What is the special ingredient that takes an accessory from “ooh” to “WOW”? For many timepieces, the key is in the details, often on display in the materials and striking finish of a case, dial, or strap.
Check out these 6 watches featuring unusual finishes, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself coming back for a second look—or a third!
Ball Engineer Master II Aviator III (NM1080C-N5J-GY)
Leather and metal link bands are common on luxury timepieces, but canvas? Now, that’s a bit more unusual. Not to worry, though—the Aviator III by Ball more than pulls off this look with a faded, antique-looking watch face and an olive green strap.
Snakeskin on a tough, chunky watch for men? Why not? In the case of this timepiece by G-Shock, it’s not real snakeskin on the strap and casing—simply an applied snakeskin pattern created by Italian designer Marcelo Burlon.
Baume & Mercier Promesse (10184)
A white mother-of-pearl and diamond-set dial gives this Baume & Mercier classic stainless steel women’s watch a more subtle pop that still draws the eye.
Bremont Supermarine S500 (S500-BK-GN)
We’ve seen a canvas strap, but what about rubber? This strap material features on the Bremont Supermarine S500 divers watch , which is casually styled to resemble rubber tires.
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Calendrier Retrograde Automatic (MP6508-SS001-130)
Here, the unusual feature is the watch face itself. Interlocking circles with subtle details in the numbers and lines lends an effortlessly chic modern appeal to this stunner from Maurice Lacroix.
Omega Constellation Co-axial 31MM (220.127.116.11.55.007)
Have you ever wished you could wear the beauty of the heavens on your wrist? Well, now you can. This timepiece from Omega is truly a showstopper, featuring more than 2,000 diamonds adorning the 18K white gold case, dial and bracelet. The diamonds on the dial are set in an alternating pattern with stripes of mother-of-pearl, creating a striking supernova effect.
Which unusual finishes never fail to draw your eye? Let us know in the comments!