Miki Eleta's Timeburner uses a piston to tell the time
The Timeburner is a novelty timepiece designed as a tribute to early combustion engines. It features a piston-driven representation of time, and comes in an industrial-looking, distinctive case. Gizmag took a look at the timepiece at Baselworld 2015.
The unusual watch that takes inspiration from Bosnian cargo trains, the "tack-tack" sound of a motorcycle engine and more. According to its creator, the piece is essentially a tribute to the earliest 19th century combustion engines. It was made by Miki Eleta in collaboration with independent watch maker Marc Jenni.
Like the HYT's H3, which was also shown off at Baselworld this year, the Timeburner takes an unconventional approach to displaying the time, though its method strikes a notably industrial tone. Its most simple element is the opening at the six o'clock position on the dial showing the passage of the hours. There's a small indicator at the base of the window to show where the current time should be read.
The method of displaying minutes is more unusual, handled via a piston at the nine o'clock position, moving in and out along the straight measure to the left of the dial. The direction of the rod of the piston indicates whether the top or bottom of the minute indication should be read – if the rod is pointing down then the 0-30 minute line should be read, if pointing up, you look to the 30-60 minute line.
The watch's case is made from stainless steel, measures 48 mm (1.88 in) across, and features 3 ATM water resistance. There's a manual winding caliber inside with a 46 hour power reserve.
The Timeburner is available in three color variations, each limited to 99 pieces. As of yet, there's no official word on pricing.