With the Summer coming, you're sure to find ample opportunities to get wet at the beach (or lake, river, creek, swimmin' hole). While a sturdy dive watch will withstand a plunge, they're probably a bit nice to take tubing — and most don't look anything like the Swatch Scuba Libre Watches ($90). These Swatches feature outrageous color combinations, swappable bands, quartz movement, and water resistance down to 200 meters. While you probably won't wear one diving, it'll definitely look good by the water, and at that price you won't be too concerned if you leave it in the surf.
You've seen this year's crop of Flight Instruments, and now it's time to see the complete collection. The Bell & Ross Flight Instruments Collector's Box ($32,900) includes all six of the highly-limited "instruments" — the BR 01 Heading Indicator, BR 01 Airspeed, BR 01 Climb, BR01 Horizon, BR01 Altimeter, and BR01 Turn Coordinator — encase in a handsome wooden and metal presentation box, with a numbered plaque, as well as holes in the top to allow the faces of the timepieces below to show through. Only 99 boxes are available, so if you're looking to add these to your collection, you'd best get a move on.
You've spent a lot of coin building your collection of timepieces, so it only makes sense that it'd be worth the money to protect them when you travel. These Martinator Watch Cases ($150-$450) can do exactly that. Based on Pelican cases, these custom carriers are available in 4-, 6-, 18-, and 32-watch versions, each with separate padded inserts for each watch. Already have a Pelican case? You can order the inserts by themselves. Either way, it sure beats doing nothing more than throwing your best wristwear into a bag.
Around here, made in America still counts for something — and at Shinola, it counts for a lot. Bringing craftsmanship and manufacturing back to the once great city of Detroit, each Shinola Runwell Chrono Watch is completely assembled by hand at their factories in the Motor City. Beautifully made from stainless steel, these watches feature a double curve sapphire crystal, luminous hands and indices, a date indicator, as well as a stopwatch function all in one attractive piece. Powered by an Argonite 5021 quartz movement consisting of Swiss-made components assembled here at home, this watch even sports a leather strap that's (you guessed it) American-made.
Most "racing" watches sport nothing more than a fancy chronograph to count lap times. But the Halda Race Pilot Watch ($TBA) isn't most watches. This unique timepiece features two interchangeable modules that allow you to switch between a traditional or digital face as you please. The mechanical module is an automatic chronograph with a Zenith movement and a 50-hour power reserve, while the digital race module packs info about 150 of the world's best-known race tracks inside, and uses that into to calculate average speed, measure lap times down to 1/100th of a second, and a stainless steel case back that's designed to work as a resonance system, letting you hear your alarms above the din of the engine.