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Gadget gal: Swatch fluo 24-hour watch

Dammit, I’m getting old.

SORRY TO HEAR IT.

I remember when Swatch watches first came out. Us cool art college kids were all over them like cheap beer, all eager to express our individuality in, er, the same way.

AND DID YOU? Did we ever!

The watches all had cool designs on the faces, and really stylish straps. You could even see the works in a few. Also, Keith Haring designed a whole bunch of watches, too. Those were the days.

WOULD YOU LIKE A NICE CUP OF TEA, DEAR?

And these can be the days, too. Swatch have announced several new styles, and one of them happens to be the Swatch Fluo 24-hour watch.

AREN’T ALL WATCHES 24 HOUR?

You’re just hilarious, you know that? And you’re wrong of course: most watches are just 12-hour. The 24-hour sort is favoured by scientists and pilots, apparently, although it’s not really clear why.

Maybe because they are extra smart? Because this thing nearly broke my brain.

CAN’T AFFORD THAT, AT YOUR AGE.

The thing is, the main hand takes the whole day to go round the face. So you start at 24 and then end up back at 24. This seems simple enough, and the 12 is in the spot where the six would be (still with me?). The part that got messy was being able to tell how many minutes it was past 8pm. I’m looking at it right now, and all I can tell you is it’s two o’clock and a bit.

HMMM. COOL BUT . . .?

Not helpful if you don’t swot really hard to learn how it works. And then, the light broke through the clouds, and I got it! And then it was really cool, and a great way to baffle people! The auld brain cells haven’t given up yet.

I HEAR THAT OMEGA 3 IS GOOD FOR FOLKS YOUR AGE.

Time for you to knock it off! The Swatch Fluo is €43 and is available in their shop in Grafton Street, and many good jewellers


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