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Sun and Moon Watch tells time with movement of celestial bodies

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November 17, 2012

The Sun and Moon Watch replaces numbers with visual representations of day and night

The Sun and Moon Watch replaces numbers with visual representations of day and night

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In the 17th century, a period of experimentation began into how best to represent time. It was during this period of innovation that "Sun and Moon" watches – which literally showed the passing of time with moving images of these celestial bodies – became popular. The Sun and Moon Watch from Mr Jones Watches is a revival of this design, eschewing the familiar segmented face with hands and numerals showing the exact hour and minute in favor of visual representations of day and night.

The watch uses a crescent design, whereby only the top half of the face of the watch is utilized. A disc with images depicting day and night turns, with the position of the sun and the moon used to indicate the time. The sun rises on the far-left, indicating it's 6 am, hitting the central position at midday, and eventually setting on the far-right as the moon rises on the left to indicate 6 pm. The moon then travels across the face following the same pattern as the sun to indicate midnight and 6 am.

A visual explanation of how the images relate to the time

Luckily, for those who need to keep more accurate time, a minute marker is included in the center of the face. Every segment represents an interval of five minutes, meaning it should be possible to tell the time to within the nearest minute without too much trouble.

The Sun and Moon Watch is a limited edition timepiece with just 100 available, each one costing US$199.99. The face is made of brushed stainless steel, with the strap made of black leather with ecru stitching.

Time-lapse movement of the watch can be seen in the video below.

Source: Watchismo via Ubergizmo

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3 Comments

I really think the way to handle this is to use a detailed digital display.

Bodryn
19th November, 2012 @ 11:08 am PST

$199 for a limited edition of 100? Sure that price isn't missing a zero, or two?

$199 is cheap for an artsy, limited edition watch. 'Course what's inside is just a disc in place of the hour hand and another disc with a slot between the hour and minute hands. I bet the mechanism is some mass production one.

Gregg Eshelman
19th November, 2012 @ 11:36 am PST

It sure is $199 but the website says it's sold out. Was going to purchase one because it would get a lot of talks I imagine.

Sambath Pech
19th November, 2012 @ 07:12 pm PST
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