Four watches that promise something unexpected

Standout from the crowd this year with four watches that offer unique and different designs.

What if you want something different for your wrist this year, something not sprouting from every other forearm in sight?

No criticism intended, but it is years since Omega delivered a watch that didn’t look like an Omega, or Rolex startled us with something that didn’t have a decent dollop of its prized DNA.

You can’t blame them for sticking to their knitting, and of course they’re not alone, but there are options for your wrist that meet a different design criteria – namely watches that appeal because you’ve not seen them before.

We’ve chosen four that promise something unexpected.

BR 126 Carbon Orange
BR 126 Carbon Orange is priced at $6650.

The Bell & Ross Carbon Orange

Bell & Ross is perhaps best known for its funky squared-off timepieces but this BR 126 Carbon Orange model caught our eye. Limited to 500 pieces, it is a self-winding machine with chronograph function in a 41 mm case finished in black PVD coated steel. The numerals and hands are luminescent and the ‘high-dome’ sapphire crystal has antireflective coating. It is water resistant to 100 metres and priced at $6650.


ArtyA Son of Sound Tourbillon
ArtyA Son of Sound Tourbillon is priced at about $200,000.

ArtyA Son of Sound Tourbillon

If you want something really different, here it is. Geneva-based ArtyA has unveiled this creation, the first of ten in a series, featuring engraving, wood and jewels – not to mention a tourbillon – all housed in a case inspired by the shape of a guitar. The price? About $200,000, so you’re not exactly looking at a cheap gimmick.


deLaCour Reflect Tourbillon
deLaCour Reflect Tourbillon is limited to an edition of nine in titanium.

deLaCour Reflect Tourbillon

The Swiss manufacturer describes this design as ‘timeless’ and ‘classical’ thanks to is rectangular shape and softened corners. We see the piece as a bit bolder than that. Limited to an edition of nine in titanium, it features a cylindrical construction with four rigid tubes forming the structure while gloss lacquered movement parts reflect like mirrors, hence the name. The tourbillon movement is manual wind.


Longines Conquest 1/100th St. Moritz
Longines Conquest 1/100th St. Moritz is created for sports pursuits.

Longines Conquest 1/100th St. Moritz

If the watches above are a little too risqué for you, comfort is at hand. Longines has launched a line of watches created for sports pursuits that require high precision timing. The looks might be familiar but the mechanism isn’t, the Conquest 1/100th is a mechanical chronograph that measures multiple intermediary times and shows the time to one hundredth of a second using a separate hand. This special edition marks a new partnership between Longines and the Swiss ski resort village of St. Moritz.

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