Abstract: An applique is intended to be affixed to a timepiece dial, and includes at least one foot portion having a first end attached to the applique and a second, free end, the foot portion being arranged to be capable of insertion into a hole provided in the dial. The foot portion includes, on the side of the free end thereof, a plastically deformable area arranged to form, after deformation, once the foot portion is inserted into the hole in the dial, at least one locking area of the foot portion on the dial.
December 20, 2016
Date of Patent:
May 4, 2021
The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
Abstract: A timepiece including a case that houses a main plate of a movement surmounted by a dial, and a support including fastening studs arranged on an upper face of the main plate for mounting the dial. The dial and the support include an angular locking mechanism for locking an angular position of the dial on the support, and the dial is assembled to the main plate by at least one flexible fastening element integral with the dial and arranged in the plane of the dial.
February 26, 2015
Date of Patent:
February 23, 2021
ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
David Benjamin Kraehenbuehl, Jonathan Collaud, Marco Bettelini, Andre Nussbaum
Abstract: A dial assembly for a timepiece includes a base plate on which feet are fixed. The dial assembly supports a three-dimensional decoration which includes at least one offset element at a remove from the base plate and fixed to the base plate through at least one foot. The at least one offset element includes at least one bush provided to be pressed in on an upper support abutting on a shoulder of this foot. The dial assembly includes a removable fitting which is used for pressing in all the bushes of the dial assembly. The dial assembly includes, opposite a lower support of each foot, a support pin of this lower support.
Abstract: The invention relates to a timepiece component with a part including at least one face with a geometry capable of ensuring that the part is fitted in an isostatic configuration onto a member to improve the welding thereof.
June 2, 2016
Date of Patent:
October 1, 2019
Pierre Cusin, Davy Cretenet, Marc Stranczl, Raphael Garret
Abstract: A watch case includes a case middle, a bezel, and an external element at least partially disposed between the case middle and the bezel. The bezel includes at least one hollow revealing the external element. The external element is attached directly to the case middle, independently of an attachment of the bezel to the case middle.
Abstract: A device for attachment of a timepiece movement to a watch case, including a peripheral attachment element of the movement positioned in abutment on an axial bearing surface of the case. The device includes thermoformed studs integral with the case having a mushroom shape at an end thereof providing an axial retaining surface acting as a rivet to hold the peripheral attachment element of the movement against the axial bearing surface of the case.
March 12, 2014
Date of Patent:
February 6, 2018
ETA SA Manufacturing Horlogere Suisse
Thierry Altenhoven, Andre Kaltenrieder, Stephane Leoni
Abstract: The plug-in coupling comprises a negative coupling part and a positive coupling part that includes a pin having a ball head. The negative coupling part comprises a coupling construction made of a first material for accommodating and detachably fastening the positive coupling part, and a retaining construction made of a second material, which surrounds the coupling construction, for fastening the negative coupling part to the second component, wherein the second material has a higher elasticity than the first material.
Abstract: Dial (1) for a timepiece, comprising a disc (2) intended to be positioned substantially parallel to a timepiece, and a skirt (3) extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the disc (2) of the dial, characterized in that the skirt (3) comprises at least one elastic element (10) which extends partially over the height of the skirt to retain the dial axially on a timepiece movement.
Abstract: Case for a timepiece, including a middle part with an upper portion for receiving a movement surmounted by a dial carrying an upper sub-assembly or a crystal, and a lower portion cooperating with a back cover. This middle part includes a device for the removal or adjustment of this upper sub-assembly or crystal, which includes a plurality of pushers each movable in relation to this middle part in a sink of this middle part parallel to an axial direction, to transmit, directly or indirectly via a push plate, only to this dial, a force applied to each pusher in this direction from this lower portion and transmitted by this dial to this upper sub-assembly or crystal.
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).
Abstract: A timepiece assembly including centring pins integral with a bottom plate, each arranged to cooperate with radial and tangential play with an oblong groove in a dial, for the relative positioning of the dial with respect to the bottom plate, and a holding means integral with the bottom plate, arranged to cooperate with a complementary holding device integral with the dial, the holding device and/or complementary holding device including an elastic return device for pressing the dial resting onto the bottom plate. The elastic return device has tangential mobility in a plane perpendicular to the plane of the bottom plate and to a radial line connecting the center of the bottom plate to the elastic return device.
Abstract: Timepiece assembly (100) comprising centring pins (3) integral with a bottom plate (1), each arranged to cooperate with radial and tangential play with an oblong groove (4) in a dial (2), for the relative positioning of said dial with respect to said bottom plate (1), and a holding means (5) integral with said bottom plate (1), arranged to cooperate with a complementary holding means (6) integral with said dial (2), said holding means (5) and/or complementary holding means (6) comprising an elastic return means (7) for pressing said dial (82) resting onto said bottom plate (1). Said elastic return means (7) has tangential mobility in a plane (PT) perpendicular to the plane (P) of said bottom plate (2) and to a radial line (R) connecting the centre (O) of said bottom plate (2) to said elastic return means (7).
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.
Abstract: A timepiece is equipped with a movement (module), a solar cell panel, a ring member, and a dial (timepiece display plate). The panel is fixed to the module. The ring member is fixed to the peripheral portion of the movement. The ring member has, at a plurality of positions thereof, recesses, and a pair of engagement protrusions protruding upwardly from the bottom of each recess. The recesses are respectively open in an upper surface and the outer peripheral surface of the ring member. The pair of engagement protrusions form a gap G between them, and are capable of elastic deformation. A proximal portion of each engagement protrusion is situated below the upper surface of the ring member. The dial has cutouts at a plurality of positions of its peripheral portion. Each of these cutouts is engaged with each pair of engagement protrusions to cover the panel, and the dial is mounted to the ring member such that the peripheral portions of the cutouts cover the recesses.
Abstract: The invention concerns a portable electronic apparatus (50) including a dial (52) provided with at least one aperture (54), a support piece (1), fixed in relation to the dial, arranged for receiving display means (2). The support piece has at least first (5a-5b) and second (6a-6b) bearing surfaces defining a fixed position for the display means in the support piece in relation to the aperture in the dial, the fixed position being defined in a parallel plane to the dial. First (7), respectively, second (8) mechanical means are provided for moving the display means in abutment against the first, respectively, second bearing surfaces, in the fixed position that they define.
Abstract: The dial (3) is secured onto a lower element (10) of the case, preferably the casing ring. The lower element (10) includes at least two through passages (12) each having a first part (13) forming an orifice (14) on the dial (3) side separated from a second part (17) on the opposite side, by a neck portion (15), the whole of the first part and at least a portion of the second part of said passages (12) being filled with an adhesive material (19) having a strong power of adhesion to at least the material forming the lower face of the dial (3).
Abstract: In order to angularly position and centre the crystal (5) with respect to the dial (4), the dial is provided with at least one lug (8) capable of being introduced precisely into a hollow (11) made in a collar (10) of the crystal (5). Thus, if the crystal has a lens (41) and the dial (4) has a window (40), the lens will be superposed exactly on said window.
Abstract: The invention concerns a dial (1), in particular for a timepiece, including a plate having at least one recess defining a housing (6) in which a decorative element (8) or suchlike is secured, characterised in that the housing (6) includes a bottom (14) formed of an adhesive strip (16), the adhesive face of which comes into contact with the decorative element (8).
Abstract: A timepiece includes interchangeable faces. The timepiece comprises a supportive structure, a face subassembly, and a clock mechanism. The face subassembly includes a backing with a front or outer surface and an inner surface, and a display with an inner surface and an outer surface. Markings may appear on the backing's outer surface or on the display. The display's outer surface can be decorated. First and second openings extend through the backing. An opening also extends through the display. One or more seats are attached near corners of the backing's outer surface. One or more connectors are attached near corners of the display's inner surface. The clock mechanism includes a clock motor with a shaft mounted on the backing's rear surface with the shaft extending through the backing's first opening. One or more hands are attached to an end of the shaft.
Abstract: The invention relates to a timepiece having a body or frame upon which an added element may be held, in a detachable manner. The invention also relates to a method of assembling this element on said body or frame.This timepiece is characterized in that the fixation means of the element added to the body or frame are formed by at least one rotating bolt (10) which is anchored permanently in the material itself of the body or frame (2) and is axially immobilized by said material.
Abstract: A clock shell including a frame, cut into a series of frame sections glued to a decorative covering layer, the frame sections being abutted against one another end by end and formed into a particular configuration, and a shell mounted within the frame sections of the frame, the shell having a raised endless line raised from the front side and defining an outer decoration area and an inner decoration area that can be made in the form of a dial of a clock, a pattern, a landscape, etc.
Abstract: A retaining ring (17) which rests on the peripheral area of the dial (16), which is in turn bonded to a dial support (14). Several securing means (25) are on the one hand secured in the retaining ring (17) and on the other hand in a base element (13), such as an annular tool holder. This ensures a flat, smooth and lasting support of the dial (16) on the dial support (14). It also permits the simple assembly and dismantling of the unit composed of dial (16), dial support (14) and annular securing means (17) onto or from a base element (13).
Abstract: The timepiece comprises a base part (1) of plastic material, at least one element (2) secured to said base part and securing means for said element onto said base part which comprise a stud (34) driven at one of its ends (40) into a through hole (32) in the base part (1). The other end (12) of the stud (34) is fitted into a hole (10) of the element (2) and is upset against the latter so as to form a rivet. Finally the base part (1) is fashioned in a manner to permit access to the driven end (40) of the stud with a tool (A) furnishing a rigid support under the stud during the riveting operation on the other end (12) of the latter.
Abstract: A watch with a case, a glass, a case band, a back, a movement, hands, a dial and means for positioning the dial in the watch.The positioning means have a first part fixed and positioned axially, radially and angularly and a second part and associated with the periphery of the dial which cooperates with the stop of the first part to position the dial axially and angularly while still permitting radial deformation.
Abstract: A clock, preferably for wall-mounting, comprising a support for a substantially flat dial, to the rear side of which there is secured a known clock mechanism for indicating hours, minutes and seconds and for causing a swinging arm to oscillate, to said swinging arm there being removably connected a pendular member situated at least partly on the rear of the dial and connected through an aperture in the dial to an element positioned on the front of the dial.
Abstract: A clock has a movement with protruding nested drive shafts. A housing member has a wall and a ridge which is forwardly offset from the wall. A planar dial rests against the ridge and is formed with an aperture in register with the aperture of the wall with the nested shafts extending through the apertures. A securing device engages the front of the dial, extends through the aligned apertures and engages a fixed member of the movement thereby holding the dial against the ridge.
Abstract: A clock includes a dial, a transparent cover plate spaced apart from the dial at a certain interval to define a space between the back face of the cover plate and the front face of the dial, and hands disposed in the space and driven to move relative to the dial to indicate time. Spacers are disposed on the visible portion of the front face of the dial and protrude against the back face of the cover plate such that the spacers are contactable with the back face of the cover plate upon deformation of the dial and the cover plate to maintain a sufficient interval of the space to allow face movement of the hands.
Abstract: A clock has a timepiece movement and a dial disposed on the front face of a base plate. A transparent cover plate having front and back faces is spaced apart from the dial to define a space between the back face of the cover plate and the front face of the dial. Decorations are fixed to the peripheral portion of the front face of the cover plate to define time reference members, and a clock hand is disposed in the space and driven by the timepiece movement to move relative to the time reference members to indicate time. Protrusions extend downwardly from the decorations through the cover plate toward the front face of the dial such that the protrusions are contactable with the front face of the dial upon deformation of the dial and the cover plate to maintain a sufficient space therebetween to allow free movement of the hand.
Abstract: To simplify fitting and sealing the crystal (4) to the casing (2, 6, 8), assembly is effected by means of ultrasonic welding. The casing (2, 6, 8) and the crystal (4) are made of synthetic materials which are thermo-weldable to each other. The mating faces (8a, 4b) of the peripheral wall (8) of the casing and the crystal (4) are formed for reducing the contact area between the two parts to permit thermo-welding by subjecting the assembly to high-frequency mechanical vibrations imparted by a tool (15).
Abstract: A clock which is intended for use in soda fountains, restaurants, bars and other places of business as an advertising display, and which may be illuminated. The clock comprises a rectangular-shaped rigid frame, a translucent thin plastic panel constituting a clock face which is mounted in the frame and which extends across the area circumscribed by the frame, the thin panel being held in place by integral lugs which fit into slots in the frame, and a transparent plastic cover mounted on the frame in front of the clock face. In one embodiment the drive motor for the clock is mounted on the rear side of the plastic panel. In a second embodiment the drive motor, together with an illumination source for the translucent panel, are mounted in a housing which is supported on the rear side of the frame behind the thin plastic panel.
Abstract: The clock comprises a usual clockwork, as well as a first annular component provided with a ring of pin-like projections parallel to one another; a second component which is also annular and can be coupled with the first component and provided with a ring of openings which can be aligned with and passed through by the pin-like projections and located on an inner flange thereof; a substantially flat dial to rest on the inner flange and provided with a ring of openings which can be aligned with those of the second component and passed through the pin-like projections thus forming the time references; and a third transparent component provided with contour side insertable in the second component.
Abstract: To attach the dial to the timepiece movement it is proposed to use a magnc circuit comprising at least one permanent magnet which cooperates with a soft ferromagnetic material. The latter may be a component of the dial while the magnet is placed within the movement. The magnetic attraction which exists between both elements holds together the dial and the movement.
April 9, 1979
Date of Patent:
March 16, 1982
Societe Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlogere Management Services S.A.
Abstract: A cylindrical bearing segment of a preferably metal sleeve is positioned within a hole in a watch-movement plate. A portion of the sleeve intended to project inwardly beyond the plate is divided by a lengthwise slot into two claws which yield so that the sleeve can be inserted in the hole by simple axial pressure. When the dial is to be fitted in place, a dial-foot is inserted in the sleeve, pushing the claws apart by pressing against inner bulges at the ends of the claws, these bulges then pressing laterally against the dial-foot and locking it firmly in place.
Abstract: A watch movement having a frame comprising a bottom plate with a peripheral rim portion, a dial secured to said rim portion, and a holding plate disposed between the bottom plate and the dial is described, wherein the holding plate is made of a thin sheet of material and includes one or more positioning elements cooperating with the bottom plate and one or more raised support tongues cooperating with the dial.
Abstract: An arrangement for securing a timepiece dial having feet to a plate having bores for receiving the feet comprises attachment means each having a shank with a head, each shank being inserted in an additional bore in the plate substantially parallel to a bore receiving a foot. The head includes a collar, taking the form of a cutting edge, which partially surrounds the head and shank concentrically. The shank includes a cylindrical portion fitted to the diameter of the additional bore and another cylindrical portion of smaller diameter so that the shank may be more easily inserted in that bore.
Abstract: A dial and movement fixing structure comprising a ring having legs that are held between a case ring of a watch case and a back cover, and a dial attached to the ring, wherein projections formed on the ring are introduced into a plurality of notched portions formed in the periphery of the dial such that the dial is fixed to the ring.