A Cinematographer's Watch That Counts Down To "Action!"

Watchmakers cater to all kind of professions that live and die by the clock. But Arnold & Richter is the first to include filmmakers alongside pilots, law enforcement, and engineers with its limited edition Arri-branded DoP*1 watch designed with the help of German cinematographer Tom Fährmann.

A black rubber strap, ultra-hard sapphire glass, and water-proofing to 200 meters ensure the DoP*1 could survive even the on-set rigors of being a stuntman. But what will make it really appeal to cinematographers and other filmmakers is the inclusion of a chronograph that counts down to zero. So when the director says a set needs to be dressed and lit in 30 minutes, you're always aware of the impending deadline.

At almost $900 it's an expensive accessory if you're shooting your first feature film on a shoestring budget. But on set of a multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbuster, it's just another drop in the bucket of expensive gear. [Arri via John Brawley (Twitter)]