Published on August 10, 2017 in Industrial design
It’s a common fact that some designs have the staying power that others can only aspire to. For some reason, they just get better with age. It doesn’t apply to everything of course; no one is clamoring for more Comic Sans. But there are certain things which never really went out of fashion: against all the odds, even as technology threatened to surpass them with newer and better products, they are still here. In this article, we celebrate our top three classic designs that are still relevant today.
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Whether made to decorate your person or your home, these picks made our list because they are not only great to look at, but they marked enormous breakthroughs in engineering. With their release, things would never be the same again.
The mechanical watch is a thing of beauty. An intricate system that captures and tracks the passing of time, shrunk down to a size that can be strapped to your wrist. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment of the watch’s incarnation, but from around the end of the fifteenth century to the 1970’s the mechanical movement ruled supreme. Enormously customizable, watches have been pulled into just about every era’s design fad. Yet somehow the classic strap and watch face retains a timeless appeal.
Despite the advent of quartz watches in the late 20th century and most recently, smartwatches, Swiss mechanical watches are still some of the most highly valued in the world. The likes of Rolex will certainly set you back a fair bit, but you can still find incredible vintage watches on the second-hand market, such as these models from Tissot, for example.