Inspired Reforms – Magnificent Outcomes

 

In May 2014, I blogged about a competition to devise uses for new-old stock 1950s Calibre 5000 Reform movements that had turned up at the annual Mannheim electro-fair.

The competition announcement

The competition announcement

 

I judged the entries on 24 May this year, and what an amazing event to witness. Here was a beautifully executed movement, simple, reliable, long-lived, but criminal to hide. How to incorporate it in a modern design, and achieve a functional clock, when the attractive side of the movement would necessarily normally face the rear? In significant style, it turns out……

 

Pure schlock!

Pure schlock!

Ivo Creutzfeldt ignored convention and went for pure schlock with his tongue-in-cheek ‘winged chariot entry’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minimalist and modern

Minimalist and modern

Thomas Schraven offered a couple of entries, one channelling a strong modernist theme – using two movements, one for display, the other for timekeeping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant digital mug concept

Brilliant digital mug concept

Eddy Odell showed considerable lateral thought, introducing the movement into a glass mug, keeping the movement visible to the top, while driving digital minute and hour bands in the base, the battery neatly hidden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3D printing and tourbillon design

3D printing and tourbillon design

Till Lotterman and his home team colleagues offered a remarkable test exercise. Using original parts, they recut elements to form a tourbillon, brought out on the dial side of the movement, achieving real spectacle (film here). Not only this, they 3D printed a stylish stainless steel dial, and also 3D printed an open-sided plastic tubular case, with internal mirror to reflect the movement. Later we were treated to a lecture on the extraordinary possibilities emerging for 3D printing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding urban diorama – a VW/Reform extravaganza

Outstanding urban diorama – a VW/Reform extravaganza

Finally, the most talked about item in the competition, Frank Dunkel’s inspired diorama clock, using the Reform at the centre of a roundabout, driving hidden arms carrying neodymium magnets, in turn propelling a VW Beetle (minutes) and VW van (hours) against perimeter hour markers (film here). Power even arrives by wire supported on telegraph poles. Absolutely inspired!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triumphant reformers!

Triumphant reformers!

 

The whole party retired to a restaurant for the evening, at which, amidst characteristically heroic levels of consumption, we celebrated the amazing results of our competition – prizes all round.

 

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One Response to Inspired Reforms – Magnificent Outcomes

  1. Schraven Thomas says:

    Dear all
    this 2015 electric clock fair with our Reform contest was a remarkable electric clock party with visitors from Europe and Australia. A full report in German language about this event is published in the Mitteilungen Nr. 142 of the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Chronometrie. More unknown is the application of the little Reform movement in calender clocks fabricated by Douglas/ France or in programmer clocks named Signalora.

    Thomas Schraven

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