Watches, Stories & Gear: A Controversial New BMW, Infinity Whiskey & Another Look At Goodfellas

Watches, Stories & Gear: A Controversial New BMW, Infinity Whiskey & Another Look At Goodfellas

What’s Up With Seltzer in 2020

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Is nothing sacred? According to Gizmodo, it appears the answer is a resounding “no,” as we learn that flavored seltzer water, the lifeforce for so many of us, the effervescent rush that carries us through the day, is potentially loaded with toxic “forever chemicals.” I’m no scientist, but that doesn’t sound great. These man made chemicals don’t easily break down in the environment or human body, and can potentially result in a variety of adverse health effects. According to the CDC, it’s estimated that these chemicals are found in the blood of 97% of Americans. Again, not a statistician, but that seems like a lot. Read up here, and perhaps strive to drink more of that plain old still water if your favorite brand of the sparkling stuff is among the chief offenders. 

The Goodfellas Connection

Adam Villacin for The Ringer

Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas is 30(!) years old this year. One of the most critically acclaimed movies in Scorsese’s lengthy filmography, Goodfellas is based on the true story of Henry Hill, who spent his life in organized crime, until it epically all fell apart, as these things do, and he flipped on his longtime criminal associates. Hill’s path from small time neighborhood hustler to a witness to murder and grand larceny is an old school epic Hollywood tale that’s part of a long storytelling tradition, and Scorsese’s film is endlessly entertaining, and still a joy to watch after three decades. 

In this appraisal from The Ringer, writer Brian Phillips puts Goodfellas into context with the two other major American works dealing with organized crime: The Godfather and The Sopranos. Goodfellas, according to Phillips, acts as a bridge connecting all three, and it’s fascinating to read this piece and consider how one work informs the next, and how they are all in dialogue with each other as we binge and rewatch them on demand in the age of streaming video.

The Watchmakers’ Award: How the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève Became the Industry’s Gold Standard

The Watchmakers’ Award: How the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève Became the Industry’s Gold Standard

Created in 2001, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) has
established itself as the most important award show in the industry. Here’s a look back at how the event started, the performance of the competing brands and, just as important, how much the event has evolved over the last two decades.

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève was created in 2001 with the aim to “highlight and […] reward the most remarkable contemporary creations and promote the watchmaking art worldwide.” The founding members were the Canton of Geneva, the City of Geneva, the Musée international d’horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds (MIH), the Geneva Laboratory of Watchmaking and Microtechnology (Timelab) and the Edipresse Group. Until 2019, watch brands were able to enter their most promising models in up to 14 categories, with a (comparatively small) fee per watch, and an additional, more substantial, fee for shortlisted watches that would later take part in the global traveling exhibition. Carine Maillard, Director of the GPHG, says, “The GPHG is a media showcase and a great promotional tool. The preselected watches are presented every year in autumn, during an exceptional exhibition, which travels the globe. Winning watches have significant visibility thanks to international media coverage. We keep registration fees low so all brands can participate.”

Kari Voutilainen on his way to collect one of the two awards he won at the GPHG 2019.

In other words, the GPHG is partially financed by the brands that choose to participate (the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the City of Geneva also provide financial support, together with sponsors), and until 2019, brands that didn’t want to compete simply weren’t represented at all, which explains why, for example, there is not a single watch from Rolex to be found among the previous winners. (Its sister brand Tudor, however, is a regular participant and first won an award in 2013 with the Heritage Black Bay.) To improve this situation, the GPHG has launched the “Academy of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.” With this move, the GPHG “is affirming its commitment to openness and innovation by announcing the creation of an international watch industry Academy, operational as of May 2020.”

With a movement of 2.89 mm in thickness and a case of 6.3 mm in height, the Royal Oak self-winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin (Ref. 26586IP.OO.1240IP.01) won the prestigious “Aiguille D’or” Grand Prix at the GPHG in 2019.

The group is composed of “several hundred members” from the industry, including brand representatives, and each member is responsible for proposing one to 12 watches in at least eight of the 14 categories of the upcoming 2020 edition. At the same time, brands will still be able to enter watches directly and will even be able to validate all entries. In theory, this means that the 350 members of the academy should generate at least 2,800 additional entries for the 2020 edition, most likely with a fair amount of identical watches among them. While the pool of entries should substantially grow with this new setup, the deciding body is still relatively small. The final jury selecting the award winners will consist of 30 members from the academy, but almost half of them will be randomly selected. This jury will meet in Geneva, behind closed doors, and under notarial supervision, to evaluate the preselected watches in person and proceed to the final vote by secret ballot. Hopefully, this new concept will allow for an even more transparent, independent and representative look at the industry. Speaking of transparency, WatchTime joined the GPHG as a media partner in 2019 and is also represented directly and indirectly in the academy: yours truly, Rüdiger Bucher (Editor-in-Chief of WatchTime’s sister-publication Chronos) and Jeffrey Kingston (longtime collector and close friend and event partner of WatchTime) are members of said academy. You will also find New Jersey-based Roberta Naas on the list. She’s a regular freelance contributor to WatchTime.

Greubel Forsey won the “Aiguille D’or” Grand Prix with the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision in 2015. The manufacturer has won four category awards and two grand prizes so far.

The GPHG obviously is neither the first nor the only award for watches. In Germany, for example, the Goldene Unruh (“Golden Balance” in English) has been operating since 1998. For this year’s edition, almost 10,000 end-consumers selected the “best watches of the world” among 243 entries. The GEM Awards, presented by Jewelers of America, has been honoring “the achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility of fine jewelry and watches” since 2001, similar to MIH’s 1993-launched “Prix Gaïa” in Switzerland. Special-interest publications like Polish CH24.pl have been searching for the “Watch of the Year” since 2010, as does Revolution magazine, and Robb Report with its “Best of the Best” award, to name just a few. Additionally, design competitions like the iF Product Design Award and the Red Dot quite often include a watch category. In comparison, the GPHG has managed best to set the gold standard in the watch industry, mostly thanks to its international setup and constantly growing reach. As a result, the GPHG is now often described as the “Oscars of the Watchmaking Industry,” despite heavyweights like Rolex, Omega and Patek Philippe, for example, not having participated in last year’s edition. On the other hand, despite the “Geneva” in its name, brands from other Swiss regions, Germany and even Japan regularly participate. In 2019, among 196 entries, 84 watches were shortlisted, 18 (including the “Aiguille d’Or” award) ended up with a trophy in November, and two of them (Kudoke and Seiko) were produced outside of Switzerland. The five participating brands with the most shortlists in 2019 were (in alphabetical order) Audemars Piguet (4), Bulgari (5), Hermès (4), Ulysse Nardin (4) and Zenith (5); the most dominant category was “Men’s Complication” with 23 entries. Last year’s “Special Jury Prize” went to Luc Pettavino, Founder of Only Watch (which auctioned off the record-breaking Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime in steel for CHF 31,000,000 two days later, on Nov. 9, 2019).

Bulgari so far has won five awards, last year in the “Jewelry Watch” category with the Serpenti Misteriosi Romani (below)

Best in Show
The first watch brand ever to win the prestigious “Aiguille D’or” Grand Prix (“Golden Hand” in English) at the inaugural award ceremony of the GPHG in 2001 was Vacheron Constantin with the Lady Kalla (Ref. 17701/701G-7393), a women’s watch covered with more than 120 white emerald-cut diamonds. The same watch also won in the “Jewelry Watch” category that year, which meant that the Geneva-based brand won in two of a total of seven categories. Winner in the category “Complicated Watches” in 2001 was Audemars Piguet with the Répétition Minute par Carillon Edward Piguet (Ref. 25935PT). Patek Philippe won in the category “Poinçon de Genève” (Geneva seal) with the ultra-thin Calatrava (Ref. 5120), and Gucci with the “Réveils de voyage” alarm clock in the “Pendulette” (table clock) category. Blancpain’s Chronograph Pastel Flyback (Ref. 2385F-192GC-52) won the “Ladies’ Watch” award; the “Men’s Watch” award went to the Leroy Osmior Chronograph. That was it. Fast forward to the last award ceremony in 2019, and the number of categories went from seven to 18, with Audemars Piguet winning the “Aiguille D’or” Grand Prix with the Royal Oak self-winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin (Ref. 26586IP.OO.1240IP.01).

Kari Voutilainen has won the impressive number of seven awards over the past years, two of them in 2019: the 28ti (limited to eight total pieces in titanium) won in the “Men’s Watch” category and the Starry Night Vine won in “Artistic Crafts.”

As with most award shows, the entries that didn’t win usually cause as much stir as the ones that ended up winning. Using a comparatively small specialist jury, an award like the GPHG is not necessarily about identifying the commercially most successful watch, or models particularly popular among end-consumers. Still, looking back at the winners of the last 20 years, there’s almost never a brand that wouldn’t have deserved the award in retrospect, but obviously many more that would have deserved one as well. Therefore, in order to create more chances (or, depending on your viewpoint, incentives) for the brands entering, the organizer constantly added or renamed categories over the years. In its second year, for example, the GPHG saw the introduction of the “Special Jury Award” (which went to F.P. Journe for the Octa Calendrier), the “Pendulette” category was replaced with a “Design Watch” category, and two public awards were added (last handed out to Czapek Genève for the 33 bis Quai des Bergues in 2016). In 2003, the “Sports Watch” category was added and renamed in 2019 as the “Dive Watch” category. In short, only three categories remained untouched over the existence of the entire award show: “Men’s Watches,” “Women’s Watches” and the “Aiguille D’or” Grand Prix.

F.P. Journe is the only brand so far that has managed to win the grand prize three times. Its most recent category winner, the Chronomètre à Résonance in red gold, won the “High Complicated Watch Prize” in 2010.

Summarizing the last 19 editions of the GPHG, F.P. Journe has won the “Aiguille D’or” Grand Prix a record three times (2004, 2006 and 2008), followed by Vacheron Constantin (2001 and 2005), Greubel Forsey (2010 and 2015) and Patek Philippe (2002 and 2003) with two grand prizes each. Richard Mille (2007), A. Lange & Söhne (2009), De Bethune (2011), TAG Heuer (2012), Girard-Perregaux (2013), Breguet (2014), Ferdinand Berthoud (2015), Chopard (2016), Bovet (2018) and Audemars Piguet (2019) all have won once, indicating the jury’s preference for haute horlogerie when it comes to handing out a Grand Prix. Audemars Piguet also happens to be the brand with the most trophies in total: the Swiss watch manufacture has won the incredible number of 13 category awards, and since 2019, one Grand Prix. Vacheron Constantin (eight awards and two Grand Prix), TAG Heuer (eight awards and one Grand Prix), and Piaget (nine awards) come next. Perhaps most impressive in this list is Kari Voutilainen’s track record at the GPHG. Voutilainen, one of the best-known and best-regarded names on the independent-watchmaker scene, with an annual production between 25 and 55 watches, has won seven times, which puts him on a par with brands like Zenith and Van Cleef & Arpels. Voutilainen has even managed to win the “Men’s Watch” category four times (2007, 2013, 2015 and 2019), followed by F.P. Journe with two trophies in the same category (2003 and 2005). The “Women’s Watch” category has been dominated by Chanel with four trophies (2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019), followed by Piaget with three trophies (2008, 2009 and 2016). Voutilainen said, “Participation helps to get you known and gives you certainly more credibility. If someone wins, this might help sales; at least it won’t get worse. It is also the only independent competition without any commercial interest.”

Kuala Lumpur-based newcomer Ming won the “Horological Revelation Award” in 2019 with the 17.06 Copper.

A Launchpad for Brands and New Releases
Thanks to its growing influence and reach, the GPHG has also become an attractive platform for newcomer brands and product launches. Ulysse Nardin, for example, chose the award show to first introduce its latest dive watch model in 2018. For a newcomer brand like Singapore-based Ming (the watches are assembled, regulated and tested in Switzerland, final quality control is done in Malaysia) the decision to enter paid off in 2019, only two years after the brand’s debut. The 17.06 Copper won the “Horological Revelation Award.” Dr. Magnus Bosse, Co-founder of Horologer Ming, commented, “It’s nice to have the visibility and recognition for our work, plus it’s opened doors for us within the industry. It also fulfills a longstanding dream for the team to share the stage with our heroes — that was a night none of us will ever forget!” Next to the media coverage of the exhibitions, award ceremony and winning pieces, all watches that are shortlisted are presented every year in autumn, during a road show, which travels the globe. (Last year it went to Sydney, Bangkok, Mexico City, Puebla, Geneva and Dubai.)

One thing is certain: it’s in the nature of almost every award show that some decisions will always be seen as controversial by those not involved in the jury process. However, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has shown to be an agile player, willing to be as inclusive as possible with the newly launched academy. And by constantly adapting and evolving its concept, it has truly become a global platform to showcase the creativity and ingenuity of the entire industry — an essential role in a world without a format like Baselworld.

Screen Time: 5 Watches That Pay Tribute to Movies

Screen Time: 5 Watches That Pay Tribute to Movies

Many watches have appeared in movies, and some have become nearly as famous as the stars who wore them. But only a handful of watches have been created specially for movies, in partnership with the filmmakers themselves. Here is a rundown.


Omega has been outfitting cinematic superspy James Bond since 1995’s Goldeneye, and the latest timepiece worn by Agent 007, in this year’s No Time to Die, was conceived with the input of the film’s star, Daniel Craig. Designed in the style of the original Seamaster Diver 300M, which debuted in 1993, the watch has a 42-mm titanium case with an aluminum rotating bezel ring and a helium-release valve at 10 o’clock. Both the dial and bezel ring are executed in a “tropical” brown hue for a vintage look; the arrow marker above 6 o’clock on the dial is a reference to a style of military watch that Bond (a Navy man) would prefer. Inside is Omega’s master Chronometer Caliber 8806, and the watch is offered on an adjustable titanium mesh bracelet or a striped NATO strap. Price: $8,200 on strap, $9,200 on bracelet. Click here for more details.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition


A longtime provider of watches to filmmakers — for movies like 2001, Men in Black, and Interstellar, to name just a few — Hamilton collaborated closely with the production design team for Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi opus TENET on a custom-made watch for use in filming. The commercially available version of that specially produced prop piece is housed in a 46-mm, black-PVD titanium case, with a black dial hosting either a blue- or red-tipped seconds hand, referencing key colors in the movie. Each color version is limited to 888 pieces, a number chosen to reflect the palindromic nature of the film’s title. Equipped with Hamilton’s proprietary H-10 automatic movement, which boasts an 80-hour power reserve, and mounted on a black rubber strap with a black-PVD pin buckle, the 1,000-meter water-resistant watch comes in special packaging created by TENET production designer Nathan Crowley. Price: $2,095

Hamilton Belowzero Titanium Limited Edition Red
Hamilton Khaki Navy Belowzero Special Edition Red


In the classic 1954 Godzilla film, the Wako clock tower of Seiko’s historic Tokyo store is demolished during the rampage of the titular giant monster. To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the film, Grand Seiko, the luxury watchmaker that sprung from the original Seiko brand, released this 44.5-mm, titanium-cased watch that features several references to Japan’s famous movie monster: the crimson dial with its radiating waves is designed to echo the look of Godzilla’s fiery red heat-ray breath, and the sharkskin strap, with its applied black and red areas, has been given a rough texture inspired by the creature’s dinosaur hide. The Spring Drive movement ticks behind an exhibition caseback inscribed with a rendering of Godzilla destroying Seiko’s clock tower in the Ginza — which, like Godzilla himself, endures as an icon of the city of Tokyo. Price: $12,500; more info on the watch here.

Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary - front
Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary – front


Jaeger-LeCoultre partnered with online retailer Mr. Porter to produce this limited-edition watch tying in with the release of the Kingsman sequel, The King’s Man. For the movie, which explores the origins of the fictional Kingsman spy agency, Jaeger-LeCoultre has reinterpreted its “couteau,” a 1907 pocketwatch,as a refined ultra-thin dress watch. The timepiece has a rose-gold 40-mm case, just 4.25-mm thick, with a broad bezel that slopes gently towards the edge of the case to create a profile reminiscent of a knife blade. The crown is protected by a triangular bow and placed at 12 o’clock in the style of a pocketwatch. The ivory dial has simple index hour markers, a railroad minute marker on the edge, and slender, blued steel hands. Inside is the hand-wound Caliber 849, an ultra-thin movement (1.85 mm) that the manufacture first introduced in 1994, with a power reserve of 35 hours. The caseback is engraved with the Kingsman logo, and the limited edition number out of 100 total pieces. Price: $29,800. Click here for more details.

Jaeger-LeCoultre_Master Ultra-Thin Kingsman Knife Limited Edition

CITIZEN TONY STARK “I LOVE YOU 3000” EDITION Japan’s Citizen Watch Co. continued its partnership with Marvel Studios with the release of this Eco-Drive-powered watch that references the blockbuster film Avengers: Endgame, and the (spoiler alert!) dramatic death of one of its headlining heroes, Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey, Jr. The dial recreates the Stark Mark I reactor that played a major role in the film series and uses the iconic helmet of Stark’s alter ego, Iron Man, as its 12 o’clock marker. The inscription, “Proof that Tony Stark Has a Heart,” a reference to a poignant scene in Endgame, is etched around the inner dial ring, while a Tony Stark signature and the “Avengers: Endgame” logo are engraved on the solid caseback. Prices are $350 for the version in a black ion-plated case and bracelet, and $495 for the limited-edition model (1,500 pieces) in rose-gold-plated steel.

Introducing a Newly Expanded Home Goods Section with Clocks and More – Now at the Windup Watch Shop

Introducing a Newly Expanded Home Goods Section with Clocks and More – Now at the Windup Watch Shop

Introducing a Newly Expanded Home Goods Section with Clocks and More – Now at the Windup Watch Shop

Words by Windup Watch Shop

We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home recently – living, working, and doing everything in between. Spending so much time in a single space, or a series of rooms, naturally leads to a desire to improve and add some character that might be lacking. As watch-people, other “time” related items are of interest to us as well. So, today it’s with great excitement that we launch our newly expanded Home section, which, for the first time, will have a selection of wall and table clocks as well as other curated items.

Wall Clocks

It really should come as no surprise that as watch enthusiasts, we also like a good clock… or two, or three – or at least one for every room. Below is our inaugural selection of clocks, which includes some truly iconic designs that will look good in any space.

Mondaine Wall Clocks

To launch a collection of clocks and not include perhaps the most well-known clock design in the world would have been a huge mistake… So, we didn’t make it. Based on the 1944 design by Hans Hilfikker for the “Official Swiss Railways Clock,” the Mondaine wall clocks are timeless homages to one of the greatest dial designs in history. Bold, blocky, stylish, the Mondaine wall clocks look like fresh, contemporary designs, despite being based on one that is 76 years old.

 We have two styles of wall clock by Mondaine, and the first is their classic 250mm / 9.8” variety available in two colors, red or black. The former has a red aluminum exterior and white dial with black markers, black hour and minute hands, and signature red lollipop seconds. This version stays very faithful to the Railway clock but has added presence on your wall thanks to the bright red exterior. The black version is then a striking departure from the original, with a fully inverted dial. What was white is black and vice versa. Only the red seconds hand remains the same. Housed in a black aluminum body, this version is striking, and has a more modern and severe personality. Both are available for $235

The second version features Mondaine’s Stop2Go technology, and is an app-controlled Smart clock! If you’ve ever been to a Swiss train station and watched the clocks (a weird thing to do if you’re not a watch person, we know) you’ll know that at the top of the minute the second hand hangs for two seconds, before the minute hand jumps ahead, and the seconds start ticking again. Part of a system that keeps the clocks in sync, it’s a quirky but charming trademark of the Railway clocks.

Mondaine recreated this unique motion first on one of their watches, but now have it available for your wall. Featuring a bluetooth enabled movement, the clock actually sets itself to your phone’s time, so you know it’s exact. The Stop2Go function can then be enabled or removed, depending on your mood. Either way, this is pretty much the closest you can get to a Swiss train station without leaving your home or office. Pick this version up for $295

Junghans Max Bill Wall Clocks

Sticking with the hits, we have Max Bill wall clocks by Junghans. These German-made clocks feature designs dating back to the mid ‘50s. With nearly identical dial layouts to his watches, the clocks have a clean, minimalist look that is truly tasteful, and will look good in any room. We’re excited to offer these legendary wall clocks in two sizes and two dials.

With crisp white dials with polished hands, and brushed aluminum housings, the Max Bill clocks, available in 203.2mm / 8” and 304.8mm / 12”, have an austere modern appearance. The smaller is perfect for an office or bedroom, while the larger is ideal for an office or a kitchen. The two dials, one with numerals, the other with just lines, both express Max Bill’s restrained aesthetic. The former features two indexes, one for hours, the other for minutes in Max Bill’s gorgeous typeface. The latter tells the time simply with pencil-thin lines.

For fans of the Bauhaus, Max Bill, or simply having a minimal aesthetic in their home, the Junghans Max Bill Clocks are a must have. The 8” model is $325, while the 12” is $350

Tait Wood Wall Clock

And now for something new and different, we have these wonderfully oversized wall clocks by Tait Design Co. Based in Detroit, Tait is a small design and build house that specializes in American-made goods with minimal, but modern appearances that are just a touch playful.

Measuring a bold 255.4mm / 14” the Tait Wood Wall Clock makes a statement in any room, yet its restrained design makes sure it always looks good. Fabricated in the US, and assembled in Detroit, the body of the clock is solid maple, adding the warmth of wood wherever it is installed. The dial, which is clean, yet industrial, is made of screen printed aluminum. The movement, which is hidden behind a steel plate held on by small magnets, is sourced from Takane, and made in the US as well.

The Tait Wall Clock is available in two colors, Slate and Glacier. Slate is a dark gray that offers a bolder, high contrast look. Glacier is a soft blue/gray for a brighter appearance. Though less contrasty than Slate, Glacier is still easy to read, even from across a room. Both colors are available now for $185

Tabletop Clocks

With a watch on your wrist, and a clock on the wall, all you need are some good tabletop clocks to place around your home and office. Whether on your desk, next to your computer for checking time at a glance, on your bedside table to wake you up in the morning (yes, some of these tabletop clocks feature alarms), or on a shelf as piece of decorative timekeeping, these clocks provide a little bit of horology in and on the spaces in between.

Mondaine Tabletop Clocks 

Kicking things off again with Mondaine we have two very different takes on the tabletop clock, both featuring, at their core, the Swiss Railways clock design. First is the 2-in-1 Swiss Railway Alarm Clock. Measure 125mm/4.9” this clock is unmistakably Mondaine, with a brushed aluminum body, and the dial you expect from the brand. What sets it apart, however, is its alarm feature, which is conveniently set with a discreet fourth hand on the dial, as well as unique convertible design. On the back of the clock is a threaded hole that allows you to attach the accompanying stand, should you want to place the clock on a surface. Rather it as a small wall clock? Then remove the stand and use the hanging hole instead. Pretty clever. This model comes in at $210 

Next up is the Mondaine Globe Clock, which turns the Swiss Railways clock into a little sculpture for your desk. Featuring a 60mm/2.4” spherical design with a weight red rubber body, it’s unlike any desk clock you’ve ever seen. The clock itself is a module that “pops” into the rubber body, and features a bezel and crystal that continue the shape creating a full orb, save the flat bottom that allows it to sit on a surface. The clock design is pure Mondaine, and on par with a pocket watch in size, making it small, but readable within a few feet. It’s perfect as a desk accent or even a paper weight. Up your desk game for $250

Tait Desk Clock

If you liked the Tait Wall Clock, you’ll love the Desk Clock. Featuring a very similar design, and also made in America from solid maple, aluminum, and steel, the Desk Clock measures 114.3mm / 4.5″ in diameter. With a large dial aperture, it’s big enough to be seen from a distance, yet small enough to sit comfortably on a bedside table, dresser, or shelf. The solid maple body gives the clock a nice weight, which when combined with the angled flat portion machined into the bottom of the body allows it to sit nicely on surfaces. Available now for $75

Marathon Mechanical Alarm Clock

Marathon is known for their mil-spec tool watches, so it might come as a bit of a surprise that they also make clocks of various types. The Mechanical Alarm clock caught our eyes for a few reasons. First, they feature a similar no-nonsense design and military sensibility that make their watches so appealing. The dials feel inspired by field watches, which is entirely possible, with an emphasis on large hour numerals and clear markers. Even the hands feature small strips of lume.

Next, is that they are fully mechanical. Quite a rarity these days, there are springs for both the alarm and the time you have to crank on the back of the clock. Mechanical also means there is a charmingly audible tick, and the alarm is a bell that can wake the dead. 

Available in white or black, and constructed fully of plastic, save the movement, the Marathon Mechanical Alarm Clock comes in at $20… yes, you read that right.


Not all time is measured in little units that click, rather in days, months and the passage of celestial bodies. Yes, calendars show the passage of time as well, but at the Windup Watch Shop, we wanted to highlight calendars you don’t just flip over at the end of the month and throw out at the end of the year. Rather, we wanted calendars of a more conceptual nature.

Watch fans see the words “perpetual calendar” and picture high-priced luxury watches, but there is another variety as well. One where you are the mechanism. A perpetual calendar, in this context, is a calendar that works for all years, and never needs to be thrown away. Everyday, you switch the date to be current. In doing so, not only is it always correct, but by engaging with it, you are likely to learn the date.

Tait Perpetual Calendar

Tait’s take on the concept has an appealingly crafty, low-tech look. A poster of sorts, it’s crafted, in the US, from layers and disks of screen printed chipboard, sandwiched together and bookended by a maple frame. The calendar is then hung on the wall via a ribbon. To set the date, one simply turns the disks for the day, date, and month on the left side of the calendar, and the date is read through windows on the right side.

Great for the home office, kitchen, or anywhere people might gather, the design of the Tait perpetual is playful and bold. Available with black, white, or red print, it’s the last calendar you’ll ever need, and is only $55.

MoMA Perpetual Calendar

For those who prefer something more discreet, but nevertheless, intriguing the MoMa Perpetual Calendar will do the job. Designed in 1998 by Gideon Dagan, the MoMa Perpetual is functional art for your home or office. Though it appears like some sort of small, avant-garde minimal sculpture, it is, in fact, a calendar composed of a silver circle, a black cross beam, and two small orbs. Printed on the black beam is the date, 1 – 31, and the month is printed on the silver circle. 

Both are magnetized, as are the orbs, so in order to set the date, you simply move the orbs to indicate the date and month. Simple, and efficient, there is something oddly meditative about lifting the orb and placing it down, one day at a time. Measuring 5.5” x 8” x 2”, the MoMA Perpetual Calendar is small enough to sit on the corner of a desk, on a mantle, or shelf, adding some conversation-starting decor to a room. Grab this unique object for $38

MoMA Phases of the Moon Calendar 2021

This last calendar is not of the perpetual variety, and while it only lasts a year, it doesn’t just show you the day, date, and month, though it does have that information. Instead, this calendar is all about tracking the phases of the moon. Designed by Irwin Glusker in 1995, and updated every year, this US-printed poster measures 18” x 24” and features a matte black surface. On the left are the months, on the top are the days, then arranged accordingly are the dates.

For each date is then a moon, printed in creamy gloss white, with the shadow of the Earth printed in gloss black, together indicating the Moon phase of the day. While the current date is easily readable, the moon is the star, with its various stages of waxing and waning portrayed like a pattern in motion. This calendar is great for any fans of the moon, as well as anyone with a moonphase watch, as it can be used as a reference for setting their timepiece. $18 and the moon is yours… for a year


All of the items above are joining our existing Home goods collection, which contains gorgeous prints, cool coasters, watch winders, watch boxes and more. As one last addition, which granted does not tell the time in any way, we’re also adding a new leather good, meant for the home.

Convoy Co Valet Tray

A few months ago we added a bunch of great leather watch accessories by Convoy Co. All handcrafted out of Italian leathers, they are beautiful, luxurious, and surprisingly well priced. Today, we’re expanding on that collection with a trio of valet trays. One of those items you just need, a valet tray is the place to drop your keys, rings, various pocket items, and, of course, your watch. It’s best to not leave your watch just anywhere, so having a specific spot to put it when you take it off, whether in a foyer, bedroom, office, etc, is great to have.

The Convoy Co Valet Tray features an Italian Nappa leather exterior, which is both gorgeous and hardwearing, and an Italian Suede interior, for a soft surface that is safe to place a watch on. Available in black, navy, and green, and made with black hardware, the Convoy Co Valet Tray looks as great as the watch you’ll place in it. Available now for $75.