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  • Simple, modern designs catching your eye?

    Let's see 'em...We've discussed a number of modern designs recently. I've got my eye on one--though the hands & case are decidedly vintage-inspired, it has modern features such as rubber straps and digital display. I realize I'm far behind on this trend, though I did have an ana-digi Timex in the 1980s.

    Here's one I fancy:

    Image by RRL

    What sort of simple modern timepice would you favor?
    Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

  • #2
    Wow, tough topic. I just glanced through my collection pics... nope, not a single one can be classified as "modern", well, one, perhaps. My dead Swatch I bought in '86 or so. Can't find a pic of it either!

    As for the iconic "modern' watch... I choose Mondaine. There is a balance of weight, color and 'white space' that seems to have found harmony here. I would not mind owning one of these (wonder... do they have a mech version?)...


    • #3

      Good choice Sparky. I know at one time Mondaine did make several different mechanical versions of their classic railway watch, not sure if they still do but I think so.

      Without hesitation my choice would be this one...

      I almost wish I still had one. No, that's a lie. I definitely wish I still had one. A truly great, very useful watch with the right blend (for me) of old and new.


      • #4
        Actually they do have an automatic version. Watchismo even has it for 20% off right now with the code TIMEMACHINE20. (Talk about fortuitous timing... I just read that email 5 minutes ago.)

        My wife has one of the discontinued eco-matic models that is one of her favorites.



        • #5
          My choice for a modern design would be the MIH watch, sort of the negative Mondaine in the looks department. I really want to add one of these to my collection someday.



          • #6
            Well chosen! I had forgotten these. Sweet!


            • #7

              Plus one on the MIH. I'd take almost any of Ludwig Oechslin's recent offerings.


              But even this wears off in time.


              • #8
                wwii modern for me

                makes for a very contemporary design I think:

                "most things are NOS for a reason"


                • #9
                  Originally posted by wintermutt View Post
                  I'd take almost any of Ludwig Oechslin's recent offerings.
                  I couldn't agree more. He is a master of "simplified" complications and their presentation.


                  • #10
                    Mondain? Modern?


                    • #11
                      Modern -vs- Bauhaus

                      It seems to me most of these are all Bauhaus revival, itself an expression of German industrial design and architecture between the World Wars.

                      I think clean, simple and classics can be updated to look right in the 21st century without looking like another design movement.

                      This strikes me as truly modern....

                      And this....well... thats a modern update of "Classic" if ever I saw one!


                      • #12
                        Good point Tyler.

                        The Mondain is a "Modern" design, with a capital "M", as in Modern-ist or Modern-ism, epitomised by Bauhaus design.

                        One of my personal favourite "Modern" designs is this Chronoscope by Junghans; the so-called Max Bill. Bill was an Architect - a student of Walter Gropius at the Bauhaus. His recently revived watch designs were originally created for Junghans in 1962.

                        If we're talking modern with a small "m", as in contemporary 21st C. design, I'll go with the Oeschlin designs noted above. His work would probably be better categorized as Post-Modern, Deconstructivist, or even Post-Structuralist (given his apparent rejection of the received objective truths of "modern" watchmaking culture, and much of the populist value narrative).

                        But even this wears off in time.


                        • #13
                          This Rado for me, Brad

                          <a href=";current=Rado55.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

                          A modern classic for me.
                          I'm so sick and tired of my friends who can't handle their alcohol. The other night they dropped me three times while carrying me to the car


                          • #14
                            Couldn't agree more Ken just need to be an automatic movement. The skipping and sputtering of the quartz second hand on that watch just leaves me flat. I have seen it in person with a smooth continuous sweep second that watch would sing.
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                            • #15
                              Love the MIH suggestions. A quick one....

                              Saw this on TZ not long ago. Love this shot and the simplicity of the design too. Other ideas would be something from Xemex probably.