When you would have thought about a futuristic watch maybe a decade ago, you would probably imagine that you could use it to open doors, direct you through a city abroad you have never been to or have your car drive to you in “Knight Rider”-style. That has all become a reality with today’s smart watches. Fortunately, there are also some watchmakers that thought that it was possible to create futuristic watches that are mechanical. It is their design, unusual complications and/or use of exotic and innovative materials that set them apart.
MB&F HM6 Sapphire Vision
Where the regular HM6 looks like it came straight out of space, the Sapphire Vision is perhaps even more mesmerizing as it gives us an insight into the mechanical workings of the watch. Dominated by a one-minute flying tourbillon in the middle, it sits on your wrist like a miniature spacecraft, featuring one of the most complicated and crazy sapphire crystal ever created.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor
Mesmerizing is the first word that comes to mind when you see the Excalibur Quatuor. With its four sprung balances that seem to do an intricate dance, it eliminates the effect of gravity on the precision of the movement. While the Roger Dubuis looks highly futuristic, the craftsmanship that went into this watch is old school, as testified by the Geneva Seal, certifying that this watch meets some of the most demanding quality criteria.
Urwerk is another brand that seemed to have its watches flown in from the future. Of course, does the UR-210 stay true to the original satellite time display that has become an Urwerk hallmark. Even after all these years it still looks as innovative, and futuristic, as the day it was first introduced.
De Bethune DB28 Skybridge
If there is one watch that seems like it was officially issued by Starfleet, it is the DB28 Skybridge by De Bethune. It is the dial of blued and polished titanium that offers you seemingly a window to outer space. A feeling that is only amplified by the case and the hands of the watch, and yes, the DB28 Skybridge is also fitted with De Bethune’s signature moon phase
It is watches like these four that show that even today, some watch brands are prepared to boldly go where no watch brand has gone before!