If you are like me, you take the measurement of time for granted. Nowadays, with the advent of mobile phones, computers and televisions, all of which are able to display the current time without error. Believe it or not, this is relatively a new revolution with technology. For thousands of years before our electronic marvels, humanity relied upon complicated machinery and even the position of the sun in order to give a rough, not fully accurate, estimate of the current time.
However, a collective of watch makers throughout Europe spent centuries building complex, intricate machines that were able to tell time down to the micro-second with complete and definitive accuracy. To this day, watch makers across the globe are still inventing and innovating these small intricate machines that measure the pulse of our ever changing planet, one second at a time.
Below, we go over ten timepieces that represent the forefront of horological mastery. These timepieces will inspire a new generation of craftsmanship and engineering marvel to craft time itself with their bare hands and with unparalleled precision. This is the future of watch-making.
MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt Watch
Maximilian Büsser and his colleagues strive to revolutionize the world of luxury watches by designing out of this world designs with precise execution. The MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt is one of their most marvelous and complicated designs inspired by Büsser’s childhood interest in model airplane construction.
Hublot La Clé Du Temps Watch
Contracting the MB&F HM4 above, the Hublot La Cle Du Temps watch appears to have teleported itself from some dark dystopian future. From the sci-fi edge color scheme to its design, this timepiece definitely appears to be a watch of the future that might be capable of doing much more. The La Cle Du Temps, which translates to “the key of time” in English, represents this timepiece’s unique functionality. It features a system to “stop time”, no not literally stop time around you. However, once the button is depressed, the watch will spring forward in time to the present moment. Maybe a newer version in the next several hundred years will have perfected the “stop time” feature.
Pininfarina Bovet Ottana Tourbillon Watch
A timepiece that weds the luxuriousness of timepieces and automobiles is the Pininfarina Bovet Ottana Tourbillon Watch. It’s styling arose from Pininfarina, which is a luxury car design firm whom has designed vehicles for manufacturers such as Mercedes, Ferrari, Maserati, and Rolls-Royce just to name a few. Their work reflects the complexity with precision engineering in both luxury vehicles and timepieces, melding them together in one beautiful masculine piece. This pocket watch is most definitely among the top of the world’s most progressive in its class.
Jaeger Le Coultre Atmos Clock 566
While not technically a watch, the Jaeger Le Coultre Atmos Clock 566 is a marvel to behold. This clock is an homage to an 83 year old clock by the same brand, a reflection of continuity for a company whose work is measuring continuity. The Atmos Clock features a Baccarat crystal case and a new movement, the Jaeger-LeCoultre 566 Calibre.
Urwerk U-110 Torpedo Watch
The Urwerk U-110 Torpedo Watch is a mesh of machine and masculinity. Each individual hand of the Urwerk Torpedo Watch spins to display the hour, while rotating across the display to communicate the minute and more. It is a rather complicated watch to get your head around, but not so heavily as to not master it within moments. Unlike any other timepiece available, it is as impressive as it is unique.
Bugatti Super Sport by Parmigiani
Yes, you read that right, Bugatti. The same manufacturer that makes some of the world’s fastest, and most expensive automobiles has made their own watch too. The Bugatti Super Sport by Parmigiani makes a great companion piece for any Bugatti owner, as its price tag is only going to be shouldered by a Bugatti owner to begin with. Never mind the price, it is just one of many recent timepieces that are looking to wed the masculinity of luxury watch-making with luxury vehicles and it too will help pave the way to inspire future watch-makers with even more creative and masculine timepieces.
Knot 0-Hundred Watch
Yet again, another fusion of automotive and watch-making design, the Knot 0hundred watch is a simplistic, yet futuristic jump hour watch built upon complex machinery. Nicholas DiLoreto and Kort Neumann designed this timepiece as a sleek and simple, yet contemporary and complicated in design. Its outer dial displays the hour, its inner dial displays the minute, and the central hour displays the second. With a watch like this on your wrist, it is not just about timekeeping, it is making a bold statement.
HD3 Complication Black Pearl Watch
The HD3 Complication Black Pearl Watch lives up to its name being complication. Akin to a slot machine devised by an alien civilization its hours tick by on a tumbler that is set to the left, while the minutes are reflected on the central dial at the top. The HD3 Complication Black Pearl Watch is powered by a gravity-defying bi-axial tourbillon, spinning in the bottom center of the display case at the top. Inspired by the pirate era, if pirates were aliens, with a black and bloody color scheme that screams violence, adventure and treasures behold.
Geocentric Watch By Geoffrey Cooper
The Geocentric Watch by Geoffrey Cooper, is a simplistic, yet contemporary and not so contemporary, if is so the case. Within the outer circle, two concentric circles spin in order to display the minute and second inside a 12-hour marker on the outer rim. It’s white, polyurethane band makes up that display’s edge, continuing around the wrist and locking on the opposite side.
Devon Works Tread 1 Watch
Of all the watches featured in this article, the Devon Works Tread 1 Watch is definitely the most cutting edge amongst its peers, a timepiece with striking visuals and technology to boot. The Tread 1 Watch features four internal 2-micron thin belts that spin within the case to display the time. It is powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable cell that is charged via wireless induction. This electric system runs the belts that are kept in tune with an optical technology. Add all of this up and what you have is one of the most technically advanced and visually stunning timepieces ever made.
About Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry
Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry has been providing quality products and professional services as a Family Owned and Operated business to the metropolitan Denver, CO area since 1951. Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry was the very first watch repair and service facility ever opened in Colorado. Dan Matheu, a Certified Master Watchmaker, pioneered the watch repair and services business in Colorado. Today, Scott Matheu, his son, now operates Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry. Scott Matheu had a vision to open a watch store in Highlands Ranch, CO fifteen years ago. His vision has led Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry to not only be the largest watch repair and service facility in the Denver Metropolitan area but also the entire state of Colorado!
Whether you are in need of watch repair in Highlands Ranch, CO, watch engraving, or even if you have an antique watch that you would like appraised, you can count on Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry to provide you with superior service each and every time. All of our watchmakers are factory trained and CW21 Certified by the American Watchmakers and Clockmakers Institute (AWCI). This certification has the most stringent standards for watchmakers performing repair, restoration, and service work on watches. With the largest service centers in the metropolitan Denver, CO area we are not only able to provide watch repair in Highlands Ranch, CO but to the entire 50 states as well.
Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry is also a factory authorized service center for Hamilton, Tag Heuer, Breitling, Tissot, Oris and many more brands. When you use Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry for your watch repair in Highlands Ranch, CO, you can rest assured knowing that we have the latest authorized equipment and technology to service your timepiece and you will also receive our (3) three-year warranty on major watch repairs that we provide. If you are considering getting your valuable timepiece repaired or restored, because of our CW21 Certification, you can be confident that Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry will provide you with the highest quality level of watch repair and service. Our CW21 Certification ensures that we possess the superior skills and knowledge for servicing quality watches.