Top 10 unusual luxury wrist watches

Andrea Divirgilio / December 22, 2008

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Individualists demand excellence, exclusivity and choice, and for the very same reason, luxury watchmaking firms are always busy creating some unusual, out of the world wrist watches for the elite individuals. A luxury watch usually says a lot about the monetary and social status of its owner. If you love to spend your hard earned money on an unusual luxury wrist watch, we present to you some of the most extraordinary watches of all time.

• Hublot’s Black Caviar Bang

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The $1 million Caviar Bang comes festooned with a 18k white gold case and clasp with hundreds of precision cut black diamonds, totaling to 34.5 total carats. There are 322 diamonds on the case, 179 on the bezel, and 30 on the clasp. The one million dollar watch has only one visible feature, which is the black and deep tones of the diamonds, shining in their harmonious alignment. The watch features a special Hub Solo T tourbillon movement that symbolizes the fusion between watchmaking and jewelry. More here.

• Day & Night watch

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The Day and Night watch, which doesn’t tell the time but just day or night was snapped up within 48 hrs of its launch by watch fanatics. The Day and Night watch uses the complicated tourbillon movement, invented to overcome Earth’s gravity that used to affect the accuracy of watches, which lures watch connoisseurs as well as fashion aficionados. More here.

• Maîtres du Temps’ Chapter One

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Created by master watchmakers Christophe Claret, Peter Speake-Marin and Roger Dubuis, Chapter One is a world first combination of complications comprising a tourbillion, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde date, retrograde GMT and two idiosyncratic rolling bars, indicating the day of the week and phase of the moon. The laser-pierced moon and stars on the outer roller of the moon phase indication add to its stellar elegance. More here.

• MB&F’s Horological Machines

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There are two stunning Horological Machines No3 (HM3) watch designs named Sidewinder and Starcruiser. Both the models have some visual distinctiveness and each presents its own angle while telling the time. Hour and day/night indicator is on one sapphire cone and the Minutes indicator is on the second cone. The most striking feature of these two MB&F models is the movement with automatic rotor, which is upside down. It means you don’t have to turn your wristwatch over to boast its most appealing element. More here.

• Moon Dust-DNA collection

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The “Moon Dust-DNA” collection includes watches made from moon dust, parts of the Apollo 11 rocket and bits of spacesuits. The dials of the new watches will feature tiny craters, with dust in them from the moon rock. Steel from the Apollo 11 space shuttle will be used for the case while the strap will use fibers from a spacesuit that was worn during the ISS mission. More here.

• Hublot’s Big Bang

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The $1 million Big Bang boasts a fully invisible setting that makes the material disappear and the only thing revealed are the diamonds. The credit goes to the craftsmen who accomplished the tedious job of making this exclusive watch, which was not feasible a few years ago. Startlingly, the tourbillon movement of the watch is veiled under 493 Top Wesselton baguette diamonds of dissimilar sizes. More here.

• Titanic-DNA watches

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The Titanic-DNA watches have been made from the hull of the doomed Titanic. The metal has been mixed with contemporary shipbuilding steel to make the casing of the timepieces. The black dials have been made by mixing the recovered coal burned in the Titanic’s furnaces with ceramics. More here.

• Vacheron Constantin’s Quai de I’lle

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Dubbed the Quai de I’lle, the watch features invisible UV marking, laser perforations, high-security inks, and other techniques employed to secure passports and currencies. Some of the models available in this watch collection tout tiny text on the dials, which can be read only with the help of a magnifying glass. More here.

• Ulysse Nardin Tellurium J. Kepler

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Depending on which part of the globe you live, you can order a Ulysse Nardin Tellurium J. Kepler showing Earth as seen from the North or South Pole. Sitting in any part of the world, you can know which part of the Earth has daylight and which is wrapped in darkness. The watch is divided in two parts where one part rotates once in a year and the other shows when there will be a solar or a lunar eclipse. More here.

• DeWitt Concept No. 1

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This gothic pirate spaceship of a watch does set new standards for steampunk artifacts with its expanding riveted case, flying tourbillon, five barrels and a 21 day power reserve. The flying tourbillon has been employed to counteract the force of gravity and keep the watch accurate. More here.

• Cabestan Winch Tourbillion Vertical Watch

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The Steampunk-ish Cabestan Winch Tourbillion Vertical Watch is such a stunning creation that you’ll forget that it actually tells the time. It has 1,352 components all working together, driven by a 450 link chain and nickel silver drums. Two rotating drums indicate the time, while further drums show power reserves. More here.

• Hysek Colosso

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Hysek Colosso watch gives you the liberty to watch the Earth spin right on your wrist. It features a 12mm three dimensional globe that sits at 12 o’clock. The movement is implemented by a cathedral timbre and 62 jewels with a 48 hour power reserve. Featuring a big date at 12 o’clock, it also displays an indication of the cities of the 24 time zones linked to the GMT. More here.

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