We get it, watches aren’t exactly the most interesting in the eyes of laypeople who merely see them as spiffed up instruments that keep track of time. However, certain maverick and rebellious watchmakers have gone against the grain to produce anarchistic timepieces that pay no heed to conventional designs. This Christmas, let your wrist do the talking with these watches that are sure to pique the interest of even smartphone-wielding skeptics.
Franck Muller is no stranger to breaking the mould, and with the latest extension of its Vanguard line comes a refreshing avant-garde approach. The Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours is boldly presented with a spectacular dial, interpreted through a range of pop shades and featuring numerals appearing in disorder. The aptly-named timepiece literally offers a new way to read the time, and we settled on the Vanguard Crazy Hours in deep blue to give unfamiliar eyes a pleasant shock when they finally come to terms with its absurd creativity.
Even without a legible way to tell the time, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is still mesmerising to look at. The myriad parts that make the exquisite watch tick is put on display for all to marvel at through a transparent and highly visible case, while sandblasted titanium bridges and satin-brushed chamfered edges give the illusion that the architectural movement is suspended from the bezel. Limited to 50 pieces each in stainless steel and gold, the latter curries our favour with its luxurious gleam.
Evoking a sense of enigmatic comfort reminiscent of the deep blue, the H. Moser & Cie Venturer Concept Blue Lagoon is an excellent interpretation of minimalist luxury. With neither logos nor indices, the effect is sublime understatement as a beautiful turquoise fumé dial takes center stage. Accompanied with a beige kudu strap, the streamlined and simple Venturer Concept Blue Lagoon is truly the epitome of “less is more”.