Unique ‘hydromechanical’ watch tells time using pistons and bellows

By Muriel Kane
Friday, January 13, 2012 19:27 EDT
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Hands? Digital read-outs? All out of date The wristwatch of the future indicates the hour by using miniature pistons and bellows to drive a fluorescent green liquid around a ring.

According to a description quoted by Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing, “Pistons in the movement move the bellows. As one expands the other one compresses which moves the green Fluorescein liquid. Fluorescein even has applications in forensics to detect latent blood stains but this is likely a first and only use in horology!”

The $45,000 watch was developed by The Hydro Mechanical Horologists, which describes it as “a new dawn in watchmaking.”

This video was uploaded to YouTube by HYTwatches on January 9, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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