Top 15 Unusual Watches - Part 2
By Romit Jethwaney — March 13, 2013
In today's day and age, one comes across a variety of watch artists, craftsmen and makers. Although, there are designers that have taken their passion for watch making to exclusive heights with their unique and unusual theories and ideas.

So once again, we bring you our second compilation of the Top 15 Unusual Watches in the World.

Tokidoki EOS

tokidoki eos

Introducing the EOS Mixtape Watch. This watch features a anodized black stainless steel case with "EOS NEW YORK" laser etched onto the base. On the sides of the case laser etched also is a robot and "60 MIN". On the dial is two movable discs which look like the movement of a real cassette tape. On the right dial is where the hands are for the time. There are also orange markers present to indicate time. The 36 mm EOS Mixtape might seem like a hard watch to read but like any of these Japanese, binary and art watches out there today, it doesn’t take long to get used to it. The watch is 9.3 mm in thickness and is water resistant up to 30 bars.

Price - USD 150.

Hamilton ODC X-02 Quartz Titanium
Hamilton ODC X-02 Quartz Titanium

The futuristic, unconventional nature of the ODCX-02 is modelled on the cross-section of an aircraft’s wing, allowing the wearer to be in three places at once. This is possible thanks to three separate, oblong dials, each revealing the time in a different location. Pushers resembling miniature telescopes with easy-to-grip tips enable the setting of travel in time. The ODC X-02 Quartz already has its eye on Hollywood movie appearances with its design being inspired by the watch Hamilton originally made for Stanley Kubrick’s 1966 movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey”. A valve-like pusher at the top of each dial enables the setting of three independent times. Viewed from the side, these resemble miniature telescopes with easy-to-grip tips. The analog time display in each of the three sections is close to the pusher, giving the impression that it is floating to the surface of the dial window. Each window has its own curved sapphire crystal, enclosing the top and side of the individual dial for self-contained timekeeping in the chosen zone. The movement is the Quartz x 3 E01-001 cased in material black PVD and is water resistant up to 50 m.

Price - USD 1,750.

Azimuth Landship

Azimuth Landship

The Azimuth SP-1 Landship is an unusual watch that is evocative of the 20th century landships, which were referred to as tanks during the World War I times. Made from titanium, the stunning SP-1 Landship watch has its hours on the small dome on its top. This tiny dome rotates to a glass window, so you can easily tell the time. A self-winding movement with a retrograde minute display is housed in a 55 mm x 40 mm titanium case. The hours are on the top dome while the minutes are on a dial that scrolls around a larger window on the front that reminds me of a windshield. The minutes are marked in five-minute increments so the watch is quite accurate. The movement inside is based on a Swiss ETA automatic and is presumed to be wound for power. Limited production of 100 pieces.

Price - USD 8,000.

Romaine Jerorme Liberty DNA

Romaine Jerorme Liberty DNA watch

On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, RJ-Romain Jerome unveiled the fruit of an unprecedented collaborative endeavour with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and Gold Leaf Corporation. This encounter has resulted in a new 46 mm RJ-Romain Jerome timepiece merging the brand DNA with that of Miss Liberty, thereby giving shape to a new symbolic legend: Liberty-DNA. Loyal to the aesthetic of the Statue of Liberty, the bronze bezel of this 125-piece limited-edition timepiece is adorned with 12 spikes reminiscent of the statue’s famous crown. It will acquire a delightful patina as it ages over time, thereby adopting the color of the original, whose precious DNA is featured on the dial. Particles of Miss Liberty have been incorporated into the verdigris dial which also evokes the colour of oxidised copper. The facetted hands are bronze coloured and the vintage brown alligator leather strap sets the perfect finishing touch. The medallion on the case-back of the watch depicts the flame of liberty lighting up the stars and stripes of the American flag. The mechanical self winding movement is cased in black PVD coated steel.

Price - USD 14,900.

Devon Tread 2 Red

Devon Tread 2

The brand made waves with its Tread 1 watch which displayed time via an interwoven system of conveyor belts, in part managed by an optical recognition system (the watch is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery). It was and remains a very cutting edge watch. A testament to the Devon Tread 1′s ingenuity was that it was nominated for the Gran Prix d’Horlogerie de Genéve in the category of Design and Concept Watch – the first American watch brand ever to receive this prestigious recognition. The difference from the first version is that , the Tread 2 does not have a separate conveyor belt for the seconds, although the crown when held down for 2 seconds converts the minutes belt to a seconds belt. Another feature added by Devon to the Tread 2 is the standard chronograph functionality. The dimensions have increased a bit - 44mm x 42mm now vs. 42mm x 38mm for the original design, Tread 1. Water resistance up to 10 m.

Price - Expected retail price is $ 15,000.

Romain-Jerome Space Invader

Romain Jerome Space Invader

Romain Jerome presents a limited edition that utilizes classic imagery from the 1978 arcade legend Space Invaders. Limited to only eight pieces per colorway, the timekeeper pays homage to 20th century pop culture. Available in two 78-piece limited editions — one with colored Invaders, one with white — these unique watches feature round shapes set within a 46mm cambered square, steel coalesced with fragments of the Apollo 11 capsule, four functional ball-and-socket joints designed to recall the feet of lunar landing modules, a dedicated plate of Moon Silver on the back, and a black rubber strap. Drawing from additional celestial elements including the Apollo 11 spaceship, the watch features durable construction and a complex three-layer dial. Black PVD coated steel with a 3D dial houses the mechanical self winding movement.

Price - USD 17,900.

Michel Jordi Limited Edition ‘Icons of the World’ collection

Michael Jordi Icons of the World

Designed by Christophe Moinat, each watch is reminiscent of the brand’s Swiss Icon collection. Other features include a sapphire crystal cambered like a pebble from the River Rhone and the cylinder-shaped crown featuring a deconstructed Swiss flag. The watch is water resistant up to 100 meters, and has been finished with a black leather featuring steel folding clasp. The watch featured above pays tribute to Kremlin in Moscow. The brand is out with the Icons of the World limited edition collection that covers eight exotic locations. Limited to just three units of each, the collection has been created in collaboration with Jean-François Mojon. Set inside a titanium and 18-carat red gold case of 46 mm diameter each, the caseback features a hammer that strikes a gong at a low frequency of 2Hz, that sounds just like a mountain chapel bell performed its hand wound movement.

Price - USD 53,000.

Urwerk UR-110 

Urwerk UR-110

The UR-110 RG with its red gold bezel consummately blends a golden touch of class with a high-tech Grade 5 titanium body. The UR-110 indicates time by means of a revolving satellite complication on planetary gears featuring three parallel hour/minute modules resembling torpedoes. The time is displayed on the right side of the watch, with the satellites following a vertical line - 0 to 60 minutes - in a downward motion. The ingenuity of this layout lies in allowing the wearer to view the time discreetly and elegantly without the need to pull back a cuff. The architecture of the revolving satellite complication of the 47 mm UR-110 has three levels of complexity: a central carousel providing the mechanism with stability and equilibrium; planetary gearing assuring the parallel rotation of the three hour satellites as they orbit the dial; and three counter-rotating hour modules - each comprising an hour satellite, minute hand and counter balance - mounted on a planetary gear. The exquisite timepiece runs on UR 9.01 mechanical automatic winding movement. Water resistance is up to 30 m.
Price - USD 77,000

De Bethune Ninth Mayan Underworld

De Bethune Ninth Mayan Underworld

To mark the symbolic passing of humankind as predicted by the Mayan calendar, De Bethune will release twelve unique watches in honor of these traditions.With the the Ninth Mayan Underworld, De Bethune has tried to recreate the deep atmosphere of pottery and stone sculptures by Mayan scribes.The bezel of the dial shows the time according to the Mayan number system, while the inner ring shows the 20 glyphs of deities, sacred animals and objects representing different calendar days.The center of the dial which has the "Baktun” hand-engraved by Michèle Rothen on it.This is the longest measurement of the Mayan calendar system known as the ‘Long Count’ and equals 144,000 days.In order to highlight the subtle visual balance  the needles are made of sapphire blue trim steel following an exclusive procedure devised by De Bethune.The name of the watch refers to the ninth and final underworld – each lasts 400 years – and will culminate as the calendar ends in 2012. The watch diameter is 44 mm and it runs on a Calibre DB 2005 – mechanical hand-wound movement. Water resistance up to 100 m.

Price - USD 97,000.

Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo
 Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo
Due to the ultramodern, minimalist and unconventional design of the Freak’s tourbillon carrousel – one that possessed no true dial, crown or hands – and being the first timepiece to successfully present escapement wheels constructed of silicium, a revolutionary material at the time, the Freak forever changed the course of haute horology. The tourbillon is a flying one minute tourbillon. The case is 44.5 mm in 18K white gold with black leather strap.The Freaks are crownless watches that rotate a ring about the case back of the watch to adjust the time, while the bezel is rotated to wind the watch. Manual winding takes place over the bezel on the back of the case. (1 full rotation is equivalent to 12 hours of power reserve). The concept of the Freak requires a bit of education to understand, but in essence it is a simple and straight forward machine.Moving the bezel will adjust the time in both direction,since the timepiece is crownless. Manual winding movement with water resistance up to 30 m.

Price - USD 153,500.

Bvlgari Tourbillon Saphir

Bvlgari Tourbillon

As an amazing and unique haute horlogerie creation, the Bulgari Tourbillon Sapphire demonstrates the Bulgari reinterpretation of one of the ultimate watch complication: the Tourbillon mechanism. Due to their know-how and taste for innovation, Bulgari has developed a stunning transparent complication made of sapphire and titanium. Like lace, it allows one to admire the full mechanism in action and the Tourbillon regulating system. The construction of this piece of art is quite innovative: because of its external fixings, it can be compared to a "drum” construction as the screws are fixed outside the case perimeter. The 53 mm Bulgari Tourbillon Sapphire is obviously a strictly limited edition of only 25 timepieces. Powered by its Caliber GG8000 Manual winding with water resistance up to 30 m.

Price - USD 184,569.

Woodstock - Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Woodstock Tourbillon

Woodstock - Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Woodstock Tourbillon

The iconic Tonda Tourbillon model bears on its dial the first Parmigiani Fleurier Marquetries and consist of two unique pieces of rare beauty which imply an astounding creativity and daring. The idea dreamt up by the Parmigiani Fleurier designers was to depict a musical scene which was not static and conventional, as literal representations often are.The guitar is an instrument with natural links to wood marquetry, and it was decided to use the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes as the backdrops in this tableau paying homage to the two most influential countries in the history of rock and roll. The Tonda's tourbillon becomes the sound box of the guitar, music and the watchmaking art become one and the instrument comes to life through the regular oscillations of the complication. Each marquetry dial is the result of 10 days' work and comprises more than fifty pieces of dyed wood. These have been designed, cut and then assembled with such meticulous care that the resulting dial appears perfectly flat to the naked eye. The Tourbillon functions on a P-510 hand wound movement and has a diameter of 42 mm, thickness of  11.5 mm and water resistance up to 30m.

Price - USD 312,000.

Jean Dunand Shabaka

Jean Dunand Shabaka

The art deco Egyptian styling of the Shabaka belies an astonishing feat of micro-engineering including a minute repeater with cathedral gongs and an instantaneous perpetual calendar with an ingenious display of day, date, month, moon phases and leap-year cycle. The calendar indications use four cylinders rotated by their own transmission systems, each fitted with a security device to ensure precise calendar changes. The date, day and month all jump instantaneously around midnight.The leap year is balanced on the dial by the phases of the moon. Black discs travel over the moon’s surface like the shadow of the earth, accurately eclipsing it to the left as it wanes, and revealing it from the right as it waxes. It deviates from the real moon by one day every 120 years. The mainspring in an open barrel indicates power reserve against a scale and, thanks to the cathedral gongs, the melodic crystalline chimes of the minute repeater are considerably more powerful than most. Operated by the Calibre CLA88QPRM - manually wound minute repeater with instantaneous perpetual calendar. The watch has a power reserve of 45 hours housing up to 721 parts including 54 jewels. Water resistance up to 30 m.

Price - USD 450,000.

Dewitt Concept- X

Dewitt X
The Dewitt X-watch combines functionality and rugged looks with precision. The transparent dial of the watch is protected by an X-shaped bonnet, which can be suitably opened or closed as per convenience. Once the bonnet is opened, the transparent dial comes to view, which has the hours of the day engraved on it with white enamel, and allows a glimpse into the unique working mechanism of the time-piece which makes this watch self-winding, and detailed in its display of time. This mechanism is a part of the in-house manufacturing process, known as Calibre DW 8046 which has also been patented by the watchmaker. Despite the X-Shaped bonnet on the dial, the features are perfectly visible which has been put together with precision in the Grade 5 Titanium casing. Water resistance up to 30 m.

Price - USD 553,000.

Devon Tread 1 Exoskeleton

Devon Tread 1 Exoskeleton

When the Devon Tread 1 was first launched, it took the watchmaking world by storm as many regarded it as the perfect combination between technological innovation and revolutionary timekeeping. Following up on the Tread 1 series, at Baselworld 2013, Devon have announced that they will introduce a more aggressive addition, the Devon Tread 1 Exoskeleton timepiece that reminiscence a mechanical beast on steroids. Retaining its oversized charm and the proprietary electro-mechanical movement from its predecessor, the new variant showcases the timepiece's intricate casework with the aim to maximize all the finer details by the American-based Manufacture. With an added touch of luxury, Devon will also incorporate 18k white or rose gold for the new Tread 1 Exoskeleton model. Retaining the same "ballistic polycarbonate” glass that surrounds the watchcase, the increased skeletonization ensures that every detail crafted by the watchmaker will definitely be noticed and will make this timepiece the most perfect Terminator-worthy watch ever made. Water resistant up to 50 m with a width and thickness of 45 mm and 10.5 mm respectively.

Price - To be announced.

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