In the decades before the advent of the cell phone, having a watch with a built-in alarm was a big deal — and Vulcain was the first to do it. Now you can enjoy the feeling of having a wrist-mounted alarm in the Vulcain Nautical Cricket 1970 Watch ($TBA). This re-issue features a 42mm stainless steel case that's a stout 17.6mm thick in order to accomodate the alarm — a Cricket caliber, shaded rings on the face for calculating diving decompression times, and a matching black and orange strap. [via]
We've written about some hard-to-get watches before, but this is a bit ridiculous. Limited to just ten pieces in red gold and 10 in white gold, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Chronograph Doctor's Watch (€24,700-€26,100; roughly $32,000-$33,800) isn't just limited in number — it's also limited by retailer. Available exclusively from the Dubail boutique at Place Vendome in Paris, it features a 40mm case, and automatic caliber movement, and face details like the bold orange circle, typeface, and pulsometer scale that set it apart from the company's other 1966 chronographs. [via]
Like Swatches for a more mature crowd, the lineup of Miansai Watches ($355-$500) includes a wide range of designs to suit nearly any style. These handmade designs may vary in color, but all three models — Perpetual, Chronograph, and Automatic — feature Japanese movements, stainless steel hardware — some with a black PVD coating — sapphire glass, and bands made from French calf and Italian leathers with a hint of ribbon and rope materials. Available for order now from Barney's Co-op with shipping to begin on April Fool's Day. Seriously.
If you thought that Chryslers were the only things still made in Detroit, you'd better think again. The Shinola Runwell Watch ($550+) is hand-made in D-town using nearly four-dozen Swiss-made parts. Features include an Argonite 1069 quartz movement, a domed sapphire crystal, a 41 or 47mm stainless steel case, an illuminated dial, and a vegetable-tanned Horween leather strap. On the back, you'll find a case plate that reads "Built in Detroit", along with the serial number.
While you may have admired the original Xetum Tyndall Watch — with its stainless steel case and bracelet — the Xetum Tyndall PVD Carbon Fiber Watch ($1,700) takes that beautiful timepiece to an entirely new level. It replaces the plain back dial with a dark gray carbon fiber one, while the case receives a powder matte black finish drawing into stark contrast the white numbers and hands (a customized black rotor complements the look around back). The watch was designed in California, but built in Switzerland with Swiss movement, is limited to just 300 pieces, and sports a naturally-tanned black leather strap with a cork lining.