Well, at least, that’s what Double Mint Gum was leading us to believe. Let’s see if a confectionery strategy works in the world of horology!
This piece was designed by Paul Kweton, and it only recently came available. Quite strikingly, this watch has two dials – one handles the hour readout, and the other takes care of the minutes. From what I can discern from the pictures, it looks like there are two movements in use as well. I say this due to the two crowns, and the fact I don’t see any way the transfer could occur across that hinge.
Of course, with a 3D printed case, anything is possible. Here, though, it’s unlikely, as the watch is presented more as art than a functional item. Which, I think we should chalk up as a good thing. If you think oversized watches are a trend that’s feeding itself, can you imagine what would happen if ones like this 100mm by 45mm creation hit mass production?
One trend this watch goes grab on to, that I’m happy to see more of, are the 3D-printed cases. Sure, a plastic case may be looked down upon, but with 3D printing, whole new design avenues are opened up (like, say, a double-sided hinged case). No, it won’t create a watch that you’ll pass down for generations – but it will allow for the creation of a watch unlike anything you’ve seen before (good or bad, that’s for you to decide).
In this case, I really don’t see this as being a watch that would end up in many collections, or on many wrists. Of course, with only 22 pieces ever being made, that’s a good match of supply and demand, I think. Then again, that may just be my views on the watch. If you’re looking to get one, though, just head on over to this page and get in touch with Mr. Kweton.