3 Watches for People Who Don’t Quite “Get” It

Article By: Logan Hannen

Aug 14, 2018

What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re taking a look at three timepieces to show your friends and family members who don’t quite get the passion for horology, and why these three just might change their minds.

The idea for this article stemmed from a conversation I had with my neighbor, who knew I was obsessed with horology, but just didn’t understand the appeal, so I decided to show them three pieces that would, I hoped, help explain this weird obsession we all share. For your consideration, here are those three pieces:

1: The Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon 6002g

Patek Philippe 6002g
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This, to me, is among the true pinnacles of modern watchmaking. Maybe it isn’t the most complicated timepiece in the world. Maybe it isn’t the most expensive. But it has two things going for it that most others simply don’t – absurd levels of mechanical mastery, and a near mythical rarity (and the price point to match). On a mechanical level, we’re looking at a timepiece with 13 complications and two dials, one of which is reserved strictly for the host of astronomical functions the watch offers. And then the rarity…well, with the reference that preceded it, the 5002, Patek only made two examples per year, and that trend seems to be consistent among the 6002 as well. As for the price, well, that’s available upon request, but seeing as the 5002 cost well north of $1 million USD, it’s pretty clear that this one is even higher on the price spectrum.

2: Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept
Source: Piaget

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the world’s thinnest mechanical watch (no, seriously, it’s officially the holder of that record). Now, that might seem like a moot point to people who don’t understand what a mechanical watch typically comes in at on the thickness scale, so here’s some other famous pieces for reference: the modern, ceramic Rolex Submariner is 13mm thick; the Timex Weekender is 9mm thick; and the Daniel Wellington Men’s 40mm case is only 6mm thick. Where does the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept come in? Just two millimeters in thickness or, really, thinness at that point. It’s less than half as thick as a Daniel Wellington which, I imagine, is a piece plenty of geeks and non geeks alike are familiar with. For a mechanical watch, with dozens (if not hundreds) of parts to be compressed into a package that’s thinner than most leather straps you’d pair it with is just mind-blowing to me, and it seems to be pretty fascinating to other people as well from the conversations I’ve had.

3: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II
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From a piece of total mechanical ingenuity with the Piaget, we move into the world of total and complete art for art’s own sake. This Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II is a 45mm white gold case that is home to one of the single most beautifully crafted dials I have ever seen. The reason for that is best displayed in this photo:

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table I
Source: Monochrome

The dial above, though an image of the first generation of this piece, displays in stunning detail the microscopic levels of sculpting that went into creating each of the hour markers, all individually crafted knights (of the round table persuasion). This is the piece to show those who have a soft spot for art of all kinds and will appreciate something special in their horology that you just don’t see from too many other pieces.

Alright geeks, that’s going to do it for us today. If you have any pieces you go-to when you’re trying to explain to someone why you’re obsessed with these funky little machines we strap to our wrists, let us know in the comments on Facebook and, as always, keep it classy, watchfam!

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