And here you thought your Pebble was smart. The Breva Genie 01 Watch ($150,000) may not be able to talk to your iPhone, but it can boast about being a world first. Thanks to an intricate design that packs multiple dials and instruments into a 44.7mm pink gold or white gold case, the Genie 01 can claim to be the first mechanical wristwatch to offer indicators for time, altimeter, barometer, and power reserve, all available at a single glance. Other features include an air pressure valve, a display back, and a hand-stitched alligator strap with case-matching buckle.
Prepare for boating season by outfitting yourself with a proper timepiece like the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Watch ($TBA). While the name might be a mouthful, the design is classically minimalist, with a blue dial and crown with orange accents. Features include a 43.5mm stainless steel case, a helium release valve, water resistance to 600 meters, an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire see-through back, an Omega caliber 8605 automatic movement, and your choice of a steel bracelet or a fetching blue rubber strap.
For as long as we can remember, watches have been built in the same way, with crystal sitting on top of hands, sitting on top of a dial. The Ressence Type 3 Watch ($TBA) doesn't totally reinvent this paradigm, but it comes close. With no hands and no crown, it features a series of constantly rotating discs that indicate hours, minutes, seconds, and days, and the space between them and the crystal is filled with a naphtha-type liquid that makes them appear to be projected directly onto the crystal. The back serves to replicate the functions of a crown, letting you set the time, date, and wind the watch. It's not a smartwatch, just a smarter watch.
Bell & Ross' watches have always resembled the guages inside a plane, but these Bell & Ross Aviation Collection Watches ($TBA) take that relationship to the next level. Inspired by the heading, airspeed, and climb speed indicators, these new watches feature three different ways of indicating the time, based on a disc system, a 60-minute dial, and a standard dial, respectively. Each one is limited to just 999 examples, and the first 99 will arrive in a collectors box with all six pieces of the collection, including the three mentioned above, as well as last year's Horizon, Altimeter, and Turn Coordinator models.
You don't need to be a fan of the band to like the Depeche Mode x Hublot Big Bang Watch ($TBA), but you probably should be a fan of black. This special-edition watch — created to benefit charity: water, a non-profit bringing safe drinking water to the developing world, it's limited to 250 units — features a 44mm case and bezel made from micro-blasted black ceramic, bezel lugs and inserts made from black composite resin, a black PVD steel crown, black PVD titanium screws, and a black stap with pyramid-like bumps that match the bezel. It also features an open skeleton dial, hands finished with a black nickel coating, a date window, and an automatic movement, but let's face it — you'd already decided whether or not to buy it before you read all that. [via]