Not all wristwatches are created equal. That said, most top-end timepieces look remarkably similar and utilise virtually identical tick tock technology – annoying when you’ve just remortgaged your yacht to buy the latest model. Enter, with a shriek of ‘WTF?’, the forehead-slappingly radical Devon Tread 1 Watch.
Unlike any other watch you’ve seen, this mechanical masterpiece uses 4 compact microstep motors to power a series of exposed glass-nylon belts that adjust the time and date. Mesmerising? It’s like staring into a modern art installation of interwoven, perpetually moving conveyor belts. The fact that it tells the time is almost incidental.
The innovation doesn’t stop with the Tread 1’s patented belt design; an optical recognition system ‘knows’ every belt position at all times. What’s more, the crystal shield encasing its phenomenally accurate movement is made from scratch-resistant bullet-proof polycarbonate, and most of its internal parts are produced by suppliers to the aerospace industry. And if you think that elevates this astounding watch to Bond-esque levels of durability you’d be right. Even its steel case is coated with diamond-like carbon.
Despite being powered by a rechargeable cell that runs for up to two weeks on a single charge, the Tread 1 is far too cool for old-school charging cables. For this reason its luxe box is outfitted with wireless recharging technology.
Impressed? You should be, but if you’re in the market for a product boasting this level of engineering excellence you probably already know that Devon is a company synonymous with innovative luxury design. An essential addition to any serious watch collection, the Tread 1 is, without doubt, the most striking piece of wrist candy we’ve ever seen. Mr Diddy, belt up and eat your heart out!
The belt assemblies are mounted on a central chassis, which allows for the perfect clearance of the moving parts and also creates the illusion that the parts are floating within the case
Four extremely compact microstep motors drive the movement of the four belts with efficiency, exacting power and steadfast accuracy
The lubricant-free pulley system moves freely thanks to the integration of jeweled bearings
The temperature-compensated crystal provides data to the onboard microprocessor that drives the four microstep motors
The five-piece case design is made from high-grade stainless steel produced in five elements through advanced CNC construction
The window into this mechanical masterpiece is a crystal produced from scratch-resistant and anti-reflective polycarbonate with bullet-proof durability
The Tread 1 is powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable cell that will run for up to two weeks on a single charge
Beautiful. One-of-a-Kind. Who else would have this watch on when you go out at night. Poo-poo all you want but if you're a collector of rare time pieces this is the watch to have. AND. Yes you can spend 3x as much on a Chopard. Marco Renna, Canada - 6th November 2012
Firebox says: You are obviously a man of exquisite taste Marco.
Its a really nice watch but 12 grand that's just stupid. Haydn Macaulay, Uk - 28th October 2012
Firebox says: Hi Haydn, there really is a tremendous amount of work and detail that go in to these watches - check this out!
Does anyone actually buy things like these? It's pretty cool but who's going to fork out £10, 999 on a watch? Callum, Hartlepool, England - 21st May 2012
Firebox says: Hi Callum, You can spend alot more on watches! People love this, mainly due to its innovative design
Got one and had an allergic reaction to the non precious metal case, shame.... . Refunded and bought 1000 tins of unicorn meat instead -- Yum! Daitchman, London - 8th December 2011
Not only an incredible piece of craft, but also a multi directional running machine for my overweight dwarf hamster.
Hurrah! Darryl Quested, New Romney - 21st April 2011
I was sick of people looking at my wrist for the time that I got this watch and it works a treat now when people look they donít have a clue what time it is.
Itís good to pretend I am like Jack Bauer on some kind of top secret mission and it tells me all different types of information about the world. Worth 15000? Ummm no! Chris, Birmingham - 18th April 2011