While Apple's wearable still sits squarely in the rumor-mill department, their rival in Seoul has released yet another smart watch: the Samsung Gear S Watch. The first of its kind to feature an onboard 3G modem — albeit a slightly slower one than you'd expect in a fully-fledged phone — this watch can connect to the web, make calls, and receive messages even when it's outside of Bluetooth range. It's also packed with all the sensors you'd expect from a wearable (various motion sensors, GPS, a heartbeat sensor, and more) while sporting a keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a curved AMOLED display. Your move Cupertino.
Think all smartwatches have to look like something out of the Jetsons? Think again. Thanks to a 1.3-inch, full circle P-OLED display, you'd be hard pressed to out the LG G Watch R as a smartwatch — until you saw a notification pop up. This surprisingly stylish timepiece offers common watch features like an IP67-rated, dust and water resistant stainless steel case and interchangeable 22mm calf skin strap, but inside, it packs a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor running Android Wear, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, a heart rate monitor, a 9-Axis gyro, a barometer, and a 410mAh battery for all-day use. Oh, and don't worry if you don't like the dial — you can change it with a swipe of your finger.
It's not the first watch we've seen to offer 24-hour time, and it's not the first we've seen to try and illustrate day and night. But the Botta Uno 24 Watch is the first we've seen to do both so elegantly. It starts with a scale that shows the time from 0-24 hours, starting at the bottom of the face. Directly above it is the date window, and a slim line that shows the transition from one day to the next. While starting the day at the bottom might make little sense, it turns out that it allows the watch to roughly approximate the position of the sun in the sky, giving you an at-a-glance look not only at the time, but also how close the day is to becoming night.
After spending years as an internationally-recognized automotive designer working for the Morgan Motor Company, Matthew Humphries has brought his considerable skill and talent to the world of watchmaking. The Matthew Humphries 02 Seiko Military Watch combines Sieko movement with a custom-designed face and strap — think of it like putting a crate motor into a hotrod kit car. Its 21-jewel automatic self-winding movement keeps time precisely, purring reliably like a high-performance motor. And with a brushed metallic case, minimalist face, and vegetable-tanned leather band, it looks as great as it runs.
Inspired by the interiors of Italian sports cars of the late '50s and '60s, the Autodromo Stradale Watch is as close as you can come to wearing a classic roadster on your wrist. It's powered by a 24 jewel Japanese automatic movement and water resistant to 50 meters, but that's not the real draw — the looks are. The multi-layered effect starts with a colored dial, over which floats a transparent glass ring containing the hour indexes. The result is a 3D-effect that reminds you of a dashboard, and when combined with the pillowed leather strap, gives off just the right amount of racing vibes.