Thursday, January 26, 2006

The insides

of the Lemania, that is. When other watch collectors started sending me pictures of the insides of watches I thought they were nuts. Now I do it. Not much of the design of these watches is driven by aesthetics. It is like a violin, in that the beauty comes from it being perfectly functional. Bill gave me a book of amazing drawings of these. It was some kind of catalogue, but each coloured rendering is worthy of framing. I'll scan them.


Blogger Alan N. said...

I love high-quality movement photographs. As you say the design is not beauty-driven, but I too find them beautiful; many mechanical devices are really beautiful. Yes, see if you can post some high res scans of those movement drawings. Just for fun, here's an electron micro image of the hairspring, balance jewel, and Incabloc spring cap! It's a strange landscape at this view. Click below for image:
Click for image.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Wow, like a Man Ray. Great composition.
(See, I told you, these watch guys are crazy!)

6:27 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Watch design is really a lot like this site:

Good or bad, there really aren't too many ways of doing it that someone hasn't already tried.

BTW, his page on making your own aiglets is excellent. :-)

7:23 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

I'm pleased to have that site on record here, as one of the most esoteric consumptions of energy. This also comes close:

9:53 AM  
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