Expensive watches from Baselworld

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  1. BastardNamban says:

    Forgive me, I’m a watch nut.

    Yes, there are PLENTY of idiotic designs. But a lot of drool inducing more traditional looking stuff too. If you want lots of pretty pictures & explanations, google “PuristS Pro”. That site is the meccha for this stuff- your jaw will drop at what exists.

    And for the record, my favorite watch from Basel 2009 is one that doesn’t even have pictures on the net yet- Gerald Genta has a new 4 hammer repeater watch that sounds incredible- it’s like listening to a desk clock. It’s called the Area Meta Sonic- look for the sound file. If you know what normal repeater watches sound like, it will blow your mind!

  2. frankieboy says:

    Mr. Doctorow apparently overlooked the “Victor Unwindable” steam powered watch. Powered by ‘clean coal’, in acknowlegement of our ‘eco-aware’ time, this beauty features hand craftmanship and quality materials. Mounted on a thick slab of top grain leather and featuring hammered brass and iron fittings, the Victor is accurate to 10 minutes a day. Hours announced by distinctive whistle. Very limited production run; prospective owners should gradually build up the strength in their arm before strapping one on.

  3. Antongarou says:

    Modern watch design basically sucks

    That’s an interesting declaration, which I disagree with. Could you please elaborate?

    Also, I’m a functionality nut- I buy the simplest waterproof casio digital that I can get, and have been doing it for years. Yes, I need to buy a new one every 4-5 years, but the rugged clocks are either so big they feel bad on my wrist or cost the world.

  4. PaulR says:

    Me, I’d make the faces on the 2001: A Space Odyssey (see above) watch much smaller, ‘cuz you can still read ‘em.

  5. Moriarty says:

    “Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”

  6. axleworthington says:

    I have been chuckling at the expensive watch ads I have seen in magazines lately. Who wears watches anymore? Old rich people I suppose. Everyone I know uses their cellphone to tell time.

  7. WaveyDave says:

    Ooh that watch in the photo looks like something you’d use to beam down from the Liberator.

  8. Halloween Jack says:

    Most of these are pretty crass; they more or less scream “HEY LOOK AT ME I’M REALLY EXPENSIVE”. I just got a Casio G-Shock for less than $100, and it is solar-powered and resets itself to the atomic time signal every day. I’m guessing that most of these are like Nigel Tufnel’s guitar: they’re not meant to be worn, ever, and the collector doesn’t even want you looking at it.

  9. ian_b says:

    The Philipe Stark watches are sweet and have some innovative interfaces.

  10. mhomyack says:

    Personally, I’m just tired of the standard, round case with a bazillion little tick marks encircling the standard three hands… it’s just so boring. Nearly every watch looks like a “dive” watch these days and once you step about 5 feet away from them they all blend together into an entirely forgettable soup of little round faces. How about a little variety? Is it really that hard?

  11. alowishus says:

    What’s a watch?

  12. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    Dive watches are highly practical. The dial is very readable. They’re rugged. No extraneous features. They have a turning bezel for timing short term things like parking meters, cooking, etc. Try timing a boiled egg with your cell phone. How many menus and how many keyclicks? Not worth the trouble.
    I’ve been a collector for 25 years. Both of the daily wearers I’ve settled on by default are descended from 1950s dive designs.

  13. NeonCat says:

    Whenever there’s a watch post, there’s the inevitable “I have a cellphone, watches are the suck”. OK. We get it. You don’t want a watch. Fine, good for you.

    I’d rather have a watch than a cellphone, but then I guess I’m an antisocial luddite, which is fine by me.

  14. nixiebunny says:

    When are the Swiss going to perfect the Nixie tube wristwatch?

  15. axleworthington says:

    Yes Dive watches are great- and also obsolete. Dive computers are now the way to go because they keep track of tons of vital information, especially useful for multiple dives in short time spans.

    http://www.scubapro.com/americas/english/uwatec-products/computers/galileo/galileo-sol

  16. kakko says:

    Seriously, I would enjoy so much smashing all those stupid devices with a Judge hummer… Fuck Time!

  17. shadowfirebird says:

    Sorry, I don’t consider any of these either good design or good value for money. Did any of them do anything useful other than tell the time? Maybe a couple. Were the user interfaces well-designed? Hell no.

    Thousands of dollars for what? A brand name.

    For that money I would expect a full-blown wrist-computer, thanks.

  18. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    It’s true that nobody wears a watch for diving any more. Specialized instruments do the job better. The traditional style of dive watch is still a highly useful and popular overall timepiece for everyday wear.

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