If a regular watch is just too boring and you really want to make a statement with the timepiece you strap on your wrist, take a look at these insane models that made our eyes widen when we spotted them at Baselworld 2017.
Be warned though, such madness rarely comes cheap, and you may have to dig deep to own one of them. It’ll be worth it though, if only as an instant conversation starter wherever you go.
MB&F Legacy Machine No.2 and Legacy Machine Perpetual
Everything the insanely creative, wonderfully exciting MB&F produces belongs on this list, but we adore the Legacy Machine line-up, which takes inspiration from innovative timepieces created centuries ago. Just 18 of the beautiful platinum Legacy Machine No.2 watch will be made, and only 25 of the LM Perpetual — that’s the one with the four sub dials — will be created. Other versions in red gold, white gold, and titanium are also available in similarly small numbers. If you can find one for sale, the original price was upwards of $176,000 for the Perpetual, or at least $190,000 for the Legacy Machine No.2.
Casio G-Shock Mr-G MRG G2000HT-1A
Just 500 of this special edition Mr-G Casio watch will be made, and it’s really a work of art. Using a traditional technique, each bezel and band has been individually hammered into shape by master craftsman Bihou Asano, and the color used reflects Japanese cloud dragon designs. The titanium case and band are five times harder than usual due to a special treatment, it has a sapphire glass crystal, and a Bluetooth connection lets you set up the international timezone and other features using a smartphone app, plus GPS ensures the watch remains accurate at all times.
The MRG G2000HT-1A, to give it its full name, will be out in September for $7,400. A Casio representative warned that previous special editions have sold out before they even reach dealers, so you’ll have to get on a waiting list quickly if you want one.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire
This incredible watch has a case made entirely of sapphire, rendering it transparent in order to see the Unico HUB124 mechanism inside. Creating the sapphire case was a huge challenge, particularly when it came to adding a color, as sapphire is rarely made this way in any significant quantity. For the Big Bang Unico Sapphire, Hublot has blue, all black, and a stunning red sapphire — of which only 250 are being made. Prices vary depending on the finish, but expect to pay $64,000 for the all-black model pictured here.
A world-first watch from Rebellion, which uses an asymmetrical, flying tourbillon movement suspended between two rollers, one for the hour and the other for minutes. The design was influenced by the way the suspension and differential works on a racing car. Watches are just one side of Rebellion’s business, with a racing team being the other, and the latter influences the former greatly. The mechanism is housed in a sapphire tube that can be removed and worn in different ways, such as on a pendant. It’s truly breathtaking seen up close, but you’ll need a massive $450,000 to secure one for yourself.
Featuring a massive 51mm case, these watches are anything but subtle, and that’s before you start to dig into the extensive range of colors and styles. Made from stainless steel, with strap options including silicone and metal, we love the how the horns form a skeletal chassis around the case. If you want to make a real statement, these watches are for you. Prices are all around $1,500.
Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Aperta
Another Hublot watch with a full sapphire case? So common, right? We’re joking, of course, and only 20 of this particular model exist, and the price is said to be at least $1 million. Inside the smoked sapphire case is a tourbillon movement and Hublot’s famous 50-day power reserve feature. The design of the watch resembles the engine from a Ferrari car, and this amazing watch was made to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary, just like the vehicle from which it takes its name.
L. Kendall K7-001
“Owning a Kendall watch is living the 18th century adventure,” says chief designer Italo Fontana, and it’s hard to argue looking at the K7-001, one of a range of timepieces inspired by chronometers made by Larcum Kendall in the 1700s and tested out by explorer Captain James Cook. Just 300 will be made of this 46mm watch, which has a 316 stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal, and mother of perl dial. The cost is around $3,900.
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