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Dolce and Gabbana Medicine Man watch

by Michael Weare
9 June, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Dolce and Gabbana Medicine Man watch

Before you read about the Dolce & Gabbana Medicine Man watch with its TV test card face, you need to go to the bottom of the page and run the You Tube clip featuring the most famous test card of them all, the legendary BBC Test Card F.

BBC Test Card F

BBC Test Card F

Test Card F is a test card that was created by the BBC and used on television in the United Kingdom and in countries elsewhere in the world for more than four decades. Like other test cards, it was usually shown while no programmes were being broadcast, but was the first to be transmitted in colour in the UK and the first to feature a person, and has become an iconic British image regularly subject to parody.

The You Tube clip below will provide you with the all essential and authentic music played on BBC television whenever there were gaps in transmission that needed to be filled.

Composers whose original music was used included Roger Roger, the recently departed Johnny Pearson, Neil Richardson and Frank Chacksfield. Much of the music was recorded in what was then West Germany in order to overcome crippling royalty fees demanded by orchestras in Britain.

Carole Hersee, the BBC Test Card F girl completing the noughts and crosses on the blackboard, is now 53 years old. The card’s prolonged exposure on the BBC – it ran continuously from 1967 right through till 1998 and has been reintroduced for digital channels as of 2009 – ensured that Hersee received plenty of fan mail during her teenage years and was regularly contacted by media outlets for interviews, but she quickly grew tired of the publicity. BBC announcers would introduce the test card by saying ‘And now for the test card and some music.’

The Dolce and Gabbana Medicine Man DW0197

Dolce and Gabbana Medicine Man watch

Now that normal programming has been resumed, this stunning looking watch pays a nostalgic tribute to test cards with its distinctive test card design dial.

It’s stainless steel case is 40mm with Arabic numerals and runs on a quality quartz movement with a fluorescent backlight function.

No one would pretend it’s a high end masterpiece of haute horology, but it is certainly an original and eye catching fashion statement from one of the most innovative of the Italian fashion houses. If the idea of a test card on your wrist appeals, the watch retails for a bargain US$215.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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