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We all know about the rapid evolution and consumer infatuation with the cell phone, we all know about the hype that surrounds the ipod and the iphone and how they have changed our lives forever. While our modern world is mesmerized by the gadgets of electronic wizardry there is an alternate universe evolving within the world of horology.
And this world is thriving and making a comeback since its demise in the seventies due to the quartz watch movement. The mechanical watch is making a triumphant comeback and rather than embracing electronics, explores the human fascination with the machine.
What these watches show us is that no matter how magical and clever the microchip can be there is no art in it. The mechanical watch is a display of human ingenuity and creativity with a connection to the past of machines that made the industrial revolution. The cogs, gears, pulleys and springs of machines now in miniature and on the wrist pulsating, turning, throbbing and even chiming is an endless fascination for the owner.
Although these watches are only for the extremely wealthy as they cost nearly as much as a Ferrari, they are an endless source of fascination and admiration for the rest of us.
Ulysse Nardin have just created a mechanical clock inside a mobile phone. Now there's a concept that just makes me wonder. Is this going in the wrong direction? I think so because a fabulous watch is forever and and cell phone is a throwaway item. Like all microchip products there is an inherent built in obsolescence that doesn't apply to mechanical watches.
Check out these magnificent inventions that explore the world of machines like never before.
The beauty of these watches is in viewing the machine in action. The novelty of seeing how inventive and creative the human mind can be in creating new ways of showing time.
Urwerk- the Tarantula
Harry Winston - Opus V
Ulysse Nardin - The Freak
MBF - Horological machine
Christophe Claret Dual Tow
Quantum - Q1