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-$450) can do exactly that. Based on Pelican cases, these custom carriers are available in 4-, 6-, 18-, and 32-watch versions, each with separate padded inserts for each watch. Already have a Pelican case? You can order the inserts by themselves. Either way, it sure beats doing nothing more than throwing your best wristwear into a bag.
Most "racing" watches sport nothing more than a fancy chronograph to count lap times. But the Halda Race Pilot Watch ($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.
With fifty-nine pivoting minute hands, eleven rotating triangles to mark the hours, and a sliding trap door, the Harry Winston Opus XIII Watch ($TBA) isn't the craziest watch we've seen — but it's close. Developed in collaboration Ludovic Ballouard, it also features a 44.25 mm case in 18K white gold, a sapphire-crystal display back, a 35-hour power reserve, water resistance down to 30 meters, and a hand-sewn black alligator leather strap. Limited to just 130 units, or the total number of people that can actually figure out what time it is by looking at the face. [via]
It doesn't matter if you're an athlete or an outdoorsman — or both — as these new Suunto Ambit2 GPS Watches ($400-$650) include a model for everyone. The Ambit2 S is sleek and lightweight, build specifically for cycling, running, swimming, and training use, and as such offers pace, route navigation and tracking, and heart rate monitoring. The standard Ambit 2 is a more rugged affair, with a fiberglass-reinforced case, 50 hours of battery life in GPS mode, altitude, vertical speed, barometric pressure, and temperature readouts. However, the latter also offers all the sports functions of the 2 S, making it the easy choice if you don't want to miss a single feature.
If watches were judged solely on the number of characters gracing the dial, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Platinum Watch ($TBA) would surely be one of the greatest timepieces ever created. Of course, that's not how they're judged, but this new Daytona — created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original — impresses anyway. Crafted entirely from 950 platinum, it features a Cerachrom brown ceramic bezel, an ice blue dial, and a 4130 self-winding movement. Just move fast if you want to pick one up — it'll be extremely limited, and sold only at select retailers.
Finding the perfect accessory to compliment your Ferrari LaFerrari was a difficult task — until now. Developed alongside the Ferrari teams and in parallel with the car, the Hublot Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari Watch ($TBA) is a feat of engineering worthy of the venerable race car company's flagship. It's main claim to fame is a 50-day power reserve — a world record for a hand-wound Tourbillon wristwatch, and made possible by a custom movement designed, developed, and produced in-house. It also features the most watchmaking components of any Hublot watch, including a complex shaped sapphire crystal based on the car's outline, an open case back, a black PVD titanium case, anodized black aluminum cylinders with SuperLuminova markings for the hours, minutes, seconds, and power reserve indicators, and reinforcing bars on either side of the cylinders that serve as subtle nods to Ferrari's signature red color. The watch arrives in a leather and carbon fiber presentation case, and is limited to just 50 examples, which means only 1 in 10 LaFerrari owners will get to enjoy owning both.
Don't worry — it's not adorned with clichéd Pink Floyd cover art. Instead, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Watch ($TBA) celebrates the lack of light by sporting a nearly all-black design. Details include a black ceramic 44.25mm case and chronograph pushers, a black zirconium oxide ceramic dial, a sapphire display back, indexes in white gold, and a rhodium-plated, red-tipped chronograph hand. Tying it all together is a black Cordura strap with a black ceramic buckle, making this the most stealthy Omega you'll find outside of a custom shop.
And here you thought your Pebble was smart. The Breva Genie 01 Watch ($150,000) may not be able to talk to your iPhone, but it can boast about being a world first. Thanks to an intricate design that packs multiple dials and instruments into a 44.7mm pink gold or white gold case, the Genie 01 can claim to be the first mechanical wristwatch to offer indicators for time, altimeter, barometer, and power reserve, all available at a single glance. Other features include an air pressure valve, a display back, and a hand-stitched alligator strap with case-matching buckle.
Prepare for boating season by outfitting yourself with a proper timepiece like the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Watch ($TBA). While the name might be a mouthful, the design is classically minimalist, with a blue dial and crown with orange accents. Features include a 43.5mm stainless steel case, a helium release valve, water resistance to 600 meters, an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire see-through back, an Omega caliber 8605 automatic movement, and your choice of a steel bracelet or a fetching blue rubber strap.
For as long as we can remember, watches have been built in the same way, with crystal sitting on top of hands, sitting on top of a dial. The Ressence Type 3 Watch ($TBA) doesn't totally reinvent this paradigm, but it comes close. With no hands and no crown, it features a series of constantly rotating discs that indicate hours, minutes, seconds, and days, and the space between them and the crystal is filled with a naphtha-type liquid that makes them appear to be projected directly onto the crystal. The back serves to replicate the functions of a crown, letting you set the time, date, and wind the watch. It's not a smartwatch, just a smarter watch.
Bell & Ross' watches have always resembled the guages inside a plane, but these Bell & Ross Aviation Collection Watches ($TBA) take that relationship to the next level. Inspired by the heading, airspeed, and climb speed indicators, these new watches feature three different ways of indicating the time, based on a disc system, a 60-minute dial, and a standard dial, respectively. Each one is limited to just 999 examples, and the first 99 will arrive in a collectors box with all six pieces of the collection, including the three mentioned above, as well as last year's Horizon, Altimeter, and Turn Coordinator models.
You don't need to be a fan of the band to like the Depeche Mode x Hublot Big Bang Watch ($TBA), but you probably should be a fan of black. This special-edition watch — created to benefit charity: water, a non-profit bringing safe drinking water to the developing world, it's limited to 250 units — features a 44mm case and bezel made from micro-blasted black ceramic, bezel lugs and inserts made from black composite resin, a black PVD steel crown, black PVD titanium screws, and a black stap with pyramid-like bumps that match the bezel. It also features an open skeleton dial, hands finished with a black nickel coating, a date window, and an automatic movement, but let's face it — you'd already decided whether or not to buy it before you read all that. [via]