In a world where watches aren’t just statement pieces, they’re museum displays as well; it pays to get timepieces that look nothing like the ones in mainstream distribution. So in this article, we’ve rounded up the edgiest mechanical watches you can buy in 2023:
Blancpain Villeret Carrousel Volant Une Minute
Let’s get one thing straight; the Blancpain Villeret Carrousel Volant Une Minute is a stunning watch. Blancpain Watch may have had a few difficult years after the quartz revolution, but in the last decade, it has dug itself up from the rut that it is in. The Fifty Fathoms line made another splash, a modern one with a renewed interest in quality divers watches.
But if you’re looking for a more out there timepiece, something that’s a little out of the ordinary, the Villeret Carrousel Volant Une Minute is the one to check out. Sure, that’s a mouthful to say, but the watch itself is as sleek and strange as it is elegant. With a silicon balance spring and a red gold case, its opaline dial is something to behold. Paired with an alligator leather strap, it’s the perfect edgy timepiece for swanky parties.
Panerai, as a brand, maybe problematic to some, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Italian watchmaker has a certain look that it has perfected on its watches in the last few decades. The square case and round dial with a protruding crown covered by a piece of stainless steel casing are individually Panerai, and that’s the edge of the Submersible over the ones listed here.
The Submersible runs on an in-house caliber movement with a water-resistance of 100m. It’s not quite the divers watch, but it’s good with a quick swim in the ocean. It’s an edgy timepiece that’s versatile enough to be worn every day. The Italian leather as a strap is a plus, of course, and you can even swap it out for funkier ones. The watch can be worn with any get up, from formal to casual, down to beachwear.
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope
If you’re looking for a simplistic yet effective design language in a watch, the Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope is the one for you. With a nod to Bauhaus designer Max Bill, German watchmaker Junghans really captured the essence of the movement in the chronoscope version of this line.
The watch has an automatic house movement with a chronoscope and a day-date complication. You also get quality, top of the line materials like sapphire crystal and stainless steel. The hour and minute hands are as thin as anyone would like, lightened up by the company’s proprietary line. At 40mm, it wears larger than its size, so average- to larger-sized wrists can sport the timepiece without a problem.
Tudor Snowflake Sub
Tudor, Rolex’s subsidiary, may not be popular as its parent company, but the watchmaker has consistently put out above average timepieces ever since its conception. Most would argue that the brand leans towards the Rolex aesthetic so much, but the Snowflake Sub is not only a departure from that, it’s a singular piece of watch that needs to be in any collection.
The Snowflake Sub has its history rooted in servicing several fleets of navies for the Great War. Since then, there have been numerous iterations of this iconic watch, but none is so impressive as it is today. You get a mechanical movement, proprietary steel, and sapphire crystal.
Edgy wristwatches can be a great conversation starter, especially when you’re always going to parties, corporate events, and other occasions. There will always be a lull in between, and it can be difficult to make conversations if you’re attending alone. Having one of these watches in your wrists will certainly attract attention and interest, and that’s what you want.