They already make bags, wallets, clothing, belts, and other miscellaneous accessories, so it only makes sense that they'd expand into timepieces. And expand they have — the new line of Jack Spade Watches ($100-$530) includes 37 pieces spread across five categories. Whether you're looking for a sport, dress, pillow tank, dual time zone, or whimsical graphic watch, you'll find one here, boasting quality movements, construction, and useful, yet minimal, features. Available in March.
"Hey, you look awfully familiar. Do I know you?" Odds are, you might. Based on the Ventura Sparc MGS Watch, the new Sparc Sigma MGS Watch ($5,400-$5,500) sports a completely new, more organic and curvy design, penned by designer Paolo Fancelli. Despite the new body, it's still powered by a Micro Generator System housed in a sapphire crystal case, still boasts a 12-digit liquid-crystal display, still offers LED backlighting for illumination, and still features a prominent scroll controller. Limited Launch Editions will arrive next month, with standard production models hitting shelves in April.
Used to be you had to build your watch out of a Faraday Cage to protect your watch from harmful magnetic fields. The Omega Anti-Magnetic Seamaster Aqua Terra Watch ($TBA) takes a different approach. It's powered by the new Omega Co-Axial calibre 8508 movement, which is made using selected non-ferrous materials, giving the watch the ability to handle levels of magnetism up to 15,000 gauss. The watch also features a black dial, a distinctive yellow and black second hand, and a stainless steel case and band.
We've seen watches that show the time in different time zones, but one that shows the time all the way around the world at once? That's new. And that's exactly what these Montblanc TimeWalker Hemisphere Watches ($TBA) aim to do. In addition to the standard 12-hour face showing the local time, these watches feature a flange around the dial bearing the name of 24 cities, each of which represents a different time zone. A 24-hour disc turns at the center of the dial, corresponding to the cities on the flange. Take your pick between the Northern Hemisphere model, which features cities north of the equator as well as graphics showing the various regions using the North Pole as the midpoint, or the Southern Hemisphere model that does the same for the bottom half of the world.
You don't need to understand the inner workings of the IWC Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon Watch ($TBA) — but it doesn't hurt. It features a patented constant-force mechanism that guarantees extreme precision, as well as two barrels to supply the added torque necessary to drive the tourbillon. Other, more easily understood features include a 96-hour power reserve, a platinum and ceramic case, and a moon phase module that shows the moon phase for both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, as well as a countdown display showing the phases until the next full moon.
"The World's Thinnest Watch" is a bold claim to make — but at just 0.8mm thick, we're inclined to believe it. The CST-01 Watch ($130) achieves this by packing its guts — a battery, E Ink display, and controller chip — into a 0.5mm pocket etched into the single-piece stainless steel band. That doesn't leave much room for controls, of course, which is why they're mounted on the recharging base — although with a 10 minute charge time and month-long battery life, you're not going to be visiting the base very often. Available in white or black.
Whether you like to spend your free time under the sea or far, far above it, these Linde Werdelin Dive & Ski Instruments (1,200-1,800 CHF; roughly $1,300-$1,950) are worthy companions. Designed to clip on top of the company's watches but perfectly capable of standing on their own, these digital timepieces feature anodized aluminum cases, sapphire crystal screens, four-button menu systems, and angular cases. The skiing model — dubbed The Rock — measures altitude and has an external sensor for accurate measurement of air temperature, while its scuba counterpart — The Reef — provides accurate calculations of depth, oxygen percentage, and water temperature.
Thinking of buying a new watch? You might as well do some good at the same time. Depending on which model you choose, some of the proceeds from your 1:Face Watch ($40) will go to provide AIDS treatment, support for eight cancer patients, food for 16 children, a charcoal stove, a well in Rwanda, or a free mammogram. As for the watch itself, it's a simple, clean affair, with an alloy frame, silicone band, stainless steel buttons and backplate, a tempered mirror face, and white LEDs that spring to life at the push of a button to show you the time.
You don't need to be heading into the wilderness to appreciate the military style of the Timex Camo Camper Watch ($55). This simple timepiece sports a camouflage dial, white numbers and hands, a dark resin case, and an olive green fabric strap. Just hurry if you want to get your hands on one — it looks like there's only two left on Amazon.
Smart watches have typically been the domain of geeky-looking wrist adornments that make their intelligence readily known. Until now. The Casio G-Shock Bluetooth Watch ($180) hooks up with your iPhone using Bluetooth 4.0 while retaining the classic G-Shock profile. Thanks to the connection, you'll get incoming call and email alerts right on your wrist, as well as automatic time setting, an alarm when your phone drifts too far from your watch, and even a feature that can sound an alert when it's time to find your trusty pocket computer. Available in four fashionable colorways.
Who said watch faces had to be flat? The Benjamin Hubert Plicate Watch (£100; roughly $160) replaces the traditional flat face with a pleated surface, with each fold representing a second. While the pleats on the face help you to tell the time and add a unique look to the watch, the pleats on the inside of the polyurethane strap help to keep air flowing between your wrist and the watch itself. To finish things off, it sports a bar band-style pop closure, ensuring that you don't take it too seriously. [Scouted by Jonathan]
Okay, so it might not be the best name, but there is a reason the Victorinox Night Vision Watch ($700) was given its name. Along with a Swiss analog movement, 42mm stainless steel case, and matching band, the Night Vision is also equipped with a barrage of LEDs to help you out after darkness falls. Those include a blue LED to illuminate the dial, a red LED that helps for location purposes, and a white LED that can serve as a flashlight, strobe light, or as a flashing indicator in the event that you need assistance — because your phone's going to die pretty fast if you try the same thing with the LED flash.