watches

Forté Collection from the AAA Watch Club

New models from the AAA Watch Club‘s Forté Collection have been released, with improvements and changes requested by customers, including larger numbers and a waterproof strap option. As usual, there are both 0 at the top and 24 at the top versions:

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Details

  • series: alpha
  • movement: Swiss Quartz 24 hr
  • case size: 43mm
  • case thickness: 15mm
  • distance between lugs: 22mm
  • case: stainless steel
  • date: yes
  • date position: 0800 hours
  • strap: black silicone / orange stitch
  • upper strap length: 75mm
  • lower strap length: 115mm
  • strap width: 22mm
  • luminous numbers: yes
  • super luminous hands: yes
  • water resistance: 10 atm

luminous dial

You can buy these from the AAA Watch Club or from Amazon.com.

They have also revamped their 1000 Series, with new silicone straps, a slightly curved double dome glass for super resistance to breaking and a slightly thicker case.

There are 24 hours in a day – make them count!

Mr Jones Time Traveler watch

From Mr Jones watches, another 24 hour watch, this time one aimed at international travellers. The Time Traveler watch shows the time in 16 different locations of the world at the same time. The time in Paris? Look fo the Eiffel Tower. New York? Find the Statue of Liberty.

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 UTC -11
UTC -10
UTC -9
UTC -8    Golden Gate Bridge (USA)
UTC -7    Salt Lake Temple (USA)
UTC -6    Sears Tower (USA)
UTC -5    The Statue of Liberty (USA)
UTC -4    
UTC -3
UTC -2
UTC -1
UTC       Big Ben (England)
UTC +1    Eiffel Tower (France)
UTC +2    Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkey)
UTC +3    Abraj Al-Bait Towers (Saudi Arabia)
UTC +4    Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
UTC +5    Minar-e-Pakistan
UTC +6    Alma-Ata TV Tower (Kazakhstan)
UTC +7    Baiyoke Tower II (Thailand)
UTC +8    Oriental Pearl Tower (China)
UTC +9    Tokyo Skytree (Japan)
UTC +10   Sydney Tower (Australia)
UTC +11
UTC +12   Sky Tower (New Zealand)

It’s another limited edition, so hurry before they sell out. Visit the Mr Jones Web site for details.

More iPhone clocks and watches

A few more 24 hour iPhone applications are appearing in the iTunes App Store. If you want to check any of these out, let me know how they work – I have no idea.

Here’s a familiar sight: the famous Shepherd Gate Clock at Greenwich, London. The Shepherd Gate Clock (this link is a link to the App Store) costs a modest dollar. I’m assuming that this is a genuine 24 hour analog clock. The time here is 20:10. It’s going to look a bit odd at midnight, with that sunlit brick wall…

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This next one is a puzzle. It’s called iWatch, and it features an attractive rendering of three watches, including this Patek Phillippe watch with a 24 hour rotating dial. What looks like the hour hand is really the minute hand, and what looks like the minute hand is really the second hand. So the time on this picture is about 04:18:49.

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(I’m not a big fan of the design, to be honest. The map is coarse, and that font isn’t attractive.) The real puzzle, though, is why this app is suddenly no longer available on the App Store, now that I want to provide a link to it.

The next app, nHands Clock, is a useful clock that lets you add as many hours hands as you like, with colour and labels of your choice. It’s a clever way of showing you the different time zones of people you know:

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Finally, this excellent app is called 25h:

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The idea is simple:

Feeling overstretched? 24 hours in a day is not enough? Then 25h is a clock for you.

Trick yourself into having 25 hours in a day. Get things done faster and have an extra “hour” for yourself.

Note that 25h does not modify time–space continuum (or your biological clock) to give you an extra hour. It simply makes the rest of your hours appear a little shorter so that enough time is saved for an additional shorter “hour” at the end of the day.

I know some people who set their watches fast – this is an interesting alternative.

Raketa Pocket watch

For a fascinating introduction to the world of Russian 24 hour watches, visit the russian24hours.info site, where Andrei writes knowledgeably about their history and variety:

A 24 hour watch is not just about the expanse of a large country or technological achievements – it is about a different way of looking at both time and space.

Here’s an inexpensive and practical pocket watch that I bought recently from the Zenitar store at eBay, with Victor at Zenitar providing excellent service. It’s a mechanical Raketa. I know nothing about it, other than its price, a mere $35!

I had it modified to make the hands luminous: they’re usually given a simple reflective finish that renders them invisible in certain lighting conditions. With the new coating, the extra contrast makes the watch readable in most lights.

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It’s starting to look at bit battered. I might have to buy another one every six months!

Airnautic

From the Airnautic Watch Company web site:

The guiding design philosophy of AirNautic® Watch Company is to separate day and night as the elemental parameters of the perception of time. The course of the sun determines our regeneration phases and influences the biological processes of all life forms on our planet. In extreme conditions under water, in space, in the labyrinth of a cave system, or in a polar night, the holistic information on time can save lives. Being able to easily and instantly read this information at a glance is part of the philosophy and design concept of the new AirNautic Watch Company.

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How can you not want one of these!?

The sound of one hand ticking

A new single-handed 24 hour watch:

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Here’s Klaus Botta on the philosophy of simplicity:

We live in a time of increasing complexity – the consequence of which is growing uncertainty and stress.A reduction in complexity and a focus on the bare essentials gives rise to a sense of security and calm. Coupled with the highly functional orientation of the product‘s stylistic vocabulary, this embodies the philosophy of Botta-Design, a philosophy which is particularly noticeable in our one-hand watches. Things become clearer and easier to comprehend when they are stripped down to the bare essentials

Prices start from 300 Euros. Visit Botta Design for details.