Sometimes mesh can be a bad thing — like when it's used in shirts worn by certain New Jersey residents — but used correctly, it can add a nice effect to an otherwise subdued surface, like, say, a metal watch strap. The Skagen Titanium Mesh Strap Watch ($145) is, as the name suggests, made from brushed titanium and offers a carbon-fiber detail on the face, a clasp closure, and — surprise! — a mesh strap.
We somehow suspect company founder Scott Devon was on the treadmill when he thought up the Devon Tread 1 Watch ($15,000). This innovative and slightly crazy timepiece uses a series of interwoven belts to express hours, minutes, and seconds with optical sensor-driven accuracy. The wide-open, super-tough crystal window, stainless steel case, and rechargeable lithium polymer battery round out this faux futuristic watch that's sure to garner more attention than Scott Baio ramping a Ferrari over a shark tank and into the brass section of the Stanford Marching Band.
Apparently Hamilton isn't content to let Tokyoflash have all the bizarre time-telling fun. Inspired by a custom clock the company designed for Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Hamilton Time Player ($3,000) uses a flat design similar to the tile puzzle games you were no doubt bummed to receive in your Happy Meals as a child to offer the time in four different time zones via four movable counters, with another four labeled for New York, Tokyo, Dubai, and the Hamilton logo. As if telling time on those damn analog watches wasn't hard enough.