Devon Tread 1 Exoskeleton Watch

Devon Tread 1 Exoskeleton Watch

Devon Tread 1 Exoskeleton Watch   watch releases

One of the new Devon watches for 2013 to be presented at Baselworld will be this Exoskeleton version of the Tread 1 (reviewed here). This will be Devon's highest-end watch to-date. While the core electro-mechanical movement from the Tread 1 remains more or less the same, and the overall design is certainly "Tread 1", this piece is a different beast altogether. For one thing Devon is thinking about making it in precious materials such as 18k white or rose gold. More importantly, it will be highly "skeletonized."

Devon Tread 1 Exoskeleton Watch   watch releases

Devon will likely use the same "ballistic polycarbonate" as the crystal for the many see-through elements of the watch. The plates over the time-telling treads are also new. One of the more interesting new features is that instead of coming on a strap, the Tread 1 Exoskeleton will come on a bracelet - also skeletonized. This is the most T1000 Terminator-worthy Devon watch to-date. It just needs glowing red parts. Skynet would be proud.

Devon Tread 1 Exoskeleton Watch   watch releases

Specific details and pricing will need to wait until April when Devon will show off actual versions of the Tread 1 Exoskeleton. This is the watch to make Devon fans even more passionate, and the reverse is true for those who aren't into the brand's concept. devonworks.com

12 comments
wwdbillups
wwdbillups

crazy impressive watch! favorite to date!

NathalieLindell
NathalieLindell

I stared crying when i saw this watch, because the looks radiates pure awesomeness and that i know that i will never be able to afford it.

gerikson
gerikson

Not my kind of look but I admire what Devon is trying to do to watches. This piece is impressive.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Pop psychoogy aside, this looks like the creation of someone who takes the Transformer movies much too seriously.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Wow, very aggressive. Having had tried the Tread1 on a few times and just not been able to pull the trigger, I struggle further to think how this one would fit in the rotation, but I enjoy the effort regardless.

What I won't enjoy is the sticker. The original Tread1 was already overpriced at $15k, and this one will be double? Triple?

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

It's certainly a more thoughtful effort than that other model with the faux rivets and armour plating from a few months back.  This actually looks amazing and very futuristic, though not conventionally attractive.  It's a piece of sculpture really.  I think some sort of subtle EL lighting would work great in this, what with the transparent belts and battery powered movement.  Another possibility would be to add some dark elements and make the belt look like a film strip (with black borders) for another twist.  At first I admit I hated these watches but have come to the realisation that it's not really intended to be a watch but more of a kinetic toy, and in that respect it certainly catches the eyes and piques your curiosity.  

Referring to some things Devon said on FB, history won't necessarily remember you if you buy this watch, nor are you a "wallflower" if you don't like it - some people crave attention,  they are validated by it as it makes up for a deficit somewhere deep in their psychology.  Others may not require that, but it doesn't make them inferior beings who are just too blind and ignorant to appreciate your product.  Nor has the number of unit sales ever implied that a product was superior.  If you recieve criticism that perhaps you haven't made as many sales as you would like, dismiss it.  Those people are missing the point of true luxury items I think.  I realise this is all probably just defensive marketing bluster to help the image of the product but I would be careful not to alienate potential new customers talking that way.  If the product is good it will stand up by its own merits - it will do the talking for you, and it certainly isn't lacking things to say.

Andreas Boesch
Andreas Boesch

I agree with SN0WKRASH - highly polarizing and therefore interesting. Like with other boys toys, you can't do justice with rational evaluation of pros and cons. Either you love it or you hate it. Had to share the pics on IONTIME (of course with proper reference and link to ABTW).

Regards from snowy Switzerland, Andreas

SN0WKRASH
SN0WKRASH moderator

Pieces like this one are polarizing.  I am solidly in the camp of awe.  I would LOVE to try it on to see how it feels, but I'll have to rely on Ariel to report back on this one - I would bet it would look great on me.  This one doesn't seem like it has to be a guy thing, it's not for everyone, but I think it would look hot on a cool girl.

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

The watch stops, the tiny company folds, and you have an expensive watch that cannot be repaired.

nateb123
nateb123

Very Oakley.  Cool sculpture off the wrist, put it on and feel great, then suddenly you realize what a douche you look with it on.

Ryan B
Ryan B

just pure awesomeness right there, love the bracelet and lug design.

nateb123
nateb123

@Zeitblom Devon made its name as a design house by making rebodied Dodge Viper GTs for about 6x what a Viper off the lot cost.  Then the whole project was canned because the Viper was discontinued.  If they can suck up the losses from that, then they'll be around for a while.