Named after an architect and city planner, the Oak & Oscar Burnham Watch is as well thought-out as any metropolis. While the automatic Soprod movement comes from Switzerland, much of the watch has American heritage, as the leather straps are handmade from Horween leather in Indiana, the nylon straps are crafted in Florida, the included matching watch wallet is crafted in Chicago, and the watches are hand assembled by Lum-Tec in Ohio. Other features include a grey sandwich dial with matching date wheel and hands, an orange seconds hand with a counter balance that eclipses the logo, a double-domed sapphire crystal cover, and a sapphire display back. Limited to 300 pieces.
Rotating bezels are nothing new. But never before have we seen one dedicated solely to cooking. The bezel of the GrillTimer Watch uses the concept to easily let you see the elapsed and remaining cook time for a number of foods, including steaks, hamburgers, salmon, and shrimp. It's powered by a dependable Seiko quartz movement, its 40mm stainless steel case works with any 20mm strap, its black face offers luminous indicators and a date window at 3 o'clock, and the 1 ATM water resistance rating means it will hold up to a quick washing should it get hit by grease splatter or sauce.
Sure, it has two hands that move around the dial in a circular fashion. But the Xeric Halograph Watch is far from your average analog timepiece. Instead of placing markers around the circle, it uses a series of arc to indicate the hours and minutes, with the hands sporting two indicators a piece for the inner and outer bands. The watch is powered by a PTS S-01 automatic Chinese-made movement visible through openings in the dial and caseback, the face is covered by a domed crystal, and the case measures in at a sizable 46mm. Available in a variety of colors with matching straps.
It's not what we'd call a smartwatch. But it could make mechanical watches smarter. The IWC Connect is a new digital device that's soon going to be appearing on the straps of the company's sports watches — starting with the Big Pilot — and tracking your activity without taking over the watch's face. In addition, it's also supposed to be able to control other devices connected to the Internet of Things, although how that's going to happen is, at this point, a complete mystery.