MB&F HM8 (Horological Machine No. 8) packs an unlikely combination for its inspiration and homage. It’s all about supercars, Can-Am motor racing and a touch of anime. Not really a mismatched combination, but still quite a match of different worlds.
Spiders are terrifying, but you might want to try to get over that fear and appreciate the beauty of Arachnophobia – quite a remarkable clock from MB&F. Inspired by Maman, a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, the Arachnophobia takes the shape of a rather gigantic spider.
MB&F Legacy Machine 101 Frost is a limited edition watch that busies itself with the essentials of mechanical watchmaking. To put it simply, the master craftsmen and engineers at MB&F put their skill to test in creating a very lively and mechanically intricate model.
Smartwatches are cool, although they rarely look as awesome as the ZenWatch. We like the ZenWatch because it is sleek, has the usual and useful features, and looks pretty darn good. Going to the gritty details and specifications, the watch has a slightly curved 1.63-inch 320×320 AMOLED display. It runs on a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, has Bluetooth 4.0, and 512 MB RAM.
Cosmic Pro is a watch based on Indian concepts of astrology, where certain precious stones are believed to interface with the stars and planets to have a more positive impact on the life of the person wearing the stones. Usually, such gems or stones are placed in rings on the finger; the watch takes another approach, and adds them to the face of the watch.
We do often get nostalgic of the good old arcade, and perhaps some would get nostalgic enough to tie a miniature version up on their wrists like a watch. The watch takes the shape of a tiny arcade, showing time analog-style with a combination of dials and space rocks.
It’s always a pleasant wonder when mechanical watches show up with really intricate systems that are crafted well enough to blow your mind. Complication Poétique Midnight Planétarium watch from Cleef & Arpels is one of those sweet little mechanical wonders. While the watch tells you time, its face mimics the solar system.
Mask rotary watch has two layers, one masking the hour numbers except the relevant one, and the other doing the same for minutes. All other numbers remain hidden under the layers and give the watch a cool minimalist look. Interestingly enough, designer Filip Slováček mentions that all the “disgusting numbers” stay hidden. Although wearing our common sense hat, which is not good enough to change the heading, it apparently has more to do with the designer not being fluent in English, rather than finding numbers disgusting.
Salvador Dali’s painting The Persistence of Memory has left an impression on many minds to be one of the most recognized works of art. Plenty of clocks have been made into the likeness of those in the paintings, and this one tries to translate it into a wristwatch. The quartz timepiece has a black rubber strap. Costs $30.
Pebble’s e-Paper Smartwatch supports both iPhone and Android, looks rather rad and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It can display texts, caller ID, email, your favorite apps, and can even control music playback through iTunes, Spotify and Pandora. The watch runs on a rechargeable battery and claims one full charge to be good enough for 5-7 days. Costs $150.