Short history about general watch design.

From the begining all pocket watches were round, of course with some extremely rare square ones,
if you have the money, or today rather the right connections, you should get a book.
Steel Time, written by THE F.P. Journe.
It's a monster book over 300 pages, but just a beauty.
I think only 100-200 were printed... 
I managed to get one thanks to my very good friend, IanS, at whom I stayed at that time, 2006, to get one in a very small bookshop, in Geneva, to a price I have been smart to forgetShort history about general watch design.
This book is about his passion. Gun metal watches.
There are minute repeaters etc etc made in gun metal.

These are from end of 19th century, but already then they made different shapes of watches.

Anyhow the first wrist watches were round as the famous V&C which I missed buing...
Now at the Museum. 

Short history about general watch design.

Short history about general watch design.


Short history about general watch design.

As you can see VC Museum bought it for only CHF 28.750!!!
It must be the bargain in watch history.

OK, in the 1910 and trough the whole art deco period, which means nearly until 1950,
all watches were rectangular or square.

From about middle of 1940's they started making round watches again,
I'm not talking of VC only, but all brands...

And for about 60 years all, OK 95%, of all watches have been round.

I state here a promise, that in 10 years fewer watches will be made round than in other shape.
That I'm looking forward to Short history about general watch design.

Short history about general watch design.

Yours

Doc
with the advent of the new independent watchmakers watches are
05/29/2010 - 11:37
neither round, square or rectangular but have adopted new shapes and forms