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10 watches for supervillains

Supervillains need to know the time too, and they may be evil, but they have excellent taste in watches. Photo: DC Comics – Year of the Villain: Who are the Infected?

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After the success of our 10 watches for superheroes article we have decided to take a look at what would look good on supervillains, matching some of the boldest timepieces to the colors and characters of your favorite bad guys.

The Joker

The Joker is Batman’s nemesis and probably the best known of all the supervillains. Instantly recognizable with his white face and freakish smile that he inflicts on his victims, he is a psychopathic, sadistic, manipulative criminal mastermind. He doesn’t have any superpowers, but causes chaos and anarchy through his expertise in chemical engineering to develop lethal concoctions and weapons.

The Joker’s watch: The RJ Arraw The Joker

The latest release in the RJ X Batman Villains series is the Arraw The Joker Limited Editions. Limited to only 100 pieces each, these chronographs perfectly match the aesthetic of the supervillains with their design cues, from The Joker’s scary facial make-up to his lethal razor-tipped playing cards with the “Aces” doubling as the tips of the hands. Even the screws in the lugs have Batman logos! The timepieces feature RJ’s iconic rubber bumpers and shaped lugs and come in a 45mm titanium case that is laser-engraved with The Joker motif.  Each timepiece comes together with three interchangeable straps in green alligator, purple alligator and black rubber. The timepieces are powered by the RJ2042 automatic chronograph movement with a 42-hour power reserve.

The Joker DC Comics
RJ Arraw The Joker

Catwoman

Catwoman made her début as “The Cat” in Batman (1940). Also known as Selina Kyle, she is a professional thief and has a love-hate relationship with Batman. She tends to vacillate between hero and villain, sometimes being portrayed as an anti-heroine, doing the wrong things for the right reasons. She is recognizable thanks to her skintight, black bodysuit, paired with a cat mask and bullwhip.

Price: On request

Catwoman’s watch: Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage

Watches don’t get more threatening than the Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage with its diamond-set spikes. This incredible creation is crafted out of white gold and features over 65 carats of diamonds. There is also a blue sapphire version too. The dial is hidden under one of the spikes that can be lifted to reveal the time. It is powered by a tiny Caliber 2701 quartz movement and wouldn’t look at all out of place over Catwoman’s skintight bodysuit!

Price: On request

 

Photo credit comics: DC Comics / Watch: Audemars Piguet Outrage

Thanos

Thanos is a genocidal warlord from Titan, who came to life in the Marvel comics before moving to the big screen in The Avengers series of motion pictures. He is one of the most powerful of the supervillains, demonstrating incredible human strength, speed and stamina as well as being immortal. He is able to absorb and project cosmic energy and also has skills in telekinesis and telepathy.

Thanos’s watch: The Cvstos Challenge 3

This large and powerful timepiece is a great choice for Thanos with its indestructible 51mm x 41mm titanium case. It has a skeletonized blue and white dial, with touches of luminescence, that displays the hours, minutes, date, 24-hour clock and power reserve as well as features a chronograph. The movement is the automatic Cvstos Caliber 577 that has a 42-hour power reserve. It comes on a blue rubber strap and is water-resistant to 100 meters.

Price: CHF 21’000

Cvstos Challenge III Chronograph-S

Red Skull

Red Skull (aka Johann Schmidt) is a fictional supervillain who first made an appearance in the Marvel Comics as the archenemy of Captain America. He rose to power among the Nazis in World War II and became head of Hitler’s terrorist activities. He became red after inhaling the Dust of Death, which turned his face into a living red skull with no hair and shrivelled red skin.

Red Skull’s watch: The Ulysse nardin Skeleton X Magma

Ulysse Nardin’s Skeleton X Magma is in the perfect color scheme for Red Skull. It looks like the case has even been made out of the Dust of Death with its ultra-light carbon fibre and red marbled epoxy resin. The timepiece is powered by the brand’s in-house UN-371 skeleton caliber which also seems appropriate when all that is left of Johann Schmidt is his red skeleton.

Price: CHF 25’000

 

 

Maleficent

Maleficent is the most powerful fairy and ruthless Guardian of the Moors. Best-known for her role in the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, she casts a spell on the baby princess Aurora on the day of her christening. The spell states that on Aurora’s 16th birthday she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an eternal slumber.

Maleficent’s watch: The Piaget Limelight

Maleficent was not always evil. It was only when she suffered a terrible betrayal that her heart turned to stone. As Guardian of the Moors, we thought a watch that depicts the foliage from her lands could be an appropriate accessory to her witch’s outfit. The Piaget Limelight comes in a 18-karat white gold case with leaves around the bezel that are set with 44 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 6.60 ct). The watch is available on a black satin strap or with an 18-karat white gold palace decoration bracelet, and is powered by the Piaget 56P quartz movement.

Price: On request

 

 

Green Goblin

Green Goblin, aka Norman Osborn, is one of Marvel’s super evil characters that first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 in 1964. Head of the chemical company Oscorp, Osborn was exposed to an experimental formula, which enhanced his physical abilities and intelligence, but also made him go insane. His main opponent is Spider-Man, but he often comes into contact with other superheroes from the Marvel Universe.

Green Goblin’s Watch: The Hublot Big Bang MP11

The Hublot Big Bang MP11 is an impressive timepiece as its green transparent case is the result of new research into different materials. The brand already mastered sapphire cases in black, yellow, blue, red, or clear, but it was impossible to create a high-quality green sapphire case. Thanks to a new material – SAXEM – the Big Bang MP11 is now available in emerald green. SAXEM combines both resistance and brilliance, much like a diamond. Not only has the creation of this Big Bang MP11 required a new scientific formula, which reminds us of the work of Green Goblin’s company Oscorp, it also matches his skin coloring, for the perfect accessory to keep him on time for his agenda of evil!

Price: CHF 120’000

 

 

Magneto

Magneto, also known as Max Eisenhardt, is another of Marvel’s supervillains. He is a powerful mutant who was born with superhuman abilities, such as an ability to generate and control magnetic fields. He regards mutants to be superior to humans and wants to conquer the world so mutants can rule. He is the archenemy of the X-Men (even though he used to be one of them) and has also had encounters with the Avengers.

Magneto’s Watch: The MB&F Legacy Machine 2 White Gold Purple

Purple isn’t a common color in watchmaking so Magneto had to use our unique Watch Search Engine to find this MB&F White Gold Purple timepiece that goes with his purple costume of evil! This stunning timepiece features two flying balances that are suspended high above the dial, each of which features a fully-independent regulating system beating at its own rate. They are connected to a planetary differential that averages out the two rates for optimal precision. The timepiece celebrates the works of past masters and complications in a contemporary way. Of course, there is nothing evil about it, until it gets in the wrong hands!

Price: CHF 159’396

Doctor Octopus

Doctor Octopus is a highly-intelligent nuclear physicist who designed four mechanical appendages in order to manipulate radioactive isotopes from a safe distance. During an accident, these four mechanical arms get fused to his body. He is also known as Doctor Otto Octavius and is one of Spider-Man’s most dangerous foes.

Doctor Octopus’s watch: The Oktopus Double Date 3DTP Carbon 

This timepiece not only carries the Octopus name, it is also in tune with the color of Doctor Octopus’s supervillain green costume. It comes in a 44mm carbon case with a ceramic bezel and eight gold-colored screws that look like they could easily attach to eight octopus tentacles! The watch has a skeletonized dial and comes  with oversized green luminescent numerals and a matching rubber strap. It is water-resistant to 300 meters and is powered by an automatic Dubois Dépraz 14580 movement with a 44-hour power reserve.

Price: CHF 11’210

Linde Werdelin OKTOPUS DOUBLE DATE 3DTP CARBON

 

Kingpin

Kingpin is one of the most feared crime lords in New York City. He was initially an enemy of Spider-Man before becoming the arch-enemy of Daredevil and also Punisher. He dresses in a white suit jacket and carries a cane which is encrusted with diamonds or other hard substances to help him in combat. The name Kingpin comes from Mafia slang for a crime boss.

The Kingpin’s watch: The Doxa Sub 4000T Sharkhunter

The Sharkhunter sounds like a supervillain watch from the start. Kingpin is sometimes seen wearing his mafia-style white jacket paired with a large bracelet watch. The Doxa Sub 4000T Sharkhunter comes in a super-sized 47.5mm x 48mm stainless steel case and is water-resistant to 1,200 meters, making it incredibly tough. It is paired with an elegant black dial and attractive indexes and chunky hands for enhanced legibility at night when all Kingpin’s illegal activities come to life. It is powered by an automatic ETA 2897 movement with a 50-hour power reserve.

Price: CHF 3’690

 

Doxa SUB 4000T Sharkhunter

Gotham City

Not a supervillain at all, but no supervillain piece would be complete without the addition of Swiss watchmaker Rebellion and its Gotham City Collection that looks like it is more on the side of evil than good!

The Gotham City Watch: Rebellion T-1000

The Rebellion Gotham T-1000 series looks part watch, part robot with its intriguing case design and three-dimensional dial. The T-1000 boasts the world’s longest power reserve at 1,000 hours thanks to six mainsprings. It comes in a large 52.2mm case in a choice of titanium or black-DLC-coated titanium. It is limited to 25 pieces and you can choose the color of the movement with options in red, blue, purple, black or gold.

Price: CHF 100,000

 

 

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