Who needs the Seven Wonders when you can have wonderful watches? I’m an ape of many interests you see; explorer, purveyor of unique watches, collector, and avid banana fan. Over the years I have journeyed the world, searching high and low for unique watches, and I have now amassed quite a collection.
Every so often I come across an exceptional watch that, for me, turns traditional horology on its head. Watches without faces, sans hands, missing numerals, straps, you name it, in my travels I’ve seen it all – and I just can’t help myself, when I see something truly unique, I must bring it home and adopt it into my collection like a prized jewel.
So, with a great swelling pride, I present to you my seven weirdest watches of the world. Enjoy my friends, and remember – all of these watches can be yours, with just a click of a button. Then give it a few days, for Mrs. Ape to box it up nicely and get it in the post.
If you’re looking for unique watches, this is a great place to start. The Photon Orion is a watch with a difference… It has no face! Wearing the watch it appears to be just a fancy, silver-coloured piece of jewellery but voila! It lights up, with the time beaming through the links in an unusual digital display! I couldn’t quite believe it at first glance!
I first met the Aviator whilst sourcing weird watches, travelling on a submarine back home from Timbuktu. Inspired by its nautical and technological surroundings, this is the captain of unique watches – it really is a striking look. Its numerous dials give the piece depth, and it certainly makes for a fantastic and interesting conversation starter – off the barometer of cool!
Ah, the Mercury takes me on a trip down memory lane… It was one of the first futuristic watches I came across and it won me over immediately – thanks to its unique look and my deep, adoring love for the colour purple. Every time I read the hours, the minutes, the seconds on its bold, circular face, the sight of splendid colour greets me and I can’t help but think, “Ah, what a find!”
You humans are obsessed with your technology, your gadgets and your devices. If it’s truly unique you want, you need to delve back into the past. The Ancient Pocket Watch in an exemplary display of history and style, and genteelly extracting it from your breast-pocket is sure to cause a stir among your peers.
Is it a bracelet? Is it a watch? For the ladies, it’s both. And a stunning piece it is! Available in black or white, the Athena wraps round the wrist in a delicately coiled leather spiral, creating an attractive and unusual look. Inspired by the Greek goddess of wisdom herself, I certainly think you’d be wise to snap these up before they go.
Square-shaped watches always score high on my weird-watch approval list – for so long I thought a square dial was alien and strange. Now, I love combining them with whatever fashions I can – ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Piscara Perigee. Bright and reflective, silver-coloured and with a distinct lack of numerals, the watch case is settled on an unusual chain-link strap. If it’s a unique statement look that you’re after, the Perigee is your guy.
Last but by no means least, on my list of weird watches - the Photon Jupiter. From my futuristic range, I touched upon last week the complicated and imposing appearance of the Jupiter. Learn to read your watch and reap the rewards my friends, as this beauty blows the traditional face-hands-and-strap combination out of the water – and for that, it certainly draws attention.
People say I’m a weird guy, which probably explains my love for weird watches. Either that or I’m a fashion-forward, innovative, dapper and debonair ape that’s slowly bringing his pioneering, original and awe-inspiring style into the dreary human realm. I’ll go for the latter I think.
Weird Ape out.