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The £145,000 Japanese Sci-Fi Watch

The £145,000 Japanese Sci-Fi Watch

The £145,000 Japanese Sci-Fi Watch

If you're wearing a watch as mad as the MB&F Horological Machine No.6 Space Pirate, you need to be prepared to face a few questions.

Is it a robotic frog? Is it an escapee from batteries not included*? Is it compatible with Android devices?

Mostly, though, you'll be asked how much it costs. When they discover that the answer is $230,000 (£144,000), they will probably shut up. 

For that money you get a watch containing 475 separate hand-finished components housed in a "biomorphic" titanium casing.

The Space Pirate's bug-eyed design is inspired by '70s Japanese sci-fi. Each corner sphere is capped by sapphire crystal domes - two contain hours and minutes in large numbers while the other two house twin spherical turbines that spin, regulating the winding system to reduce stress and wear.

In the centre of the watch, there's something called a "60-second flying tourbillon", which can be protected from radiation by an articulated "winking eye" mechanism, operated by a knob on the left hand side. We're not sure what it does, to be honest. But it sounds impressive.

Meanwhile, on the rear, there's a sapphire crystal display, giving a glimpse of the watch's inner workings.

Initial production run is limited to 100, with the first 50 available in ultra-exclusive Ti-6Al-4V titanium. Get 'em while you can!

[Via Uncrate]