There are thousands of watches in existence but only a handful are truly innovative, here are 5 of the most innovative watches ever made.

Ulysse Nardin Freak

This watch features the Dual Direct Escapement made from a friction-free, lighter material known as nickel-phosphorus LIGA. These escape wheels are also used as the hour hand. Ulysse Nardin keeps innovating by researching the use of silicon for parts and even combining the LIGA material with silicon to make light, stronger, completely friction free parts.

Corum Golden Bridge

Vincent Calabrese created the baguette shaped single bridge movement for Corum that went into a fully transparent watch with sapphire crystals that weren’t commonly used at the time. They had to create new technology to be able to drill the crystal with the precision necessary for this high end watch.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2

A reversible watch that protects the crystal when worn while playing sports, this watch was first created in 1931. This watch features the double axis Gyrotourbillon in a rectangular case that makes in so much more difficult to design.

Richard Mille RM 027 Nadal

Designed for tennis player Rafael Nadal while he play, this sports watch that isn’t a sport watch features a tourbillon – not normally found in sports watches because of their fragility. This watch was designed to take it all and still keep on functioning; and its lightweight as well with no plastic parts aside from the strap.

Lange & Söhne Lange 1

The off center display of the dial is innovative for its design. Nothing like it had been seen before and it surprised everyone. This watch started a trend with its large “oversized” date window that every other company had to copy

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