Archive for April, 2010

Nixon “The Re-Run” Watch by Edward Chiu

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Founded in 1997 by Andy Laats & Chad DiNenna in California, Nixon’s popularity has been growing ever since within the youth market. For this season, a new model titled “The Re-Run” is released. While it seems the watch is a step back from the more contemporary designs Nixon is known for, the retro themed model gives a fresh choice to their ever extensive lineup. It features a four function digital interface with calendar, dual time, alarm, countdown timer and light, where the shell is made out of molded ABS pushers and hardened mineral crystal. Available now in three colorways of all black, gold and black via Nixon stockists.

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Suicidal Metal Wall Clock Counts to a Century, Falls Apart

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The passage of time is often portrayed in a poetic light. We talk of “spending” time as though it’s currency in our hands. But the reality is that time marches on regardless of how we choose to use it. New York designer Che-Wei Wang has beautifully illustrated the inevitable passage of time with this timepiece which he calls “3.16 Billion Cycles.”

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The clock runs on a 60-RPM (rotations per minute) motor, causing the smallest piece to rotate once a second. The next piece rotates every five seconds. Subsequent pieces rotate every minute, five minutes, hour, day, month, year and decade. The large arc around the outside of the piece is controlled by the decade pulley. The arc will rotate once a century. When it does, the arc will fall off of its track, effectively marking the end of the clock’s life. From the first second to the last of the 100 years, the ratio between the 60-RPM motor and the large arc is 1:31.6 billion.

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The clock is part of Wang’s “Time in Six Parts” series. His goal is to change people’s perceptions of time, to get spectators to slightly shift their perspective. The clock breaks down a century – a period of time difficult for most people to fathom – into much more easily digestible bits.

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Yin and Yang Clocks: Two Opposite Takes on Timepieces

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It’s amazing how two designers can take one concept and come up with two completely opposite ideas for its realization. Take the clock, for example. It’s been reinvented over and over, but usually with the same basic features: a face (digital or analog) and numbers that tell you what time it is. But these two clock concepts do away with convention and create something entirely different.
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The Shadow of Time concept from designer Ji Young Shon promotes a laid-back approach to time-keeping. It has no hands and no numbers; rather, it uses beams of light projected onto the wall to give you an approximate time. There’s no harsh clicking, no irritating precision – just gentle light that gets brighter as the day goes on and dimmer when night approaches. You’ll always know approximately what time it is, but there are no exact measurements.
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If that approach is a little too relaxed for you, though, there’s always the Mintpass Progress Bar clock. It tells you precisely how much of your day you’ve already wasted with an ever-progressing status bar. You can attach handy little flags to the top of the display to indicate where you have appointments or meetings, and when the progress bar reaches those flags it will emit an alarm – up to 24 every day. We can see this being a big hit with anal-retentive schedulers everywhere.

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Analog, Digital, Mechanical: The Watch That Has it All

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This amazing watch has a few qualities you don’t see every day: digital time displayed in an analog, mechanical fashion; exposed gears and sprockets; and an understated industrial kind of vibe. Designed by French designer Francois Quentin, the 4N Watch is an extremely slick design, but it maintains a rough, almost industrial sensibility.

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Operating on three different dials, the numbers that make up the time rotate and meet up in the middle inside a yellow highlighting box. The numbers look like a digital readout, but they are in fact printed on the discs which are constantly rotating.

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The watch seems to be pretty high end, with the dials being made of either aluminum or titanium and the housing being produced in either 18K white gold or platinum. The band will be offered in a variety of materials, but only a total of 16 pieces will be produced in each model type. Expensive, exclusive and extremely stylish? We definitely want one.

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