Returning to my original statement regarding my feelings for quartz and mechanical watches, I’d like to tell you how the Tissot T-Touch Expert made me feel good about wearing a quartz watch again. No mechanical movement now or in the future will be able to do what this watch does. Not a chance. I don’t see this watch as being an homage to the fine tradition of watch making. Rather, the T-Touch Expert is a complex and wonderful gadget — one that happens to tell the time and sit on your wrist as well as perform many other functions. The Tissot T-Touch would make any boy the envy of the school yard, and make any grown man giddy at all the functionality. Men young and old alike will appreciate its looks and its character. This Tissot just epitomizes the watch you walk by seeing in a window and instantly know you want one. With retail price of around 00 it isn’t the cheapest indulgence, but it’s well made, something you won’t regret, and can easily function as your weekend or weekday watch. t-touch.com
After the recent design success that Jaquet Droz had with its (silly named) Grande Second Sport Utility Watch, the company began to realize an emerging market for the brand that included a younger constituency. The next step it seems is a more toned down, but equally energetic watch which is the Ceramic Power Reserve.
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You can see me happily brandishing my Pipboy 3000 in the images below. It is a fun addition to my otherwise non forearm sized watches, and Iove having it as part of the large fan base of the Fallout series. I am sure there will be some of these popping up on eBay. Check out Fallout 3 if you have the time and want some post0apocolypitc good times.
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The idea behind the Corpus Clock was two-fold. Represent time in an unorthodox manner, while stressing the fact that once time passes, it is literally eaten away never to return. The former concept is clearly demonstrated by the painstakingly detailed grotesque time eating grasshopper that sits atop the clock. The grasshopper is actually the escapement of the clock, which connects the power source to the mechanism that runs the watch. In this case, it directly operates the seconds elapsation of the clock, which in turn controls both the minutes and hours. Take a close look at the grasshopper a notice the moving eyes, mouth and even tongue. Parts of the head look to be sourced from records of paleolithic fish parts, which seems to share a look and monster like visage. Animated in its constant consumption of time, the grasshopper should be a signal to students taking too long to graduate. Or alternatively, perhaps a signal that once you get out of school, time moves so much faster, so enjoy the slow days of studying while you can. Either way it is a bit ominous.
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Honestly, it seems as though every watch company is over 150 years old, and the new ones are steeped in the heritage of a company that either led an innovation revolution, saved an economy, or made underwear for a king. Basically, the idea seems to be that purchasing a watch, should always be coupled with topics that have nothing to do with the watches they are selling. One of my favorite approaches is, "this company used to make highly functional utilitarian goods. Now it makes expensive luxury watches with the heritage of those utilitarian goods, but at 26 times the cost." Makes a ton of sense. From tool to jewelry is the way it goes.
Robert mentions that the Bulova Accutron Spaceview is not a pretty watch, and I agree with him, but I don't think it is trying to be a pretty watch, not does it need to be. It is actually trying to be a futuristic watch while being artistic at the same time. To this end the watch really excels. Different hands and cases give the Spaceview a different personality. The movement from the front look likes a robot from Battlestar Galactica, with its little copper coil eyes and thin face. It is undoubtedly a cool looking little timepiece, and certainly a welcome vestige of watchdom.
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