Today I’m feeling rather futuristic. I’ve waxed lyrical about historical timepieces and days-gone-by a fair bit recently, so now I’ll bring you back to the future - with a different selection from my assortment of unique watches. Over the many years that I’ve been collecting, I’ve seen watches evolve with the times. Today the modern watchmaker isn’t afraid to channel contemporary design and science-inspired style and some of the finished pieces appear as if they’ve crash landed straight from Y3k.
During my foray into the world of steampunk, I came across an intriguing Swiss watchmaker, Vianney Halter. One of his latest designs happens to defy his archetypal style – as it happens to be modelled on Deep Space 9, the space station straight out of Star Trek (I’m told this is an extremely well-received motion picture among humans, I preferred Planet of the Apes myself). The watch itself is inspired by mathematics and intergalactic travel. It features a striking domed-sapphire crystal that contains a miniature celestial and planetary display, in a stunning wristwatch-homage to the scientific world of space.
Unfortunately, the price is also out-of-this-world – at an astronomical $200,000. If you’ve yet to solve yourself a lottery-winning algorithm, fear not my bald cousin, as I have just the ticket to whet your futuristic appetite from my own personal array of unique watches.
Photon watches were one of the first futuristic watch styles to earn my usually-staunch-traditionalist nod of approval. Before I came across these watches, I had almost declared a state of gorilla-warfare against contemporary watch designs – but these are just too unusual not to love. Some, like the Photon Future, even feature an intricate time-reading-system that uses coloured LEDs to display the time – in this advanced step of horological evolution, you must learn the language of your watch to decode its message.
Others are all about the aesthetics. The Photon Blade was the first watch to throw me into a state of confusion – defying all my careful research into shapes, materials and colours, I was fascinated instantly. The stainless steel casing shows off distinctive depth-effects and the time emerges from a dark, mysterious cosmos encased in the watch itself. Futuristic watches give pride of place to design and this one makes no exception, with its perfectly-executed polish and taut lines serving as the embodiment of 21st century watchmaking.
As a forward-thinking gentleman, I have welcomed futuristic designs into my collection – you couldn’t offer unique watches and live an honest life if you were to exclude the avant-garde. Some of the most striking and unusual pieces in my collection are hi-tech, ultramodern and revolutionary, and appear to be straight from outer-space or even another dimension. And so, like the first time I tried papaya and was pleasantly surprised, I’ve sampled a glimpse of the future and can now bring you watches from all eras – even those yet to come.
Until next time,