Ikepod is a watch brand that made a significant impact in the 1990s with its innovative and futuristic designs. Founded by the design legend Marc Newson, Ikepod introduced ideas like limited-edition production and large diameters to the watchmaking industry. The inspiration behind the design was the Cartier “mystery clocks” from the 1920s through the ’40s, which embodied the idea of telling time invisibly. This influence is reflected in Ikepod’s original and unconventional watch designs, which were considered futuristic and distinctive, setting them apart from traditional timepieces and gaining a following among collectors.
Today, Ikepod has made a comeback, staying true to its original DNA while offering a refreshed and more affordable range of watches. The brand’s iconic designs, which were ahead of their time, have been reintroduced with a more accessible pricing strategy, making them available to a broader audience. The watches, available in quartz or automatic models with a range of silicone straps, maintain the unique and futuristic look that has always defined Ikepod timepieces. With a successful relaunch on Kickstarter and positive reviews, Ikepod has re-established itself as a distinctive and influential player in the watchmaking industry, appealing to both classic collectors and new enthusiasts.
Their latest collection, the Megapod Hour Glass, celebrates the Megapod’s launch in 2020 and marks its end. The first and last 100 pieces of the Megapod Hour Glass were introduced today. Ikepod launched the Megapod, an updated version of its iconic Megapode watch, in 2020. The Megapod Automatic, introduced on Kickstarter, marked the brand’s return to mechanical timepieces, offering a contemporary take on its original design. The Megapod Automatic garnered attention for its fusion of modernity and tradition, featuring three distinct dial styles that paid homage to the original Megapode.
The original Ikepod Hourglass was designed by Marc Newson in 2011. It was a remarkable piece of engineering, made from borosilicate glass and filled with millions of gold-plated stainless steel balls, serving as a modern take on the traditional timekeeping instrument. The hourglass was available in four colors and two sizes. The hourglass is no longer produced, and your only chance of finding one is on the second-hand market if you are lucky.
Ikepod and Alexandre Peraldi have once again collaborated on this special edition Megapod Hour Glass to commemorate the future end of the Megapod. This limited edition, consisting of 100 watches across seven references, features a second hand designed in the shape of an hourglass, symbolizing the permanence of impermanence. This poetic concept reflects on time’s fleeting nature, a theme that resonates throughout Ikepod’s design philosophy.
The new Megapd Hour Glass models have a 46mm case, a Miyota 9039 movement, distinct features like larger hour and minute hands, a see-through glass back, silicone and optional steel straps, and a steel case with sapphire glass. These watches, designed to capture the essence of Ikepod’s DNA, combine modernity with a nod to the company’s innovative past. Each model comes with a signed certificate detailing the production specifics of the seven references, adding to their collectible value.
As Ikepod approaches its 30th anniversary in 2024, these releases not only pay tribute to the brand’s legacy but also signify a bridge toward its future in the world of high-end, conceptual watchmaking.
Price & Availability
- All seven versions of the Ikepod Megapod Hour Glass are available on The Watch Pages Shop as of today.
- Price: EUR 1’350, USD 1’490, GBP 1’190 (taxes included)
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