For the Grandparents
Vortic Pocket Watch Conversion – To Preserve America’s Watch Heritage
We’re big fans of what Vortic is doing, not just because the watches themselves are cool, but because of the way RT Custer and his team are teaching all of us a little bit about pocket watch history and the possibilities of modern American manufacturing. As a gift, we think their option to have your own personal pocket watch made into a wrist watch is a great idea for a grandparent, who might have an old pocket watch lying around, unused, but totally capable of being serviced and worn, again, on the wrist. Vortic of course returns the original pocket watch case with the newly converted wrist watch, so family heirlooms can continue to be passed from one generation to the next.
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date – A Charming, Classic Complication
There’s something old fashioned that we love about the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date that makes it a great gift for a grandparent. The watch is available in gender neutral sizes, and the style is classic but uses modern manufacturing techniques so reliability isn’t an issue. Mostly though, we think the pointer date complication is a great throwback and incredibly useful, and gives this watch a sense of old school charm that not many at this price point possess.
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Muji Cuckoo Clock
The cuckoo clock is often derided as kitsch, and might be thought of by many as simply the punchline in one of the greatest movie quotes of all time, but we think this modern interpretation by MUJI, and available in the MoMA store, is nice looking, fun, and totally gift worthy. It’s a great shade of red, and sized right to fit on a shelf or a desk. The cuckoo is set to pop out every half hour, but the ingenious light detection mechanism on the front keeps the clock silent when the household is sleeping.
Ox and Bull Watch Movement Cufflinks
Similar to the way Vortic is making use of old pocket watch movements, the folks behind these cufflinks have repurposed old hand wound wrist watch movements from the 1950s as cufflinks. The use of watch movements for this purpose is fun on a couple of levels. First, it’s a great conversation starter, and allows the wearer to display their love of watches in a way that doesn’t involve wearing a watch at all. Secondly, it’s a reminder that watch movements of a previous generation were really, really small. In the era of exhibition casebacks and watches of 40mm and up, this kind of movement making is largely a thing of the past. These cufflinks are a fun reminder of another era, and, as cufflinks, have a visual interest that is hard to deny.