Craig Breedlove was the first man to break the 400 mph land speed barrier. Then he broke the 500. and the 600. It's that last one — and the man himself — that served as inspiration for the Shinola Rambler 600 Watch. This timepiece is the company's first to pair a chronograph stopwatch with a tachymetric scale, letting you accurately measure speed over time. The 600 is a limited edition item with a titanium case and matching bracelet, while the standard Rambler Tachymeter comes in three variations: each in stainless steel with either a leather, rubber, or nylon strap.
There are sixty minutes in every hour. Why pay attention to only four? The Squarestreet SQ31 Aluminum Watch puts a focus on accuracy with individual markings for each minute of the hour. An inner ring of indicators lets you keep track of the hour, while a sub-dial handles the seconds. Inside its 42mm aluminum case you'll find a Swiss Made Ronda movement, a combination that keeps the weight down to just over an ounce. Available in a variety of case finish and strap combinations.
Made to tackle the deepest of waters, the Zelos Hammerhead Bronze Watch is as rugged as it is dependable. Its 42mm marine bronze case is CNC machined, will gain a unique patina over time as you wear it, and houses a meteorite dial billions of years in the making. Powered by a Seiko NH35 movement, the watch is water resistant down to 1,000 meters, and also features a double domed sapphire crystal and lumed bezel, dial and hands.
Its bullseye dial, inspired by a design pulled from the Timex archives, is definitely vintage. Its usefulness is not. The Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch gives you an at-a-glance look at the time in both 12- and 24-hour formats thanks to its three separate rows of indices. As 24-time is most commonly associated with the military, the watch is outfitted with a gray nylon strap that works for nearly any occasion, and goes well with the silver case and 40mm cream, red, and black face.
Inspired by the sought after 5517 MilSub, the Bamford Heritage Rolex Milsub Watch puts a timeless spin on a timepiece that once was standard issue equipment for the Ministry of Defense. The 40mm steel case sports fixed lugs and a normal crown, and has been given Bamford's signature grey Military Grade Titanium Coating. Custom-made, military style hands have the same ivory luminous as the dial, while the black metal anti-reflective bezel is given custom white military markers. It's finished with either a matching steel band or a military-style NATO strap.
There are lots of "American Made" watches out there. Virtually all of them use movements sourced from other countries. Which makes the Weiss American Issue Field Watch unique. Its mechanical movement is both manufactured and assembled in the company's LA studio, powering both the main hour/minute dial and the small seconds subdial. There's also a sapphire crystal back so you can see the movement in action, a 42mm stainless steel case, a Horween leather strap, naval blue dial, sliver hands with white Super Luminova treatment. Limited to just 50 examples.
Using a series of analog dots to represent the date instead of oversized windows, the Ochs Und Junior Perpetual Calendar Watch is able to present a wealth of information in an extremely clean design. The aforementioned dots represent the current year, month, and date, correctly displaying the date for every month — including February. The calendar requires just nine extra parts to function, and can be set easily from the crown. The 42mm titanium case, gears, patina dial, platinum hands, markers, and dots are all made in Switzerland, and the whole thing is assembled and regulated in-house by Sandra Flück.
Louis Vuitton is known for using "V" shapes in their various goods. But in the Louis Vuitton Voyager GMT Watch, the shape is actually useful. Prominently displayed in the center of the dial, it points to the current time on the watch's 24-hour, secondary time zone disc, which is split into black and white portions to show night and day. It also has a 41.5mm case in stainless steel or rose gold, with a transparent back for a view of the automatic movement. Available with a calfskin or matching metal bracelet.
Using inspiration from mid-century modernists, Shinola has come through with its most beautiful watch to date. Boasting an extra-open dial viewing area, the design of the Canfield Chrono Watch required Shinola's Detroit-based team to be trained in a new top-loading case process — and by the looks of the results, it's clear they've mastered it. In addition to Super-LumiNova diamond-cut hands, numbers, and indexes, the watch also sports a symmetrical date window, stopwatch function, and coin edge detail on the case. A mix of cowhide and alligator straps are offered, depending on the dial color, which come in white, black, green, blue, and our favorite, cream. Shinola has free overnight shipping right now, so if you've been waiting to order Dad something, now's the time.
Ready to compete with bigger brands in the smartwatch space, Suunto unveiled the Spartan Ultra GPS Watch this week. A successor to the Ambit3, the Spartan features a color touch screen that is optimized for outdoor use. It also has rich route navigation, barometric altitude, compass, and the ability to control the battery life yourself built in. It's available in four models, with sapphire glass, titanium or stainless steel bezel and a water resistance of over 300 feet. And the Spartan Ultra All Black Titanium and Spartan Ultra Stealth Titanium come with a super tough bezel made of Titanium Grade 5. A multisport GPS watch ready to handle just about anything you throw at it, with activity tracking and rest and recovery data to help you set a training schedule.
Built in Switzerland over the course of six months, each Avra 1-Hundred Watch is a made-to-order marvel. The watch has several unique, patented features, including a side viewing window with a secondary time display, and an internal locking crown that's placed in the upper right hand corner of the 46mm case. It has a mechanical automatic movement, Super-LumiNova hands and markers, and comes with a two straps, one in black leather and one in black rubber. Available in titanium, satin stainless, or hardened black stainless steel.
It doesn't have a fancy metal case, built-in cell connection, or other unnecessary add-ons. What the Pebble 2 Smartwatch does have is a solid mix of features and value. Like most wearables, it does activity and sleep tracking, leveraging the built-in heart rate monitor for added accuracy. It also displays notifications, keeps a timeline for an at-a-glance look at your day, and provides access to a rich ecosystem of apps. But unlike most smartwatches, it can run for up to seven days on a single charge, is water resistant to 30 meters, and has an ePaper display that's always on, so you're never wearing a blank black box on your wrist.
Dedicated to World Badminton Champion Lin Dan, the Montblanc TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept Watch is an intriguing mix of modern engineering and old-world technique. The 40mm case is made using black DLC titanium for the lugs and ITR2, a composite material made from carbon nanotubes, mixed with Kevlar carbon for the middle case, back, bezel, and crown. The dial is skeletonized and the case back made from mineral glass, letting you get a good view of the Calibre MB M62.48 movement that's based on Pythagoras's Golden Ratio and recalls the Minerva Pythagore movement from 1943. The end result is one of the world's lightest mechanical timepieces — it weighs just 14.88 grams — and when paired with the black nylon strap, one of its more striking, too.
With a squarish design and offset lugs, the Xeric Soloscope Watch easily stands out from most mechanical timepieces. It's powered by an automatic movement, using twin balance wheels move both the outer and inner rings that combine with a single hand to show both the hours and minutes. The crown is hidden underneath the watch to maintain a clean design, the Horween leather straps attach via a quick-release mechanism, and each watch is hand-assembled, and limited to just 999 units of each finish.
Developed specifically with fishermen and hunters in mind, the Suunto Traverse Alpha Watch will make a worthy companion on your next outing. The battery can run for up to 100 hours while using the integrated GPS with breadcrumbs, which, combined with the electronic compass and altimeter, make it easy to keep track of your whereabouts. There's a moon phase calendar to let you know when to put in your line, a barometric tracker to warn you of weather changes, and automatic shot detection to let you know where and when each one took place. Its red backlight won't bother your night vision gear, and it's built to military standards, so it can stand up to whatever you throw its way.
Jam-packed with enough functions to make most smartwatches blush, the Casio G-Shock MR-G Hammer Tone Watch stands out from its candy-colored cousins not with features, but with finishes that recall its cultural heritage. Both the bezel and the center band links are finished using the Japanese Tsu-i-ki technique that creates unique relief patterns through hammering, and are joined by highlights in Oboro-gin and Akagene, materials native to Japanese craftwork. As for specifics, the watch is powered by a GPS controlled Multi-Band 6 housed in a 54.7mm titanium case that's both hardened and DLC-coated. In addition to traditional time functions, it offers a latitude indicator, world time, alarm, an auto calendar, a stopwatch, a countdown timer, a day/date display, and water resistance down to 200 meters. Limited to just 300 piece worldwide.
Based on a design that pays tribute to place the company was founded in 1854, the Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Watch makes several notable improvements over the original. Most obvious among them is a leather strap made from the same stuff Red Wing uses to craft its iconic boots, finished with a stainless steel clasp that matches the case. The dial is a simple, vintage affair, with a date complication, Arabic numerals, and Indiglo night light, and the watch is available in three styles, including a chronograph with a four-hour capacity.
Most watches are lucky to have a single element in forged carbon, ceramic, or titanium. Vilhelm Watches use all three materials to create a truly striking timepiece. The main 43mm case is crafted from forged carbon, with an inner steel housing for water resistance. It's visible on the sides, while the ceramic bezel protects it from above. Titanium is then used for the lugs, crown guard, and caseback, and finished to match the ceramic bezel. The dial is similarly layered, with multiple finishes and colors used to help differentiate between the base and top plates, markers, and outer ring. Water resistant to 100m, it's powered by a dependable Miyota 9015 movement and available in gray, rose gold, or blue.
Apparently not happy to let Omega have all the moon watch fun, the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Hyperstellar Watch blends the company's classic rounded square design with space-specific features. Its 45mm case uses titanium for its cover, center, and surround, with blue anodized aluminum for the bezel's protective insert, then wraps the entire thing in a bumper of titanium and rubber for added impact protection. The skeleton chronograph movement ensures accurate timekeeping, the rocker push-buttons are designed to work well with gloves, and 100 m of water resistance protects it during splashdown landings back on Earth. Finished with an alligator and grey rubber strap and limited to 250 pieces.
For a new take on classic watch designs, look no further than San Francisco based watchmaker Minus 8. And the Minus 8 Layer Leather is a continuation of those principles. Using a process that took over a year to develop, Minus 8 developed a process that makes the Layer a timepiece that is made of individually layered strats. This process also produces a stadium effect of 6 layers of 316L bonded steel throughout the watch. Other features include Japanese movement, a PVD-coated stainless steel finish, 40+ hours of power reserve and a vegetable tanned leather band.
Five years in development, the Monsieur de Chanel Calibre 1 Watch is the company's first timepiece for men, combining impressive engineering with understated looks. It's run by Calibre 1, Chanel's first in-house movement with 170 components and integrated complications. The minutes are display prominently on their own 240 degree dial, with a small seconds dial below and a large window showing the hour at the bottom. The black Amorphous Diamond Like Carbon movement can be seen through the case back, and matches the black alligator strap. Limited to 300 pieces per year and available in beige or white gold.
With a single-piece Cerachrom bezel, the new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watch uses high technology to return this classic timepiece to its roots. The aforementioned bezel is made from black ceramic with a super-thin layer of platinum to help the numerals standout, resulting in a look reminiscent of the black plexiglas bezel of the 1965 model. To match the new bezel, the white dial version gets black rings around the subdials, while the black dial gets contrasting silver rings. The 40 mm case and matching solid-link Oyster bracelet are crafted from polished 904L steel, and the caliber 4130 provides rock-solid reliability.
Omega's Speedmaster will forever be known as the first timepiece to be worn in space. Now you can own a Speedmaster that's actually made using material from space. The Omega Speedmaster Grey Side Of The Moon Meteorite Watch has the same 44.25 mm grey ceramic case as its predecessor, but replaces the dial with a slice of the Gibeon meteorite that fell in Namibia, its distinct Widmanstätten pattern clearly visible. Omega's Ceragold technology is used to create the 18K Sedna gold tachymeter scale on the bezel, and the transparent case back lets you get a clear view of the Co-Axial calibre 9300 movement. Finished with a grey leather strap with rubber insert and fold-over clasp.
Nearly every smartwatch tracks your activity. Yet very few are built for those who are truly active. Powered by Android Wear and the new Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, the Nixon Mission Smart Watch was designed with surfers, skiers, and snowboarders in mind. Its main Mission app links to services like Surfline, Snocountry, and Trace to give you the conditions and tracking you require, and of course, it also runs the thousands of apps already available for the platform. Spec-wise, it has a fully round AMOLED display, a dual-layer silicone band, and a rugged chassis made from polycarbonate, stainless steel, and a Gorilla Glass crystal that helps earn the watch a water rating of 10ATM, or more than enough to stand up to the heaviest of waves.
Thusly named because "Black Bay Black" sounds more than a little redundant, the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay Dark Watch provides a stealthy take on the company's classic diver's watch. Its 41 mm steel case is finished with black PVD-treated coating, leaving it with a tasteful matte finish to match the dial, bezel, and oversized crown. Powered by the COSC certified, reference MT5602 movement, which is developed, manufactured, and assembled in-house, it's waterproof to 200 meters, offers a 70-hour power reserve, and comes with both a gray fabric strap and your choice of a PVD-treated black steel bracelet or aged leather strap with black PVD steel clasp.
Originally created to celebrate Niki Lauda's first world championship title with Ferrari, the Monza still stands as one of Tag's most celebrated watches. Yet it has rarely been reissued. Which makes the Tag Heuer Monza 40th Anniversary Watch all the more special. It retains the iconic coussin case of the original, but expands it from 39 to 42 mm, and swaps its steel construction for carbide-coated titanium. The dial is home to both a pulsometer and tachymeter scale, just like the original, and likewise has black and white lacquered hour and minute hands, as well as a historic logo, the original font, and vintage orange SuperLuminova on the indices. Finished with a full-grain black "super racing" leather strap, it's limited to just 2,000 pieces.
Using a color scheme and details that harken back to models of the past, the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay Bronze Watch is a completely modern timepiece that wouldn't look out of place decades earlier. Its 43 mm case is crafted from an aluminium bronze alloy that develops its own patina over time, making each one unique. The company's first chocolate brown dial and bezel, as well as golden and beige accents, help to further highlight the watch's nautically-inspired case, and the snowflake hour hand, prominent winding crown, and domed crystal recall notable TUDOR models from the past. Powered by an in-house movement developed specifically for this model, it's accompanied by a fabric strap inspired by a classic French Navy bracelet, as well as an aged brown leather strap.
Created to celebrate the introduction of the Chiron, the Parmigiani Fleurier x Bugatti Concept Watch holds itself to a similarly high standard of engineering and innovation. Its unique design is meant to recall a car's engine, with a single tube containing nearly all the functions of the watch, including the winding tube, gear train, power reserve, and tourbillon, all in separate compartments. The time is then displayed in the traditional manner on a flat pane that serves only to move the hands, with power transferred by a worm screw. It's still a concept at the moment, so future Bugatti owners can only hope it's available by the time their new rides are delivered.
At first glance, it doesn't look like a smart watch. And that's the entire point. Like the Stop the Time Watch before it, the Calendar Watch uses its connection to your phone to enable a single time-saving feature without losing its mechanical heritage. In this case, that feature is the ability to display your daily calendar, using an E-paper display that serves and the dial and a vibration motor for alerting you to your next meeting. The rechargeable battery lasts for weeks, the hands and dial are protected by domed sapphire glass, and the interchangeable lugs and bands let you customize the watch to suit your tastes.