The intricate gears and mechanisms of a watch with a complicated movement are usually hidden inside a metal housing. But not with Richard Mille's latest creation, the RM65, which features a housing carved from a single block of sapphire crystal.
I'm not crazy into watches, usually. I wear a Casio digital watch, which is a fair sign I rate function over form on my wrist. But this time piece, powered by pistons, bellows and liquid, made me stop and take notice.
We may still not have flying cars or jet packs but my first "living in the future" milestone — wrist-borne communications — has just been made real. An Italian watch-maker firm unveiled the "I'm Watch" today and it is awesome.
I hate everything about time. Being on time, looking at time, adhering to time. EVERYTHING. My hate for time is a big reason why I never wear watches because then, I would be handcuffed by time. AND WHO WANTS THAT. I'm a free spirit! Don't change me world! Or I can just wear this Kisai On Air Watch that looks more like a faceless watch than a timecuff.
Greubel Forsey's GMT watch promised to put the whole world on your wrist. But Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw totally one-ups that designer timepiece with his Aquarius Planetarium that includes orbiting versions of the Sun and six planets.
This is either the world's most opulent watch-winder, or the most over-accessorised media centre. Either way, the Gigantis is targeted squarely at those who only care about showing off their lavish lifestyle.
Most of Tokyoflash's crazy watch designs are pretty hard to read -- at least for the casual observer. Its latest, the Kisai On Air, bucks that trend, but maintains the touchable innovative flair we've come to know and love.
The only thing keypads are used for these days are quick calculations, so you'd expect this Keypad watch to double as a tiny calculator. But it doesn't. While the buttons work, all it does is tell time and look awesomely retro.
Despite the name, Michael Young's Hacker Watch is as inspired by the industrial 21st century cyberpunk aesthetic as it is something more ancient and opulent—almost like a sundial built as a tribute to Helios.
No, it's nothing to do with time travel. This is one of a new range of Autodromo watches inspired by the instruments and dials of 1960s and 1970s Italian racing cars. And frankly, this is as close as I'll ever get to owning such a car.
Making the case for a wider adoption of e-ink technology, Phosphor has introduced the World Time Sport. It uses the backlight-free, low power display technology, but also eschews the buttons that would otherwise cramp its style.
Those world time zone watches that let you know when it's inappropriate to call someone on the other side of the planet just got a lot easier to read with Greubel Forsey's new GMT, which manages to squeeze a 3d spinning miniature globe under its glass.
You need to get in shape. Or maybe you are in shape, and want to be...inshaper. These fitness watches will run you ragged, or at least track your heart beats; distance travelled, and speed until you win this thing.
Continuing their fine trade of turning wannabe designers' sketches into real watches you and I can buy, Tokyo Flash has plucked a Brit's idea out of the sea of wrist-furniture, and called it the Kisai Seven. Inspired by Tron, it may look like no watch you've seen before, but the dark patches on the inner and outer rings actually act as hands.