For most people, time is watched by time, but when you raise your wrist to watch time, how many people have paid attention to the design of the hands? The movement of the pointer drives the focus point of the eyes. Each brand’s pointer has its own characteristics, and even some brands of pointers will be firmly memorized by watch fans. The design of the pointer should be exquisite and smart, not affect the time, but also beautiful. . In the previous article, we introduced Breguet’s hollow eccentric ‘moon-shaped’ pointer, Vacheron Constantin’s crown princess needle, Rolex’s lightning pointer, Omega seahorse’s bee pointer and IWC pilot’s flight pointer. The editor below introduces some Seemingly familiar pointer.
Audemars Piguet: the classic church pin
Church pin, called CATHEDRALE in French, is commonly used in Sven or square watches. This is the clock hands from the European Gothic church bell tower. Beginning in the 12th century, the ancient Romanesque architecture, which symbolized the absolute authority of religious status, no longer appealed to the church, and was replaced by Gothic architecture characterized by tall, straight, and pointed buildings. For a time, the church’s minaret, which was endowed with the divine spirit, blossomed all over Western Europe.
At present, the vertical pendant of various church-shaped pointers in watches is inconclusive, high or low; the rhombuses are also different in size. The flat 90-degree positive rhombus is the most plump basic shape, and there is also an acute angle of about 75 degrees. diamond. Because of the rich sense of history and humanity conveyed by church pins, many vintage watches or commemorative watches have chosen church pins. Audemars Piguet’s traditional ultra-thin watch uses a square pillow-shaped rose gold case. The gold Arabic numerals on the dial and the gold church hands inherit the design of an antique watch, which is dazzling and not flamboyant. Also loved by church needles is Longines, whose Beja watches are also favored by many women for their elegant appearance.
Girard Perregaux: romantic willow-shaped hollow hands
Girard Perregaux CAT’SEYE series ladies watches show the noble and elegant feminine beauty. 18K rose gold creates smooth lines. The dial design not only highlights the center but also implies a sense of layering. At twelve o’clock, there is a moon phase display window. The deep night sky is dotted with bright stars, and the retrograde seconds hand and retrograde weekday retrograde display under the dial bring a static and dynamic visual contrast. The willow-shaped hour and minute hands are decorated with hollow, which is more chic and delicate, which is also different from the retrograde hand. Under the embellishment of the diamond, the hollowed-out hands are even more elegant, and every detail is inseparable from the overall design.
White silk strap with 18K rose gold folding buckle, stylish and beautiful. The watch is designed with a sapphire crystal glass back and is equipped with an internal GP03390 self-winding movement, which provides a 46-hour power reserve when fully wound.
Rolex: The Mercedes Benz Needle
Although Greenwich watches are specifically designed for professional use, their unparalleled functionality and design make them popular with tourists at the same time. In addition to the time display in different time zones, Greenwich’s sturdy material and easy-to-match appearance are not only suitable for wearing around the world, but also suitable for any occasion.
The ‘Benz’ style logo on the hands is easy to fill with more luminous paint, making the reading in diving and night clear, and the Mercedes-Benz hand has become a classic. Although some brands have tried Mercedes-Benz needles since then, people still think of Rolex’s famous ‘Water Ghost’ when they see Mercedes-Benz needles. In fact, whether it is a Mercedes-Benz owner or a Rolex watch owner, it is basically correct to use the word ‘courage to explore’.
In addition to the traditional hour, minute and second hands, the Greenwich II is equipped with a separate 24-hour hand and a 24-hour progressive two-way rotating graduated bezel. The 24-hour hand shows the reference time in the first time zone (such as the time of residence), and the hour can be read on the outer scale.
Omega: Tough Arrow Needle
The arrow-shaped pointer has a very obvious sign, a striking triangular arrow at the needle head, and the watch hand as a whole arrow. The hands are large enough to be bold, and they are mostly used in military watches and diving watches. Can be filled with luminous paint, very practical. Omega’s hippocampus series is a typical example of sticking arrows. Some arrow-shaped needles will be made into a hollow effect, see through the chassis color, and highlight the sense of fashion. Due to the eye-catching indication, it is also often used as a special hand, such as a 24-hour hand.
The Omega Seamaster GoodPlanetGMT watch is equipped with a blue dial and hour markers. The wide hour and minute hands lead the dial. The bright orange aluminum GMT hands enable the wearer to record time in dual time zones. The polished blue two-way rotating bezel is equipped with a bright orange GMT scale. The case is equipped with a helium exhaust valve at 10 o’clock and a calendar window at 3 o’clock. A 44 mm stainless steel case with a bracelet of the same material is equipped with an Omega 8605 coaxial movement.
Panerai: minimalist pins
Stick pins are simple in design, beautiful in appearance and easy to identify. The craftsmanship is not as complicated as vintage Breguet needles and rosette needles, and it is easy to mass-produce. Therefore, they are widely used by many prominent and practical watch brands. Simple and straight, straight rod-shaped pointers with slightly wider needles make it easy to fill with various luminous paints. This is the common point of these pointers. Many brands will also make some changes to the rod pointer. For example, only the pointer tip is filled with luminous paint, or a hollow effect is made to highlight the sporty fashion sense, so that the sturdy and simple rod-shaped pointer has a masculine taste, and also has some design sense.
Panerai LuminorMarina series watches have the classic design elements of Panerai, highlighting the tough navy temperament. The number 9 position is a simple small second. This design reduces the number of gears in the movement transmission system and reduces the thickness of the watch. Black dial with luminous Arabic numerals and signs. The rod-shaped hour and minute hands complement the scale design, capable and simple.
Tudor: The Creative Snowflake Needle
The Tudor Heritage BlackBay series 79220R watch has a rare burgundy outer ring that can be rotated in one direction, which makes it easy to think of Rolex’s Cola ring. This watch introduced a blue model in 2014, which is really playful. The shape of the hands is also unique. Such ‘snowflake’ hands are very rare. At the same time, snowflakes are also adorned with the Tudor logo at 12 o’clock. The pointer has a unique oxidation effect, exuding a sense of nostalgia. The black dial has striking hour markers, and each hour marker is coated with a green luminous coating, which can read the time clearly in the dark, so that the time can be seen at a glance.
In addition, this watch has a water resistance of 200 meters and a screw-in crown to meet the daily waterproofing needs of the wearer. This watch uses the ETA2824 movement, which is also an entry-level movement. This movement has been launched for half a century and has also introduced many extended versions. Many of Tudor’s junior series are using this movement, but the shock absorber and fine-tuning device have been replaced. This is the self-persistence of Tudor Watch Factory.
Summary: Watches and clocks themselves are a delicate mechanical world. Only after careful study will you find the beauty and mystery contained in them. Every discovery will make new discoveries, and maybe a small detail will change the overall style. Do you remember the above ‘high cold and lonely’ pointers? The dial of a watch is like the dashboard of a car. When you face it every day, you will always pay attention to its design. Among different design styles, there is always one that you can love. (Picture / text watch home Li Shuai)