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bfv  ·  65 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The winner of the Mechanical Exception Prize at the 2017 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie:

    This is mostly due to the fact that times for sunup and sundown are specific to latitude, which means every watch is basically a custom order as you have to make the cams that control the movement of the hands for each individual watch depending on the location desired by the owner. I'd assume the same latitude specificity applies to the length of day indication as well; you'd need a different disk for each latitude (the indication of sunrise and sunset on the VC Celestia changes thanks to the rotation of a bi-colored disk hidden behind the slit on the dial).

You could slap a GPS receiver in a digital watch and have something that still worked when you went on vacation. Gears are cool and all, but I think they passed the typewriters and cassette tapes but for rich people mark several miles back.




kleinbl00  ·  65 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    You could slap a GPS receiver in a digital watch and have something that still worked when you went on vacation.

Yours for $800.

    Gears are cool and all, but I think they passed the typewriters and cassette tapes but for rich people mark several miles back.

I mean, dude. It's over a million dollars and if you need the tides at two breaks, you have to buy another. You know that game where people find the stupidest thing they can run Linux on?

This is kind of like that but for insanely wealthy people.

(apropos of nothing, I love that guy's accent and hair, and I love that VC made a like $15m watch, quantity 1, by finding a rich dude and saying "dude you're rich we'll make you anything" and then calling the thing "57260")

FirebrandRoaring  ·  64 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There are still fans of a mechanical calculator around.

Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame is one of them.

kleinbl00  ·  64 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Adam Savage and I agree about a lot of stuff. We both own Yes watches, for example.

My uncle used to rally against guys who used Curtas. They were made fun of for carrying pepper grinders around but they won a lot. I've been following them off'n'on on eBay for 20 years now and they have yet to come down to my comfort level, but I certainly appreciate them.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  64 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    My uncle used to rally against guys who used Curtas.

"NEEEEEEERD!"?