May 7, 2015
by Ariel Adams
Time Warp Creations is a watch maker you’ve probably never heard of, but starting soon, the California-based company will be producing some incredibly odd timepieces, such as this Zymosis Lockdown watch. If this all looks very science-fiction comic book weird, then you are spot on with what Time Warp Creations was going for. TWC produces a series of comic book style products, and “luxury watches for geeks” are among what they offer. Their “flagship” product is the Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown which is a rather intense looking watch inspired by the science fiction genre of zombie apocalypses – and it happens to come in four color variations.
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While you can order the Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown watch on Time Warp Creations’ website, the company offers precious little (as some conflicting) information about the product. We are trying to get more details, but until then, I’ll explain what I know. First of all, the Zymosis Lockdown is still very new with it being recently debuted, not at any watch trade show, but at the comic book world convention WonderCon in Los Angeles. That means the Zymosis is not just “renderware” but an actual, wearable product.
When Mr. Ollila first introduced me to his newest project and some of the timepieces his company was making, I was truly astounded. The Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown is so totally “out there” it transcends pretty much everything I know about when it comes to judging a watch. It reminds me of those terribly painted Victorian houses that populate parts of San Francisco in colors that should never go together on a residential home such as purple and green, or yellow and red. These buildings are in some instances so ugly, they become endearing to certain people. I could say the same thing about many breeds of dog that I personally find visually distasteful.
The Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown watches are like those Victorian houses in San Francisco – designed to shock the senses and offer a visual experience most people have never imagined having before. Calling these watches ugly isn’t fair because it implies that someone actually considered that they might be beautiful in the first place. Descriptions of visual attractiveness almost don’t apply to a watch like this because, by design, they are so totally devoid of traditional notions of aesthetic value. Moving past the topic of whether the Zymosis Lockdown is attractive by traditional standards… I find myself amazed by the watch for its sheer bravado and courageous defiance of all manners of horological normality. This is weirdness incarnate – and for that, I kind of love it.
When going for weird, why hold back? Why not go with the Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown in purple and green – which I just realized, in addition to matching the Batman villain the Joker, is the exact hue of some of those anti-aesthetic San Franciscan homes I was previously referring to. The intense level of detailing on these watches is perhaps what is so impressive, as Time Warp Creations blends the look of science fiction medical equipment with the heads of zombies on one end and hazmat gas mask wearing rescuers(?) on the other.
While Time Warp Creations is silent on important details such as the precise size of the Zymosis Lockdown watches they do indicate that the cases are constructed from steel and aluminum. However, in regard to size, they indicate that the Zymosis Lockdown case is 40mm wide and 17.5mm thick, and that it weighs 110 grams. However, that doesn’t seem to include some of the side elements of the case, and the site also indicates a “small, medium, and large” size the exact nature of which is not clear. The strap is supposed to be faux ostrich, and there is that fabric tube section to the strap as well. I don’t need to explain to you that what you are seeing has a lot of details. I am rather convinced there will be people who purchase the Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown merely because of how much effort was put into it and that is something worth showing off. We tend to feel sympathetic to people who put a lot of work into things even if the results may baffle us.
As the Zymosis Lockdown is a watch, it also needs to tell the time. I am rather disappointed in Time Warp Creations for failing to mention anything at all about the nature of the movement inside of these watches (on their desktop site). I actually just discovered that their mobile site has some totally different information and does indicate the movements in the watches which are Swiss ETA 955.112 quartz movements. So, this is a time-only watch, and the rest of the Zymosis dial is dedicated to “decorative” elements which help to complete whatever precise theme Time Warp Creations was going for.
The Zymosis Lockdown collection is broken down into four models (I’m sorry, “strains,” as the company call them) which include the T1W1 (red and yellow), T1W2 (brown and gold tone), T1W3 (purple and green), and T1W4 (blue and red). My feeling is that these watches are produced more like small models than watches, meaning that the various elements are painted by hand versus coated – at least, that is the impression I got from the image Time Warp Creations offered with the parts and the paint brush.
Some readers on aBlogtoWatch often get irritated when I write about weird watches that don’t suit their particular conservative tastes. No, the point of aBlogtoWatch isn’t just to write about timepieces I think you’ll want to buy all the time. Instead, we cover things that are exciting, buyable, notable, or otherwise discussion worthy. If I was reading this site and liked watches, I’d be pretty darn happy to be reading about the Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown watches because I find it is interesting and entertaining that they even exist. Watches are a hobby and a passion, and at the end of the day, a pleasant (and hopefully meaningful) distraction. To be entertained is part of that, so for those of you who are confused by the sometimes odd stuff I write about – I thank for you letting me share odd stuff with you.
I might even wear a Zymosis watch if I can get my hands on one… if anything, just to see people’s reactions. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: I might not be Time Warp Creations’ target customer for something like the Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown watch, but I am pretty happy to live in a world where stuff like this exists. You can order from their website (if so inclined) and the price (which is actually different on which version of their website – desktop or mobile – you visit) for each is $1,200 – $2,500. timewarpcreations.com