Ikepod is a preeminent figure in unconventional and often contentious design-focused watchmaking icons. Revered by collectors and enthusiasts alike, the brand, founded in 1994 by designer Marc Newson and entrepreneur Oliver Ike, has left an indelible mark on the watchmaking scene. Despite its global success, Ikepod faced a challenging period, with production coming to a halt in 2012. After a period of dormancy, the brand found a new lease on life under the ownership of Christian-Louis Col, who firmly believed in giving Ikepod a second (third, really) chance. After a series of very appealing and true-to-form watches, Ikepod feels the time has come to retire the gen3 Megapod, with a fitting Hourglass limited edition.
Col, recognizing Ikepod as a designer’s brand, collaborated with Emmanuel Gueit (famous creator of AP ROO) for the debut quartz-powered Duopod collection. The subsequent Megapod, a creation with Alexander Peraldi, former artistic director at Baume & Mercier, featured automatic Miyota calibres, followed by the Seapod, designed by Fabrice Gonet (Edge Design), and the Skypod series. The new Ikepod references promise quality and competitive pricing while remaining faithful to the brand’s DNA and the iconic pebble-shaped case aesthetic. With Ikepod turning 30 this year and sensing a moment for change, the brand announced that it would discontinue the 46mm Megapod series. As a parting gift to Ikepod enthusiasts, the brand now introduces a limited edition of Megapod, featuring a seconds hand shaped like an hourglass – an homage to the iconic Marc Newson Hourglass Ikepod creations.
The Farewell Megapod is presented in a distinctive 46mm brushed stainless steel UFO-like case adorned with a sapphire crystal that melds into the case’s contours. As with all Ikepod references, the case eschews lugs, and the strap is affixed to the case. The display caseback provides a clear view of the automatic Miyota 9039 movement; the watch is water resistant up to 50m. Positioned at 3 o’clock, the crown, a push/pull type, features fluted detailing and is adorned with the image of a hemipode, Ikepod’s former logo.
In this limited Megapod Hourglass series, comprising only 100 watches, a selection of seven dial designs will be offered, drawing inspiration from models featured in the collection over recent years. However, what distinguishes this limited series is the signature bright-orange central seconds hand in the shape of an hourglass. According to the brand, during the design of the Megapod dials in 2020, Alexander Peraldi conceived this feature as a tribute to the iconic object d’art associated with the Ikepod brand – a design no longer in production. The decision was made to preserve this element for a special series later. Another distinctive feature is more expansive hour and minute hands, outlined in orange and treated with Super-LumiNova, though the luminous treatment does not extend to the shaped second’s hand.
All seven references have been given names; Walter (white dial with minute scale), Rob (grained grey dial with hour scale), Dieter (blue dial with minute scale), Gae (black dial with minute scale), Quazar (black dial with hour scale), Matti (silver dial with hour scale) and Joe (white dial with both minute and partial hour scale).
Ikepod presents the Megapod Hourglass special series with a black silicone strap secured with a pin buckle. An optional stainless steel bracelet is available at an additional cost. The Farewell Megapod series will be available starting February 1st and priced at EUR 1,350.
For more, please visit Ikepod.com.