The Analog Ant Watch: Get Out of Here!

Philadelphia-based  Analog WatchCo boasts of its unique position as a watchmaker commited to the exploration of design as seen through the nature's vast dynamic lens.They do go a bit farther than most companies to make thier point as their newest time-piece, the Analog Ant Watch, is reminiscent of the green plastic ant farms of decades past.


The Analog Ant Watch: Source: The DodoThe Analog Ant Watch: Source: The Dodo


Company goals and expectations

In the words of Lorenzo Buffa, founder of Analog WatchCo:

"We consider our work to be sculptures for the wrist, and in this case, we've reinterpreted the function in a shape and color scheme that is reminiscent of the iconic green and plastic ant farm from childhood. This... device is keeping with that tradition, but we've upgraded to a plant-based bio plastic. What better way to express the energy and vibrancy of nature than to capture it in its live form on your wrist!"


The Analog Ant Watch: Source: FacebookThe Analog Ant Watch: Source: Facebook


How does this strange, one-of-a-kind watch work?

The Analog Ant Watch contains a vial of five live harvester ants, which are carried on the wrist of the wearer at all times within a casing that is refillable and specifically designed to shake nesting material. Included with the purchase of each watch is a kit which contains: some sand; a food/water dropper; tweezers; a tool for opening the casing and a guide concerning how to care for this very special watch and its occupants.

Transporting the ants into their new home inside the watch can be a little tricky. First, place them in the refrigerator for about ten minutes so that the ants go to sleep, and then with the help of a tweezer, pick them up and move them gently into the casing. The ants eat liquid sugar one to two times per month and feeding is done with a specially designed dropper.

Each group of ants is expected to live from four to six months. if they are not needed, it is suggested that you set them free, as paying return postage for five ants is not something most sober adutls would or should consider. If it turns out after the fact that you do need them after all, it is up to you to find your own ants. (Just head for any picnic area.)


The Ant Watch: Source: PhillyMagThe Ant Watch: Source: PhillyMag


Is there a future for the Ant Analog watch?

It isn't likely this watch will have a long lifetime for a number of reasons. First of all, it is unable to tell time, which always helps with any watch. Secondly, it evokes anger among animal activists who shout 'cruelty to insects'. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, its launch date of April 1st indicates that shipment of these timepieces cannot be guranteed to contain live animals upon delivery which never occurs  because this is an April fool's joke (a few days late to deliberately throw you off the track!)

Closing thougths on April Fools' Day:

This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty four. ~ Mark Twain






Closing thoughts about time and watches:

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves. ~ Maria  Edgeworth


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