GB2225458A - A watch with elements movable with respect to the dial plate - Google Patents

A watch with elements movable with respect to the dial plate Download PDF

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GB2225458A
GB2225458A GB8827357A GB8827357A GB2225458A GB 2225458 A GB2225458 A GB 2225458A GB 8827357 A GB8827357 A GB 8827357A GB 8827357 A GB8827357 A GB 8827357A GB 2225458 A GB2225458 A GB 2225458A
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    • GPHYSICS
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    • G04BMECHANICALLY-DRIVEN CLOCKS OR WATCHES; MECHANICAL PARTS OF CLOCKS OR WATCHES IN GENERAL; TIME PIECES USING THE POSITION OF THE SUN, MOON OR STARS
    • G04B47/00Time-pieces combined with other articles which do not interfere with the running or the time-keeping of the time-piece
    • G04B47/04Time-pieces combined with other articles which do not interfere with the running or the time-keeping of the time-piece with attached ornaments or amusement apparatus
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Abstract

A watch (10) has a casing, a dial plate (24) and a mounting structure (20) for the watch movement (not illustrated). The structure (20) may be of a plastics material and is provided with at least one aperture (30) for receiving one or more movable parts (40) which are of a shape and size to move axially within the aperture (34) and to the upper surface of the dial plate (24) to generate a sound when contact is made against the parts of the watch (10) at the ends of the aperture (30). The movable parts (40) may be a pearl, gem or any other jewelry stone to ornament the watch and may have thereunder a movable supporting member (42). The number of apertures illustrated varies from 2 to 12. <IMAGE>

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A WATCH WITH ELEMENTS MOVABLE WITH RESPECT TO THE DIAL PLATE The present invention relates to a fancy watch having for mounting the watch movement a structure which has apertures for receiving one or more elements which are movable so as to reach the upper surface of the dial plate.
Watches are widely known and used to keep time as well as to serve as an ornament. In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for a watch with better design and appearance. In order to try and meet this demand, designers in this field have been and are still trying to provide such watches.
One attempt has been to produce a watch with a colorful dial plate.
However, with this kind of watch, the colorful dial plate is merely in the form of two-dimensional colorful picture or pattern which has been fixed into position on the dial plate.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a watch having a structure on which the mechanism of the watch is mounted which has apertures for receiving one or more elements which are movable to reach the upper surface of the dial plate.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a watch with movable parts for producing clicking sounds.
It is yet another object of the present invention to provide a watch with movable ornamental parts appearing on the dial plate.
According to the present invention, there is provided a watch including a mounting structure for the movement of the watch, a watch casing, and a dial plate, wherein said mounting structure comprises at least one aperture for receiving therein movable means adapted to be movable to the upper surface of said dial plate and to generate sound when contact is made against the parts of the watch at the ends of the aperture. The movable means are designed to travel along the distance between the crystal or glass front cover of the dial plate and the back cover of the watch.
A specific embodiment of the invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein Figure 1 is a perspective view of the watch in accordance with the present invention Figure 2 is an exploded perspective view of a dial plate, a plurality of movable units and a watch mechanism mounting frame; Figure 3a is a plan view of the watch of Figure 1; Figure 3b is a plan view of a second embodi ment of a watch in accordance with the present invent ion; Figure 4a is a sectional view of the watch taken generally along line A-A of Figure 3a showing a movable unit in a low position; Figure 4b is a sectional view of the watch taken generally along line A-A of Figure 3a showing a movable unit in a high position;; Figure 5 is a sectional view of a watch similar to that in Figure 4a showing a second embodiment of a movable unit; Figure 6 is a sectional view of a watch similar to that in Figure 4a showing a third embodiment of a movable unit; Figure 7a is a sectional view of a watch similar to that in Figure 4a showing a fourth embodiment of a movable unit in a low position; and Figure 7b is a sectional view of a watch similar to that in Figure 4b showing a fourth embodiment of a movable unit in a high postion.
Referring now in more detail to the drawings, in which like reference numerals represent like parts throughout the several views, Figure 1 shows a watch designated generally by reference numeral 10. The watch case of the watch 10 comprises, as is conventional, a case body 12, a glass or crystal dial cover 14 retained by the case body 12, and a back cover 16 mounted to the bottom of the case body 12 to provide a water-tight enclosure for a watch movement 18 which is mounted on a watch movement mounting structure 20. The watch movement mounting frame 20 is made of a plastic material.
According to one embodiment of the present invention, ten openings 30, preferably round in shape, are provided on the dial plate 24. These openings 30 are arranged generally circumferentially around the center of the dial plate 24 and are generally disposed along a peripheral portion of the dial plate 24 and at the upper portion of the dial plate as illustrated in Figure 1.
Ten corresponding apertures 32 are provided on the watch movement mounting structure 20, each being oriented in alignment with one of the ten openings 30 on the dial plate 24 to form an axially extending cavity 34 therein.
Ten units of movable elements, generally represented by reference numerals 36, are disposed within the ten respective cavities 34. However, the number and size of the openings 30 and apertures 32 may vary. Moreover, the arrangement of these openings and apertures may change and differ from the present embodiment which is utilized for illustrative purposes only. Furthermore, the cavities 34 may be slanted to define an angle with the horizontal plane of the watch 10.
Figure 2 shows an exploded perspective view of the watch movement mounting structure 20, the units of movable elements 36 and the dial plate 24. According to this embodiment, each movable element 36 consists of a pearl or gem 40 or any other selected jewelry which is, most preferably, of spherical shape. Each pearl or gem 40 is supported by a supporting member 42.
The supporting member 42 is, according to this embodiment, also spherical in shape and preferably made of metal or other like hard material.
It is appreciated that the pearl or gem 40 and the supporting member 42 have a diameter slightly less than the diameter of the cavity 34 so that the pearl or gem 40 and the supporting member 42 can move freely along the cavity 34.
Figure 3a is a plan view of the watch 10 shown in Figure 1. Although the dial plate and the watch movement mounting frame of the watch have been illustrated as round in shape, it is appreciated that the dial plate and the watch movement mounting frame may be of any other shape, such as oval, square, rectangular, or triangular.
Figure 3b is a plan view of a second embodiment of the watch showing two openings 31 being positioned at each side of the twelfth hour position on the dial plate.
Figure 4 a is a sectional view taken generally along line A-A of Figure 3a showing the gem or pearl 40 and the supporting member 42 in a low position when the watch 10 is generally facing upward. The supporting member 42 is rested on and in contact with the inner surface of the back cover 16 of the watch 10 and the gem or pearl 40 is seated on and supported by the supping member 42. The dimension of the supporting member 42 is selected so that it is kept restricted to a precise area of the cavity 34 and so that it will not run into the space between the watch movement mounting frame 20 and the back cover 16. It can be seen that the distance between the watch movement mounting frame 20 and the back cover 16 is substantially less than the height of the supporting member 42 which, in this embodiment, is defined as the diameter of the member 42.
At this low position as shown in Figure 4a, it can be observed that a portion of the pearl or gem 40 is exposed above the upper surface of the dial plate 24 to produce an ornamental effect.
Figure 4b is a sectional view taken generally along line A-A of Figure 3a showing a pearl or gem 40 and a supporting member 42 in a high position when the watch 10 is generally facing downwards. Under these circumstances, the pearl or gem 40 makes contact with the watch crystal 14. Again, it can be seen that the distance between the watch crystal 14 and the dial plate 24 is substantially less than the diameter of the pearl or gem 40 so as to prevent the pearl or gem 40 from coming out and away from the cavity 34.
The watch 10 of the present invention is characterized in that clicking noises will be produced when the pearl or gem 40 hits the watch crystal 14, or when the supporting member 42 hits the back cover 16, or when the pearl or gem 40 and the supporting member 42 hit against each other. It is appreciated that different sounds will be produced with different materials of which the movable members are made. These clicking noises may be produced when the user is in motion or when the user causes the watch to move in a generally axial direction with respect to the watch.
Figure 5 is a sectional view similar to the sectional view of Figure 4a showing a second embodiment of a unit of movable elements.
This unit of movable elements consists of an upper spherical member 50 and a lower supporting member 52. The upper spherical member 50 may be in the form of a pearl or gem or other selected jewelry. The lower supporting member 52 is in the form of a cylindrical body having a substantially flat bottom surface and a generally concave upper surface for supporting the upper spherical member 50.
A third embodiment of the unit of movable elements is illustrated in Figure 6. This unit consists of an upper member 60 fixedly attached to a lower supporting member 62. The upper member 60 is in the form of a gem or diamond having a number of cuts and glittering surfaces. The supporting member 62 is preferably in the form of a metal cylindrical body having means for securing the upper member 60.
Figure 7a is a sectional view similar to Figure 4a showing a fourth embodiment of the movable unit. In accordance with this embodiment, the movable unit consists only of a single member 70 preferably of spherical configuration. The member 70 is shown in a low position where it makes contact with the back cover 16 of the watch 10.
Figure 7b is a sectional view similar to the sectional view of Figure 4b showing the member 70 in a high position where it makes contact with the watch crystal 14. It is contemplated that a bigger sound will be generated in this case since the member 70 is allowed to travel over a longer distance.
It should be noted that by means of the present invention the appearance of a watch can be improved. The movement of the movable members of the present invention may even be observed from outside if a transparent case body and module structure are employed.
Furthermore, twelve apertures for receiving therein twelve corresponding movable units may be arranged at intervals around the dial plate close to the periphery thereof to represent hours.
While the present invention has been shown and described with reference to particular embodiments by way of example, it should be born in mind that various other changes or modifications can be made without departing from the scope of the present invention. For example, the openings on the dial plate as well as the apertures on the watch movement mounting structure may have a triangular, square or polygonal cross section to receive therein movable units or members of appropriate configuration and cross section.

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1. A watch including a mounting structure for the movement of the watch, a watch casing, and a dial plate, wherein said mounting structure comprises at least one aperture for receiving therein mova ble means adapted to be movable to the upper sur face of said dial plate and to generate sound when contact is made against the parts of the watch at the ends of the aperture.
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2. A watch as claimed in Claim 1, wherein said aper ture extends axially with respect to the watch and wherein said movable means is adapted to move in an axial direction.
3. A watch as claimed in Claim 1 or 2, wherein said movable means is adapted to travel along a dis tance between the front cover and the back cover of the watch.
4. A watch as claimed in Claim 3, wherein the front cover is made of crystal or glass material.
5. A watch as claimed in any of the preceding claims, wherein said movable means comprises at least one movable member.
6. A watch as claimed in any of the preceding claims, wherein said movable means comprises at least one movable member.
7. A watch as claimed in claim 6, wherein said mova ble member is spherical in shape.
8. A watch as claimed in claim 6, wherein said mova ble means comprising an upper member and a lower member.
9. A watch as claimed in Claim 8, wherein said upper member is in the form of a gem.
10. A watch as claimed in Claim 8, wherein said upper member is in the form of a pearl.
11. A watch as claimed in Claim 8, wherein said upper member is in the form of a diamond.
12. A watch as claimed in any of Claims 8 to 11, where in said lower member is spherical in shape.
13. A watch as claimed in any of Claims 8 to 11, where in said lower member is cylindrical in shape.
14. A watch as claimed in any of Claims 8 to 13, wherein said lower member is made of a hard mater ial.
15. A watch as claimed in any of the preceding claims, wherein said at least one aperture is disposed at a peripheral portion of said dial plate and serves as an indication of the hour.
16. A watch as claimed in any of the preceding claims, wherein said dial plate has at least one opening in registration with said at least one aperture provided in said mounting structure.
17. A watch as claimed in any of the preceding claims, wherein said at least one aperture is generally arranged at the peripheral portion of said dial plate at an upper portion thereof.
18. A watch substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and as illustrated in Figs 1, 2 and 3a, Fig. 3b or any of the aforesaid Figs having the internal structure shown in Figs 4a to 7b.
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USD378278S (en) 1995-08-07 1997-03-04 Mcgraw William P Clock
FR2757353A1 (en) * 1997-03-18 1998-06-26 Chopard Holding Mobile support for decorative element such as precious stone within jewellery or watch
WO1998028668A1 (en) * 1996-12-23 1998-07-02 Chopard International S.A. Article comprising at least a mobile decorative element
DE102008012377A1 (en) * 2008-02-26 2009-08-27 Schoeffel Gmbh Watch i.e. wristwatch, has pearl arranged in watch housing in receiving space adjacent to dial opening and visible through dial opening, where receiving space extends from dial opening to lower house base of watch housing
WO2010010481A1 (en) * 2008-07-24 2010-01-28 Microspace Rapid Pte Ltd Watch with decorative object having chaotic movement
US8974113B1 (en) 2013-10-29 2015-03-10 Chung Nam Watch Company Limited Wearable assembly

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
USD378278S (en) 1995-08-07 1997-03-04 Mcgraw William P Clock
WO1998028668A1 (en) * 1996-12-23 1998-07-02 Chopard International S.A. Article comprising at least a mobile decorative element
FR2757353A1 (en) * 1997-03-18 1998-06-26 Chopard Holding Mobile support for decorative element such as precious stone within jewellery or watch
US6226232B1 (en) * 1997-03-18 2001-05-01 Chopard International S.A. Article comprising at least a mobile decorative element
DE102008012377A1 (en) * 2008-02-26 2009-08-27 Schoeffel Gmbh Watch i.e. wristwatch, has pearl arranged in watch housing in receiving space adjacent to dial opening and visible through dial opening, where receiving space extends from dial opening to lower house base of watch housing
WO2010010481A1 (en) * 2008-07-24 2010-01-28 Microspace Rapid Pte Ltd Watch with decorative object having chaotic movement
US8974113B1 (en) 2013-10-29 2015-03-10 Chung Nam Watch Company Limited Wearable assembly

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