The Timeburner Pays Tribute to Early Combustion Engines

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Mar 27, 2015
References: timeburner.ch & gizmag
The Timeburner is a novelty timepiece that features a unique piston-driven representation of time that lends it distinctive industrial appearance.

This peculiar watch is inspired by early Bosnian cargo trains and in a broader sense is a tribute to early 19th century combustion engines. It was crafted by Miki Eleta in collaboration with indie watch maker Marc Jenni.

There are a lot of unusual features in this watch, including its display of minutes -- which is handled by a piston that sits at the nine o'clock position and moves in and out along a straight measure.

As watches become increasingly modern, high-tech and efficient in their workings, it's a refreshing change to see devices like the Timeburner that are a nod to the past and celebrate early industrial breakthroughs that were massive at the time.