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Art Mécanique kickstarts a mechanical watch with a few high-tech trimmings

Art Mécanique kickstarts a mechanical watch with a few high-tech trimmings
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Art Mécanique is a Swiss company that is crowdfunding a watch with a face made of concentric circles. The bottom half of the face is covered by a metal plate and you tell the time by looking at the top of the watch.

There is, to be sure, nothing new under the horological sun. However, by putting all of the old pieces together in new ways you end up with a watch that is both interesting and unique.

Art Mécanique is a Swiss company that is crowdfunding a watch with a face made of concentric circles. The bottom half of the face is covered by a metal plate and you tell the time by looking at the top of the watch.

The watch runs an Horlogerie Schild SA mechanical movement inside a steel case which comes in polished and matte steel or with a black diamond-like carbon coating.

The company is raising $100,000 – far too much for a Kickstarter watch project – but if it gets funded you’ll get a mechanical timepieces for about $400. The watches come in multiple styles including a ladies piece embedded with “jewels.” All of them come with easy-off leather straps.


The result is a watch that is both novel and traditional. Other watch companies, including Anicorn, have gone the half-face route with mixed results. Art Mécanique is adding enough decoration to their pieces to help them stand out and the story – a designer in Switzerland, Adriano Valente, hit up his manufacturing friends in Geneva for the parts and movements and then he designed a watch that is both traditional and unique – is compelling.

Mechanical watches are old things, unworthy of our time and attention in a world of always-on Facebook and Pokemon Go. However, with a little imagination and a lot of whimsy, a watch like this can bring you back to a simpler time when James Bond had no gadgetry and Jason Bourne was a sociopathic killer patched up by a drunk doctor on the coast of France instead of a high-tech destroyer of governments.

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Source:Techgig.com

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