The Aurora watch concept doesn’t have a face, or a dial, but it pretty much makes up for it by using lasers. You just touch the watch, and the hands of the watch appear as lasers. Which is cool. Except that in a real application, you’d see a diagonal hand for hours, and another full diameter for minutes, which is of course more difficult to realize time by. Because that’s what lasers do, instead of magically disappearing in the center. Also, if you make the lasers weak enough, you’d never see time in the day. By the way, I’d be totally fine with the concept if tapping it created a 3-D holographic image that spoke the time.
Just one good look at the watch, and it is clear as day that this is one expensive time teller to have. The watch itself is a part of the Métiers d’Art collection, which shows off various crafts. Lacquer applied on the watch comes from the traditional Japanese Maki-e technique. It has manual wound movements visible through the center of the dial. Only 20 such watches will be constructed each year, and each watch will be unique.
As a law of nature, cuckoo clocks are cool. German artist Stephen Strumbel, however loves to give these “innocent” timepieces a flavor of street art with weapons, violence, and the words “What the f**k is Heimat?” Well, to answer that:
Heimat is a quintessentially German concept, which roughly means homeland. “There is no English word for Heimat,” Strumbel explains. “Some people link Heimat to a place, for others it is a feeling.”
The digital watch is turning 40 this year, so it is quite obvious that some celebration should be in order. Hamilton Watches is doing exactly that, with a new digital watch, the Pulsonic. The watch with a somewhat minimalistic design includes Swiss automatic movement combined with a digital face. Costs $1495.
The real time Canvas Clock has a “modern monochromatic representation of the classic alarm clock” on a canvas, which probably qualifies it with the comparison with art that the seller makes, but no doubt it is pretty cool. The classic alarm clock “art” though, really does show time. Its 2 dimensional looks hold a 3 dimensional mechanism to have the time running. Costs $35.
After the iBook G4 went bust, this user decided to have it do some work, and created this wonderful clock, where the mouse makes for a rather interesting pendulum. The clock itself has a quartz clock movement, while the mouse relies on two AA batteries for movement. The clock was selling for $75 on Etsy, but as you’d guess, it didn’t take a lot of time for this to go “out of stock.”
The Geocentric Watch is supposedly a sci-fi inspired design that looks totally cool. Well, I’m not sure about the sci-fi part, but it does a lot of exercise in the planetary motion of the earth around the sun. The rings you see on the dial are in perpetual motion, and move around the watch to show time. Checkout designer Geoffrey Cooper’s website for more intriguing designs.
Franck Muller’s Aeternitas Mega 4 is better refered to as the most complex watch in the world, but it is also an intricate beauty worth admiration. The limited edition watch has 1,483 parts for movement and has nearly 36 complications, 25 of which are visible on the dial. Functions on the watch include a
monopusher split-second chronograph, a 1000 year calendar, very accurate equation of time (between solar and clock time), complex sonnerie chiming functions, multiple timezones, moon phase indicator, and of course, more.
That’s about as exciting as the $2.7 million price tag.
The watch you see here, is the HD3 Complication Black Pearl. Apart from its amazing looks, the watch has a bi-axial tourbillon, a number a pirate themed additions like the skull and bones etched in glass, a tiny cannon and a thing or two about nautical navigation. It was a limited edition watch with just 11 pieces and a $400,000 price tag. Click images in gallery for larger versions.
Thomas Cruyl’s “CWatch” is amazing on many levels. A tribute to the tradition of swiss artisan watch making, the watch has been created to look like the beloved cuckoo clock, has a decorative wooden exterior, and basically combines two different arts in one package. What would actually make it awesome though, would be a working cuckoo mechanism; sadly, that doesn’t appear to be the case.