Unconventional watch designs we love! PART ONE

Posted: August 18, 2015 in Christophe Claret, Gents Watches, HYT, Ulysse Nardin
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This two part series of the strange and wonderful watch designs that The Watch Spy loves starts with four bold manufacturers that use their technical prowess to find new, innovative, and often downright audacious methods to indicate the hours, minutes, and occasionally even other functions.

Let us start with the first four of our favourite designs….enjoy

hytH1

HYT’s H1 does away with the hour hand, instead indicating the hour by means of a green liquid that flows through a tube along the edge of the dial. This unconventional watch is famous for being powered by a system of bellows used to pump the liquid forward. For more info visit HYT

Christophe_Claret_X-TREM

Christophe Claret’s X-TREM-1 features a tourbillon and uses magnetic fields to create the illusion of hour and minute indicators floating through the air. Two small steel spheres – hollowed to make them lighter – are encased within two sapphire tubes placed to the right and left of the caseband and controlled by precision magnetic fields generated by two miniature magnets moved by cables. The position of each sphere indicates the hour and minute. For more info visit Christophe Claret

UlysseNardinfreak

Ulysse Nardin’s Freak Diavolo tells the time via “hands” which are really parts of the watch’s movement, with a flying tourbillon indicating the seconds. To set the time, one has to rotate the bezel rather than setting the “hands” via a crown. For more info visit Ulysse Nardin

UR_210

As expected form Urwerk, the unconventional brand’s UR-210 “Maltese Falcon,” eschews traditional hands for a set of rotating “satellites” to indicate the time. The watch also contains an “efficiency indicator,” which indicates winding efficiency. For more info visit Urwerk

Stay tuned for PART TWO, where we will show you even more ways to stand out from the crowd.

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