What’s there not to love about Lomography and their various low-fi cameras. Sure, your smartphone probably has nicer resolution, but the analog flavor of these little cameras is hard to beat, even with Instagram’s retro effect filters.
I wasn’t aware of the fact myself, but apparently Jaeger-LeCoultre watches have had cameos as part of Bruce Wayne’s wardrobe in several Batman films through the years. It makes sense. Only the best for Bruce Wayne.
Late last month we mentioned the unusual Cookoo analog smart watch that was on Kickstarter looking for the funding it needs to come to the real world. The watch started last month seeking $150,000 in funding.
I guess that since Pebble was so popular thanks to their highly successful Kickstarter funding drive, it’s only a matter of time before the market of smartwatches becomes flooded with new products. The Cookoo takes a unique approach by combining an analog watch with a smartphone interface.
If you grew up in the 1970s or early 1980s, there’s a good chance you had one of those mechanical flip alarm clocks by your bedside. I had one – and being an inquisitive child, I fully disassembled it to see how it all worked.
This watch has a distinctive face, that looks like it was folded by an expert at origami. British designer Benjamin Hubert created this for Italian accessory maker Nava. The Plicate watch has its increments integrated as three dimensional surfaces, which definitely gives it a cool look.
I’m a big fan of cool and unusual watches, but I can’t decide if I love or hate the design of this particular timepiece. When you first look at the face of the Concentric watch from 666 Barcelona, it just looks like sensory overload.
Turntables can certainly be used to make art – but I usually think of them as a tool for auditory creation, not visual so much. Not so in this project, which transformed a couple of ordinary turntables into a drawing machine.
This has to be one of the most organic-looking watch designs that I’ve seen in a long time. The Grow watch was designed by the London-based Shiro Studio for the Italian design house of Alessi. The patterns are supposed to evoke the act of growing, but they also remind me of ripples in a pond.
This special-edition Ikepod Horizon Watch was designed by Mark Newson, along with graffiti artist turned painter and sculptor KAWS. This analog timepiece is definitely cool looking, and it won’t take you long to figure out how to tell the time.
Everyone knows that time is supposed to be linear (at least the way that we experience it), but our usual representation is circular, since the watch face and clock face were designed for the convenience of returning their hands to the 12 o’clock position, not necessarily usability.
This concept watch might look like a dual time zone watch, thanks to the fact that it’s basically composed of two watches linked together. But it actually tells time in just one time zone – hours on the left, minutes on the right.
You don’t see very many watch designs that truly stand out. At least not many that are affordable. Mostly they are all just wristbands with a slab of dial attached. And even the more unusual designs are simply different displays set into a traditional watch face.