5 Unusual Watch DesignsAugust 28, 2018
The basic design of a watch has remained almost unchanged for decades. Despite the addition of different dials and the impact of automatic movements, if you plonked someone from 80 years in front of a modern watch they’d immediately be able to identify what it is.
For these unusual watch designs, not so much.
This blog is all about highlighting the eccentricity and out there-ness of postmodern watch design, giving a little glimpse behind the curtain at how minimalism, functionalism and skeuomorphism have shaped the landscape.
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So, take a deep breath and let’s dive into some of the more unusual watch designs out there.
Sapphire Case Watches
Opulence is the name of the game with this watch. Sapphire faces and crystals are not exactly uncommon in the world of watches, but this design take that simple element and runs with it for the whole case of the watch. Constructed from expertly machined pieces of sapphire, these watches can fetch upwards of £40,000 and have a design that is certainly not subdued by any stretch of the word.
Hublot MP05 LaFerrari
Paying mimetic homage to the Ferrari engine that is its namesake, there is no denying that this is an unusual looking watch. Nearly impossible to read quickly at a glance, this watch uses rotating vertical disks to indicate the time. Clearly meant more as a fashion statement rather than a functional device, it’d probably require a lot of experience wearing this watch before you felt comfortable reading it without a manual. Coming in at over £400,000, you might also prefer to spend your money on something more practical instead, like a house or an actual Ferrari.
Kei Kei Watch
Leaning heavily on natural themes and minimalist principles, this concept watch tries to emulate the behaviour of fireflies to indicate the time and perform other smartwatch principles. Like the previous watch, this design would take some getting used to, but its subdued aesthetics help to make it endearingly attractive.
Christopher Claret X-Trem-1
It’s almost as if watches stick to a universal design so that they can be read easily, but this unusually named as well as designed watch clearly didn’t get the memo. Indicating time with two balls on either side of the “face” which are moved by magnets, this watch seems to dismiss functionality entirely to focus on a skeuomorphic representation of time that pays homage to barometers, and Victorian scientific instruments. Racking up over £250,000 at the till, this watch is comfortably in the realm of style over substance.
MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt Watch
Looking more like a pair of binoculars than a watch, this timepiece would look more at home on a pilot’s jacket from the 1930’s. Despite it’ striking appearance, there is something oddly appealing about this watch that I can’t quite put my finger on. Even though it might have looked great on your steampunk cosplay, these watches had an extremely limited run, so it would take some detective work – and a huge bank balance – to track one down and add it to your collection.