by Nick Zorn in New Products on Monday 12 November 2012

I recently stumbled upon the Etsy store Clockwork Universe and immediately became obsessed with mechanical wristwatches. They just make sense to me. In a society overwhelmed with non-durable high tech gizmos, a hand-wound watch helps take the edge off.

Although there are plenty of eye catching Swiss watches out there, they usually carry a hefty price tag. The truth is, the Soviets made tons of fine timepieces that continue to function perfectly a half-century later and look way less conservative than their Western European rivals for a fraction of the price.