’s another limited edition, so hurry!