Having a Space Invaders inspired screen on a high-end luxury watch doesn’t quite inspire confidence. But Romain Jerome has done exactly that with a new range of watches. Available as monochromatic or colored screens for the dial, the watch is a homage to the extremely successful arcade game of the ’70s. The watch has a mechanical self-winding movement, and lugs fitted with safety screws and integrated ball-and-socket joints to provide ergonomic wrist adjustments. Production run for both versions of the watch is limited to 78 pieces.
On second thought, it probably doesn’t make you love yourself, but reinforces those narcissistic beliefs you may be harboring. Who the heck wants to look at a watch when you get to see your own super pretty face. Yeah, the mirror watch’s got a mirror on its face letting you take a look at your good self any second you want. If there really is a need to see the time, let those bright red LEDs light up and show the time. Costs $60.
Tokyoflash watches are known to do a lot more than just tell time. This time around, they’re going to check the watch wearer’s blood alcohol content (BAC). Just push the dedicated button on the concept watch to activate its alcohol test function, and it will get back with the BAC. I have no idea what use it can be except for some crazy drinking games.
Kitchen cutlery clock makes obvious references to its name in its looks. It uses an alternate arrangement of forks and spoons to be present where numbers would usually go. The clock would be a lot more useful if the forks and spoons could actually be put to use. Costs $30.
Ralph Lauren Automotive Watch takes a leaf out of the designer’s well regarded car collection. This watch has been inspired by his 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic which shows itself in the watch’s elm burl ring, a galvanized matte black dial that shows numbers in white and resembles the car’s dials, and visible screws to match the car’s rivets. The watch is priced at $13,800.
MB&F teamed up with Chinese artist Huang Hankang to create a very special edition of the HM4 Thunderbolt watch. It has been created for the “Only Watch” charity auction, which is dedicated for research in combating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that gradually paralyzes children. Built with the dream to fly, the airplane-like watch has a white gold panda holding the twisted gold filament reins of the watch, flying towards the world of dreams. The watch will be auctioned at a special event in Monaco, on September 22.
There have been a number of concepts and products wanting to convert the iPod Nano into a watch. The latest in line comes form schellDsign, a concept that imagines what things may look like if the Apple gadget came in a watch package like B&R. In the spirit of the union of brands, the concept has been named M&T -01 (music and time).
Watchmakers MB&F have unveiled their latest timepiece, the HM3 Frog Zr. The Zr in the name stands for Zirconium, and element much like Titanium, but only tougher. As MB&F proudly says, Zirconium is a key element in modern jet engines, allowing them to take on the high temperatures and stress. A watch isn’t ever likely to face the same setting as a jet engine, but having the same element does feed a sense of uniqueness, which is what this timepiece is all about. It has a black PVD zirconium skin, 22 carat purple gold for its rotors, and of course, the frog look we’ve come to love in MB&F watches. Only 18 pieces of the timepiece will be made available for retail.
I do have the habit of fiddling around with the watch if I am wearing one, but I’d look at the Kaleidoscope watch a million times for entirely different reasons. Created by GRO Design, the concept watch has three color gradients on its face. All these continue changing patterns like a Kaleidoscope, giving our eyes a treat and killing time simultaneously. Also, did I mention it is freakin’ cool to watch?
Being punctual is a virtue that goes undervalued, because no one is on time to appreciate it. That however, does not deter many from staying true to the clock, right down to the second. These saintly souls can indulge their passion further, by getting hold of an atomic clock to ensure that even seconds don’t slip through. Atomic clocks have been used as the best timekeepers ever since they were created, but the large size was prohibition enough for personal use. The portable Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) does away with that issue in a package that has a sides of 1.5 inches and a depth of half an inch. Of course, it may not be easy to do away with the table clock in favor of this one, but an atomic clock on this scale is achievement enough. Costs $1500.