Greetings my friends.
The day has arrived, the gloves are off and I present to you… Weird Ape’s Ultimate Test of Time! I’m pitting my very best mechanical watches up against my favourite futuristic designs, to decide which style of watch is the ultimate winner. I’ll put each piece through its paces, as they go head to head on their features, aesthetic and any special mentions, to help YOU decide which range might best suit your style.
So without further ado, let’s begin round one. First up – in the red corner, from team mechanical, I present to you the Gold Standard. But will it win gold as it faces the futuristic Photon Sun Dial? Let’s find out… Ding ding!
The Gold Standard is a watch that could win gold based on its looks alone. The gold-coloured case is offset by a silver-coloured dial, featuring traditional roman numerals. These surround a stunning circular cutaway in the centre of the face; it’s a skeleton watch that awards more than just a peek of the watch’s inner workings, including the cogs, gears and tightly coiled mainspring.
The visual wonders continue behind the case, where the watch’s glass-back design showcases more of the mechanism. Secured with a rich, rust-coloured faux-leather strap, this watch is also kinetically-powered – giving you all the benefits of an authentic, mechanical watch, but without requiring winding – as long as you wear it daily.
Up against the Gold Standard we have the Photon Sun Dial. For a truly unique look, this is one futuristic watch that definitely delivers. With its contemporary silicone strap and metal case, the materials are strictly sci-fi and its grey colour is minimalist and modern.
The Photon Sun Dial truly comes alive thanks to its distinctive dial. A tap of the LED touch screen will reveal the time, which only the wearer can decipher after a little getting-to-know their new timepiece. Complete with date display and powered by an accurate quartz crystal, the Photon Sun Dial is a seriously futuristic watch that looks seriously impressive too.
WINNER: Gold Standard
It’s a tough call when your old pal Weird Ape must decide between two completely different watches, but the one to win gold for me on this occasion is the showstopper that is the Gold Standard. Not only is it a truly beautiful watch, the fact that it’s kinetically powered allows it to just about pip the Photon Sun Dial to the post. Its name certainly helps its cause too - and that’s why it’s getting the gold standard, first-place prize.
Next up, is our second mechanical contender – from my authentically hand-wound collection, I bring you the Steel Gauge. Steely by name, steely by nature, both the case and strap are made of sturdy stainless steel, giving the piece a look with serious impact when secured to the wrist.
Never one to waste the sumptuous sight of a watch’s inner mechanism, this piece is also a skeleton watch, complete with cutaway dial and glass-back. The Steel Gauge has all the elements of a curiously classic mechanical watch, yet the modern outer exterior of a fashionable man’s sports watch – or the best of both worlds, I say.
So naturally, the watch to rival the Steel Gauge must also be seriously steely. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Road. A truly unusual man’s watch from my collection of futuristic watches, The Road is a watch that packs a real punch. Powered by accurate Japanese quartz, it has a black silicone strap and a dangerously-cool, digital display.
The LED lights show the time, date and week, and at the touch of a button play a fancy animation, where the lights sparkle and dance around the dials. Modelled on a car’s speedometer, this extraordinary watch would make any opposition want to hit the road.
WINNER: The Road
Both of these watches are fantastic and finely-crafted pieces, if I say so myself - but for me, the winner must be The Road. Not just aesthetically pleasing, this watch is the gift that keeps on giving with its snazzy animation and bright LED display. For a real conversation starter, The Road is the one for you – wow your friends with its futuristic features and watch your street-cred soar.
It’s the closing round, and I bring to you the final contender from my collection of mechanical watches. The Apollo is a powerful-looking steampunk watch that embodies every element of expert watchmaking. Its grand, gunmetal-grey case and strap complement its visible gold-coloured mechanism – yes that’s right, it’s mechanical, skeleton and steampunk all in one!
This is where traditional craftsmanship meets modern design; this piece is an exquisite example of a classic yet contemporary timepiece. The Apollo is a one-of-a-kind, stand-out watch, worthy of the Greek God himself.
Up against the Apollo, is the Brick Connect. Brightly coloured and ultra-modern, this is one futuristic watch that will turn heads. With a digital display and rubber strap, this watch includes every colour of the rainbow – you can even change the order of the colours or the size of the strap with the customisable links.
Lit up with a bright LED backlight, this last watch does its futuristic family proud – with stopwatch, alarm and an hourly chime just a few of its many features. If it’s loud and proud you’re looking for in a watch, then this one is for you!
Call me a traditionalist, but this time round there can only be one winner – the classic, mechanical watch, the Apollo. I might just be a stubborn old ape that’s set in his ways, but the history and engineering behind a mechanical watch will always do it for me, no matter how fabulously funky a futuristic watch may be.
It’s been a tough call with such unique and unusual watches up against each other, but it seems that in Weird Ape’s Ultimate Test of Time, mechanical watches have prevailed. If you’ve got a mechanical or futuristic watch that you think might blow Weird Ape’s monkey mind, get in touch through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget to tweet me your Weird Ape watch photos for a chance to win my Weird Ape competition too!