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.