Tian Harlan Chromachron Collectable Watch
- Source: eBay UK
This is a chance to bid on a rare Tian Harlan collectable Chromachron watch. It has never been worn but needs a battery fitted. The only issue that I can see is that a very small amount of the chrome plating on the clasp has come off but other than that it's in perfect condition.Brief History: In 1971, Tian Harlan, architect, engineer and artist, developed the communication system "Chromachron" (Chroma=Color and Chronos=Time) that, as was his hope, visualizes time with less rigidity. A rotating disk with a pie-shaped cutout revolves over a colored time zone (each color represents an hour) to approximate time, gauging rotation by fluid motion without demarcation of minutes or seconds. Pieter Doensen describes the Chromachron in his book Watch: History of the Modern Wristwatch as the "anti-stress watch," freeing us from the "dictatorship of exact time." Originally conceived as the "Colour-Time" clock sculpture at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Tian created over 100 variants of the watch (and clocks) through the eighties. There are various sites that have information on this timepiece but as you'll see they are rare to come by.