Watches that make a sound, other than the ticking of their movement, are among the most desired in the watch world. There is simply something about a watch that indicates either the time or that a certain preset time is reached, with an acoustic signal, coming to life exclusively by means of mechanical parts. Among them, alarm watches are usually the most affordable, because generally speaking, they are the least complex. Yes, generally speaking, because not all alarm watches are created equal. Some take it to the next level, by the complexity of their movement, and the clarity of their sound and these three excel in both!
Hublot Big Bang Alarm Repeater
When Hublot does create an alarm watch, they also apply the ‘art of fusion’, and do so in the most magnificent way. To be honest, most alarm watches don’t sound particularly good. When the alarm goes off, it seems like there is an angry cricket locked up in the case. Hublot took therefor a completely different approach and used a gong-mechanism as can commonly found in a minute repeater. The result is a crystal clear sound that is actually a pleasure to hear and not a pain. They combine this with a second timezone complication in their signature Big Bang-case and a very high-end, high-tech and great sounding alarm watch is born!
Breguet Marine Alarme Musicale 5547
When Breguet revamped their Marine collection earlier this year, they also delighted us with an alarm watch. This has become somewhat of a tradition for the brand, as the previous generation of the Marine also included an alarm watch. A large subdial allows for setting the alarm to the precise minute, and a button on the left side of the case allows for easy activation (or deactivation) of the alarm function. Through the sapphire case-back, you not only see the beautiful rotor of the Breguet Marine Alarme Musicale 5547 but also how it creates the sound when the alarm is activated.
Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata
The Classic Sonata is in many ways a typical Ulysse Nardin. It combines a unique looking dial with a very sophisticated movement. It allows for a precise setting of the alarm, while also featuring a large date and a second time zone. Furthermore is the Classic Sonata equipped with a cathedral chime, which easily lives up to the high expectations you get from its name. The case of this Ulysse Nardin is, as its name already indicated, more classically inclined which gives it a more timeless character, that looks as good as it sounds!