- November 1, 2011 |
- 12:30 pm |
- Wired November 2011
- 1// Devon Tread 1
Perfect for: Dropping a car’s worth of cash on something more original than a Rolex or a Patek.
Geek factor: Half the fun is explaining the mechanism: Pulleys and four mini motors circulate a system of numbered belts, and a tiny microprocessor keeps everything ticking meticulously.
- 2// Casio CA53W-1
Perfect for: Reliving the glee of typing “7734206? into a calculator during math class.
Geek factor: On top of enabling hot integer-on-integer action, this throwback is future-proof, with a calendar programmed through 2099, by which time you should have outgrown this whole retro-geek thing.
- 3// Nixie Watch
Perfect for: Ensuring that you will never, ever get a date.
Geek factor: Lovingly crafted in a maker’s workshop out of cold-cathode tubes and aircraft aluminum. A tilt sensor activates the old-school orange display only when you check the time, preserving battery life.
- 4// Breitling Montbrillant Datora
Perfect for: Getting in touch with your inner Larry Ellison.
Geek factor: Elegant timekeeping harbors navigational muscle: a tachometer for rate-of-speed calculations, plus integrated slide rule and chronograph for time/distance computation. (Raft and flare not included.)
- 5// Phosphor World Time E Ink
Perfect for: Going to sleep in LA and waking up in Tokyo.
Geek factor: High-contrast E Ink digits remain visible at all hours, while 24 programmable time zones and dual time-zone display keep you dialed in across meridians and the International Date Line.