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Time and time again, watchmakers produce such complicated timepieces that reading the actual time can become a challenge. Nevertheless, these watches are still without doubt true masterpieces. Back in 2019 we presented some of the world’s most fascinating watch models and would now like to add another five extravagant and fascinating watches to the list.

Part 2 of the world’s most fascinating watches

Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical Watch

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical Watch began with the image of a capstan and the idea of making a watch that would reflect how it looks and works. This was a success and resulted in an innovative watch that displays the time using sideward rotating drums. The drum in the upper right corner shows hours and minutes, the drum in the upper left corner shows the power reserve and the drum in the lower right corner shows the seconds. The fourth drum at the bottom left serves as a mechanical winch for a 450-link chain and also bears the company name. The Cabestan also features an impressive vertical tourbillon. The watch is wound and set by means of a miniature capstan, which gives the watch a power reserve of 72 hours after several turns.

The price of the watch pre-owned is approx. €200,000 and it is available as titanium version in this 135-piece limited series.

Rose gold Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical watch with black watch strap

Richard Mille RM 020 Pocket Watch

Pocket watches revolutionised timekeeping in private and personal life an unprecedented way. In tribute to these almost entirely forgotten timepieces, the Les-Breuleux-based company designed a modern pocket watch. Radically modernised and stamped with the quintessential Richard Mille style, the RM 020 features a typical manufactory Steampunk look. The distinctive square shape, superb practicality and stunning aesthetic all make the RM 020 an excellent watch. The crown can be used both to set the time and to manually wind the watch, while the watch has a power reserve of around ten days and the sapphire crystal case back reveals the movement.

Another special feature is the accompanying watch chain. While the chains were rather lengthy and fine on the pocket watches of days gone by, the chain of the RM 020 is the exact opposite: solid, not particularly long and more suitable for jeans than for a suit. Nevertheless, the RM 020 pocket watch is a breath of fresh air in the world of Haute Horlogerie and the luxury watchmaker is certainly remunerated in line with this.

The price of this watch is approximately €400,000 to €500.000. Unfortunately, there is no information available on how many of these limited-edition models were made.

Richard Mille Tourbillon pocket watch made of titanium lying on a brown suit jacket next to a black bow tie
RICHARD MILLE RM 020 (Photo: Richard Mille)

Maîtres du Temps Chapter One Round Transparence

The Chapter One Round Transparence by Maître du Temps is a watch worth dreaming about. This fascinating timepiece by the watchmaker from La Chaux-de-Fonds features a skeletonised dial and sapphire glass case back, thus revealing the movement. Day of the week and moon phase are displayed on two rollers outside the dial. The Chapter One features a chronograph and date function, as well as a GMT function and it also displays the actual time of course. Another special feature is that it is strictly limited, which makes this watch a real rarity. The Chapter One Round Transparence is also powered by a hand-wound movement that provides this timekeeping masterpiece with a power reserve of 60 hours.

The price of this watch is approximately $500,000 and it is limited to 11 pieces.

Red gold Maîtres du Temps Chapter One Round Transparence C1R.55.2E.60 watch with skeletonised dial and black crocodile leather strap

MB&F Horological Machine No. 9

In the post-war years in the 1940s and 50s, aerodynamic designs became increasingly popular, especially in the automotive industry. As a tribute to the iconic designs of those days gone by, MB&F created the Horological Machine No. 9: a watch that looks much more like a spaceship than a timepiece at first glance. The watch boasts a simple and rather small vertical display dial, which makes reading the time surprisingly easy. Nevertheless, the purpose of this watch is obviously more related to the aesthetics of mid-century design profiles than a functional nature. The three sapphire crystal windows set in a rose gold or titanium case offer a view of the intricate parts of the HM No. 9. Two of these windows show two fully independent balance wheels. The third window here allows the viewer to marvel at part of the complex hand-wound movement. Additionally, the power reserve of the HM No. 9 is an adequate 45 hours.

The price of this watch is €182,000 and it is limited to 33 pieces.

Rose gold MB&F Horological Machine No. 9 watch with brown leather strap

MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 “Space Pirate”

In contrast to the HM No. 9 presented above, MB&F didn’t draw inspiration from iconic designs when developing the HM No. 6 “Space Pirate”, but instead focused on the spaceship of an animated series from the 1970s and 80s. The resulting watch is definitely nothing short of fascinating. The watch is reminiscent of a square with rounded corners with concave sides sloping inwards to create “biomorphic curves”. Located in each of the four corners and in the centre of this square, there are sapphire glass domes that display the time and exhibit two turbines and a central tourbillon. This can be protected from UV radiation by a retractable spherical shield that extends over the tourbillon when activated using the crown on the left side of the case.

The entire collection of HM No. 6 is, like the other models above, strictly limited in number, which should help the watch maintain its high value when bought new or perhaps even help it increase over time.

The price of the watch is approximately €230,000 and it is available in 5 limited editions and 4 unique pieces.