CIGA Design Blue Planet Review

Imagine wearing a miniature planetarium on your wrist. That’s the sensation the CIGA Design Blue Planet watch delivers. This timepiece is not just a watch; it’s a fusion of art and innovation. The Blue Planet won the prestigious GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève) Challenge Watch award in 2021, beating numerous Swiss competitors, a testament to its unique design and technological prowess.

Design and Functionality: A Futuristic Approach

At first glance, the Blue Planet stands out for its absence of a traditional handset. Instead, the hour and minute markers are on discs, outside of the dial. The hour disc is fixed into place with a traditional layout: 12 o’clock on top, 6 on the bottom. 

The inner minute disc rotates, as does the earth dial inside, both at different frequencies. The compass on the dial points to the current time on both the hour and minute discs simultaneously. This innovative approach to time display is both intriguing and refreshing. Although, because it’s a new way to display the time, it takes me an extra second or three to read it. 

The watch case, made of all-polished stainless steel, complements its futuristic look. The dome on the earth’s dial and the double-domed crystal enhance the 3D effect, making the watch appear as if a tiny Earth is popping out from your wrist.

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Dial Details: A Work of Art

The dial of the Blue Planet is a marvel. It features intricate details, with noticeable depths and grooves in the mountains and varying shades of blue in the oceans. This attention to detail contributes to its premium feel. However, the domed crystal, while aesthetically pleasing, can cause glares and reflections that affect readability. 

The hour and minute discs, being relatively small, also make it a struggle to read the time at a quick glance. Some additional contrast between the numerals and the rest of the markings would help enhance readability. However, this is a small tradeoff for having the world literally in the palm of your hand, or on wrist. 

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Movement and Mechanics: A Modified Marvel

The Blue Planet is powered by a custom Seagull mechanical movement. It was reengineered to rotate the minute disc 390 degrees every hour, and the dial to rotate 30. This allows the compass on the dial to always point to the current time, pointing to both the current minute and hour at the same time. 

One small issue I’ve found with this movement: it has a “ghost click”. When pulled out to the first position, the crown doesn’t have any function. It’s only when pulling the crown out all the way, to the second position, that you can adjust the time. This is likely a result of the base movement having some sort of day/date feature in position 1. Here, it’s functionally useless, and slightly breaks the immersion of having an otherwise very premium-feeling watch. 

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Strap and Comfort

The watch comes with a Flourine (FKM) rubber strap, far more comfortable than standard silicon straps. However, the butterfly buckle on the strap, while adding uniqueness, can be a bit impractical to buckle, considering the strap’s flexibility. It does add to the “premium” feel of wearing a special watch, but not any more convenient than a traditional buckle. 

Despite its large dimensions (46mm in diameter and 15mm thickness), the watch wears comfortably, especially since it lacks traditional lugs, making it suitable for a range of wrist sizes.

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Pricing

The CIGA Design Blue Planet is a standout piece, offering a unique way of timekeeping that blends art with functionality. 

Retailing at $999.00 for the stainless steel version, and $1,599.00 for the titanium version, the Blue Planet is a compelling choice for those who appreciate forward-thinking design and are willing to embrace a watch that breaks norms. 

Specifications

  • Case Diameter: 46mm
  • Case Depth: 15mm
  • Water Resistance: 30m
  • Movement: Seagull Automatic (Customized)

Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by CIGA Design, however, it solely reflects the author’s opinion. 

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