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Time

Watchmaker Eone's debut timepiece, the Bradley, is aimed at the visually impaired and indi...

Unfortunately, there aren't many options available for the visually impaired when it comes to timepieces. While a number of talking watches and braille wristwatches with removable covers are already on the market, those often draw attention to a person's disability. That's why watchmaker Eone's debut timepiece, the Bradley, indicates the time with magnetic ball bearings that can be read subtly by touch.  Read More

The Harry Winston Opus XIII features 59 minute hands, 11 hour hands and a concealed 'HW'

The average watch uses a simple formula of rotating inner hour and minute hands pointing at fixed numerical designations. The Harry Winston Opus XIII, the result of a collaboration with renowned watchmaker Ludovic Ballouard, turns that simple formula on its ear, using an outer ring of 59 moving minutes and 11 moving hours.  Read More

The Antikythera SunMoon watch includes both a solar and a lunar calendar, as well as an in...

Last year, Hublot hit Baselworld 2012 with its limited edition Antikythera watch inspired by the Antikythera mechanism – a 2100 year old analog computer found off the shores of Crete that is considered the first "astronomical calculator." The company has kept the ball rolling at this year's Baselworld with another Antikythera device, this time in the form of the MP-08 Antikythera SunMoon watch.  Read More

The Time Traveler uses famous landmarks to tell the time in 16 different time zones

World-time functions have been available on digital watches at the press of a stud for over 30 years, but for world weary travelers touching down in a new time zone sometimes even that might be too much effort. To fill this admittedly niche market, Mr. Jones Watches has come up with its Time Traveler watch, which allows you to see at a glance what time it is in 16 different time zones – provided you’re good at recognizing landmarks.  Read More

The Ressence Type 3 watch's fluid-filled display gives its mechanical indications a two-di...

On a regular analog watch, there’s a small pocket of air between the face of the watch and the inside surface of the crystal. On his new Ressence Type 3 watch, however, Belgian designer Benoit Mintiens has filled that space with a clear refractive fluid. As a result, its revolving indications appear to be projected right onto its domed crystal. You could almost think of it as the Magic 8 Ball of high-end timepieces.  Read More

The Rorschach test watch as seen in black, with the time easy to figure out once you know ...

Part of the appeal of owning a watch by design studio TokyoFlash is being in on the secret of how to actually tell the time on one of its pieces. Some of the methods are particularly cryptic, especially when looking at the user-submitted concept designs. The Rorschach test watch is no exception, with the numbers clearly visible but almost indiscernible unless you know both what you're looking for and where you should be looking.  Read More

The speed of entanglement dynamics is at least 10,000 times faster than light according to...

Quantum entanglement, one of the odder aspects of quantum theory, links the properties of particles even when they are separated by large distances. When a property of one of a pair of entangled particles is measured, the other "immediately" settles down into a state compatible with that measurement. So how fast is "immediately"? According to research by Prof. Juan Yin and colleagues at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai, the lower limit to the speed associated with entanglement dynamics – or "spooky action at a distance" – is at least 10,000 times faster than light.  Read More

The Kisai X is a fan-submitted design which draws inspiration from cryptography

For those who like their watches to be anything but traditional analog timepieces, ultra-modern watchmaker Tokyo Flash has unveiled its latest design in the Kisai range. The “Kisai X” is said to be inspired by cryptography – and it shows – with a difficult-to-decipher LED face displaying what at first glance appears to be sharp lines shining through a dark pyramid lens.  Read More

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

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.  Read More

A Wankel engine for your wrist

A simple set of rotating hands or LCD digits may be the most recognizable, but horologists always like to find new ways of displaying the hours, minutes and seconds of the day. Inspired by the Wankel engine, the Experiment ZR012 watch uses a pair of rotating Reuleaux triangles to indicate the time. The larger rotor points to the hour on the outer border, while the smaller rotor points to the minute.  Read More

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