24 Of The Most Creative Watches Ever

The advent of the now nearly ubiquitous smartphone is slowly making watches and clocks obsolete, which is a crying shame because these both have a long and rich legacy of beautiful decoration and artistic craftsmanship. These 24 watches, whether homages to the grand-master clock makers of old or innovative new designs for the modern era, seek to keep our love of watches and timepieces alive.

One of the most enchanting things about watch design, especially when talking about mechanical watches, is the scale at which everything happens. Not only are these designs absolutely beautiful, they are all also constrained to a tiny disk strapped to your wrist. And yet, despite this limitation, there are round tables surrounded by knights, whirling planets, beautiful birds and poetic fairy-tales. Many of the world’s greatest watchmakers also no longer limit themselves to simply documenting a 24-hour day, either. Weeks, months, and the time in other cities around the world can all be monitored, and even the moon’s phases and the movement of celestial bodies.

On the other hand, digital watches have opened up a new world of opportunities for watchmakers that just weren’t available before. Sleek modern designs, lights, and the lack of moving parts are just a few of the basic hallmarks of the digital watches on this list. The lack of moving parts especially allows digital watchmakers to move in new directions – their faces can display information in totally new ways, and they can be made flexible or even see-through.

1 | Astronomical Watch Accurately Shows The Solar System’s Movements On Your Wrist

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Designed by Van Cleef & Arpels

2 | Salvador Dalí’s Persistence of Memory-Inspired Melted Wristwatch

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Available here

3 | Eye Of A Storm: A Watch Without A Face

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Designed by Yiran Qian

4 | ZIIIRO Mercury Watch

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Available here

5 | Excalibur Watch

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Designed by Roger Dubuis

6 | Whatever, I’m Late Anyway Watch

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Available here.

7 | The Ora Unica Watch

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Designed by Denis Guidone

8 | This Bird Repeater Watch Is Worth Half A Million Dollars

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Designed by Jaquet Droz

9 | Free Time Watch

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Available here

10 | Earth And Moon Watch

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Designed by Alexander Sorokin

11 | Dragon Gate Legend Watch

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Designed by Cornelius & Cie

12 | SOH – A Second Of Happiness Watch

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Designed by Mathilde Ampe

13 | Time Traveller – This Watch Allows You To See The Time All Over The World

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Designed by Mr Jones Watches

14 | Hand-Painted Poetic Wish Watch

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Designed by Van Cleef & Arpels

15 | Ora Latea Watch

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Available here

16 | Geeky Equation Watch

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Available here

17 | Skull Watches

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Designed by Fiona Kruger

18 | Nadir Watch

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vailable here

19 | Wingt Mille Watch – The Two Men Being Held By The Squid Indicate The Hours And Minutes

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Designed by: Mr Jones Watches

20 | Digital Destruction Watch

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Designed by Ross McBride

21 | Boombox Watch

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Designed by Flud Watches

22 | Angular Momentum Handmade Timepieces

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Designed by angularmomentum.com

23 | The Accurate Watch – Designed To Remind Us That We Should Seize The Moment While We Can

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Designed by Mr Jones Watches

24 | The Bradley – A Timepiece Designed For The Blind

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Image credits: Eone Timepieces

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Author: MMK

Architecture & Design was started by an Afghan entrepreneur, he believes that wellbeing is affected by the spaces we spend our time in and that their design is an important notion to consider with regards to our personal comfort and happiness – whether we are at home, at work or at play.

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