$300,000 for a pre-rusted watch that only tells you if it is day or night with a dual tourbillion movement?

Any pursuit has its ultimate excesses, and this one currently holds that coveted title for horology. A 46mm watch in rusted steel, titanium, ceramic, and black carbon, fabricated from materials recovered from the wreck of the Titanic. To heck with precious stones and gems, ignore precious metals, even forget the exotic origin of the materials for this watch, this is the ultimately perverse use of the watchmakers usual sorcery. On one end of the scale, there is the plethora of ETA 2824-2 and Seiko 7S26 and 7S36 watches with 100m or more water resistance, capable of accuracy that approaches the limits of what a spring powered mechanism is capable of, at the other are tourbillions with brilliant complications and sophisticated, but still practical movements. And with the same technical competence uncoupled from sanity, you find this as the outcome.

Wow. I like it. Too bad the limited edition of 2012 has sold out already.

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