I love this one!! I call it the QuatroRetro (for four retrogrades). I have always admired the action of a vintage retrograde movement, and have attempted to unite this feature with a contemporary look—a bit of pizazz! The result is a very colorful and unique timepiece (the band is color-coordinated with the dial), yet with a fascinating and challenging way to tell time. It dazzles the senses as it exercises the mind!
A study of the colored prototype to the right will help greatly to understand the time-telling method. (Different models can offer different color combinations.)
(Click on image to enlarge.)
The dial is divided into quarters, as follows:
1. The top quarter (maroon) represents hours, and is calibrated from 1 to 12. At the beginning of each successive hour, the hour hand will jump to the next number. (It does not remain between the numbers, but moves in whole-number increments.) This watch makes no distinction between AM and PM.
2. The left-side quarter (pink) represents minutes, in increments of 5, from 0 to 55. As with hours, the minute hand does not remain between the numbers. This hand is shaped differently from the hour hand.
3. The right-side quarter (light-green) represents minutes, from 0 to 4. These minutes are added to the minutes noted in the previous section. (See example below.) This minute hand is shaped like the other minute hand.
Ex. To indicate 48 minutes: The 5-minute-increment hand is on
“45” and the 0-4 minute hand is on “3.”
4. The bottom quarter (dark-green) represents seconds, calibrated in increments of 10, from 0 to 60. This hand moves smoothly rather than incrementally, as the other hands do, and is shaped differently. Its forward and retrograde motion are easily visible to the naked eye.
All four hands exhibit a counterclockwise retrograde action, as follows:
a) the hour hand in moving from 12 to 1
b) the 5-minute-interval hand in moving from 55 to 0
c) the 0-4 minute hand in moving from 4 to 0
d) the seconds hand in moving from 60 to 0
(Now that you fully understand the time-telling method, can you “figger out” the time in the above diagram??? See bottom of page for answer.)
There is no alarm or date function. The display is pure analog–a throwback, if you will, with no flashing LCDs or LEDs. The dial can include a full set of numbers along with the calibrations, to make time-telling easier, or just the few, as indicated. I prefer just the few—more minimalistic. How about you?