The worlds most unusual watches

Chronoswiss “Digiteur”

Chronoswiss “Digiteur”

The Digiteur is an elegant synthesis of the past and the present and as implied by its name, uses a digital display, one that was popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s using printed discs which rotate to display hours, minutes and seconds. Chronoswiss developed a unique mechanism to support this digital display. The minute and seconds disks …

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Urwerk 203. Miniature air compressors included.

Urwerk 203. Miniature air compressors included.

Urwerk 203 Urwerk was formed in 1997 by watchmaker brothers Felix and Thomas Baumgartner along with designer and friend Martin Frei. The name is derived from the city of Ur “where our perception of time was molded over 6000 years ago by the moving shadows cast by the obelisks of Ur” and the German for …

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MB&F HM2-SV. Special sapphire version displays its micro-mechanics.

Hamilton ODC X-02

This is the “Sapphire Vision” version of MB&F`s Horological Machine No. 2 The main difference is the substitution of the metal front plate of the watch for a large 3.6mm thick sapphire crystal so that a view of the entire movement can be appreciated. Crystals of this size are notoriously difficult to create, the cutting alone takes …

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HD3 Black Pearl. Swashbuckling style.

HD3 Black Pearl. Swashbuckling style.

HD3 Complication Bi Axial Black Pearl With the success of the Vulcania model, HD3 brought out its bi-axial tourbillon with the launch of the new and most exclusive Black Pearl range. For this new adventure Fabrice Gonet was inspired by the wonderful era of pirates and buccaneers, to which he added the retro-futuristic …

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Funky Watches

Funky Watches

A lot of these funky watches have a seventies vibe to them since thats when the funkiest tunes were made, think Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins and James Brown; or Old School. More recently funk samples have also been used a lot in Hip-Hop and house music.

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Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical. Engineering virtuosity on a micro scale.

Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical. Engineering virtuosity on a micro scale.

Like the Harry Winston Opus III , this novel time measurement instrument was also designed by Vianney Halter. Revealing unique technical and aesthetic features it is constructed around a winch driven movement utilising nickel silver drums and a 450 link chain and in total 1,352 separate components. The hours, minutes and seconds are read from two engraved …

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Mechanical Mystery: Thomas Prescher double axis tourbillon

Mechanical Mystery: Thomas Prescher double axis tourbillon

Prescher is one of the top makers of single and multi-axis Tourbillons which are usually the focal point of his watches. At first glance its hard to fathom just how this timepiece is powered since there appears to be no apparent connection between thhe display and the movement. Its no wonder therefore that Thomas Prescher decided …

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Hamilton ODC X-02. Space Odyssey watch – the sequel.

Hamilton ODC X-02. Space Odyssey watch - the sequel.

The new Hamilton ODC X-02 takes its design cues from the original watch that was featured in the 1966 Kubrick film “2001:A Space Odyssey”. The ODC X-02 is a sequel to the original watch. Apparently this new and really radical and futuristic design also drew inspiration from the cross section of an aircrafts wing, apparent …

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Jean Dunand “Shabaka” Egyptian themed complication watch

Jean Dunand "Shabaka" Egyptian themed complication watch

The Jean Dunand “Shabaka” is retro futuristic watch that has an Egyptian theme to it, “Shabaka” was a Kushite pharaoh of the Twenty-fifth dynasty of Egypt, between (721 BC; 707/706 BC)]” refers to one of the Egyptian pharaohs who lived around 700 BC. Setup by watchmaker Christophe Claret, Jean Dunand takes its name from the famous …

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