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A Watch to Watch

with a big and a little hand to enhance a feminine hand
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At the embassy reception, I was fortunate to ask the right person for the time. “Mais oui,” the attractive young lady replied and raised her left arm with the remarkable bracelet that I had noticed earlier. On the band was a large, bulbous, luminescent beetle.

I thought she misunderstood my question, until she pressed her finger on the head of the ornament, causing its shell to open as two wing covers. At first, I pulled my head back, half expecting the jewelry to extend wings and fly away, until I saw that the covers had revealed a spherical watch. As its hands hovered and came to rest like compass needles, I saw that it was made of three glass spheres, each inside the other.

The outer globe was fixed to the watch base, had hour markings and contained a small amount of liquid in which the next globe floated. That crystal orb had a minute hand inscribed on its surface and held, floating within, an hour sphere. The woman explained that each inner sphere was positioned and rotated by a magnet underneath.

I became so enchanted discussing the workings of the stunning and distinctive timepiece, that I completely lost track of the time.

FarmerJohn, Jan 08 2003

illustration and schematic http://www.geocitie...johnnie/beetle.html
[FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]


       I'd probably spend the next 5 years just looking at it. I love watches you see. You could say that I'm a chrono-phille..ha, ha.
talen, Jan 08 2003

       Wow amazing, I’m only sorry this wasn’t one of yours.
Isis, Jan 08 2003

       Very nice, though I don't imagine everyone would be able to pull off wearing it.
Pharaoh Mobius, Jan 08 2003

       Daylight savings time must be a nightmare at your house [FJ].
Shz, Jan 08 2003

       I'm so glad you came to this site, FJ.
snarfyguy, Jan 08 2003

       when a young man speaks of an attractive young woman (french accent - nudge, nudge) ... blah blah blah and then he goes on to speak of *the woman* - my feminine intuition kicks in - hey, he's not looking at the watch...
po, Jan 08 2003

       Spheres within spheres! Resting on the back of a scarab! How protoptolemaic! Biscuit!
bungston, Jan 08 2003

       With its irridescent shell casing, if you put a day/date function on that watch, you could call it the "June Bug" model. Perfect for feminine grads and June brides. Regardless of name, a stunning bit of jewelry. Perhaps we should ask you to change your name to FabergeJohn.
jurist, Jan 09 2003

       Farmer John, I don't know if it's just coincidence or if you have actually seen something like this, but my mother just gave my daughter a pair of scrunchies, ( I think they're called), with this exact beetle design. Push the antennae together and the wings pop open, no time piece though. (+)   

       I have no conscious memory of having seen it. The function leads thinking logically to locket applications.
FarmerJohn, Jan 09 2003


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