Convertible Watches

Convertible watches have the ability to transform themselves.
convertible watches

For instance by changing their appearance using mechanisms such as an aperture like the Valbray V.01 or switching functions, going from a wristwatch to pocket watch for example.

Some convertible watches such as the Tag Heuer 69 (pictured) have the ability to switch from analog to digital displays.

Convertible watches aren’t new, Gruen in 1910 made a convertible pocket watch aimed at women which came with a bracelet to transform it into a wristwatch.

Earlier, in the 19th century soldiers started modifying their pocket watches so that they could be worn on their wrists by fitting them with makeshift cupped leather holders converting them from pocket watches into wristwatches.

Worlds first mechanical watch pen, the Anura Rafael Write Time

anura rafael write time

The Anura Rafael Write Time is the worlds first mechanical watch pen, Combining a tourbillon watch and fountain pen into one, the Anura Rafael Write Time is a unique convertible objet d’art that transforms from watch to pen and vice versa. Its made up of what the brand refers to as a “capsule” which to usea s a watch …

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Revelation R04 Tourbillon featuring the Magical Watch Dial.

Revelation R04 Tourbillon featuring the Magical Watch Dial. 1

Swiss watch brand Revelation presents new model Revelation R04 Tourbillon featuring the Magical Watch Dial. Living up to their name since their emergence in  2007 Revelation are known for their watches with a novel mechanism: by rotating the watch’s bezel the caliber beneath is revealed thanks to the use of the patented dial using polarizing discs …

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Latest Valbray watch reveals the devil behind its aperture mechanism.

Latest Valbray watch reveals the devil behind its aperture mechanism.

Valbray are a fairly new brand launched in 2009. The unique aspect to their watches is the use of a diaphragm or aperture to hide and reveal the watch face. The aperture consists of 16 blades and does not require lubrication due to the use of ceramic bearings.  Its opened and closed manually by turning the …

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Oakley Full Metal Jacket converts to pocket watch.

Oakley Full Metal Jacket converts to pocket watch.

If you like the idea of being able to choose whether to wear your timepiece as a wristwatch or a pocket watch then the Oakley Full Metal Jacket could be for you, assuming you like the typically robust Oakley styling. Part of the “High-end Elite” line of watches the FM Jacket is made from impact forged …

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Porsche Design P6520 Compass Watch

Porsche Design P6520 Compass Watch

Designer Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche created the first compass watch in 1978 and the P’6520 Compass Watch is a modified re-issue of that one, its been updated for the 21st Century by increasing the diameter to 42mm and this new version also now sports a titanium case. The watch is limited to 911 pieces. The Porsche …

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. The timeless icon with the unique swivel case.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. The timeless icon with the unique swivel case.

This year is the 80th anniversary of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, a watch able to rotate 180 degrees within its case and devised in order to protect the watch face. With that in mind, an article on this iconic reversible watch seemed in order. Sporting beginnings The Reverso was released in 1931, and its idea came about as the …

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Manufacture Royale Opera. Million Dollar Accordian watch

Manufacture Royale Opera. Million Dollar Accordian watch

Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer famous for his wit and advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade was apparently the inspiration behind the Manufacture Royale Opera. Would he have approved? Hard to know. Its quite an extravagance, given the time in which he lived , probably only Louis XV could have …

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Parmigiani Bugatti Tourbillon watch transforms into dashboard clock.

Parmigiani Bugatti Tourbillon watch transforms into dashboard clock.

Parmigiani teamed up with Bugatti to create a watch for their 16C Galibier car and the Parmigiani Bugatti Tourbillon Watch was the result. Its a convertible watch designed to be four timepieces in one. The 16C is a four seat luxury sedan which shares the W16 8.0L engine of the Bugatti Veyron, but with two superchargers instead …

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S.T.A.M.P.S. watches have interchangeables straps and faces.

S.T.A.M.P.S. watches have interchangeables straps and faces.

S.T.A.M.P.S. watches took the idea of the postage stamp and based a watch design on it. Like the real thing they have adhesive backs and come in huge array of designs, with interchangeables straps and faces. They come in a 42mm by 42mm (non water-resistant) perforated case. “Stick it on anything, anywhere you like. Remove it if …

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Valbray V.01. Conceals dial using aperture mechanism.

Valbray V.01. Conceals dial using aperture mechanism.

Watchmakers have created designs featuring apertures – a shutter mechanism featuring blades – since the 1950’s. You will remember having seen this type of mechanism at the start of James Bond movies. Valbray use it as a double display mechanism to hide and reveal the watches dial, with a turn of the bezel it opens and closes …

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