Times Past

In the futuristic world of Japanese product design, watchmaker Haruo Suekichi is an unabashed Luddite. His handcrafted, one-of-a-kind timepieces hark back to the rudimentary mechanics of the Victorian era. Bulbous watch faces show hands ticktocking around miniature globes; others, crafted of delicate wiring, tremble like mechanical insects. One watch is designed to fit on a thumb, another to be strapped on easily by a one-armed man.

Borrowed from animé and manga, Suekichi's style is labeled "steampunk" and draws visual inspiration from a steam-powered epoch, when amateurs fashioned fabulous machines for all kinds of purposes....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!