Including Dial Details Only Patents (Class 368/232)
  • Patent number: 10101711
    Abstract: Past and future time visualization enables a user to visualize the amount of time that has passed or when a future time will be reached. By triggering past time visualization, a device displays an arced line from a previously selected time to the present time. By triggering future time visualization, a device displays an arced line from the present time to a selected future time. In some embodiments, when the future time is reached, an alarm is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Barbara Carey Stackowski
  • Patent number: 9766590
    Abstract: The method makes it possible to produce a decorated component for a timepiece or piece of jewellery. This component provided with the decoration may be, for example, a watch hand. To produce said component, a base substrate is used and a micromachining operation is performed on or in the base substrate to obtain an upper part of the component, which is provided with the decoration. The decoration is produced through the thickness of the upper part and in a programmed pattern. Thereafter, the upper part is placed on a luminescent or colored substance to obtain the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventor: Marc Stranczl
  • Patent number: 9483022
    Abstract: A clock face that creatively displays the current time includes an analog clock face having hour markers arranged in a counter-clockwise numerical sequence. An hour hand and a minute hand travel in a counter-clockwise direction around the dial, corresponding to the counter-clockwise hour markers. The dial moves in a clockwise direction to display an hour marker corresponding to the current month at the top of the clock face. The hour hand and the minute hand both move counter-clockwise corresponding to the hour markers while the dial moves in a clockwise direction, enabling the clock face to show the current time and current month at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Arshak Avetyan
  • Patent number: 9354614
    Abstract: A display module for a timepiece, including a dial, on a lower face of which is secured a digital information display device, a solar cell, and a plate. The solar cell is accommodated in the plate such that the solar cell is underneath and at a small distance from the dial. The assembly formed by the dial and the digital information display device is disposed atop the solar cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Fabian Dubois, Jean Laconte, Martin Jufer, Stephane Leoni, Marc Schlappach, Mile Vidovic
  • Patent number: 9296163
    Abstract: A metallic layer is formed on a resin-made dial plate main body by surface treatment. A front surface of the main body is provided with a circular or arc-shaped second design face around a rotation shaft of a pointer, and a first inwardly inclined face and an outwardly inclined face continued to the second design face so as to rim an inside and an outside of the second design face and gradually extending toward a rear surface as extending away from the second design face. These first inwardly inclined face and outwardly inclined face are provided on a smooth face. Other portions except these first inwardly inclined face and outwardly inclined face are provided on a corrugated face on which a plurality of convexes and concaves are formed and having a surface roughness rougher than the smooth face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Isamu Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9134703
    Abstract: The invention relates to an at least partially enamelled dial whose visible surface includes areas standing out in relief, including a first part made of ceramic material or another compatible substrate that may or may not be coated with enamel including at least one through hole and at least one second part made of ceramic material or another compatible substrate that may or may not be coated with enamel. According to the invention, said at least one second part includes a main, projecting face which is larger than the section of said at least one hole and said at least one second part is secured to the first part to totally cover the periphery of said at least one hole without the second part projecting into the hole, so as to form a relief dial with improved rendering. The invention also relates to the method of manufacturing this type of dial. The invention concerns the field of at least partially enamelled dials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Pierry Vuille, Frédéric Jeanrenaud
  • Publication number: 20150078145
    Abstract: A timepiece movement driving at least one output arbor for receiving an indicator displaying a physical or temporal magnitude facing and above a complementary indicator or a dial, the complementary indicator or dial being arranged on a local reference or bearing surface included locally in the movement about of each the output arbor of the movement, or being arranged on the local reference or bearing surface. The output arbor includes, on a side of a local reference or bearing surface thereof, a free end which is either recessed or flush with respect to the local reference or bearing surface thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Baptist Wyssbrod
  • Patent number: 8976632
    Abstract: presenting A timepiece faceplate includes a plate-shaped member provided on one surface with a ridge having a function for reflecting and scattering incident light, which is made of a material having optical transmission properties; and a layer in which numerous powder particles having a function for reflecting light are dispersed and which faces a surface opposite from the surface on which the ridge of the plate-shaped member is provided. The plate-shaped member and the layer of the timepiece faceplate are superimposed when viewed from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Koki Takasawa, Takumi Oshio
  • Patent number: 8971158
    Abstract: Method for securing a decoration (1) to an external timepiece element (2) coated with a galvanically deposited metallic layer (3). Instead of the decoration (1), a dummy part (5) is temporarily placed in the hole (4) pierced in the external element (2), and the galvanic deposition (3) is then carried out. After the deposition has been levelled, the dummy part (5) is removed and the decoration is placed in the hole (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Pascal Grossenbacher, Thomas Froelicher
  • Patent number: 8964513
    Abstract: A transparent substrate (10) made of a transparent material resistant to temperatures higher than 500° C., such as sapphire, includes recesses (13, 14) in at least one of its faces (11, 12) and/or a groove (15) machined into its thickness, that are covered with opaque, translucent or transparent enamel depositions (23 to 30) that may or may not be colored, depending upon the pigments used in the enamel composition. The invention is applicable to a dial of a timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gilles Derriey, Christian Verdon, Stewes Bourban, Giancarlo Poli
  • Patent number: 8947983
    Abstract: Dial (1) for a timepiece (100) comprising a front face (2) which forms a visible display surface and is opposite a back face (3), characterized in that the dial includes, either at least one cavity (4) extending into at least one portion of the thickness of said dial (1) between said visible surface (2) and said back surface (3), or at least one peripheral surface (40) extending into at least one portion of the thickness of said dial (1) between said visible surface (2) and said back surface (3). At least one said cavity (4) or at least one peripheral surface (40) includes at least one undercut surface (5), extending into at least one portion of the thickness of said dial (1) between said visible surface (2) and said back face (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Stefan Stark
  • Patent number: 8917579
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece dial that presents a rich stereoscopic effect, and to provide a timepiece comprising the timepiece dial, the timepiece dial of the invention comprises a microlens layer composed of a plurality of microlenses arranged in an orderly fashion as viewed in a planar view, and a decorative layer composed of a repeating design having a plurality of constituent units. As viewed in a planar view, the microlens layer and the decorative layer are superimposed, and the decorative layer has regions where pitches of the constituent units that are adjacent are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Koki Takasawa
  • Publication number: 20140362673
    Abstract: A watch for keeping time that comprises a watchcase for housing the movement, the stem, and the crown. The watchcase comprises a lid having a crystal and a body configured to mate with the lid, the body comprising a floor that supports the movement and a wall surrounding the floor, wherein the wall has a notch into which the crown protrudes and wherein the watchcase formed by mating the lid with the body encloses the movement, the stem, and the crown on all sides. A method for setting the time on a watch with an enclosed crown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: David EARL
  • Patent number: 8897101
    Abstract: To offer a timepiece faceplate having exceptional transmission of light as well as exceptional aesthetic appearance, and to offer a timepiece provided with the timepiece faceplate, a timepiece faceplate of the invention is provided with a first plate member including a material having an optical transmission property, and a second plate member including a material having an optical transmission property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Kawakami, Yoshiyuki Obi
  • Patent number: 8891337
    Abstract: A digital day/night display device includes an hour disc provided with ciphers 1-12 representing the hours, and made such that light can pass either through the ciphers or through parts of the hours disc surrounding these ciphers; a rotative day/night disc located under the hours disc including a first zone and a second zone of different colors or shadings; and a mechanism for driving in rotation the hours disc and the day/night disc. The zones extend under the ciphers of the hours disc. Also provided are elements for driving the hours disc in a continuous way and at a constant speed at the rate of two revolutions in twenty-four hours and other elements for driving in a continuous way but intermittently the day/night disc at a rate of one revolution in twenty-four hours. A time piece provided with this digital day/night display device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Montblanc-Simplo GmbH
    Inventors: Gildas Le Doussal, Pascal Winkler
  • Patent number: 8879368
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a horologe, such as a watch or clock, in which a removable and interchangeable face can be inserted and removed from the horologe and replaced with another face without disconnecting components of the horologe or interfering with the horologe measuring time. In one embodiment, the horologe comprises a horological movement; a housing having a rim and a mount plate, a removable face for insertion into a faceplate compartment, and an inner transparent cover. A portion of the rim may be extendable away from the housing to reveal an opening to receive a removable face. In one embodiment, the horologe may comprise an extendable drawer, which is adapted for insertion into and selectably extendable from the faceplate compartment. In one embodiment, the horologe may comprise an outer bezel, which has open and closed positions for revealing and covering the opening of the faceplate compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: James J. Jacobi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8879369
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece faceplate having appropriate light permeability with excellent aesthetic appearance having glittering property, and an electrical timepiece equipped with a solar battery, a timepiece faceplate of the invention includes a faceplate main body that has light permeability, and a glittering layer that is provided on either one of a front surface side and a back surface side of the faceplate main body and is configured by dispersing a glittering powder into a light permeable resin. The glittering powder is configured by laminating a metallic oxide film above one surface side of a plate shaped base material, which has light permeability, and the glittering powder is a lamination powder that an average grain diameter is more than 10 ?m and less than 90 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Koki Takasawa
  • Patent number: 8873346
    Abstract: An assembly including a watch dial and a bottom plate, the bottom plate being delimited by an upper peripheral rim which is extended downwards by an external peripheral surface, the watch dial being secured to the upper peripheral rim of the bottom plate via at least first and second securing mechanisms, wherein the first securing mechanisms includes a boss provided on the external peripheral surface of the bottom plate, the dial having a peripheral edge via which the dial is held between the head of a nail or a screw and the upper peripheral rim of the bottom plate, the head of the nail or screw being extended by a shank which is housed in the boss of the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: David Correa, Yvan Ferri, Stephane Rychen, Roger Willemin
  • Publication number: 20140313868
    Abstract: A timepiece includes: a base board made of any of ABS resin, AS resin, and PS resin, and including a projection portion; a rotary board made of any of ABS resin, AS resin, and PS resin, and rotatable about and relative to the projection portion; a rotational shaft projecting toward a front side of the base board through an opening formed in the projection portion, an end of the rotational shaft being connected with a hand provided for indicating time; an ornamental body movable relative to the base board; and a securing member made of any of POM resin, PST resin, and PA resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: SEIKO CLOCK INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi TAKEMATSU, Toyonori MURAJI
  • Patent number: 8830797
    Abstract: This timepiece comprises an indicator dial (40), a days-of-the-month mechanism (1) comprising a days-of-the-month mobile (10) and a stepper drive member (13) for driving the days-of-the-month mobile (10), a months mobile (30) coaxial with the days-of-the-month mobile placed beneath said dial (40) and connected to the days-of-the-month mobile (10) by stepper drive means (12, 20) formed so that the months mobile (30) turns through an angle of 30° each month. The dial (40) has twelve windows (41) that are angularly equidistant and the months mobile (30) supports a distinctive zone (32) of which the trajectory passes through said windows (41) and of which the maximum angular extent is 30° and the minimum angular extent corresponds to that of said windows (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Dominique Dubugnon, Adrien Farron, Christian Fleury
  • Patent number: 8787120
    Abstract: An external element for a wristwatch, containing an electronic device and a power source for powering the electronic device with electric energy, wherein the electronic device and power source are integrated in the exterior element, to form an autonomous electronic module, which is completely independent of the wristwatch movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Emmanuel Fleury, Martin Bisig
  • Publication number: 20140177401
    Abstract: To fabricate an external timepiece element in which there is inserted at least one decoration, the decoration is formed of anterior and posterior parts respectively intended to emerge from the external element and to serve as a mechanism of anchoring the decoration in the external element. A master mold is provided, the master mold including a hollow pattern cavity matching dimensions of the anterior part of the decoration. The decoration is placed in the pattern cavity. The master mold is filled by the galvanic deposition of a metal. The external element obtained is removed from the master mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Pascal Grossenbacher, Thomas Froelicher
  • Patent number: 8743664
    Abstract: Dial module for a clock provided with several pointers whose shafts can be driven by the clock mechanism, characterized in that the dial module (1) consists of a casing (10), at least two separate pointers, whereby each pointer (2,3) is provided with its own separate concentric dial (6,7), and whereby at least a pointer (3), together with its shaft (5) and dial (7), can move with respect to another first pointer (3), such that the two pointers (2,3) never overlap one another, and that the mobile dial(s) (7) always maintain a fixed orientation with respect to the casing (10), whereby the upper visible part of the pointers (2,3) and the dials (6,7) are arranged on a single continuous surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Benoit Mintiens
  • Publication number: 20140064045
    Abstract: A timepiece for displaying a value of a time unit is provided, comprising a read element (5), wherein a rotation of the read element (5) can be controlled manually, and a form element (4), which rotates according to the time unit, wherein the rotation of the form element (4) is independent of a manually induced rotation of the read element (5), wherein the value of the time unit can only be read when the read element (5) and the form element (4) coincide, in that the angular position of the coincidence indicates the value of the time unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: HANNES BONHOFF
  • Publication number: 20140016446
    Abstract: Assembly comprising a watch dial (1) and a bottom plate (2), the bottom plate (2) being delimited by an upper peripheral rim (4) which is extended downwards by an external peripheral surface (6), the watch dial (1) being secured to the upper peripheral rim (4) of the bottom plate (2) via at least first and second securing means, said assembly being characterized in that the first securing means comprises a boss (18) provided on the external peripheral surface (6) of the bottom plate (2), the dial (1) having a peripheral edge (10) via which the dial is held between the head (14; 24) of a nail or a screw (12; 22) and the upper peripheral rim (4) of the bottom plate (2), the head (14; 24) of the nail or screw (12; 22) being extended by a shank (16; 26) which is housed in the boss (18) of the bottom plate (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: David CORREA, Yvan FERRI, Stephane RYCHEN, Roger WILLEMIN
  • Publication number: 20130279304
    Abstract: Dial (1) for a timepiece (100) comprising a front face (2) which forms a visible display surface and is opposite a back face (3), characterized in that the dial includes, either at least one cavity (4) extending into at least one portion of the thickness of said dial (1) between said visible surface (2) and said back surface (3), or at least one peripheral surface (40) extending into at least one portion of the thickness of said dial (1) between said visible surface (2) and said back surface (3). At least one said cavity (4) or at least one peripheral surface (40) includes at least one undercut surface (5), extending into at least one portion of the thickness of said dial (1) between said visible surface (2) and said back face (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Stefan Stark
  • Patent number: 8540419
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a decorative piece (1) including a first (2) and a second part (3). The second part (3) is secured in the first part (3) by inlay. The invention is characterized in that at least one of the parts (2, 3) is made of an at least partially amorphous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Omega S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Winkler, Stewes Bourban, Jean-François Dionne
  • Patent number: 8520474
    Abstract: The protective case includes a back cover (2) and a cover (3), which are provided to fit together. The case further includes a flange (6), inserted in the back cover and held laterally by the edge (4), and an elastically deformable stake (7), which is for immobilizing a plate-shaped part pierced with an aperture (11). The stake is mounted on the top surface of the flange and it is inserted into the aperture of the plate-shaped part. The bottom surface of the cover (3) further carries a projecting portion (8) that presses against the stake when the case is closed, so as to increase the external diameter of the stake and jam it in the aperture of the plate-shaped part. Elastic means (9) are also provided for returning the flange (6) in the direction of the cover (3) so as to hold the stake (7) jammed in the aperture in the plate-shaped part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Stéphane Cadau, Pascal Bourret
  • Publication number: 20130148484
    Abstract: A dial of a timepiece. The dial includes at least one foot. The foot is fixed on the dial and is used to fix the dial on the timepiece. The foot is produced in a metallic alloy which is at least partially amorphous.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: THE SWATCH GROUP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LTD
    Inventors: Frederic Jeanrenaud, Yves Winkler
  • Patent number: 8427909
    Abstract: A timepiece dial has excellent transparency to electromagnetic waves (radio and light), and an excellent appearance, a timepiece dial manufacturing method enables manufacturing the timepiece dial, and a timepiece has the timepiece dial. The timepiece dial 1 has a substrate 2 that is electromagnetically transparent, and a dispersion film 3 containing a dispersion of metal powder 31 with an average particle diameter of 5 ?m?20 ?m and an average particle thickness of 30 nm?50 nm. The average thickness of the dispersion film 3 is 0.5 ?m?3.0 ?m. The metal powder 31 is disposed with a specific gap therebetween in the through-thickness direction of the dispersion film 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Koki Takasawa
  • Publication number: 20130064048
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece dial that presents a rich stereoscopic effect, and to provide a timepiece including the timepiece dial, a timepiece dial of the invention has a microlens layer in which a plurality of microlenses are arranged in an orderly fashion when viewed from above, and a decorative layer provided with a design, in which the microlens layer and the decorative layer are superimposed when viewed from above, and the decorative layer has a plurality of regions that are different in the design from each other. Preferably, the decorative layer is provided with a design having a plurality of lines and/or a repeating design having the same arrangement as the microlenses and a pitch that differs from that of the microlenses as the design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koki TAKASAWA
  • Publication number: 20130044573
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece dial that presents a rich stereoscopic effect, and to provide a timepiece comprising the timepiece dial, the timepiece dial of the invention comprises a microlens layer composed of a plurality of microlenses arranged in an orderly fashion as viewed in a planar view, and a decorative layer composed of a repeating design having a plurality of constituent units. As viewed in a planar view, the microlens layer and the decorative layer are superimposed, and the decorative layer has regions where pitches of the constituent units that are adjacent are different from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koki TAKASAWA
  • Publication number: 20120287762
    Abstract: Dial module for a clock provided with several pointers whose shafts can be driven by the clock mechanism, characterised in that the dial module (1) consists of a casing (10), at least two separate pointers, whereby each pointer (2,3) is provided with its own separate concentric dial (6,7), and whereby at least a pointer (3), together with its shaft (5) and dial (7), can move with respect to another first pointer (3), such that the two pointers (2,3) never overlap one another, and that the mobile dial(s) (7) always maintain a fixed orientation with respect to the casing (10), whereby the upper visible part of the pointers (2,3) and the dials (6,7) are arranged on a single continuous surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Benoit Mintiens
  • Patent number: 8243556
    Abstract: A display plate for a solar cell device provided with a solar cell on the bottom surface side includes a light transmission substrate, a light transmission reflecting plate that is disposed on the bottom surface side of the light transmission substrate, and a decorative member that is disposed on the top surface side of the display plate. The light transmission substrate is provided with a reflecting surface on the bottom surface side or on the top and bottom surface sides of the light transmission substrate. The reflecting surface of the light transmission substrate is made of a prism reflecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Yamaguchi, Seiichi Hiroe, Masaaki Satou, Motoyoshi Itou
  • Publication number: 20120163135
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece faceplate that presents a rich stereoscopic effect, and to provide a timepiece comprising the timepiece faceplate, a timepiece faceplate 1 of the invention includes a microlens layer 11 in which a plurality of microlenses 111 are arranged in an orderly fashion as viewed from above; and a decorative layer 12 provided with a repeating design 121 having the same arrangement as the microlenses 111 and a pitch that differs from that of the microlenses 111. The microlens layer 11 and the decorative layer 12 are superimposed when the timepiece faceplate 1 is viewed from above. In a case that the centers of microlenses 111 that are adjacent when the faceplate 1 is viewed from above are connected by a straight line, the timepiece faceplate 1 has a plurality of triangles arranged in an orderly fashion in accordance with the straight line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koki TAKASAWA
  • Patent number: 8134892
    Abstract: A timepiece includes: a housing (10), a movement (12) provided in the housing, a piece of glass (14) closing the housing, a dial (60) provided between the movement and the glass, wherein the dial can assume a first state in which the elements located behind the dial opposite the glass are visible from the glass side and a second state in which the elements are hidden, a mobile part capable of movement between at least one first position and at least one second position respectively corresponding to the first and second states of the dial, and display members (16) provided between the dial and the glass. The timepiece further includes a lid movably mounted relative to the housing and kinematically connected to the mobile part for urging the same from the first to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Creations Horlogeres de Lully SA
    Inventors: Anouk Danthe, Olivier Leu, Willy Meier, Sébastien Brancucci
  • Publication number: 20110222378
    Abstract: The invention relates to an at least partially enamelled dial whose visible surface includes areas standing out in relief, including a first part made of ceramic material or another compatible substrate that may or may not be coated with enamel including at least one through hole and at least one second part made of ceramic material or another compatible substrate that may or may not be coated with enamel. According to the invention, said at least one second part includes a main, projecting face which is larger than the section of said at least one hole and said at least one second part is secured to the first part to totally cover the periphery of said at least one hole without the second part projecting into the hole, so as to form a relief dial with improved rendering. The invention also relates to the method of manufacturing this type of dial. The invention concerns the field of at least partially enamelled dials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: THE SWATCH GROUP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPEMENT LTD
    Inventors: Pierry Vuille, Frédéric Jeanrenaud
  • Patent number: 8009521
    Abstract: A wristwatch that includes a concave lens and concave dial contained within a bezel and housing. The concave shape of the lens causes the upper most surface of the wristwatch to be the bezel, so the upper surface of the lens cannot be scratch if the user places the watch face down on a surface. The concave shape of the dial causes an increase in surface area for time marking indicia on the dial face. This effect combines with the concave angle of the lens to increase the appearance of the indicia and reduce glare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Kun-Chi Wu
  • Publication number: 20110194381
    Abstract: A routine clock for visually and audibly identifying time periods and events is disclosed. The routine clock may have indicators placed on the routine clock that may be variable in size corresponding to variable time periods. Within the time periods, unique events may be identified and when the time for a specific event has been reached, an audio announcement or visual indication or both may occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Guido Schnabel
  • Publication number: 20110080811
    Abstract: A clock assembly FIGS. 1.a. (1) and 1.b. (6), comprising a normal clock mechanism FIG. 2. (10), having numbers one to twelve equidistantly placed around the perimeter of a wheel FIG. 2. (11) in ascending order, that is affixed to the hour spindle of the clock mechanism FIG. 2. (13), and this wheel is visible through a window FIG. 1.a. (3) and FIG. 1.b. (7) in a case FIGS. 1.a. and 1.b. holding the clockworks that tells time in a horizontal or vertical manner that architecturally fits in with its rectilinear surroundings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Moeder
  • Publication number: 20100214882
    Abstract: The dial with an enamel coating (2) includes a base plate (1) made of ceramic material with portions in relief (4, 8) obtained by partial or through shaping or machining, formed by an insert (10) also having an enamel coating (12) and whose thickness defines a recess (4) or an embossment (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: ASULAB S.A.
    Inventors: Steve Bourban, Rudolf Dinger, Nicolas Blanckaert
  • Publication number: 20100124152
    Abstract: An image clock includes dials, hands, first images, second images, a background, and a controller. The dials are disposed in a pattern configured for indicating numbers. The hands are configured for indicating time with the dials. The hands comprise symbols, geometrical shapes, and colors, and the shape and the color of the hands is controllable. The first images are provided around the plurality of dials. The second images are provided in central regions surrounded by the dials. The symbols, shapes, and the colors of the first and second images are controllable. The background comprises occupied and unoccupied portions, and the dials, the hands, the first and second images are disposed on the plurality of occupied portions of the background. The controller is configured for controlling the symbols, the shapes, and the colors of the dials, the hands, the images, and the background. The background comprises displaying devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Gilbert Kye Lee
  • Patent number: 7663979
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece (10) includes a case (12) which is fitted with a dial (28) and which contains an electronic control circuit (22) driving a display device (24), of the type wherein the dial (28) includes a main body (48) in the form of a plate which is made of semiconductor material, and of the type wherein the control circuit (22) includes at least one control unit (36) and a time base circuit (34), characterized in that the control circuit (22) includes at least one integrated circuit element (34, 36) which is etched in the main body (48) of the dial (28). The invention also proposes a dial (28) to be fitted to the timepiece (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Pierre-André Meister, André Zanetta, Emmanuel Fleury, Fabien Blondeau
  • Patent number: 7656752
    Abstract: A dial plate unit includes a dial plate provided with an outside dial plate element having an opening, an inside dial plate element spaced at a predetermined distance from the outside dial plate element, and a frame member provided in the opening of the outside dial plate element and closing a gap between the periphery of the opening and a part of the inside dial plate element corresponding to the periphery of the opening. The unit further includes one indicating member disposed in a side of the outside dial plate element opposite to the inside dial plate element and being movable along the outside dial plate element, and one auxiliary indicating member disposed in the opening and being movable between the outside and inside dial plate elements. A device using the dial plate unit includes a indicating member operating module which operates the indicating member and auxiliary indicating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohki Arita, Junichi Sato, Takanobu Kanezashi, Yoshihiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 7619948
    Abstract: A timepiece dial which is transmissive to electromagnetic waves (radio waves, light) and is superior in terms of aesthetic appearance and durability, and to provide a timepiece equipped with this timepiece dial. The timepiece dial of the present invention has a glass fiber sheet primarily composed of glass fibers, a first film disposed on the side of a first face constituting one of the principal faces of the glass fiber sheet, and a second film disposed on the side of a second face constituting the other principal face of the glass fiber sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Koki Takasawa
  • Publication number: 20090274014
    Abstract: The invention is a clock with of two interrelated parts. The first utilizes the clock (time measuring device/timepiece) so that the multiplication table maybe obtained therefore in an easy, orderly manner, hence division operations maybe performed in an opposite way. The second is to design the clock embodying the 1×1 to 12×12 multiplication table called a “Formation (Genesis) clock, as the 12×12 table results in number 144, which is equivalent to the total of six days, representing the days of creation and formation (genesis), as mentioned in the Holy Quran and the Bible (Old Testament). Utilizing the clock (time measuring device/timepiece) so that the multiplication table maybe obtained therefore in an easy, orderly manner, hence division operations maybe performed in an opposite way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: University of Kuwait
    Inventor: Ali Ashour Al-Jafar
  • 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: 20090080294
    Abstract: A dial plate unit includes a dial plate provided with an outside dial plate element having an opening, an inside dial plate element spaced at a predetermined distance from the outside dial plate element, and a frame member provided in the opening of the outside dial plate element and closing a gap between the periphery of the opening and a part of the inside dial plate element corresponding to the periphery of the opening. The unit further includes one indicating member disposed in a side of the outside dial plate element opposite to the inside dial plate element and being movable along the outside dial plate element, and one auxiliary indicating member disposed in the opening and being movable between the outside and inside dial plate elements. A device using the dial plate unit includes a indicating member operating module which operates the indicating member and auxiliary indicating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohki ARITA, Junichi Sato, Takanobu Kanezashi, Yoshihiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 7505374
    Abstract: An electronic clock that produces both an analog and digital display and includes tracks that sequentially light to indicate passing seconds, minutes, and hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventors: Donald J. Booty, Jr., Linda Hodgdon
  • Publication number: 20080239884
    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: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: SEIKO CLOCK INC.
    Inventor: Toyonori Muraji