For Setting Patents (Class 368/185)
  • Patent number: 9740172
    Abstract: An analog electronic timepiece is an analog electronic watch capable of displaying a plurality of types of calendar information, and includes a first index adapted to indicate the type of the calendar information, and a second index adapted to indicate a value of the calendar information of the type indicated by the first index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kojima, Makoto Okeya
  • Patent number: 9720381
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying an adjusted time to a user are provided. A time display device that normally displays the correct time is used to display a modified time. This modified time is unknown to the user so that the user cannot know what the time offset is and is forced to assume that the current time is displayed. The modified time may be an advanced time or a time that is set backwards, depending on when the user wants to arrive at an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Charles Todasco
  • Patent number: 9547280
    Abstract: A device for detecting and synchronizing a position of at least one first wheel of a timepiece mechanism for an electronic analog wristwatch, includes this first wheel extending in a plane. The detection and synchronization device includes at least one light source emitting a light beam and at least one light detection system. A first light-reflecting element projects from one of an upper or lower surfaces of the first wheel of the timepiece mechanism. The light source and the light detection system are arranged so that in a determined position of the first wheel of the timepiece mechanism, the light beam emitted by the light source is reflected by the first light-reflecting element in the direction of the light detection system. The detection and synchronization device is housed within a case of the wristwatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Pierpasquale Tortora, Nicolas Cedric, Pascal Lagorgette
  • Patent number: 9524007
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a power management integrated circuit comprises a finite state machine having a first terminal to receive a digital command signal, a second terminal to receive a clock signal, and a third terminal to receive a first reset signal to reset the finite state machine into a predetermined operational state. A plurality of diagnostic registers is configured to store a signal state of the digital command signal or a clock state of the clock signal, or both in response to the first reset signal. The diagnostic registers are configured to maintain the signal state or the clock state, or both after powering down of the power management integrated circuit in response to the first reset signal. The diagnostic registers are configured to allow retrieval of the stored signal state or the stored clock state, or both upon power on of the power management integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Raymond Keith Rosik, Steven M. Bidermann
  • Patent number: 9471037
    Abstract: Spring (10) for clock mechanism, the spring comprising a body (11) extending between a first end (12) of the spring and a second end (13) of the spring, the spring being intended to be connected mechanically to a housing at each of the first and second ends, the spring comprising, between the first and the second end, at least one member (17) intended to act by contact on an element (42) of the clock mechanism, characterized in that the body comprises a deformable zone (14) extending in a curve (18) and in that the curve comprises a first part (18a) that is concave when viewed from the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Christian Fleury, Blaise Fracheboud
  • Patent number: 9429913
    Abstract: Device with coaxial disengageable wheels for a timepiece movement including an input wheel, an output wheel, a hub, and a jumper mechanism including a spring and positioning elements defining a certain number of discrete angular positions of the input wheel with respect to the output wheel around an axis of rotation. The positioning elements including hollow elements and protruding elements, the spring being configured to apply an elastic force pushing the protruding elements against the hollow elements to couple the wheels to each other below a disengagement torque. The protruding elements and the hollow elements extend in the axial direction and the spring is configured to apply an elastic force in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Daniel Gruenig, Baptist Wyssbrod, David Benjamin Kraehenbuehl
  • Patent number: 9411316
    Abstract: A coupling device for timepieces that includes an entry wheel, a coupling wheel, and a first exit wheel. The coupling wheel is disposed substantially coplanar to the plane of rotation of the entry wheel and of the first exit wheel and is adapted to tilt relative to the plane of rotation to occupy a first coupling position in which the coupling wheel meshes with the first exit wheel and a second coupling position in which the coupling wheel is decoupled from the first exit wheel. The device also includes a movable element to control the change of position between the first and the second position of the coupling wheel. The coupling wheel defines an axis of rotation that can be inclined relative to the normal to the plane of rotation of the entry wheel and of the first exit wheel by being mounted pivotably at each of the ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Société anonyme de la Manufacture d'horlogerie Audemars Piguet & Cie
    Inventors: Marc-Olivier Pages, Giulio Papi, Lauren Musitelli, Johan Montet
  • Patent number: 9239568
    Abstract: Spring (10) for clock mechanism, the spring comprising a body (11) extending between a first end (12) of the spring and a second end (13) of the spring, the spring being intended to be connected mechanically to a housing at each of the first and second ends, the spring comprising, between the first and the second end, at least one member (17) intended to act by contact on an element (42) of the clock mechanism, characterized in that the body comprises a deformable zone (14) extending in a curve (18) and in that the curve comprises a first part (18a) that is concave when viewed from the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Christian Fleury, Blaise Fracheboud
  • Patent number: 9195812
    Abstract: A method is provided for entering a password. The method includes: providing a display means which is coupled to a data processing means; displaying a timepiece with a first representation of a timepiece element on the display means, detecting a user input; and assigning an alphanumeric character of the password to the user input and the first representation of the timepiece element or a further representation of the timepiece element. In some instances, the first representation of the timepiece element is time dependent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Hannes Bonhoff
  • Publication number: 20150117163
    Abstract: A holding and indexing device for integration in a setting device of timepieces, including a fixedly-attached bushing, an axially-displaceable and rotatable shaft mounted within the bushing, a transmission element attached to the shaft end directed into the interior of the timepiece and allowing the drive of a timepiece part in the interior, and a resilient element exerting a preload force in the axial direction of the shaft. The device additionally includes an indexing ring attached to the shaft in an axially-sliding manner and having an indexing toothing. The transmission element, on a side face directed towards the ring, includes a side toothing engaged with the indexing toothing due to the force of the resilient element. In at least one direction of rotation of the shaft, applying force onto the indexing ring causes disengagement of the indexing and side toothings, thus allowing a position indexing of the timepiece part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Ferdinand SPEICHINGER
  • Patent number: 9010996
    Abstract: Device for detecting and synchronising the position of at least one first wheel (16) of a timepiece mechanism (1) for an electronic analogue watch, wherein this first wheel (16) extends in one plane, the detection and synchronisation device (30) comprises at least one light source (32) emitting a light beam (34) and at least one light detection system (36), and this detection and synchronisation device is characterised in that a first light-reflecting element (40) projects from one of the upper or lower surfaces of the first wheel (16) of the timepiece mechanism (1), wherein the light source (32) and the light detection system (36) are arranged so that in a determined position of the first wheel (16) of the timepiece mechanism (1), the light beam (34) emitted by the light source (32) is reflected by the first reflective element (40) in the direction of the light detection system (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Pierpasquale Tortora, Cedric Nicolas, Pascal Lagorgette
  • Patent number: 8942067
    Abstract: A mechanism for displaying and correcting a state of two different time measurable quantities for a timepiece includes a movement driving a first display mechanism to display a first measurable time quantity and a second display mechanism to display a second measurable time quantity, and including an adjusting member. The first and second display mechanisms respectively include first and second drive mechanisms sharing a common drive mechanism driven by the movement, and controlling a driving of one of the display mechanisms by instantaneous jumps and of the other by dragging. The display mechanisms respectively include a first and a second correction mechanism, sharing a common correction mechanism driven by the adjusting member independent of the common drive mechanism, including a friction safety device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Omega S.A.
    Inventor: Ivan Villar
  • Publication number: 20140269219
    Abstract: Universal running equation of time mechanism including a differential device outputting a running equation minute which indicates the difference between civil time and solar time, the running equation minute driving a true running equation minute which drives a true running equation hour, a jumper spring cooperating with a star wheel connected to an arbour carrying a true running equation hour hand, a time zone wheel carrying the true running equation hour hand, a train making it possible to apply, to the true running equation hour, the time difference associated with the longitude position of a user, the time zone wheel making it possible to apply, to the arbour carrying the true running equation hour hand the difference between the true running equation hour and the civil hour at the place where the user is located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Blancpain SA
    Inventor: Marco Rochat
  • Publication number: 20140192626
    Abstract: A watch includes a first input for a actuating an audible announcement of the time and a second input for adjusting a volume of the announcement. The first input produces a second signal that changes an operating mode of the watch to a second operating mode in which a second parameter is adjusted by the second input. The first input is a cover or glass of the watch and the second input is a rotatable bezel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Royal Hali Iplik Tekstil Mobilya Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi
    Inventors: Kathleen Wolff, Scott William Doyle
  • Patent number: 8705322
    Abstract: A timepiece device with multiple-hand which can be miniaturized and made thin as a whole has a configuration where a hour hand hour wheel positioned close to an hour hand to which a rotation movement of a 3rd motor via an hour hand gear train mechanism and a functional hand hour wheel positioned close to a functional hand to which a rotation movement of a 4th motor via a functional hand gear train mechanism are arranged on a front side of a support plate, and a 4th wheel positioned close to a second hand and a 2nd wheel positioned close to a minute hand are arranged on a rear side of the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Makoto Sawada
  • Patent number: 8693289
    Abstract: A timepiece device with multiple-hand includes: one or more hands driven to rotate by one or more driving motors; one or more gear train mechanisms include gears which transmit a rotation movement of the driving motors to the hands; and a support plate which supports the gears; wherein the gears include: a first gear which includes a pair of gear members provided on front and rear sides of the support plate; a second gear which meshes with a gear member provided on the rear side to transmit a rotation movement of one of the driving motors to the first gear; and a third gear which meshes with a gear member provided on the front side to transmit a rotation movement of one of the driving motors to the hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Makoto Sawada
  • Publication number: 20130201802
    Abstract: Device for detecting and synchronising the position of at least one first wheel (16) of a timepiece mechanism (1) for an electronic analogue watch, wherein this first wheel (16) extends in one plane, the detection and synchronisation device (30) comprises at least one light source (32) emitting a light beam (34) and at least one light detection system (36), and this detection and synchronisation device is characterised in that a first light-reflecting element (40) projects from one of the upper or lower surfaces of the first wheel (16) of the timepiece mechanism (1), wherein the light source (32) and the light detection system (36) are arranged so that in a determined position of the first wheel (16) of the timepiece mechanism (1), the light beam (34) emitted by the light source (32) is reflected by the first reflective element (40) in the direction of the light detection system (36).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventor: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8454225
    Abstract: Device for electromechanical watch (1) allowing an electronic control circuit of the watch (1) movement to determine the moment at which and the direction in which an indication showing a magnitude of time has to be corrected, said device including a wheel (68), which is driven by the watch (1) movement and carries means (70, 72) for actuating first and second detection means (46a, 46b) connected to the electronic control circuit, said electronic control circuit deducing, from the moment at which and the order in which the first and second detection means (46a, 46b) are actuated by the means actuating the wheel (68) driven by the watch (1) movement, the direction in which the wheel (68) is being driven by the movement at the moment when the magnitude of time has to be respectively incremented or decremented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacturing Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Christian Salzmann, Laurent Kaelin
  • Patent number: 8382366
    Abstract: The invention concerns a programmable and reprogrammable mechanical memory wheel (30) for a timepiece, including a wheel (31) that is mobile about an axis of rotation (33). It is wherein it includes a mobile heart-piece (40) which pivots relative to said wheel (31), between indexing positions (34) of said wheel (31) with which said heart-piece (40) is arranged to cooperate via an indexing finger (41) included therein and towards which said heart-piece is returned radially by resilient return means (43), and which includes at least one support surface (45) arranged for cooperating with a timepiece mechanism. The invention also concerns a timepiece mechanism incorporating at least one memory wheel of this type (30), wherein, in proximity to each wheel (30), it includes support means arranged for cooperating with said support surface (45) of said memory wheel (30) in a disconnectable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Montres Breguet SA
    Inventors: Alain Zaugg, Olivier Karlen, Christophe Bifrare
  • Publication number: 20120155223
    Abstract: Coupling device 3 between activation means 1 and mechanical display means 2 of a display mechanism, wherein the coupling device 3 is adapted to apply a motion to said mechanical display means 2, in response to activation of the activation means, wherein the motion applied to the mechanical display means 2 is inertial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: THE SWATCH GROUP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LTD
    Inventor: David HOOVER
  • Publication number: 20110242947
    Abstract: This timepiece is provided with a device for the adjustment of functions and time indications comprising a selection control (L) for each time indication which has to be adjusted and a control (T) for adjustment of the said selected time indications. At least the selection control (L) or the indication which has to be adjusted is kinematically linked with a selection cam (C1) comprising a profile corresponding to two states 0, 1, corresponding to a non-selection state and a selection state respectively, the control device comprising means (L1, L2, L3) for connecting the adjustment control (T) to each of the selected time indications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre-Alain Graemiger, Arnaud Rosenzweig
  • Publication number: 20110216630
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece can reduce a burden imposed on a user who performs a manipulation for correcting the positional displacement of a pointer when a position of the pointer is displaced due to the demonstration of the pointer movement. The electronic timepiece includes: a pointer which is rotated in a first direction based on a manipulation signal corresponding to a manipulation from the outside; and a control part which performs the demonstration of the pointer movement in which the pointer is rotated in a second direction opposite to the first direction and the first direction, wherein the pointer is positioned at a position where a rotational angle in the first direction from a preset reference position is smaller than a rotational angle in a second direction from the reference position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shimizu, Tomohiro Ihashi, Kenji Ogasawara, Kazuo Kato, Kazumi Sakumoto, Akira Takakura, Eriko Noguchi, Takanori Hasegawa, Keishi Honmura, Saburo Manaka, Kosuke Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20110205855
    Abstract: Device for electromechanical watch (1) allowing an electronic control circuit of the watch (1) movement to determine the moment at which and the direction in which an indication showing a magnitude of time has to be corrected, said device including a wheel (68), which is driven by the watch (1) movement and carries means (70, 72) for actuating first and second detection means (46a, 46b) connected to the electronic control circuit, said electronic control circuit deducing, from the moment at which and the order in which the first and second detection means (46a, 46b) are actuated by the means actuating the wheel (68) driven by the watch (1) movement, the direction in which the wheel (68) is being driven by the movement at the moment when the magnitude of time has to be respectively incremented or decremented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGÈRE SUISSE
    Inventors: Christian SALZMANN, Laurent KAELIN
  • Publication number: 20110205856
    Abstract: The invention concerns a programmable and reprogrammable mechanical memory wheel (30) for a timepiece, including a wheel (31) that is mobile about an axis of rotation (33). It is wherein it includes a mobile heart-piece (40) which pivots relative to said wheel (31), between indexing positions (34) of said wheel (31) with which said heart-piece (40) is arranged to cooperate via an indexing finger (41) included therein and towards which said heart-piece is returned radially by resilient return means (43), and which includes at least one support surface (45) arranged for cooperating with a timepiece mechanism. The invention also concerns a timepiece mechanism incorporating at least one memory wheel of this type (30), wherein, in proximity to each wheel (30), it includes support means arranged for cooperating with said support surface (45) of said memory wheel (30) in a disconnectable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: MONTRES BREGUET SA
    Inventors: Alain Zaugg, Olivier Karlen, Christophe Bifrare
  • Patent number: 8000174
    Abstract: In a timepiece with a striking mechanism, for example a minute repeater watch, in order to prevent the control stem (9) inadvertently setting the time during operation of the striking work and causing damage, an uncoupling device is inserted in the time-setting train (17), and is controlled via a mobile part of the striking mechanism. The uncoupling device includes an intermediate motion wheel (19) that can be moved, for example axially, from a rest position in which it is meshed with the castle wheel (16). Said mobile part of the striking mechanism is preferably the strike barrel arbour (46), carrying a rotating cam (56) with a spiral profile. At the start of actuation of the striking mechanism, the cam pushes a lifting lever (60), which raises a strip (25) controlling the vertical movement of the intermediate motion wheel (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Blancpain S.A.
    Inventors: Marco Rochat, Edmond Capt, Cédric Reymond
  • Patent number: 7957226
    Abstract: A correction device for a timepiece display mechanism, which includes a display member fitted with a toothing of pitch P, includes a pinion provided with a toothing of pitch p, mounted on a winding stem so as to occupy at least one display correcting position A, and a correction wheel mounted between the pinion and the display member. The correction wheel includes a first toothing defined by pitch P, a head diameter D, and a foot diameter d1, formed of teeth including a tip extending substantially angularly, and the tip is cut so as to form a second discontinuous toothing that is coplanar and concentric to the first toothing, defined by pitch p less than the pitch P of the first toothing, a head diameter D equal to the head diameter of the first toothing, and a foot diameter d2 greater than the foot diameter d1 of the first toothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Julien Chaignat, Marco Bettelini
  • Publication number: 20110090768
    Abstract: A watch with a drive by which a gear train of a digital display having one or more number disks driven in rotation in cyclical steps and a manually actuatable disk adjusting mechanism. A drive wheel is advanced rotationally in steps by the drive of the watch and rotationally blocked between the steps. A unit wheel of a unit number disk can be rotationally advanced at ten steps per revolution. A stepping device, driven by the unit wheel drives a tens number disk rotationally at six steps per revolution. An hours number disk, is rotationally advanced directly or indirectly by the tens number disk at twelve steps per revolution during one revolution of the tens number disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: Lange Uhren GmbH
    Inventor: Jens SCHNEIDER
  • Publication number: 20110044140
    Abstract: Manual device for adjusting and/or controlling a function of a timepiece comprising a case 2 housing a horological movement, said manual device comprising a rod 3 and a retractable crown 4 mounted in said case, and such that the crown comprises a cylindrical body 16 having a blind cylindrical hollow 5 surrounding a tubular passage 6 designed to surround said rod 3 and connect it kinematically in rotation to the crown 4, at least one elastically deformable means 8 pushing the crown outwards relative to the case 2, the device comprising a base 10 in the shape of a cylindrical cover designed to be fixed into the watch case and traversed by said rod 3, and an indexing structure 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 attached to said base and making it possible to index an indexing ring 15 coupled translationally, but free in rotation, to the end of said tubular passage 6 of the crown, and making it possible, via successive applications of pressure to the crown, to move from a retracted or rest position to a working position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: G. et F. Chatelain S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Marti
  • Patent number: 7891863
    Abstract: The invention concerns a corrector device for a timepiece for correcting a piece of information provided by an indicator mechanism (46), the timepiece comprising a case (1) delimiting a volume (8), the device being characterised in that it includes a control lever (14) located outside the volume (8) of the case (1) and able to be actuated by a user, and an actuating lever (16) located inside the volume (8) of the case (1) and cooperating with the indicator mechanism (46) providing the information to be corrected, the control lever (14) and the actuating lever (16) being connected to each other by a stem (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Blancpain S.A.
    Inventor: Georg Schäfer
  • Patent number: 7645068
    Abstract: Watch comprising a mechanism (50) for driving a device (1) that displays a time-dependent value, this drive mechanism (50) itself being driven by the movement of the watch, this watch also having at least one first correction element (42) acting on the display device (50) via a clockwork mechanism (2) of the drive mechanism (50), and at least one second correction element (48) acting directly on the device (1) that displays the time-dependent value, the watch being characterised in that the drive mechanism (50) is arranged so as to drive the device (1) that displays a time-dependent value in both directions when the first correction element (42) is operated, and so as to be overridden when the second correction element (48) is operated, acting directly on the device (1) that displays a time-dependent value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Compagnie des Montres Longines, Francillon S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Mahler, Alphonse Bron
  • Patent number: 7646677
    Abstract: To provide a portable electronic timepiece capable of downsizing a product without reducing a display area. Zebra rubbers are respectively fixed attached to left and right side faces of a contact member attached portion of a case by making a fixed contact portion constituting a button shaft opposed face thereof disposed on an extension of a button shaft and bringing a section connecting portion thereof into contact with connecting patterns of a contact/main board connecting portion of a main board. When the button shaft is inserted into a button shaft guide hole, a front end thereof is brought into contact with a surface of a bowl type rubber switch member having a section in a channel-like shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Hisao Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20090296533
    Abstract: A solar panel determines whether or not a wristwatch is in darkness. When the darkness has continued for a predetermined time period, e.g., for 61-70 minutes, it is determined that the wristwatch is not in use and set in a sleep state. Out of seconds, center and hour hands, at least the seconds hand is rotated to a reference position (00-second position) and stopped, and positions of the center and hour hands are detected. Therefore, power consumption during can be reduced when the wristwatch is not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi KOJIMA
  • Publication number: 20090296534
    Abstract: When detecting a rotational position of a seconds hand, it is determined whether data stored in a register in correspondence with a supply state of a drive current previously supplied to a coil of a stepping motor is “0”. When the data is “0”, the rotational position of the seconds hand is optically detected. When the data is “1”, the seconds hand is rotated one step, and then, the rotational position of the seconds hand is optically detected. Even though the seconds hand is shifted one second, the position detection is executed every two steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Kojima, Nobuhiro Aoki
  • Publication number: 20080247277
    Abstract: The invention concerns a correction device (10) for a timepiece display mechanism of the type including a display member (12) fitted with a toothing (16) of pitch P, the correction device (10) including a pinion (26) provided with a toothing (30) of pitch p, mounted on a winding stem (24) so as to occupy at least one display correcting position A, and a correction wheel (38) mounted between the pinion (26) and the display member (12). The correction wheel (38) includes a first toothing (40) defined by a pitch P, a head diameter D, and a foot diameter d1, formed of teeth (42) including a tip (44) extending substantially angularly, and the tip (44) is cut so as to form a second discontinuous toothing (46) that is coplanar and concentric to said first toothing (40), defined by a pitch p less than the pitch P of the first toothing (40), a head diameter D equal to the head diameter of the first toothing (40), and a foot diameter d2 greater than the foot diameter d1 of the first toothing (40).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventors: Julien Chaignat, Marco Bettelini
  • Publication number: 20080186808
    Abstract: An electronic device, such as a mobile terminal, includes a touchscreen display and a control unit for operating responsive to user contact with the display. The control unit is configured to display an analog clock, detect user contact with the display, and adjust displayed position of a selected clock hand of the analog clock responsive to relative locations on the display that the detected user contact occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Jong Hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20080025156
    Abstract: A time correction device has a reception unit that receives satellite signals transmitted from positioning information satellites orbiting the Earth; a time correction information storage unit that stores time correction information for correcting time information produced by a time information generating unit; and a time information correction unit for correcting the time information based on the time correction information. The satellite signals are transmitted by individual positioning information satellites, and contain a time-related information part denoting time-related information that is kept by each satellite, and a satellite information part denoting satellite information other than the time-related information. The time correction information is generated based on the time-related information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Urano, Teruhiko Fujisawa, Katsuyuki Honda, Jun Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 7305491
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of providing time-zone capability to existing personal information management (PIM) software that lacks time-zone capability, the method comprising: executing the existing PIM software; executing a time-zone application in parallel with the existing PIM software, wherein the time-zone application determines that there has been a change in time zone; and changes times of appointments stored in the PIM software to reflect the new time zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Intellisync Corporation
    Inventors: David Miller, Alex Shore
  • Patent number: 7258481
    Abstract: A method of setting/calibrating at least two display hands in an electronic device, wherein the method comprises the steps of initiating an actuation sequence of the setting/calibration mechanism; causing the first of the at least two display hands to rotate at least in one of a clockwise and counterclockwise direction and in a manner that is independent of the actuation sequence; initiating a hand selection sequence via a selection mode to select the second of the at least two display hands to be set/calibrated; and while preventing the first of the at least two display hands from rotating, causing the second of the at least two display hands to rotate in at least one of a clockwise and counterclockwise direction and in a manner independent of the hand selection sequence; wherein the second of the at least two display hands would be next for setting/calibrating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventor: Helmut Zachmann
  • Patent number: 7065718
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring time related settings using a graphical interface is presented. A user is able to configure a time-of-day and select a time zone on an electronic device using a maximum of two stylus movements. The user contacts a display with the stylus and makes an hour stroke and minute stroke in one motion, without lifting the stylus from the display. The user may adjust a time value by moving the stylus in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. When the user is satisfied with a time value, the user removes the stylus from the display. If the user wishes to toggle an AM/PM indicator, the user performs a toggle stroke to instruct processing to change the AM/PM indicator. Processing also identifies a time zone corresponding to a radix point which is created during the hour stroke and minute stroke generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David B. Lection
  • Publication number: 20040085860
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a reference wheel and one or more target wheels to be detected and corrected to the correct or standard time. The target wheels each includes a number of binary codes angularly spaced from each other, and each having a number of digits radially spaced from each other. The reference wheel includes a number of orifices angularly and radially spaced from each other, for moving over the digits of the binary codes and for determining the positions of the wheels by moving the orifices of the reference wheel relative to the digits of the binary codes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventor: Chih Hao Yiu
  • Publication number: 20040081028
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a light emitting device for generating a light, and one or more rotary wheels having one or more light receiving orifices, and one or more reflective members attached onto the sides of the rotary wheels for reflecting the light generated by the light emitting device and emitted through the orifices of the rotary wheels. The orifices may be easily and precisely formed in the rotary wheels while forming the rotary wheels, and the reflective members may be easily attached onto the rotary wheels without precisely positioning relative to the rotary wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventor: Chih Hao Yiu
  • Publication number: 20040052161
    Abstract: A mechanical clock having wireless manipulation and adjustment function includes a remote controller and a mechanical clock. The mechanical clock has a reception circuit board for receiving a wireless signal emitted by the remote controller to drive a motor to rotate. The motor then jointly leads a gear set to drive a hand of the mechanical clock to rotate. The remote controller can manipulate the alarm ring setting of the mechanical clock. The remote controller can be used to turn on or off the alarm ring timing function and the snooze function, and set the time of an alarm ring timing hand. A user can thus use the remote controller to manipulate related settings of the mechanical clock to facilitate the manipulations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: Steven Liao
  • Patent number: 6570822
    Abstract: A time period setting structure of a timer, in which a rotary disk is provided on a periphery of a setting disk, and a transparent fixing cover and several setting keys are provided in the setting disk. A LCD is also provided in the transparent fixing cover, and a rotary ringed stand is provided under the rotary disk. Several projecting teeth are provided on the outer edge of the ringed body under the ringed stand, and a sliding device is provided on a base, a projecting tooth is provided on the sliding device. When the rotary disk is clockwise/counter-clockwise rotated, to-and-fro movement between left/right and central position is accomplished by the ringed body with projecting teeth fitting with the projecting tooth of the sliding device. Such to-and-fro movement triggers conductor area of pre-set circuit, and the setting of the Hour/Minute can be achieved by operating the rotary disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: All-Time Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Stekelenburg
  • Publication number: 20030090963
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device for winding and setting the time of a timepiece such as a date watch (1) including a date disc (14), characterised in that the device includes a crown (12) arranged in the top plane of the watch (1) parallel to the plane of the movement (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Applicant: Glashutter Uhrenbetrieb GmbH
    Inventor: Mathias Schneider
  • Patent number: 6542438
    Abstract: A data transmitting/receiving system is configured so as to send data to an analog-type watch, without the need to make direct electrical contact thereto and without influencing the drive of the hands of the watch. When a timing signal that is sent from the watch is received, a data transmitting unit performs transmission. The watch does not receive data at other times, and this receiving operation is performed intermittently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruhiko Higuchi, Akiyoshi Murakami
  • Publication number: 20020140547
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of clock synchronization of a powerline modem network for a plurality of devices are provided. A plurality of devices are provided having a powerline modem and a clock (100). The powerline modem permits communication between the plurality of devices over a powerline network. A synchronization message is provided over the powerline network (102). The synchronization message includes an instruction for each of the plurality of devices to update their clock in accordance with a clock time provided in the synchronization message (104). A synchronization device may be provided to update device clocks on a powerline network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventors: Louis Roberts Litwin, Kumar Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 6454458
    Abstract: A first (5) of the indicators and a first pipe (1) form part of an angular position indicating moving part (MR1) carrying a plate (9) co-operating with a first sensor (11) for generating a position signal for said indicator as a result of discontinuities in the material of said plate. A second display indicator (6) coaxial to said first indicator is coupled to a second angular position indicating moving part (MR2). The latter, which is mounted at a distance from the first moving part, is in a meshing relationship with a second pipe (2) carrying said second indicator. This second moving part carries a second plate (18) co-operating with a second sensor (20), for generating a position signal for said second indicator as a result of discontinuities in the material of said second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Pierre-André Farine
  • Patent number: 6379037
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rotational aid for setting a multimode electronic device of the type having a rotatable ring coupled to a switching mechanism. The rotational aid includes a handle and a device for coupling the handle to the ring. The handle is positionable in at least a retracted position and a deployed position. When in the deployed position, the handle projects outwardly from the ring such that the rotation of the ring is facilitated by the movement of the deployed handle. The present invention also provides a multimode electronic device having a case and an integrated circuit operable in a plurality of states. The electronic device includes a rotating switching mechanism at least partially disposed within the case. The switching mechanism includes a rotatable setting stem operatively coupled to the integrated circuit. The electronic device also includes a ring rotatably mounted on the case. The ring is coupleable to the switching mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventors: Muhammad A. Saleh, John T. Houlihan
  • Patent number: 6367967
    Abstract: To reduce electric power consumed during the operation of adjusting the indication of time and reduce the time required for the time adjusting operation. Using a second hand driving motor and a hour/minute hand driving motor both capable of rotating in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions, the indication of time is adjusted by driving the second hand driving motor and the hour/minute hand driving motor at times different from each other. The hand driving method (hand driving direction) is determined on the basis of the time elapsed during the power saving mode measured by a time information adjusting part such that the hands are driven in a direction which results in a reduction in the power consumption or the adjusting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kojima, Makoto Okeya, Hiroshi Yabe, Noriaki Shimura, Joji Kitahara
  • Patent number: 6252825
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a rotating member (1) and a contactless electric capacitive detection device for detecting positions and/or movements of the member. In order to avoid the problems posed by conventional systems with electric switches, the detection device includes at least one capacitive sensor (2), having one or more fixed electrodes (6, 7) and a toothed rotor (5) driven by the member, and an electronic detection apparatus (3) sensitive to variations in the sensor capacitance. The device may include two capacitive sensors whose output signals are in quadrature, in order to be able to indicate the direction of rotation of the member. The rotating member may be a time-setting control stem or another component such as the shaft of a watch hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventor: Jean-Felix Perotto