Thursday, August 23, 2012

Steampunk and the Pocket Watch

My husband asked me if I had ever heard of the term “Steampunk.” Which of course I did, but it was a new term to him and he was a little perplexed. I had not only seen the use of Victorian Steampunk in fashion but I had also read several books with a Steampunk theme. Science fiction and fantasy lend themselves well to this alternate reality. The reason he was asking me was because he saw a jump in interest of pocket watches.


Steampunk when used in fashion or art truly emphasizes the design of the object. In items such as pocket watches the interior is part of the design. I’ve seen watches that had exposed gears and working. While the exposure of the interior workings of a watch is visible they are also highly stylized and polished. The wonderful thing about these designs is their emphasis on craftsmanship.

I’m completely fascinated by watching the interior of these watches move. It’s fun to see the gears shifting and spinning, so much better than an ordinary pocket watch. Some of the watches have solid covers so you have to open the watch to see inside. Others have a skeleton cover so you can see not only the time but the internal workings of your time piece. Believe it or not I’ve seen cuff links with little gears and wheels that spin, super Steampunk.


Now I know this style of pocket watch is nothing new. It goes back to the Victorian or Edwardian era when a gentleman wanted to show off the craftsmanship of his pocket watch, but it’s new to me. The interest in the Steampunk style has made pocket watches an important accessory for men and women. It’s a pretty cool trend.


  1. I was recently introduced to this style and I like it, though I don't think it works on me. I was shopping with my friend's daughter at the Treasure Island Flea Market and there were several vendors selling this unique style of jewelry. Very fun to look at!

  2. You're right, it is really popular. I think it's really fascinating to look at though.