The Hublot Massive Bang Integral Tourbillon Full Sapphire was one of many craziest watch drops of 2021, however that had little to do with its advanced micro-rotor tourbillon motion or its $422,000 worth. What makes this Massive Bang so particular is the truth that it’s the primary timepiece with a case and bracelet milled from sapphire crystal—a distinction which additionally makes it the world’s first fully see-through luxurious watch. Different manufacturers from Bell & Ross to Chanel have since jumped on the full-sapphire pattern with a wild array of designs, however other than their transparency all of these watches have are likely to have a few issues in frequent: worth tags nicely into six-figure territory and extremely restricted availability. You don’t want a bottomless financial savings account, nevertheless, to afford one of many coolest see-through watches ever made because of the brand new Swatch Clearly assortment.
With its shiny main colours and clear traces, the Clearly could seem like textbook Swatch (and it’s), however it’s additionally the newest evolution of the model’s first large hit design, the Jellyfish, from 1983. A part of Swatch’s first-ever watch assortment, the Jellyfish had a clear plastic case that proudly displayed its cheap quartz motion, with an identical clear silicone strap. Launched as a limited-edition (Swatch acknowledged the ability of shortage early—even for a $30 watch) the Jellyfish’s mix of futuristic design and affordability made it a world hit and earned it a spot within the MoMa’s everlasting assortment.
Whereas Eighties Jellyfish fashions frequently pop up on websites like eBay and Etsy, the ravages of time and UV rays typically trigger the plastic case and strap to discolor (and never in a great way). This month, nevertheless, Swatch is returning to that hallowed floor with the Clearly collection, a brand new assortment impressed by the OG Jellyfish, and it’s the right approach so as to add a legit grail to your rotation whereas nonetheless making lease.
The Clearly assortment is on the market in 47mm and 41mm sizes, however it’s the Clearly Gent 34mm that finest captures the elegant proportions of the unique Jellyfish, making it essentially the most genuine successor to this Eighties icon. And lest you assume Swatch has been resting on its laurels these final 39 years, the brand new Clearly Gent improves on the unique in a single essential approach: its case is constructed from bioceramic, a hybrid of plant-derived plastic and ceramic that’s as cozy as it’s sturdy, guaranteeing yours will look museum-worthy for many years to return.