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This article is dedicated to the creative minds, the most innovative and sometimes less appreciated watchmakers who craft the most unusual and unique watches. Some of their creations are worldwide renowned, others are known only by the professionals and amateurs. No matter whether they are the most expensive watches in the world or whether they are sold next door, they are all unique! We celebrate their creations and especially their entrepreneurial spirit, bravery and “badassery”!
The question is what makes a watch really unique? In a way or another every watch is unique - the only one of its kind – even the replicas are unique because they are never exactly the same as the original (luckily!). Hence, before talking about the unique and most unusual watches it is worth explaining what we mean for that.
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Human beings always had a passion for measuring the passage of time. This was the case thousands of years ago and always will be. However, over time this passion become more than just about measuring the passage of time. Nowadays who still uses a watch, most of the time, does it also for other reasons. With the current mobile phone penetration there is really no need for a watch … so why people still use it? We could argue the many reasons but the reality is that a watch is a way to express oneself. Like with a piece of jewelry (the main one for a man!) the watch tend to indicate the social status or the character and kind of lifestyle of a person. It is an extension of self. Some choose watches to feel part of a specific group (e.g. Rolex owners) or elite (e.g. Patek Philippe owners). Others, instead, want to stand out and differentiate themselves from the crowd and expensive watches might help with that. This is not to say that everyone who wants to break through the clutter needs an expensive watch but some do. Among those last there are very few that love to spend a fortune on watches and the world’s most expensive ones are created for them (and sometimes for celebrations). So what are the ingredients to craft the world’s most expensive watches?
We have identified 17 luxury signs that set the world’s most expensive watches apart from the rest. The below sections (click on the post image to expand) underline those characteristics with a very brief description.
A 24 hour watch is exactly like any common (12 hour) watch with the only difference that in this kind of watch there is one hand that completes a full rotation in 24 hours instead of 12 hours. Most of the 24 hour watches have two hands to indicate the hours: one is based on the standard 12 hours cycle while the second one completes the rotation in 24 hours. Some, instead, have only one hand to indicate the hours and this is the 24 hour hand.
In this post you will see the difference between a 12 hour watch and a 24 hour watch and you might appreciate how to read a 24 hour dial.
A wristwatch is generally made of five parts: i) a clockface which shows the timing, ii) a mechanism that measure the passage of time, iii) the gears that link the clockface to the mechanism iv) a source of energy and v) the case and bracelet.
The most common watches are either mechanical (manual or automatic) or quartz and the main difference between them resides in the source of energy and the way the passage of time is measured.
In the mechanical watches the energy is generated by either a manual winding or by the natural motions of the wearer's body which activate a series of gears that measure the passage of time and also drive the hands in the clockface.
Like the mechanical watch, also the so called quartz watch has gears inside to count the seconds, minutes, and hours and to sweep the hands around the clockface. However, the gears are regulated by an electric circuit instead of a mechanical one. In the watch there is a battery which sends electricity to a quartz crystal. The crystal oscillates at a precise frequency and generates regular electric pulses (one per second) that can drive a small electric motor to turns gear wheels to spin the clock's second, minute, and hour hands. Alternatively the pulses might power an LCD display.
The so called crystal oscillator creates a signal with very precise frequency, so that quartz watches are at least an order of magnitude more accurate than mechanical watches. The first quartz watch was built in 1927 and in the 80s they become more compact and inexpensive, and thanks to their precision they are now the world's most widely used timekeeping technology.
Todd & Marlon believe that every second count and having an accurate view of the time is a must. For their first timepiece Todd & Marlon have then selected a Swiss Made movement because of the quality and Quartz for its reliability and accuracy. This specific caliber is made of hundreds of parts (including 1 jewel) and it has been customized to fit the specific 24 hour dial of #YOURTIME watch.
A 24 hour watch works exactly as a common (12 hour) watch with the only difference that in this kind of watch there is one hand that completes a rotation in 24 hours instead of 12 hours. Most of the 24 hour watches have two hands to indicate the hours: one is based on the standard of 12 hours while the second one completes the rotation in 24 hours. Some have only one hand to indicate the hours and this is the 24 hour hand. In the first collection of Todd & Marlon the watches have only one hand indicating the hours (24 hour) in order to keep it clean and simple.
The first Todd & Marlon collection named #YOURTIME will be available in four colors combinations: all black, black and deep blue, black and fiery red, black and rose pink. Each of them has his own name and specific character! You can either choose one of them or get the four to use in different occasions in your life.
COSMO is the all black variant – it is classic and mysterious and it is meant for the achiever, the unstoppable! LAVA, the black and red combination, is fiery and intense for the sport lover and the most passionate. ABISSO uniquely combine black and blue and is meant for the deep person and water addict. ROSE leverages a contrasting black and rose color and is the most delicate yet bold – it is meant for the most sensitive and sophisticated person.
No matter who you are or who you want to be … the important is to always be true to yourself. You choose #YOURTIME don’t inherit!
#YOURTIME has been carefully crafted for the people who want to seize the day no matter what. With a 24 hours dial this unique timepiece allows you taking your time and enjoying every moment of the day. Having the entire day at a glance also helps better planning and organizing events – perfect for a busy person or someone who wants to live life to the fullest!
Every second count and having an accurate view of the time is a must. For their first timepiece Todd & Marlon have selected a Swiss Made movement because of its quality and a Quartz mechanism for its reliability and accuracy over time. This specific caliber is made of hundreds of parts (including 1 jewel) and it has been customized to fit the specific 24H dial of #YOURTIME watch.
A pure concentrate of Swiss Precision!
Enjoying the day might take many different angles and a robust and solid watch is paramount. #YOURTIME is the perfect timeless companion for every venture. Fiery and intense the first Todd & Marlon timepiece showcases Italian Design and Swiss Precision.
#YOURTIME has a Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) treatment for achieving a super resistant black matte finish, it has the most resistant crystal made of Sapphire and just to make sure every moment is viable the watch is also resistant to water (10atm/100m).
Handsomely crafted #YOURTIME iconic shape has been designed to suit sport, casual and business situations. The 38mm case has a sophisticated and elegant silhouette yet it is boldly shaped to resist extreme activities. The dial is made of two layers brushed in different contrasting directions to underline the difference between day and night hours as emphasized also by the sleek silver sun and moon icons applied at noon and midnight positions respectively. The custom made bracelet with Diamond Like Carbon treatment subtly reminds the brand logo.
Impeccable Italian Design!
The natural day/night division of a day is the reason why each day is split into two 12 hours cycles. The Egyptian used to have a 12 hour sundial for the day and 12 hour water clock for night time.
Since then many different types of watches have been developed: some with 2 x 12 hour dial (i.e. double-XII system) others with 24 hour dial. However, the dial that became the norm has only 12 hour marks and its cycle is repeated twice during the day.
We believe that a watch should reflect the natural day/night division hence shows a 2 x 12 hour dial. #YOURTIME is a 24 hour watch - this means that the hour hand complete a full rotation every 24 hours. The dial shows the anti-meridian (am) hours on the left hand side and the post-meridian (pm) hours on the right hand side. The zenith for the sun is reached at 12:00 and is at the top of the dial.
Having the entire day at a glance also helps better planning and organizing events – perfect for a busy person or someone who wants to live life to the fullest!
Beginning of 2015 two Italian Swiss gentlemen questioned the belief that luxury should be inherited or gained over time.
They then decided to develop luxury products for young people and this is how Todd & Marlon was born.
Todd & Marlon leverage old craftsmanship to create modern pieces of art; being Italians they appreciate beauty and have an innate sense of style and their Swiss heritage injects precision and attention to details in all their works.
The products they develop are custom made to suit the needs of the people who create their own future - the self-made people!
Todd & Marlon, however, want to offer more than products. Their ultimate goal is to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit hidden within each one of us. For this reason they share resources, insights, books and much more through the different social media channels.
Todd & Marlon - You Choose, #YOURTIME, Don't Inherit