The team at Zelos Watches have quickly carved out a nice following amongst consumers who care about minimalist design and high quality craftsmanship. And now, they're taking the already successful Chroma line up a notch with three limited edition releases. Choose from Bronze, which will patina beautifully with regular wear, Carbon Fiber, which is lightweight and versatile, and Damascus Steel, a material used to make high quality knives and boasts an appealing woodgrain pattern. Each watch also features Miyota 821A automatic movement and a new luminous paint on the hands and indices for easier viewing. But procrastinating is not recommended, as 100 or less of each watch was produced.
Inspired by the dive watches of the '50s, the Filson Dutch Harbor Watch blends timeless design with fierce practicality. Inside its brushed stainless steel or PVD-coated 43mm case is a Shinola Argonite 715 quartz movement keeping accurate time, paired with a unidirectional bezel to make sure you know how long you've been under. Speaking of which, it's water resistant up to 990 feet, and has a straightforward dial with a date window at 6 o'clock and Swiss Super LumiNova accents on the index and hands. Available in a variety of colors, it comes with either a leather, nylon, or stainless steel bracelet, and is assembled by hand in Detroit.
Plenty of watches have sapphire backs that let you see their inner workings. The Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Watch goes a step further, building the middle, bezel, and back of the case out of the hard, scratch resistant material. Continuing the transparent theme, the skeleton dial is made from transparent resin, while the screws, crown, and buckle are made of titanium, all the better to show off the Unico HUB1242 movement. Finished with a transparent strap and limited to just 500 pieces.
The first entry in the Watch Department's new line of sports watches devoted to the history of performance timepieces, the Bamford Heritage Rolex Daytona Watch pays homage to the original 6240 and 6263 references while maintaining modern components. Details include Bakelite bezels, shaved crown guards, a new dial that emulates the classic Paul Newman design, three sub-dials, and a matching metal bracelet. Available in five different colors.
It's priced like many of its contemporaries. But most of them don't have tourbillions. The Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Watch combines a COSC-certified automatic chronograph with a titanium and carbon fiber tourbillion, creating a complex, reliable, and desirable timepiece. Built on the back of Tag's short-lived CH-80 chronograph, it offers a 65 hour power reserve and has a skeleton dial with chrono sub-dials at 9 and 3 o'clock, the movement at 6, and the tourbillion at 6, all housed in a sporty 45mm case of grade 5 titanium offering 100 meters of water resistance. It comes with a black rubber strap and is available in two versions: a standard model with silver accents, and a murdered out Black Phantom model that's limited to just 250 pieces.
Having crafted their first openworked timepiece in the 1920s, Audemars Piguet has had a long time to perfect the art — almost as long as it takes to say the full name of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Openworked Watch. Now available in yellow gold in addition to platinum, it's powered by a highly-visible, hand-finished movement with a 70-hour power reserve, placed in vertical alignment with the tourbillion. Measuring 41mm across, the case is slightly thicker than the 4.46mm movement, and comes attached to a matching yellow gold bracelet.
Designed to military standards for air force pilots operating in warm climates — and thus match their uniforms — the Bell & Ross Desert Type Collection looks great whether you're completing an airborne mission or just out getting some lunch. It's available in three variants, each with a black ceramic case, beige dials with black Superluminova-filled numerals, indices, and hour/minute hands, and either a beige calfskin or black synthetic fabric strap. The automatic and automatic chronograph mea
Sure, it isn't as extravagant as buying 007's car, but if you're a little short on room in your garage (or wallet) for the DB10, James Bond's Omega Seamster Watch is a nice alternative. Like the consumer model, it's based on a 1950's-era Seamaster 300, with an anti-magnetic Omega Caliber 8400 movement, a lollipop seconds hand, indices that run from 0 to 11, and a black and gray NATO strap. Unlike the consumer model, this one was actually worn by Daniel Craig during the filming of Spectre, and is thus not only a great timepiece, but a piece of cinema history.
Surfers know the most direct route to the biggest swells, so it's no surprise that the wave-loving founders of Aulta took the same approach to sales: directly to the consumer, with lower prices and no markup. Their signature timepiece, the Aulta Leeway Watch, makes the transition from work to play with ease with a clean design and masculine case. It's powered by a Miyota quartz chronograph movement, responsible for keeping the hour, minute, and second hands, date window, and two sub dials in sync. A 44mm stainless steel case, hardened mineral crystal, and screw-down caseback and crown keep things safe from the elements down to 100m underwater, and a 22mm band keeps everything in its place.
For a watch that would impress the most hardcore Navy Seal, look no further than the Tactix Bravo GPS Watch from Garmin. It's not only equipped to track whatever workout you have in mind, it's also prepared to assist you, should you find yourself dropped into a war zone. It tracks elevation data, can mark up to 1,000 waypoints, and even has a mode that acts like a trail of breadcrumbs - guiding you back to your starting point. And it's all achieved with a battery that's built to last from 20 hours to three weeks depending on the mode. It comes packaged in a stainless steel casing with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens that's even readable using night vision goggles. It's hard to imagine a more complete timepiece for your next special ops mission behind enemy lines.
If you wear a watch everyday, you know how important it is for that timepiece to be tough. The Black Kite from Ventus is tough, using carbon fiber and crystal made from sapphire, the most scratch resistant material around. The carbon fiber is layered to give it a unique appearance, and also makes it lighter and stronger than most watches on the market. Under the hood, it's powered by the reliable automatic movement of the Seiko NH35. It also charges with a quick shake, never needing a battery replacement. Taking inspiration from World War II pilot watches and adding in some of the best modern materials available, Ventus have created another watch that's certain to intrigue fans of unique, high quality timepieces.
To this point, smartwatches have been relatively delicate affairs, good for wearing around town or to the gym, but less than likely to survive a trip into the wilderness. The Casio Outdoor Smartwatch was built with the latter in mind. Powered by Android Wear, it has a rugged body that's tested to United States military standard MIL-STD-810 for shock and vibration, and is also water resistant to 50 meters. Its Casio-designed apps for trekking, cycling, fishing, and activity monitoring take advantage of the air pressure, accelerometer, gyrometer, and compass sensors, and should you find your battery running down, the dual-layer display lets you switch from the full-featured color LCD to a watch-only monochrome display that will keep you running for up to a month.
It's not a full-blown smartwatch, but it's not a thin-client tracker, either. Instead, the Fitbit Blaze Fitness Watch occupies the middle ground. Like many wearables, it offers a touchscreen LCD display, stainless steel case, and an assortment of accessory bands, but it doesn't have an app store, and doesn't try to do everything at once. Instead, it tracks your daily steps, sleep, calories burned, and heart rate, can auto-track activities like basketball, tennis, running, or soccer, and has FitStar integrated for on-screen workouts. Of course, it offers simple notifications, and grabs GPS data from your phone if you have it with you, but unlike most smartwatches, it'll run for five days on a charge.
When it was launched in 1969, the Heuer Monaco was among the most revolutionary timepieces available, with innovations like the Chronomatic Calibre 11, the the first automatic chronograph movement offered for sale, and the first water-resistant square case making it the perfect choice for Steve McQueen in Le Mans. Now you can celebrate this legacy with the Tag Heuer Monaco Reissue Watch. It shares the same 39mm case, 6 o'clock date window, vintage Heuer logo, and aforementioned Calibre 11 movement and water-resistance as the original, while updating the domed plastic crystal with sapphire and adding larger lugs, an open case-back, and perforations to the black calfskin strap.
Developed by a team with history at Apple, Beats, Pixar, Movado, and NASA, the Olio Model One Connected Watch has quite the pedigree. And it shows. Inside the cold forged stainless steel case you'll find a high-res LCD display that shows you all your notifications, weather info, and appointments in a novel way, sorted by time — Earlier and Later. That way you can quickly catch up on what's been happening, and what's about to happen. It handles incoming calls with ease, thanks to Bluetooth, and can run for a full day without hooking in to its wireless charger. Available in steel, black PVD, 24-karat gold, or 18-karat rose gold, with each collection sporting a unique watchface designed to match the case.
Instead of a traditional dial with hands, the Anicorn Series 000 Watch uses a series of concentric disks to display the time. It's powered by a Miyota automatic movement that keeps the inner minutes and seconds discs in sync with the outer hours ring. The stainless steel case measures 42mm across and is clad in black PVD with a matching black leather strap. Available in your choice of six different accent colors.
Based on the Daytona, Explorer, and Milgauss models, Bamford Rolex Polar Watches take these classic designs and cover them in a coat of white. The cases and matching bracelets receive a Graphite Particle Coating to guarantee that their white hue lasts as long as the timepiece ticks. The dials are given a similar white makeover, with details like the markers, text, and hands in contrasting bursts of color to ensure legibility and add visual interest. Available in limited numbers, they arrive in custom Bamford Watch Department boxes.
By suspending all of its 142 components in oil, the Ressence Type 5 Watch offers something no mechanical diving watch has achieved before: assured legibility at any angle. The oil also helps protect the internal pieces from pressure, allowing the 46mm bezel-less case to be built from lightweight titanium, resulting in a weight of just 87 grams. Super-strong blue and green luminova ensures readability in any light, the compression lock system lets it withstand up to 10 ATM of pressure, and the two included black straps — one leather, one nylon — let it serve double-duty as your go-to timepiece both in and out of the water.
Powered by Android Wear, the Fossil Q Founder Smartwatch is a fine option for those looking for a wrist-bound computer than looks more like a traditional timepiece than a tiny TV. Spec-wise, it has an Intel Atom processor, with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, gyroscope, and ambient light sensor. You access the interface — including the Fossil-designed watch faces — via a circular 1.5", 240 ppi screen that's housed in a water-resistant, 38.1mm stainless steel case. Available with your choice of steel bracelet or leather strap.
Made primarily from plasma high-tech ceramic, the Rado HyperChrome Chronograph Watch has a two-tone polished and matte look that's sure to turn heads. A Swiss-made automatic movement powers both the main readout and three sub-dials, as well as a small, circular date window at 4:30. The one-piece case measures 45mm, with a transparent back and sapphire crystal up front, and Super-LumiNova coating on both the hands and markers makes the gray dial legible in any light.
Drawing inspiration from classic aviation timepieces, the Minus-8 Square Chrono Watch is both grounded in the past and thoroughly modern. Its 40mm rounded square case is made from 316 stainless steel with a PVD finish, complimented by a vegetable-tanned leather strap. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal and offers three timing hands, a date window at 4:30, and a three sub-dial chronograph, all powered by a precise Miyota Quartz FS21 movement. It's water resistant to 100 meters, and available in four fashionable color combinations.
Named for the year the Bauhaus was founded, the Porsche Design 1919 Watch embodies the school's commitment to restraint with an elegant, simple form that utilizes the negative space between the lugs and circular case to help draw your focus to the black dial. It's available in Datetimer and Globetimer models, the former with an angled date window at 4 o'clock, the latter with an inner 24-hour ring and an additional hand to show the time in a second time zone. The cases are 42mm in diameter, made from titanium with either a bead-blasted or black titanium carbine finish, and paired with either a matching titanium bracelet or black rubber strap.
There are plenty of choices out there for a great looking watch, but there aren't many that combine a great looking minimalist design with precise timekeeping and an affordable price like MVMT. This beautiful timepiece comes with 6 hand chronograph Japanese movement, 3 sub-dials, and a 22mm sandstone leather band with a gunmetal stainless steel buckle. It's all housed in a 45 mm gunmetal stainless steel case, with brushed gunmetal plated, hardened mineral crystal on the surface. The Los Angeles based company has yet another watch that fits as well with your casual attire as it does with a formal getup, and all for a price that won't break the bank.
Created by a Sony subsidiary and successfully crowdfunded nearly a year ago, the FES E-Paper Watch is finally available. While mention of an E-Paper display might lead you to believe this is yet another smartwatch, it is instead a more traditional, albeit wildly customizable timepiece. By covering not just the circular watch face but in fact the entire band in E-Paper, you can choose between a white or black face, decide how many, if any, markers to display, and swap between a variety of white or black strap designs, many of which ape traditional band and bracelet materials. Available at select Japanese outlets, with more stores and potentially markets to follow.
Inspired by the iconic Paul Newman Daytona, the Project X DS8 Rolex Daytona Watch is as close as you can come without tracking down an original. It has the same three-color black dial found on those early '70s models, all the way down to the modified sub-dials and Rolex Cosmograph Oyster text. It also ships with two different bezels — the original steel bezel, and a custom black bakelite bezel — giving you two looks with one watch, matching both the ref. 6263 & 6265 models. Limited to just 28 examples.
A tribute to the Group B era in motorsports, this Autodromo Group B Watch features the same tech and materials in use at the time. Featuring bi-metallic case construction and Miyota 9015 automatic movement found in a lightweight 39mm titanium capsule. And at only 52 grams, it's the lightest watch Autodromo has ever released, and arrives in a handcrafted aluminium box with a number plaque with two nylon straps inspired by racing harnesses. Two straps come with each watch, one gray, and one that matches the color of the markings on the dial.
It won't make you float like a butterfly or sting like a bee, but the Shinola Muhammad Ali Watch will help you look your best. Created in collaboration with Louisville's Muhammad Ali Center, it has a 41 or 36mm stainless steel cushion case, with a matte black dial, gold-colored numbers and hands, and a date window above the 6. It's powered by a Detroit-built Argonite 705 movement, finished with a brown alligator strap with distinctive red backing, and arrives in a custom hickory box, alongside three limited edition, 8.5"x11" prints captured and signed by Magnum photographer Thomas Hoepker. Limited to just 400 examples.
Inspired by the Ducati XDiavel motorcycle, the bold design of the TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield Watch looks great whether you ride a bike or not. The 42mm case is all one piece, crafted from black ceramic with a matte bead-blasted finish. The hands, markers, and indicators for both the main dial and three sub-dials are done in contrasting white, while those of the fixed bezel remain black. It's powered by a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, has a date window at 4:30, and is waterproof down to 150 meters. It comes with your choice of black rubber or black leather strap with white contrast stitching, and is also available in black/red or black/beige.
Swedish firm Nocs is known for its well-designed headphones, earphones, and speakers. Now it's applying its talents to timepieces. The Nocs Atelier Seconds Watch is the first product from the newly-created division, and it doesn't disappoint. The name refers to the watch's seconds hand — made from silver or rose gold — that provides the only contrast for the 40mm, 316 steel case and clean dial, both of which are PVD-coated with a matte black finish. Powered by a Japanese quartz movement and completed with a chamfered, brushed bezel and black nylon NATO strap.