Watches are an interesting area of design, and not just because everything takes place in just a few square centimetres. Traditional techniques still dominate the area of high watchmaking to a degree that is not found in architecture or automotive design, and many watches made today look very similar to their 19th century ancestors. At the same time, there is a lot of research going on, and a few brands are making watches that look like something out of this world.
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One of the great enemies of mechanical watch movements is magnetism. In the past, watches made for environments in which magnetism could become a problem – aircraft, for example – had soft iron inner cases that provided a degree of protection, but this is insufficient now that powerful magnets are found everywhere. Omega began tackling the problem in 2011, and unveiled the result in 2013, “a watch that swims through magnetism like Michael Phelps in water.” Today, this technology is part of their Globemaster, which is unaffected by fields as intense as 15,000 gauss. www.omegawatches.com