Design Porn: Watches

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These days, cells phones seem to have conquered the watch market. But no it’s time for these archaic devices to reassert themselves as the rightful masters of time. Some aspire to do so through vivid colors, crystal LED displays, and multiple dials. Others go for the “Steampunk” look, picture right (our personal favorite). After the jump, check out our top five watches worthy of the prestigious design porn tag.

Pirates definitely wore this swashbuckling watch, most likely as a fashionable clobbering device. Besides being able to watch-whip someone with this incredible arm shackle, you can tell the time with two different dials. [via Boing Boing]

The Nixon holiday watch is impressive just because of how incredibly orange and rubber it is. This is pure hugo de naranja. [via High Snob Society]

Thanks to designer Ilya Yakovlev, these watches contain real crystals in them, beautifully backed by a shiny LED night. The rotating square function is also a plus. [via Yankodesign]

For eternity, you can keep Pac Man locked up in your watch. He moves in the place of an invisible second hand, rotating ceaselessly atop your wrist, eating those tasteless, white pellets that he loves so much. Buy a watch, feed a Pac Man. [via Club Namco]

The Cannonballs Watch is the first artist-designed watch for Marc Newson’s Ikepod watch collection. It just launched at Art Basel Miami Beach. ’nuff said. [via MoCoLoco]

The new Philippe Starck designed “Fossil Palindrome” watch. Carrying around this watch shows you extremely value the idea of “time” – there are two dials, one devoted to hours and the other to minutes. [via Geeky Gadgets]

The Mirror Watch from Hong Kong-based Cheuk Kee Lai is a narcissist’s dream. No more using your iPhone to check for things in your teeth. [via Wired]

Which is your favorite?