You're not going to find a watch more minimal than this. The Mutewatch ($260) sits somewhere between a rubber bracelet and a touchscreen gadget, relying on a tap to activate it and swipes to cycle through its clock, alarm, and timer functions. Its motion sensor registers movement and automatically adjusts the strength of its vibration notifications, making sure you never miss an appointment. [Scouted by Levin, Brian & Nico]
Finally, a timepiece befitting vampires, demigods, and other immortals. The Urwerk UR-1001 Zeit Device ($TBA) goes above and beyond the average watch by offering you measurement of seconds, minutes, hours, day/night, date, month, and power on the crazily-complicated front face, and measurement of years, 100 years, and 1,000 years on the back, meaning it will last even wizards several generations before it sets itself back. Other features include a case made from Aluminum Titanium Nitride-coated steel, a pocket watch-style chain with handmade, heat-blackened steel links and a carabiner-style clasp, and a combined winder and display case made from polished walnut and buffalo leather lining. [via]
Polo matches aren't all rich people in summer suits and silly hats — someone has to keep track of the time! Which is where the Hublot Chukker Bang Watch ($TBA) comes in. It sports a seven minute, 30 second counter that is perfect for tracking the length of a single period of play — also known as a "chukka." Other features include a 44.5mm titanium case and grille, a ceramic bezel, satin bridges with black PVD titanium screws, a rhodium-plated main plate, and, of course, special Chukker Bang engraving on the back.
We've heard of rubber bands and straps before, but a rubber watch? The IWC Aquatimer Galapagos Islands Chronograph Watch ($TBA) is pretty damn close. Its 44mm stainless steel case goes through a vulcanization process that leaves it coated in matte-black rubber, which perfectly matches the black rubber strap, and compliments the black face. Of course, it also tells time, with a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, 44-hour power reserve, date and day display, and luminescent elements on the hands, dial and rotating bezel.
It's about time someone did something with all that room inside the watch case. The Porsche Design P'6520 Compass Watch ($TBA) uses it to split the watch in half, with the upper portion devoted to a simple three-hand watch featuring a Swiss automatic Sellita caliber movement, titanium black PVD case, and AR-coated sapphire crystal. The bottom half holds a removable liquid compass that works in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, and is viewable thanks to two mirrors on the compass face and bottom of the watch section that click into place when opened. Water resistant to 50 meters.