Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee

Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee

Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee   watch releases

This is the limited edition Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon watch collection. First there was the Memorigin Batman The Dark Knight Rises Tourbillon, the Memorigin Superman Tourbillon, and now we get a tourbillon-equipped watch with either Optimus Prime or Bumblebee.

Memorigin is a Hong Kong-based watchmaker which exists as part of the emerging "high-end Chinese watch" category that aBlogtoWatch has been covering for the last two years or so. While China is ground zero for the world's inexpensive watches, they have a growing "high-end" timepieces segment as well. Most of these more interesting Chinese mechanical watches are made by China for China, some of them are slowly seeing their way to other parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee   watch releases

Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee   watch releases

With the visage of Transformer Optimus Prime or Bumblebee on the dial, it is arguably easy to scoff at the themes presented here which are then combined with a tourbillon. Then again, these aren't $100,000 watches or anything close to that. No, and brands like Memorigin are making products aimed at aging Generation Y and Millennials who are either finally making disposable income or have some family money to spend and want products that comment on the things that inspire them. It might be silly to see Batman or other comic book and movie characters on a watch dial... but is it any more silly in concept than watches inspired by someone's racing, flying, or diving fantasies?

Watches, after all, are to a large degree wearable art, and we often choose to surround ourselves with art inspired by that which shaped who we are during formative periods in our life. So for people who grew up with Transformers and find it funny or cool to see them still so popular in media today, the Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon collection isn't all that weird.

Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee   watch releases

Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee   watch releases

Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee   watch releases

The two Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon watches come in 43mm wide steel cases that are either polished (for the Optimus Prime model) or coated in black (for the Bumblebee model). The main dial plate is laser cut and shaped to look like the face of the title Transformer characters. Natural blue sapphires or yellow diamonds are used for the eyes as well as for some of the hour markers.

Inside the Memorigin Transformers Series watches are Memorigin China-made caliber HB 0626 manually-wound mechanical movements with a 40 hour power reserve which runs at 4Hz. The movements offer the time and have 60 second tourbillons. The quality and precision of the parts isn't on par with the most high-end Swiss tourbillons, but Memorigin isn't trying for that right now. As is the case with a lot of Chinese complicated watches, they are still about trying to beat Swiss prices by as large a margin as possible.

 

Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee   watch releases

Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee   watch releases

Having said all that, comparing Swiss tourbillons with a Memorigin tourbillon watch is sort of silly. Memorigin understands the communicative and artistic value that a tourbillon has. For them playing around with the concept is more fun than trying to beat the Swiss at their game. In fact, the last time I checked, Memorigin only produces watches with tourbillons.

If you like the idea of a fun tourbillon at a price way under what any European tourbillon watch will cost the stuff like what Memorigin offers is an interesting horological diversion. Also, the execution of the Transformers theme is pretty nicely done actually. The matching straps aren't half bad either. Memorigin will produce just 50 pieces each in the Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Series which offer an Optimus Prime or Bumblebee themed looked. Price for either is $5,523 USD ($42,800 HKD). memorigin.com

22 comments
VergeGodemiche
VergeGodemiche

I need that like I need a Spiderman hang-glider.  Other silly non-essentials are:  Superman theme 1st class airline seats, Batman inspired golf clubs, Wolverine theme Lalique crystal vase, and doesn't everybody want a Star Wars themed bespoke 3-piece suit?  Of course you do.

nealdives
nealdives

Fun idea but not worth the price.

spiceballs
spiceballs

Have yet to see these in HK (where I live) but then I would not go out of my way to look for such.

BigMike213
BigMike213

I think it looks awesome!!! I loved transformers as a kid!! You old guys just wouldn't understand... -_- Lol

shinytoys
shinytoys

Great face...not for 5K, but I dig it...

LapYoda
LapYoda

I'm a little ashamed to say I dig these watches, especially the Optimus Prime version.  Maybe it's because I had a digital watch that transformed into a robot scorpion when I was a kid.  But at over $5000, I'll have to pass.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Then laser cut dials actually look to be very well done, despite the... Interesting subject matter. If only the movement could have been arranged in such a way that the jewels used for the eyes were actual movement jewels, and not just set stones. Not only would that have tied it all in a little better, but the look would probably be cooler, with the cylindrical stones making for better eyes that the brilliant cut ones that are set.

At a total of 100 watches, I'm sure they're already all sold, and Memorigin is probably sitting back laughing at us being all high and mighty about how stupid these are.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Gosh, Will is a good guy but why he makes these things escapes me. If it actually transformed into a smartphone, or a Swiss Army Knife, then it would be cool. As it I just don't get it - or who the market for it is. If you are enough of a watch nerd to appreciate a tourbillon, then you are probably too far into the game to want a Transformer anything on your person. 

Their Chinese horse and dragon skeleton tourbilllons make more sense to me culturally. What's next? A "Hello Kitty" minute  repeater?

JosephW
JosephW

For the first time, something involving Transformers that's... less than meets the eye. $5,000 is still a not-inconsiderable sum, and spending it on something like like is simply silly. I'd have a $40 Transformers toy watch if I were so inclined, and use the change from the $5,000 to get a nice Oris or Sinn. Next!

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

How did Hublot miss out on this?

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

At a single blow, they make two groups of people look foolish: [1] the people who wear these things, [2] The people who pay $100K for a tourbillon. Well done! 

LapYoda
LapYoda

@MarkCarson Those of us who grew up watching the Transformers cartoons in the 1980s have a soft spot for all things Transformers, and those of us who are on the nerdy side who have disposable income would be the target audience.  It's even better when you have a lot of money saved up because you aren't spending it on, say, dating or raising children.

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

Hublot know their market, this is way above that.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@LapYoda I understand the attraction to things from one's childhood. Too funny that you paint a demographic of those who don't date and are not raising kids. For a somewhat youthful demographic that sounds like nerds who can't get a date (which might lead to raising kids down the road).

On a personal note, I put together a lot of Bionicles for my son 10 years ago and the floor had lots of robot-like action figures to avoid stepping in with bare feet. I took my kids to the first Transformer movie (trying to be a good dad). After it was over, I asked my son how he liked it. The thought it was great. I told him that was the first and last time I would watch a Transformer movie (life is too short to waste 2 hours watching bad acting in a no plot movie - I almost fell asleep during the action sequences). I also took my kids to exactly one Pokemon movie a few years before the Transformer monstrosity with a similar outcome - "Hope you kids enjoyed it, 'cause that's the last one of those I'm taking you to."

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