Watchmaking, the craft of creating and producing watches is an age old practice steeped in tradition and discipline. Historically, watchmakers would have to work as an apprentice for seven years before they could sell their first watch. Watches during this era were made by skilled hands and could take ages to make (some ultra-luxury handmade watches still actually take up to three years to produce). While analog watches are still a huge market today – luxury and military watches are still traded frequently in stores and on online marketplaces and websites like Chrono24 they were supplemented by the introduction of the electronic watch in 1972. Initially sporting huge price tags, these watches quickly became so commonplace that their value plummeted.
In recent years the electronic watch has seen a resurgence. This hasn’t had to do with any gimmicks by Casio, however, but by rather by the tech industry and their goal of pedaling smartwatches and other wearables with innovating gadgetry to tech-hungry consumers. With that in mind, we’ll take a look at some of the best watches available for gadget lovers.
Seiko’s Think the Earth Wn-2 is sure to mean the world to someone, and for good reason. The timepiece contains a small globe that is a 1:580 million scale replica of the actual planet Earth. It displays hours and minutes but the coolest thing about it is the interior globe that rotates at the same speed of our planet, meaning that one full rotation takes 24 hours.
The Tread 1 by Devon Works is one of a unique timepiece currently available. Instead of cogs, springs, and gears powering the display, the Tread 1 uses a series of moving belts to show the minutes, seconds, hours and remaining battery time. It’s an all-American watch with a functionally that is mesmerizing to behold.
Reminiscent of the Game & Watch series of video games in the 80s, Seiko’s E-ink LCD display utilizes modern technology to bring together the simplicity and functionality of early electronic watches. It’s a fun little watch is powered by solar cells to keep its atomic clock radio calibration in sync and will have gamers of the 80s thinking of classic Nintendo titles every time they check their wrist.
Storm’s Digimec Mirror is beautifully simple but has the look of something bizarre and futuristic, perhaps the type of watch an alien might wear if it ever visited Earth. Its display utilizes curved LEDs to fashion numbers to show either the day or time. While not the most advanced watch on this list, its alluring display feels like something out of a Neil Blomkamp film and is definitely worthy of a gadget lover.