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The Coolest & Most Unusual Watches For Men and Woman Launched Over the Last 8 Years
October 26, 2022
Men and women have always been fascinated by teh most unusual, cool, and interesting watches. They are not only a practical way to keep track of time but also a stylish accessory that can make a statement about your personality and taste.
While some people prefer classic and understated designs, others prefer something more unique and eye-catching. If you fall into the latter category, then you’re in luck – over the last few years, there have been some truly unique and unusual men’s and women’s watches launched by a variety of brands.
Here are just a few of the most interesting watches for men and women that have been released over the last eight years. Whether you are a fan of physics or dragons, there is sure to be a timepiece that appeals to your unique taste.
There’s something here for all fans of cool watches for women and men, from the IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia with its unique astronomical complications to the Hermès Arceau Le Temps Voyageur with its two-timezone dial inspired by a scarf to the Hublot Square Bang Unico with its square case.
So whatever your fancy, you’re sure to find unusual men’s and women’s watches that tickle your fancy from this list of the most unusual, exciting and cool watches from the last eight years.
The interesting watches of 2022
1. Hublot Square Bang Unico
An unusual watch design that was released in 2022 was the Hublot Square Bang Unico. This watch is based on the circular Big Bang watches but features a square case. The 43mm-wide case is 14.5mm-thick and is available in titanium, black ceramic, and 18k gold. The dial is open-work so that you can view the movements, and the watch is water-resistant to 100 meters.
Hublot is a Swiss luxury watch brand known for its innovative design and use of materials such as rubber, carbon fibre, and titanium. The Square Bang Unico is a unique addition to the Hublot collection and is sure to become something of an icon.
2. Hermès Arceau Le Temps Voyageur
The Hermès Arceau Le Temps Voyageur is a two-timezone travel watch that is stylish and different. The dial is galvanized blue with lacquered oceans on the map. Fans of cool watches for women will be pleased to know it is available in platinum and titanium with a black dial or in stainless steel with a blue dial. The fantastical countries displayed on the watch are based on the Hermes ‘Planisphère d’un monde équestre’ scarf.
Real place names run around the dial and represent 24 time zones. The cities around the dial are marked with different letters, such as “-S” for summertime for English-speaking countries. A nice quirk is “24 FBG”, used for European Central Time which stands for 24 rue du Faubourg, home of la Maison Hermès.
3. Dior Grand Soir Libellule
The Dior Grand Soir Libellule is a one-of-a-kind piece inspired by the dragonflies in Christian Dior’s garden. The watch features a 36 mm case in white gold with a white gold bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The case back is engraved with a dragonfly. The dial is white gold with diamonds. It is embellished with a gold dragonfly set with emeralds, sapphires and amethyst, truly making it one of the most cool watches for women to wear.
The features of this striking watch also include mother-of-pearl and feathers. Surprisingly, for such a striking piece of jewellery, the watch is water resistant to 30 meters. The Dior Grand Soir Libellule is a beautiful and unique timepiece that is perfect for fans of Dior couture.
Crazy Unusual watches for men and women launched in 2021
1. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
This ultra-thin watch for men released in 2020 is the very definition of cool. It is incredibly thin at just over eight millimetres thick. It features moon phases and a perpetual calendar which handles leap years. The design is simple and elegant, with a blue opaline dial and silver-tone case in 18-karat white gold.
Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest watchmaking companies in the world, having been founded in 1755. It is known for its superb craftsmanship and has created some of the most complicated watches ever made. The Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is a testament to the brand’s dedication to excellence.
2. Limelight Gala High Jewellery Watch
A new version of the classic Limelight Gala High Jewellery Watch was Presented at Watches & Wonders in 2021. This watch features an Australian black Opal on the dial with over one hundred and fifty emeralds and diamonds on the case and bracelet.
Piaget is known as an Haute jewellery brand that also created unusual men’s and women’s watches. Piaget became well known in the 1960s for their high-end watches focusing on creativity and style. They continue this tradition of combining jewellery and watchmaking with this Limelight Gala High Jewellery Watch. Famous fans of Piaget include Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, and Sophia Loren who were all style icons that loved cool watches for women.
3. Vianney Halter Deep Space Resonance
Perfect for fans of physics and complex machinery, the Vianney Halter Deep Space Resonance is one of the most interesting watches made in 2021. The Vianney Halter Deep Space Resonance is a triple-axis tourbillon watch with an acoustic coupling mechanism that incorporates two balance wheels. This horologically complex timepiece was inspired by Abraham-Louis Breguet who was a watchmaker in the 1900s. It is the product of years of research and development, which began in 1996.
Vianney Halter is a pioneer of contemporary, independent watchmaking. He was inspired by the work of 19th-century engineers such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Nikola Tesla. The Deep Space Resonance is a testament to his dedication to creating unique and innovative timepieces.
Timepieces that impressed us in 2020
1. Breitling Top Time Limited Edition
If you’re looking for unusual men’s and women’s watches made in 2020, the Breitling Top Time Limited Edition is a good start. This retro-style watch features a ‘bow tie’ design on its face and is inspired by Breitling’s original Top Times watch. It is made of 41mm stainless steel and has a 30-minute chronograph register. The Breitling Top Time Limited Edition is a limited edition watch with only 2,000 pieces being made.
The original Breitling Top Time watch was designed by Gerald Genta and was originally released in 1968. Breitling is a Swiss watchmaking company that was founded in 1884 and its noteworthy fans include John F. Kennedy and Buzz Aldrin.
2. Dior Grand Bal Masqué
If you’re looking for cool watches for women made in 2020, look no further than the Dior Grand Bal Masqué. A beautiful watch for women released in 2020 was Dior Grand Bal Masqué. The interesting design was inspired by the lavish costumes Christian Dior designed for the famous “Ball of the Century” held in 1951 at the Palazzo Labia in Venice. The Grand Bal Masqué’s design features dancing masks, jewels, and feathers. It is a limited edition watch, and only 1,000 pieces were made.
Dior is famous for its unusual ball-inspired timepieces, which included the Dior VIII Grand Bal Masque, the Dior IX Grand Bal Plume, and the Dior X Grand Bal Poudre.
3. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36
An unusual and incredibly cool watch for men is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36. This watch is available in 26 different languages, making it the perfect choice for the international man. This is the smaller model that was released in 2020. This retro watch has a 1970s design and is powered by Rolex’s chronergy escapement and Parachrom hairspring.
Rolex is the largest single luxury watch brand and is loved by those who appreciate fine watchmaking. It produces around 2,000 unusual men’s and women’s watches a year and was founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis. The first Rolex watch was the Oyster, which was released in 1926 and was the first waterproof watch.
The Coolest watches of 2019
1. Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
The Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse is one of the most cool watches for men that features an interesting ellipse-shaped dial. This means that the watch has an unusual and eye-catching design. The watch also features a date indicator and is made of 18-karat white gold, which gives it a luxurious look and feel. It was designed by watchmaker Gerald Genta and was originally released in 1968 and then re-released in 2019.
The Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse is powered by the calibre 240 self-winding movement and has a power reserve of 38 hours. It is also water resistant to 30 meters and has a sapphire crystal.
2. Raymond Weil Tango Diamonds
The coolest watch for women in 2019 was the Raymond Weil Tango Diamonds. Raymond Weil is a Swiss watchmaking company that was founded in 1976. The company is known for its luxury and high-quality timepieces. This beautiful timepiece features a diamond-set bezel and case, as well as a mother-of-pearl dial.
The design of this watch is inspired by the Art Deco movement. The Raymond Weil Tango Diamonds is a limited edition watch with only 1,000 pieces being made. The Raymond Weil Tango Diamonds is made of 18-karat white gold and has a power reserve of 42 hours. It is also water resistant to 30 meters.
3. MB&F HM7 Aquapod
Perhaps one of the most interesting watches created in 2019 was the MB&F HM7 Aquapod. This interesting timepiece is designed to look like a jellyfish and features a transparent case that allows you to see the inner workings of the watch.
The MB&F HM7 Aquapod is made of 18-karat white gold and has a power reserve of 42 hours. It is also water resistant to 30 meters. It is one of a number of unusual watches by MB&F, who also make the Horological Machine N°9, which looks like a spaceship, and the HM6, which is designed to look like a robot.
The men’s and women’s timepieces of 2018
1. Rolex GMT-Master II
A cool watch for men in 2018 was the Rolex GMT-Master II and its fans include David Beckham, Jay-Z, and LeBron James. The GMT-Master II is an updated version of the original GMT-Master and features a number of improvements, such as an independent 24-hour hand and a dual time zone display so that you can keep track of two time zones at once.
The watch is made of Oystersteel, which is a type of stainless steel that is highly resistant to corrosion. It is also scratch-resistant and can withstand extreme temperatures. For added luxury, the case is made of 18-karat white gold.
2. Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier
The most interesting watches for women to wear in 2018 was the Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier. This beautiful timepiece features a blue enamel dial and a case set with diamonds. Cartier has long been recognised for creating cool watches for women, and this design is based on the iconic Cartier Tank watch and combines the elegance of the Tank watch with the luxury of diamonds. It was designed by Cartier’s head designer, Pierre-Alexis Dumas and is a perfect example of Cartier’s craftsmanship.
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier is powered by the calibre 1847 MC automatic movement and has a sapphire crystal. It was introduced at the Baselworld watch and jewellery fair in 2018.
3. Dior Grand Soir Skeleton
Dior is known for creating luxury watches for men and women, the Dior Grand Soir Skeleton watch is unusual because it is skeletonized. Most watches have a solid dial, but the Dior Grand Soir Skeleton watch has an open dial that allows you to see the inner workings of the watch. Skeletonization is the process of removing unnecessary material from a watch movement in order to create a see-through effect.
Dior Grand Soir Skeleton Watch is also set with 48 diamonds, which adds to its luxury. The Dior Grand Soir Skeleton was first released at the Baselworld watch and jewellery fair in 2018. It is a limited edition watch, and only 30 pieces were made. The Skeleton is a beautiful timepiece that demonstrates Dior’s exquisite craftsmanship.
2017′ Most Interesting watches
1. IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia
The IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia is a limited edition watch that was made by IWC Schaffhausen, a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer and released in 2017. It is a unique timepiece that features a world map with hour, minute, and second hands that rotate around it. The Scafusia also has a perpetual calendar, power reserve indicator, and tourbillon. It is truly a remarkable watch and one of the most cool watches for men to wear.
The Scafusia is made of 18-karat white gold and has a 45-mm case. It is powered by the IWC calibre 89802 movement and has a power reserve of 7 days. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters and has a sapphire crystal.
2. Bulgari Serpenti Incantati
The Bulgari Serpenti Incantati is a limited-edition woman’s watch that was released in 2017. It is an interesting timepiece that features a snake-shaped bracelet made of 18-karat rose gold and diamonds. The dial is also set with diamonds and enamelled with a green snake motif.
Bulgari is best known for its luxurious jewellery, but they also create some of the most interesting watches. The Serpenti Incantati is a perfect example of their craftsmanship and attention to detail. The watch was inspired by the legend of the Roman god Mercury, who was said to have transformed a snake into a bracelet to protect his wife from evil.
3. Hublot Big Bang Referee
One of the most cool designer watches for men to wear in 2017 was the Hublot Big Bang Referee. This unique timepiece was designed for FIFA referees and features a red, yellow, and green dial that resembles a traffic light. It is powered by Hublot’s calibre HUB1241 automatic movement and has a power reserve of 72 hours. It features a yellow and red colour scheme, as well as a soccer ball-shaped case.
The Hublot Big Bang Referee was designed by French designer Philippe Starck. He is a renowned designer who has created some of the world’s most interesting watches and products, including the Apple Cube and the Alessi Juicy Salif citrus squeezer.
Cool & Unusual Watches for Men and Women 2016
From gothic embroidering to unexpected bursts of colour, London Fashion Week AW16 featured a variety of cool men and women’s watches to complete each statement trend.
Here we’ll take a look at a few of these interesting watches, sure to make a lasting impression in the glamorous world of fashion.
This Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull watch from Alexander McQueen showed some interesting and cool features like a bespoke embroidered design across the face, creating a textured look for a stylish twist. With a nod to gothic trends, this cool watch is a vibrant take on a look that tends to incorporate less colour.
Crafted with rich Lurex threads, the skull motif and arabesque strap of this watch offers a bold & unusual composition, finished with a simple black ceramic case. Confident femininity meets innovation for a true statement timepiece.
The Chopard Happy Fish Métiers d’Art watch made an interesting appearance during the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi show. With a dazzling theme for the catwalk incorporating sexy sequins and plenty of wow-factor, this cool and interesting watch added an extra special appeal.
Flaunting a red jasper and gold leaf fish design that glows in the dark, this unusual watch featured moving diamonds for added character. The mother-of-pearl finish and snow-set blue sapphires sign off the exclusive look – combining beautiful glamour with modern flare.
The super cool Diamantissima watch by Gucci was a true representative of the unusual brand, showcasing the signature diamante pattern, accented with simple detailing. With rose gold and black PVD case, this interesting timepiece certainly delivered a classic, confident style.
In 2016, it was the London Fashion Week that set the tone for that year’s upcoming Autumn/Winter trends, and the use of luxury yet cool and unusual watches proved just how significant these shows are at providing inspiration for each watch design.
According to The Wealth Report 2015 by Knight Frank, “A fashion for slightly larger watches and jewellery, combined with the growing purchasing power of women, particularly in luxury strongholds such as China, is helping drive sales. The share of female watches in the market has risen to around 35% from 20% in 1995 (Bain & Altagamma).” (Ledbury Research, luxury analysts)
The Interesting Watches of 2015
In 2015 the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) was the most prestigious watch show in the world and took place in (where else?) Geneva. The first major watch show of that year got the ball rolling in terms of building up hype and interest around the coolest, most unusual, and most interesting watches for both men and women.
So, let us list the ten best watches for 2015!
1. Cartier Ballon Bleu Serti Vibrant
Cartier did what they do best and swamped their 2015 with an enormous amount of diamonds. There were 123 stones on that year’s version of the cool Ballon Bleu watch and it certainly made an interesting statement.
The unusual watch borrowed from an obscure setting style called en Tremblant. This is where diamonds are mounted to the watch via springs. The result was the marvelous sparkle that was visible when holding the cool watch up to the light.
2. Audemars Piquet Royal Oak 41mm 15400 Two-Tone
This cool watch was a slightly larger version of 2012’s unusual version and features a two-tone steel finish as well as a sprinkling of 18 karat gold. This interesting edition was also the first Audemars watch ever to feature both a two-tone steel and a rose gold finish.
3. Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillion Moon
A smart, subtle yet cool men’s watch – this interesting watch featured an unusual ‘moon phase’ display which was 30 times more accurate than its competitors at the time. Amazingly, this unusual men’s watch only produced an error every 3,877 years! Imagine that!
The industry standard was every 122 years and that’s why this cool watch was Jaegers flagship watch for the season.
4. Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Caliber 3500
Vacheron Constantin only released these really cool mens’ watches as part of a limited run so there were only ten available. These interesting and unusual watches also came at a premium price of £235,000 which made it one of the most expensive watches on show in 2015.
However, if you are looking for totally sleek, cool and intersting watches, then look no further. The Caliber 3500 featured a relatively succinct sense of style in comparison to its other premium rivals. Only the keenest eyes could notice this kind of craftsmanship.
5. Montblanc Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres Vasco de Gama
No, you’re wrong. This wasn’t a special association with the legendary Brazilian football team. This was the crème de la crème, the coolest French watch-making at its best. These interesting and unusual watches for men had a really cool feature that showed the time in any part of the world at any time via the use of two globes. These half-globes are part of the watch-face.
However, this level of cool and craftsmanship does come with a price and because of Montblanc’s strong belief that every watch should be hand-crafted there was a small amount of availability.
6. Roger Dubuis Excalibur Automatic Skeleton
Long dismissed by conservative watch experts, Roger Dubuis is now climbing to the top of the mountain. The company has been through a real creative change in the past decade and it seemed to have settled on its style.
These unusual, interesting and really cool watches have not just been designed to shock, they were actually nice watches for modern men and gentlemen.
7. Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision
It seems to be a growing trend that cool mens watches nowadays must feature larger faces and the 2015 Greubel was no different. The 36mm movement was particularly massive, especially when you consider that it was squeezed into a 43.5mm case.
These sleek yet very interesting watches may not be for everyone but the cool Tourbillon 24 secondes have definitely got influencers talking.
8. Cartier Cle de Cartier
Cartier has long been the gold standard in terms of high-end watches and jewellery and the 2015 edition followed that legacy.
Featuring a medium-sized face and a traditional color scheme with movements borrowed from old timepieces, the interesting timepiece evokes memories of 1950’s classic film cool.
9. Panerai Radiomir 47mm 3 Days Firenze Acciaio
Another limited edition interesting watch, this particular piece is even harder to get hold of nowadays. These really cool watches were only available for natives of the Italian city of Florence, quite an unusual marketing strategy. The watch was essentially just a slight improvement on the previous model, the seminal Radiomir.
The main difference was that the mechanism has been changed to a more reliable Panerai P.3000.
10. Richard Mille RM 11 Bracelet
The king of coolest and most unusual watches for men and women has hit again with another classic and a modern twist. These are the type of watches that are too cool, unusual, and super interesting – they just cannot be improved (you can see we’re big fans). Classic design with a fairly unorthodox face. These unusually cool watches can be worn by either women or men.
The watches also had all of the classic features enjoyed by loyal fans of the cool Richard Mile brand – brushed steel, polished edges, and a spring-loaded deployant.
To summarize, some of the most cool and interesting women’s and men’s watches include:
How to loan against the coolest, most unusual, and most interesting watches
To learn more about our loans on fine watches you can visit our dedicated watches loans webpage. Finally, some of the many watch brands we loan against include: A. Lange & Sohne, Breguet, Breitling, Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard, Harry Winston, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Omega, Panerai, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Tiffany, Ulysse Nardin, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and Rolex to name just a few.
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