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Top 5 watches with the craziest and weirdest shapes

by | Last updated on Jul 13, 2022 at 2:09PM | Published on Jul 13, 2022 | Watches

MBF HM3 Frog all three colors

Most watches are round, square like the TAG Heuer Monaco, tonneau-shaped like Richard Mille and Franck Muller, or even octagonal like the AP Royal Oak.

But there are also a few interesting timepieces with unusual and odd shapes that don’t fall under any of the usual categories.

They are rare, usually expensive, and always sought after in the pre-owned market.

So here is a round-up of some of the most bizarre and unusually appealing watches you can get your hands on.

MB&F HM3 ‘Frog’

This watch is designed to look like a frog and that’s exactly what it looks like.

In fact, they even call it the ‘Frog’ watch.

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Manufactured by independent Swiss watchmaker MB&F, it’s available in grade 5 titanium, red gold or PVD-coated zirconium.

Whichever model you pick, you’ll get a watch with two ‘domes’ designed to look like the eyes of a frog.

One dome shows you the hours, and the other one shows you the minutes.

Xeric Leadfoot

The Xeric Leadfoot is what some call a ‘driving watch’, the idea being that you can wear it while driving and use it to tell time without moving your hands from the wheel.

This is a modern take on a classic design that’s been changed and customized a million times with asymmetrical and offset dials.

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Xeric took this to the extreme with two dials (hours and minutes in different time zones) on the side of the watch, and a power reserve indicator shaped like a fuel gauge located where the dial should be.

It’s available in four different colorways, priced at $999.

Cartier Crash

Arguably the most well-known watch on the list, probably because it’s made by Cartier, the Crash was created in London in the mid 1960s.

Jean-Jacques Cartier, the grandson of the company’s founder Louis-François, and his go-to designer Rupert Emmerson worked on the shape for a few years and came up with this, an oval case that looks like it has been smashed into a wall.

Although beautiful, there’s no question it fits into the ‘weird watches’ category.

The Crash is still hugely popular today and it unites collectors of all sorts, including rappers Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z who all own one.

Earlier this year, a 1967 Cartier Crash was sold for $1.65m at auction, a world record for this piece.

Seiko ‘Ripley’

Back in the 1980s, Seiko teamed up with Italian design firm Giugiaro to release a collection of watches with an asymmetrical case.

There were different models but this is the one everyone’s familiar with because it was worn by Sigourney Weaver in James Cameron’s horror/action 1986 film ‘Aliens’.

Officially known as the ‘Sced035’, everyone calls it the ‘Ripley’, named after the character played by Weaver.

Generally speaking, Seiko x Giugiaro watches are relatively easy to find and sort of inexpensive, but the real ‘Ripley’, the model worn on screen, is nigh on impossible to find.

And that is also true for the re-issued model that Seiko launched in 2015.

If you can find one, and that’s a big if, get ready to pay $1,500 or more.

Falcone, the ‘melting’ watch

In the 80s, Dino and Roberto Falcone, father & son watchmakers in Milan, manufactured a few cases that looked like they were melting, inspired by by Dali’s Persistence of Memory.

Each watch was unique, made from either yellow or white gold, and each watch was powered by an automatic movement.

Back in 2013, auction house Christie’s acquired the collection from the family, for about $200,000 in total.

But these weird watches are worth a lot more today.

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