Ikepod Stainless Steel GMT with Date
ETA 2893-2 automatic movement, 21 jewels, black dial, silvered seaslug numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer polished chapter ring for GMT/second time zone with arrow-tipped central hand for indication, center seconds, date window at 3 o'clock, polished unidirectional bezel calibrated to 60 units, screw down crown at 2 o'clock, display back, stainless steel Ikepod Seaslug bracelet with deployant clasp, case dial and movement signed
Marc Newson is an Australian-born designer known for founding and running a number of design companies. His career began as a student at Sydney College of the Arts, focusing on sculpture and jewellery, but experimenting as well with furniture design. Newson designed his first watch as early as 1986, featuring a pod-shaped case and mystery dial with spinning disks instead of hands, which would inspire future watch designs. In 1994, the Ikepod Watch Company was formed as a partnership between Newson and Oliver Ike, a Swiss businessman. The brand was to produce unconventional wristwatches, with Newson being the designer of the timepieces.
In 1995, Ikepod launched the Seaslug model, a steel diving watch that also featured a GMT function, independently adjustable through the winding crown. The design of the Seaslug case, hands, and bracelet/strap are reminiscent of the marine creature it was named for. The Seaslug was produced with three dial variants – silver, black and grey, and each was limited to 9999 units. While it was most often seen on a rubber strap, the present example is on the harder to find steel bracelet.
While Newson parted ways with Ikepod in 2012, models from the mid-1990’s through the mid-2000’s are of particular interest and in demand due to his involvement and design vision.