I have done my fair share of articles based around watches and various timepieces, and to be honest, I thought I had seen them all. Diamond and Jewel encrusted bezels, volcano ash infused casings and dials devoid of numbers, making the actual time impossible to figure out. Some of them are expensive and gaudy, and others are too simplistic and cheap looking. I have also come across some seriously cool, one of a kind watches that are a definite must have in one’s wardrobe. But once in a while I see something that is cool, tech savvy, and artistic.
For your consideration, I present to you, the Qlocktwo wristwatch by Biegert & Funk.
This timepiece at first makes me think of the new Apple Nano, which can act as a watch if you purchase the appropriate strap. But honestly, a watch is a watch, and a MP3 player is an MP3 player, no matter how you disguise it. Not that I don’t think the Nano is cool – I have one myself – but I use it for running, and it is usually clipped onto my shirt or shorts. No, Qlocktwo is designed for one thing: to tell the time.
Usually, when you deconstruct a watch and take a look at the various pieces, they all have the same standard parts that make up the whole (although some places may use better materials). There is the crown, the bezel, the case, the dial and the strap.
I am, of course, simplifying things for you, because this is an article about a watch, not a Wiki entry on watch parts. Anyway, I digress. Where this watch differs is how time is presented to you. You don’t have to look at two different hands to see the time, nor are you presented with a tacky digital display (Timex, I am looking at you).
Instead your time is presented in words, which then form a statement. “It is Half Past Ten” or “It is Quarter to Eleven” all appear on the display in a random fashion, and this gives the piece an interesting artistic flare.
The watch goes one step further by offering three main displays. One click of the button will show you the time in statement form, but with a second click you get the calendar, and with a third click, you get the seconds.
Biegert & Funk have been producing artistic timepieces for quite some time, and although their original pieces were for homes and desk tops, this is just a natural step forward. Like all of the Qlocktwo designs, the frame is a square and the face is black with illuminated white lettering.
Now you are probably wondering the most important question: How much is this baby going to cost me? Although there is no specific price listed, the press release indicates that when the watch ships in autumn of 2012, it will be priced at (roughly) 550 Euros.
For those of you who do not have a calculator handy, nor know the rate of exchange, that is roughly 720 Canadian dollars. Is it worth it? Well that depends on you. If you don’t like accessorizing and wearing watches, then no, this probably isn’t the right item to spend your money on. Besides. I know plenty of people who just use their phones or bother other people to get the time.