Interesting and unusual watches are great, don’t get us wrong. We love radical designs, innovative mechanisms and exciting new functions but some watches are just straight up weird. Some watches make you look at them and just go ‘why?’. Admittedly, some of these designs are actually pretty cool to look at but it’s hard to imagine actually wearing them especially as some of them are so strange and complicated that we’d feel obliged to give our customers a little tutorial on how to tell the time with them before we sold them! See what you make of some of the most usual watches ever.
Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 1
Not only is this watch rather unusual to look at, it also comprises no fewer than 338 components. What makes it pretty special is it’s double 30° tourbillion where one 60 second tourbillion (a cage which is designed to cancel out positional errors by essentially negating the effects of gravity) sits inside another one which rotates every four minutes. Typically, because tourbillions display such mastery of craftsmanship, they are put where the wearer can see them and that is the case here where it’s right in the middle. In addition to telling the time and looking amazing, it also has a second hand and a power level indicator. We think the why for this one might just be because they could and they wanted us to know it.
MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt
This watch which looks rather like a pair of steampunk goggles crossed with jet engines strapped to the wrist is made by a manufacturer who describes their watches as “three-dimensional kinetic sculptures”. One side of the ‘goggles’ contains a fairly normal watch face and the other a power reserve indicator.
Not only does this watch look like something from a 1980s sci-fi film, the way it tells the time and operates is truly mesmerising. It’s hard to imagine how anyone gets any work done while wearing it because it would be very tempting to wait to watch what happens at the top of each hour because rather than rotating through 360° like a normal watch, the main time indicator rotates across the minute marks until it reaches 60 minutes and then springs back to the start while switching to the next hour on the next stalk along.
Urwerk UR-CC1 King Cobra
This is one of those watches where we can’t help but ask why. It tells the time with bars that move along the minute marks smoothly but jump along the hour ones. There are both digital and analogue displays for the seconds but have no idea why they’ve done that either.
Ressence Type 3
Utterly different to other watches, this watch comprises rotating dials rather than rotating hands and the display is actually filled with oil. It uses magnets to make the dials float around in the oil displaying the days, hours, minutes, seconds and temperature. The way it moves is so unusual, it’s another one of those watches it must be hard to stop looking it.
Orfina 1960s Mechanical Watch
Not quite as bizarre as some of the others but this interesting and unusual vintage watch is actually available to buy from our shop. Give us a call if you’re interested in owning a watch that’s a bit different.
These watches are just a sample of the weird and wonderful watches there are out there. We don’t see many this unusual passing through our shop but we can source interesting and different watches if our customers want them. To talk to us about a sourcing a special watch for you, call 01273 239763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.