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Watch with all-mechanical “digital” display

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

Watch with all-mechanical “digital” display
This sweet looking limited-edition Di Grisogono Meccanica DG watch looks like a hybrid mechanical-digital watch. But in fact, it’s all completely analog, with 651 pieces in total. No digital parts or LEDs at all.

Only 177 of these amazing timepieces are going to be available to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company. They’re calling it the most complicated digital-analog timepiece in the world, and it probably is since the digital display is actually mechanical, with rolling tubes that form the digital segments. It will be available in four styles. Red gold, titanium and gold, titanium and platinum and titanium and rubber. The Meccanica DG is also waterproof to 100 feet

Here’s how it works:

The mechanically operated digital display of the second timezone shows tens of hours, single hours, tens of minutes and single minutes, all displayed by mobile microsegments driven by an assemblage of 23 cams connected to a set of gears and a triggering and synchronization system. The time information is displayed by an array of 23 horizontally and vertically positioned microsegments. Vertical segments are 9 mm high and weigh at most 25 milligrams while the horizontal segments measure 2.90 mm in length and weigh only 10 milligrams. The segments have four faces: two opposing visible faces fitted with colored strips and two opposing unmarked faces. Time changes are effected by 90° rotations of the required segment or segments. Involving one to twelve segments, time changes are lightning fast.

[Sybarites] VIA [Gizmodo]

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