By Andrew Liszewski
I can understand paying thousands of dollars for a watch when it’s got loads of useful features, a classic design and even a well-respected name. But when the timepiece comes across as being a novelty more than anything? Originally I thought that Romain Jerome had this market more than cornered, but then I discovered this sliding puzzle watch from Ritmo Mundo. It’s basically the same type of sliding puzzle game you played with as a kid, except that it obfuscates the watch’s face, requiring you to slide the tiles around to reveal what time it is.
The puzzle does completely slide out of the way when you get too frustrated, but besides this clever gimmick, I’m not entirely sure what justifies its $3,500 price tag. And that’s the cheapest version of this model. There’s also a $20,000 version that looks like it incorporates a ring of diamonds around the frame.