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Miki Eleta's Timeburner uses a piston to tell the time

Miki Eleta's Timeburner uses a...
The watch offers industrial styling and an unconventional representation of time (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
The watch offers industrial styling and an unconventional representation of time (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
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The Timeburner is available in three color variations, each limited to 99 pieces. There's no official word yet on pricing
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The Timeburner is available in three color variations, each limited to 99 pieces. There's no official word yet on pricing
The watch offers industrial styling and an unconventional representation of time (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
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The watch offers industrial styling and an unconventional representation of time (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
The method of displaying minutes is handled via a piston at the nine o'clock position (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
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The method of displaying minutes is handled via a piston at the nine o'clock position (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
Display of minutes is handled by a piston at the nine o'clock position, moving in and out along the straight measure to the left of the dial (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
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Display of minutes is handled by a piston at the nine o'clock position, moving in and out along the straight measure to the left of the dial (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
Gizmag got a chance to see the timepiece in the flesh at Baselworld 2015 (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
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Gizmag got a chance to see the timepiece in the flesh at Baselworld 2015 (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
According to its creator, the piece is essentially a tribute to the earliest 19th century combustion engines (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
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According to its creator, the piece is essentially a tribute to the earliest 19th century combustion engines (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
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 than the 0-30 minute line should be read, if pointing up then you look to the 30-60 minute line (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
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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 than the 0-30 minute line should be read, if pointing up then you look to the 30-60 minute line (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)
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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 Timeburner is available in three color variations, each limited to 99 pieces. There's no official word yet on pricing
The Timeburner is available in three color variations, each limited to 99 pieces. There's no official word yet on pricing

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.

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3 comments
Bob Flint
Clunky relict from the days of ICE, maybe a rotary engine would be more appealing, certainly more compact.
Nelson Hyde Chick
That is the ugliest wristwatch I have ever seen!
Joe Sobotka
Quite large and ugly :) It'l also probably cost a small fortune.