Dial Or Hand Patents (Class 368/228)
  • Patent number: 7859951
    Abstract: A movement assembly for controlling at least one display indicator of a first display assembly and at least one display indicator of a second display assembly in a wearable electronic device, wherein the at least one display indicator of the first display assembly is arranged different from the arrangement of the at least one display indicator of the second display assembly, wherein the movement assembly is adapted for individually receiving both the first display assembly and the second display assembly, wherein the display functionality of the wearable electronic device is changeable based on the display assembly operatively coupled to one or more gears in the module and whereby the module can be used to provide differing display functionality based on the display assembly coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventor: Michel G. Plancon
  • Patent number: 7821877
    Abstract: A pointer indication type timepiece, wherein three projecting portions (11) projecting from a shaft part (112) to an outer peripheral side and formed in such a shape that a cylinder is split into two parts along a central axis direction are disposed at a root portion (113) of the shaft part (112) of an hour wheel (110) at equal intervals in the circumferential direction of the shaft part (112). The projecting portions (11) engage with a circular hole (123) in a dial washer (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shin-ichi Sakamaki, Kazuo Sakamoto, Masanori Katayama
  • Patent number: 7742364
    Abstract: A timepiece display apparatus causes a day hand to move reciprocally by means of center wheel, driven day wheel, cam, lever, and rack. These wheels, cam, lever, and rack can be easily arranged to fit the available space on the main plate of the movement, and the construction of the display apparatus can thus be simplified. Furthermore, locating the cam between the rotary shaft and rack of the lever portion enables arranging a plurality of parts more compactly than if the cam is disposed to a different location, and affords a simple assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Imao Hiraga, Shigeyuki Fujimori, Yoichi Hayashi, Kenichi Okuhara
  • Publication number: 20100118662
    Abstract: A clock kit includes a clock mechanism having a plurality of clock hands and a sticker assembly having a plurality of stickers providing indicia corresponding to a plurality of positions for the plurality of clock hands and positioned between at least one liner sheet and at least one liner sheet. A first adhesive force between a first side of the stickers and the liner sheet is less than a second adhesive force between a second side opposing side of the stickers and the transfer sheet. A third adhesive force between the first side of the stickers and a surface on which the clock kit is to be mounted is greater than the second adhesive force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: DCWV ACQUISITION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Christina Smith
  • Publication number: 20100074061
    Abstract: A multifunction time display device includes a main body, a first element, a second element, and an indication element. The main body includes a casing, and the casing possesses a transparent portion. The first element moves inside the casing as time goes by. The second element is removably attached to any position of the transparent portion of the casing. The indication element is triggered when the first element moves to overlap the second element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chia-Ying Lee, Yen-Chiu Hsu, Ailing Lu, Mei-Lin Chan
  • Patent number: 7596057
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chronograph watch with a display with a first retrograde hand for indicating the tenths of a second of the chronograph and a second retrograde hand for displaying the hundredths of a second of the chronograph. The hours, minutes and seconds are displayed by corresponding hands at the center of the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: TAG Heuer SA
    Inventors: Stephane Linder, Thomas Houlon, Marc-Andre Glassey
  • Patent number: 7564742
    Abstract: A timepiece having an openable and closable dial plate, includes a stationary segment included in the dial plate, and a movable segment included in the dial plate and reciprocating between an open position and a closed position, the movable segment being positioned at the closed position by abutting with the stationary segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Clock Inc.
    Inventor: Toyonori Muraji
  • Publication number: 20090154301
    Abstract: A pointer indication type timepiece, wherein three projecting portions (11) projecting from a shaft part (112) to an outer peripheral side and formed in such a shape that a cylinder is split into two parts along a central axis direction are disposed at a root portion (113) of the shaft part (112) of an hour wheel (110) at equal intervals in the circumferential direction of the shaft part (112). The projecting portions (11) engage with a circular hole (123) in a dial washer (120).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Shin-ichi Sakamaki, Kazuo Sakamoto, Masanori Katayama
  • Publication number: 20090059732
    Abstract: The dial (4) of the watch is fitted with an indicator (10), preferably with a hand (11), which displays the function fulfilled by the control crown (8), respectively in each axial position of said crown, including the highly water resistant position in the case of a screwed in crown. The indicator is controlled by the axial movements of a sleeve (15) secured to the crown (8), via a transmission mechanism (30) including a slide block (35) that is mobile parallel to the axis of rotation (14) of the crown. The hand (11) is secured to a pinion (32) meshed with a rack (34) arranged on the slide block (35). The slide block (35) includes a flexible part (38) between a back part that slides in a groove (36), and a front arm (39) provided with a lateral finger (40) engaged in an annular groove of the sleeve (15). This transmission is compact and facilitates assembly and removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventors: Christian Bracher, Raphael Courvoisier
  • Patent number: 7499380
    Abstract: Dial (2) designed to equip a watch piece provided with luminous marks (32) lodged under a mother-of-pearl semi-transparent layer (20) inside blind hollows (35) made in the semi-transparent layer (20) and filled with a phosphorescent pigment (32). The luminous marks (32) form an image (61) visible in darkness and essentially invisible in daylight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventors: Christophe Gouthier, Philippe Hubbard
  • Patent number: 7496003
    Abstract: The invention relates to an analogue display device for a timepiece. The inventive device consists of display means which are disposed such as to perform jumps in relation to a dial comprising a haphazard series of values to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Franck Müller Watchland S.A.
    Inventor: Francesco Müller
  • Publication number: 20090040879
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device for conveying information in an analog manner, wherein a controller is operable in a first mode and at least a second mode, the dial assembly is operatively coupled to the controller, and is a liquid crystal display assembly, and preferably a cholesteric liquid crystal display, wherein the dial assembly displays informational indicia corresponding to the mode in which the electronic device is operating, and wherein the informational indicia is changeable based on the mode in which the wearable electronic device is operating; and wherein the positioning of the display hand as it rotates in the one of the clockwise and counterclockwise directions in the predefined increments conveys the information by referring to particular informational indicia, and wherein the controller operatively controls the positioning of the hand so that the hand can convey the information in the analog manner for each of the at least two modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Louis M. Galie, Wolfgang Burkhardt, Gerhard Stotz
  • Patent number: 7480213
    Abstract: A mechanical timepiece has a plurality of divisional segments divided in a movable manner, a driving source operable to produce a driving rotation for moving the divisional segments, an ornamental portion to be exposed by outward movement of the divisional segments, and a plurality of driving mechanisms operable to move the divisional segments and rotate them about their axes so as to change an exposure state of the ornamental portion by using the driving rotation transmitted from the driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Clock Inc.
    Inventor: Toyonori Muraji
  • Patent number: 7408846
    Abstract: The ornamental article is a bangle or ring which can house a watch or item of jewelry. The article has two or more planar portions fixed at a 90° angle and a display area that spans the surface of at least two of the planar portions to form a continuous angled display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Fredi Brodmann
  • Patent number: 7406004
    Abstract: A clock with an insertion part is provided to facilitate presenting various illustrations such as photographs, advertising copy, logos, etc., upon the front surface thereof after purchase by a customer. The insertion part is separately provided apart from the clock and then inserted into and coupled to the main clock frame from the rear after assembly of the clock. In a preferred embodiment, the clock includes the main body frame, an hour plate, a transparent case and a backside case, with the part being inserted into the insertion opening provided in the backside case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Hiromori Corporation
    Inventor: Junji Hiromori
  • Publication number: 20080159082
    Abstract: To provide a display device for a timepiece wherein model changes can be easily made with a simple structure in a timepiece with a retro display. In a day display device, an hour wheel, day intermediate wheel, and cam are disposed on the same axis, and a lever and small day indicator are disposed so as to enclose these components, whereby a simple configuration can be achieved. A large space for accommodating the lever can be provided between the substantial center and the peripheral edge of a main plate on which the hour wheel, day intermediate wheel, and cam rotate on the same axis, and various shapes are made possible by freely extending the lever from the substantial middle to the peripheral edge of the main plate. Therefore, it is possible to form first through third gear parts through, and to provide three positions A through C for incorporating the small day indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Imao Hiraga, Kenichi Okuhara
  • Patent number: 7362662
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a display face having a color time field with a first axis representing a first unit of time and a second axis representing a second unit of time, wherein a colored section fills the color time field as time elapses and wherein a current color displayed in the colored section is one color in a set of different colors that correspond to a predetermined measurement of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Timothy R. Lang
  • Patent number: 7362661
    Abstract: A device for teaching one about telling time is provided. The device includes a clock face with rotatable minute and hour hands. The minute and hour hands are adapted so that a user of the device can rotate them manually to indicate a preselected time. The device is able to detect the positions of the hands around the clock face, and to move the hands to indicate a predetermined time without any manual manipulation of the hands by the user. The device can be programmed with a variety of games that a user of the device can play to learn about telling time. The user can manually set the clock hands to indicate a time requested by the device and, if the time the user sets is incorrect, the device can automatically set the hands to the correct time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: K. & M. International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Yager, Michael K. Grasela
  • Patent number: 7339855
    Abstract: A mechanical timepiece has an ornamental portion and a plurality of movable units operable to expose and hide the ornamental portion. Each of the movable units includes a divisional segment for exposing and hiding the ornamental portion by inward and outward movement, a holding plate configured to hold the divisional segment in a movable manner so as to move the divisional segment in inward and outward directions, and an attachment structure for attaching the divisional segment to the holding plate. The attachment structure is formed integrally with at least one of the holding plate and the divisional segment. The attachment structure includes engagement portions projecting from both sides of the holding plate and a pair of holder members formed on a surface of the divisional segment so as to have an L-shaped cross-section with their tip portions being opposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Clock Inc.
    Inventor: Toyonori Muraji
  • Patent number: 7339856
    Abstract: A novel device for displaying the correct time comprises a clock with interchangeable and attachable panels comprising decorative indicia or figures; a second hand with replaceable indicia or figures, minute hand, and hour hand; and means to drive said timing hands. The interchangeable panel is removably attached to the front face of a clock with a viewing window for viewing the normal travel of the second, minute, and hour hands. The movement of the second hand with the replaceable indicia simulates a sports action as it moves from the 9:00 position to the 3:00 position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Kevin Hardesty
  • Patent number: 7267480
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for decorating the dial of a clock with photos, papers, or other embellishments so as to create a decorative personalized memory for the person's home or office through the creation of a specific customized timepiece incorporating memorabilia from the personal special event. The invention incorporates the use of a blank clock dial with hour numbers printed on it and adhering decorative paper memorabilia to the clock face. The invention also includes the use of a distinctive pair of clock hands to set it apart from the decorative items adhered to the clock face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Innovation Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd M. Hasson
  • Patent number: 7196974
    Abstract: A clock assembly (10) having a removable central clock mechanism (12) with time indicating hands (18, 20, 21) is adapted to be mounted on a flat vertical surface (26) with and separate removable hour disks (14) having numerals (34) connected to hanger elements (36) adapted to be mounted on the vertical surface around the central clock mechanism in correct positions to tell time. Doll clothes (40) are selectively hung on or removed from the hanger elements behind the numerals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Tina Y Yang, James Holmes, Jean M Kuerten, Mark S Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 7170826
    Abstract: There is provided a multifunction timepiece wherein the visibility of pointers can be improved, and increases in the thickness of the timepiece can be reduced. This timepiece includes a dial, an hour hand, a minute hand, a pointer, and a movement. The dial has a dial cover and a time display section on the inner periphery thereof. The hour hand is mounted on the time display section and has an hour hand rotating shaft disposed at a different position from the center position of the time display section. The minute hand is mounted on the time display section and has a minute hand rotating shaft disposed at a different position from the center position of the time display section. The pointer is mounted on the time display section and has a pointer rotating shaft. The dimension A from the pointer rotating shaft to the tip of the pointer is greater than the dimension B from the minute hand rotating shaft to the tip of the minute hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuneaki Furukawa, Eiichi Nagasaka, Koji Fukui
  • Patent number: 7154815
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an electronic astronomical watch, in particular of the wristwatch type, said watch (1) being capable of indicating the position of celestial bodies in the heavens, said watch (1) including: a time base (48) for producing a standard frequency signal; means (50) for determining the current time and date from the standard signal means (28, 30) for selecting a celestial body; analogue time display means using two hands (10, 12); means (32) for determining the position of the selected celestial body in the heavens and indicating this position via the display means (10, 12), the watch (1) being wherein it includes a rotating dial (14) on which there is shown the map (16) of the heavens and in that the shape of the hands (10, 12) is such that their intersection or point of conjunction enables any point of the map of the heavens (16) to be designated on the dial (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Raymond Froidevaux
  • Patent number: 7154817
    Abstract: The apparatus includes at least one information storing unit, a unit for processing said information, a management and control unit receiving control signals from the processing unit and a supply unit controlled by said management unit and controlling the movement of said two stepping motors above a dial bearing markings Ri representative of said information. The apparatus is characterized in that said processing unit is provided with an algorithm or correspondence table between a marking Ri and angles ?i?i formed respectively by each hand from a measurement reference and in that the shape of said hands is such that when they have the angular orientations ?i ?i, their elongated parts can intersect above said marking Ri, or their tips can be aligned opposite said marking Ri. The apparatus may be a wristwatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Raymond Froidevaux, Gilles Rey-Mermet
  • Patent number: 7120093
    Abstract: A watch frame comprising a dial face having a circumferential boundary surrounding the dial face. A single series of hours indicia are arranged along and following the circumferential boundary and surrounding an interior region of the dial face. A first and second time movement, each including respective hour and minute handles are arranged in spaced relationship to each other with the hours and minute handles or each movement operating in conjunction with said single series of hours indicia. A first three stem arrangement coupled to and controlling the first time movement and a second three stem arrangement coupled to and controlling the second time movement having a polygonal shape to compliment that of the watch face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Daniel Lazaretnik
  • Patent number: 7072246
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device for conveying information in an analog manner at least in part by the use of at least one display hand positioned on the dial side of a dial, and a rotatable ring positioned on the opposite side of the dial, wherein the wearable electronic device uses the coordination of the display hand(s) and the ring to convey information that is stored in the controller of the device and/or provided by sensors and/or an external transmitter. An actuation mechanism, preferably a stepper motor, is used to rotate the display hand and ring in the clockwise and/or counterclockwise directions in predefined increments to convey the information. In the preferred embodiment, the wearable multimode electronic device is a wristwatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventor: Ronald S. Lizzi
  • Patent number: 7050359
    Abstract: A clock with a seemingly gravity-defying time-indicating element adjacent a substantially vertically disposed dial comprises a magnetic guide element positioned behind the dial for movement around the dial as a function of time, and a magnetically responsive time-indicating element such as a metallic-appearing sphere positioned for viewer visibility in front of the dial. The time-indicating element is magnetically coupled to the guide element for movement therewith around the front of the dial in apparent defiance of gravity to indicate the time without becoming decoupled from the guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Gideon Dagan
  • Patent number: 7038975
    Abstract: There is provided a type of luminous hand including a part made of moulded transparent material that forms a circular head (28, 35) and a body (28, 34) of a hand. In order to direct a portion of a light beam parallel to the axis (15) of the hand towards the interior of the body, the head includes a plurality of reflectors (40, 41) distributed around the axis and formed by dihedron shaped hollows. This improves the intensity and uniformity of the light in the hand body. Inclined light-diffusing surfaces, covered with a light coloured paint, are arranged on the bottom face of the hand. In a display device with several coaxial hands (11,12) such as that of a watch, the reflectors of the superposed heads (29, 35) of the hands are located at respective distances from the axis which are different from one hand to another, such that they never completely cover each other. The light source preferably includes three light-emitting diodes (23) located under the dial (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Yvan Ferri, Jean-Jacques Born, René Viennet, Joseph Ricchiuto
  • Patent number: 7035171
    Abstract: A timepiece has a portion of its case body capable of being removed from the rest of the case body. The removable portion bears an interchangeable dial plate. The device is configured in such a manner that the dial plate never serves as a stopping abutment when it is inserted in the timepiece. A closure device allows the interchangeable dial to be suitably fastened to the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventors: David Hurni, Jacques Marchand
  • Patent number: 7023764
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clock comprising a clock face with hands and clockwork elements. Said clock face comprises a non-rotationally symmetric surface in the direction of rotation of the hands. The inner ends of the hands are rotatably mounted in a displaceable manner around a pivoting axis which extends in a peripheral manner with respect to the peripheral rotational axis of the hands and in a perpendicular manner with respect to the longitudinal axis of the hands. A control element is provided, enabling the hands to be pivoted in such a way that they can be displaced at an equal distance from the surface of the clock face as they go round.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventors: Gottfried Wolf, Michael Sporrer
  • Patent number: 6999383
    Abstract: A clock with luminous hands has a clock panel with a front clock surface and a rear surface to which a hand-driving assembly and a power inverter are mounted. The hand-driving assembly has a pin protruding through the clock panel and extending from the front clock surface. An hour hand and a minute hand both formed by single-pole CCFLs are mounted around the pin with one end. When the power inverter produces a high voltage conducting to the pin, both the hands are energized to generate light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Chine-Fu Wang, Cheng-Ming Kuo
  • Patent number: 6993680
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to make it possible to secure data retained by a cache memory with high reliability without increasing the size or cost of a storage device. When a host-handling processor and a disk processor have recognized occurrence of a power failure, operation of a storage device is continued for about one minute on DC power that is supplied from a battery module. After a lapse of one minute from the occurrence of the power failure, the host-handling processor interrupts the connection between the storage device and a host. Then, the host-handling processor turns off a SW of a host I/F and the disk processor writes, to an HDD, data that have been written to a cache memory. After completion of this processing, the disk processor turns off a SW of the disk I/F and a SW of the HDD. Then, the disk processor causes the battery module to supply DC power only to the cache memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Fukumori
  • Patent number: 6982931
    Abstract: A watch face uses liquid crystal displays along with a reflective polarizer to produce backgrounds with selective appearances. Therein, the watch employs a polarizer to produce polarized light that is passed downward to a liquid crystal display. The liquid crystal display selectively rotates or does not rotate the polarized light. If the light is rotated, a reflective polarizer layer located beneath the liquid crystal display reflects the rotated light back upward off its surface to provide the watch face with a first color. If the light is not rotated, then the light is transmitted through the reflective polarizer layer to a reflective dial surface disposed beneath. The light is then reflected off the dial surface to provide the watch face with a second color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Fossil, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Brewer, Diarmiud John St. Colum Bland
  • Patent number: 6975562
    Abstract: A method for indicating that a wearable electronic device is operating in a selected mode, wherein the wearable electronic device comprises at least one hand operatively coupled to an actuation mechanism. The method comprises the steps of (a) moving the hand from a first position to a second position, wherein the movement of the hand is through a predetermined sweep angle; (b) moving the hand from the second position back to the first position through the predetermined sweep angle; and (c) repeating at least step (a) and if necessary, repeating step (b); whereby the hand oscillates between the first position and the second position while the wearable electronic device is operating in the selected mode. A wearable electronic device that comprises the foregoing methodology is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventor: Ronald S. Lizzi
  • Patent number: 6965543
    Abstract: A radio controllable clock includes an analog display having a plurality of clock hands each fastened to a uniquely associated one of a plurality of clock hand shafts that each rotate about a common axis. The clock also includes a plurality of rotary gears each uniquely associated with one of the clock hand shafts, for rotating the clock hand shafts. Each rotary gear has a face perpendicular to the common axis, wherein each of the rotary gears includes a protrusion extending substantially perpendicular from the face. A microcontroller provides a plurality of drive command signals and the rotary gears are driven responsive to the drive command signals. A reset claw is operably positioned to engage at least one of the protrusions to stop the rotation of the clock hand shaft associated with the protrusion in order to position the clock hand associated with the protrusion at a datum position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Kienzle Time (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Wai Ki Shum, Wan Sang Chan
  • Patent number: 6947351
    Abstract: The invention concerns a watch equipped with means for determining a location longitude and a device for determining the sun's altitude above the horizon. Said watch comprises a mobile element (16) doing one full rotation in 12 hours and bearing a hour hand (24), and a dial (32). It comprises for this purpose a rotating ring (44) for reading longitude, bearing an index mark (47) and, therefrom, a scale (45) in degrees, extending from 0° to 90° on either side of the index mark and covering the ring (44) over its whole periphery. Moreover, the dial (32) is provided with a circular scale (33) for selecting a time zone, with a median point (35) corresponding to the dial top point and a graduation from 0 to +6 hours or ?6 hours depending on the rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: The British Masters SA
    Inventors: Eric A. Loth, Pierre-André Finazzi
  • Patent number: 6831880
    Abstract: A display face is created by cutting or slicing a bowling ball wherein a portion of a weight block or core center of the bowling ball is displayed. The weight block or core is different in different balls. Accordingly, a slice of the bowling ball with the weight block therein creates a novel or unique appearance on the display face. The unique display face may be provided with clock hands and indicia representing clock numerals mounted in front of the bowling ball slice. Alternatively, the bowling ball slice may be utilized as a plaque on which an award plate is mounted or on which indicia are engraved. The display face may not contain a portion of the weight block or center core where slices taken from the periphery of the bowling ball or taken from a bowling ball without a weight block or center core. Additionally, the bowling ball may be provided with a fragrance to create a scent, and this fragrance a scent may also be associated with the display face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: William Ziegler
  • Publication number: 20040228221
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clock comprising a clock face with hands and clockwork elements. Said clock face comprises a non-rotationally symmetric surface in the direction of rotation of the hands. The inner ends of the hands are rotatably mounted in a displaceable manner around a pivoting axis which extends in a peripheral manner with respect to the peripheral rotational axis of the hands and in a perpendicular manner with respect to the longitudinal axis of the hands. A control element is provided, enabling the hands to be pivoted in such a way that they can be displaced at an equal distance from the surface of the clock face as they go round.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: Gottfried Wolf, Michael Sporrer
  • Patent number: 6813222
    Abstract: A watch comprising a motor driving in rotation a first rotary hour indicator at a period of 1/N revolution per day, and a second rotary minute indicator driven by a concentric axis. The invention is characterized in that the minute indicator (13, 23) is driven at a speed (N+1)/N revolutions per day, N being a whole number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Marc De Salivet De Fouchecour
  • Publication number: 20040213088
    Abstract: A watch, instrument panel and the like includes a face with a UV-reactive jewel and, optionally, other indicia. A UV-LED is provided in the watch or is directed at the instrument to illuminate the jewel. The jewel then disperses the radiation from the UV-LED toward the other indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Michelle J. Fuwausa
  • Patent number: 6809992
    Abstract: A clock with a twenty four hour display includes a minute hand, a second hand, a minute scale, a date display, and an hour scale on a first conchoid. The first conchoid includes an outer loop for the hours of the day from 6-18 hours and an inner loop for the hours of the day from 18-6. A crossing point of the inner and outer loops is established at the hours of 6 and 18. To achieve unambiguous indication, the hour hand is made variable in length. In a second conchoid offset by a constant amount radially inwards with respect to the first conchoid, which for instance is milled in the form of a groove in the dial, a guiding element is moved azimuthally through the inner part of the hour hand, which receives an overlay of radial movement owing to the shape of the second conchoid. The second conchoid and the guiding element may be covered by a disc joined to the inner part of the hour hand and turning with it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventors: John C. Ermel, Robert Greubel, Stephen Forsey
  • Patent number: 6807129
    Abstract: A clock includes a support hanger, a hand-moving mechanism attached to the support hanger, a number of time indicators suspended from the support hanger, and hands attached to the hand-moving mechanism to point at the time indicators by action of the hand-moving mechanism. The clock does not have a conventional face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Sunflower Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Man-Yan Chan
  • Patent number: 6724691
    Abstract: The apparatus of timepieces which provide an unobstructed central area of a permanent opaque face for enhanced display of artwork, logos, holograms, text, designs and/or pictures which enables the wearer to discern the time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Edward Kaminsky
  • Patent number: 6714485
    Abstract: A timepiece is disclosed allowing a reading of a first conventional time information by means of first analogue display means including a dial (5) and hours (4a) and minutes (4b) indicator members driven by a movement of the timepiece, this timepiece including second analogue display means allowing a simultaneous reading of second time information based on a decimal system wherein time is divided at least into thousandths of a day. The second analogue display means include the dial and the minutes indicator member in addition to complementary analogue display means (4a, 7; 4a, 7*; 4a, 8; 4c, 9; 4c, 9*; 4c, 10; 11, 12) indicating at least approximate decimal values (71; 81; 91; 101; 111) of the full hours expressed in thousandths of a day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Swatch Group Mngmt Services AG
    Inventors: Carlo Albisetti, Daniel Donzé, Clément Meyrat
  • Patent number: 6579004
    Abstract: An internet watch in accordance with the present invention further comprises a beat hand 4 to indicate internet time and a beat dial 5 mounted on the circumferential outside of the watch having an hour hand 1, a minute hand 2, and a second hand 3, thereby the internet watch can indicate internet time in addition to Standard time on the basis of GMT. The beat dial 5 is marked with 1000 beats with a day being divided into 1000 equal parts in internet time. The best dial 5 is assembled to be rotatable so that the internet time can be adjusted when the user travels in a region where a different standard time is applied. The beat hand 4 which rotates once a day and the beat dial 5 on which 1000 beats are marked facilitate to get internet time easily without conversion to the standard time based on GMT, which is variable according to the longitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Romanson Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwang-Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 6577558
    Abstract: A watch (1) allows the identification and the division of three time periods over a day and comprises a dial (2); a hand member (3) having a movable pointing end (15); and a path (12), with respect to wich said movable pointing end (15) is moved, which is provided with an initial position (13; 13a) and a final position (13; 13b), wherein the run time of said path (12), from the initial position (13; 13a) to the final position (13; 13b), of said movable pointing end (15) is of eight hours, said watch (1) comprising identification means (18, 19; 20, 21, 22) of an 8-hour period corresponding to said path (12), capable of displaying three different time states (WT, FT, NT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Giuseppe Ricci
  • Patent number: 6556513
    Abstract: A digital dial face for facilitating a display of time. The dial face comprises at least one centrally located hour indicator and a plurality of minute indicators disposed about the periphery of the hour indicator. Each of the minute indicators may be selectively operative to display a prescribed series of minutes of time. The hour indicator and the minute indicators may collectively function to facilitate the acknowledgment of time. The arrangement of the hour and minute indicators may be reversed such that a single minute indicator and a plurality of hour indicators are provided. In either case, the user may determine time by reading the alpha-numeric display of the central indicator and recognizing the position of the illuminated peripheral indicator. Information displayed on the peripheral indicator need not be read to provide an approximation of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Richard C. Wimberly
  • Patent number: 6556514
    Abstract: A combination clock and art set apparatus, including a clock face having a plurality of elements arranged to mark at least one time interval, and clock hands arranged for movement relative to the elements and one another to indicate a time. At least one element or at least one hand includes an artist's implement. In an embodiment, at least one element or at least one hand can be removably secured to the face. In another embodiment, the apparatus includes a pair of adjustable straps that can be used to secure the apparatus to a back of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Products of Tomorrow, Inc.
    Inventor: Juan Fernandez
  • Patent number: 6525997
    Abstract: A wearable mobile computing device/appliance (e.g., a wrist watch) with a high resolution display that is capable of wirelessly accessing information from the network and a variety of other devices. The mobile computing device/appliance includes a user interface that includes software mechanisms for enabling watchface orientation in either of: circular and elliptical modes, and further to enable the further display of textual content in remaining portions of the display when in either circular and elliptical mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chanrasekhar Narayanaswami, Mandayam T. Raghunath