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Well, if you want some symphony to awaken you, then you’re going to have to look elsewhere.  However, if you’re intrigued by the idea of a mechanical alarm wristwatch, then we’ve got something to discuss.

I ran across this model from the watch maker Alexander Shorokhoff, and it immediately got my attention.  For starters, it does indeed house a mechanical alarm, and for some reason those just really intrigue me.  Second is the way you can actually use it as a travel alarm clock.

To enable that, there’s a hinge installed at the 6 o’clock position.  This allows you to swing a portion of the case up to vertical when you place the watch on a flat surface, such as a nightstand.  A necessary feature?  No, not really – but it is something that sets it apart from other models you might consider.

The case itself is 40mm in diameter, and houses a 2612 AS manually wound movement.  While I don’t have much in the way of the specs, it’s simple enough to state that it displays the time, date, and features and alarm complication.  And, when viewed through the sapphire caseback, it’s a stunningly decorated bit of mechanics.

Given the guilloche dial, crocodile strap, and 30 meter water resistance, this is not going to be your standard weekend-wear sport watch.  And as they seem to not list pricing, I’m going to go ahead and put this watch in the category of “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”  So, in the end, while it’s visually stunning, and an interesting presentation, not likely something that you’ll be putting onto your wrist any time soon.

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