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.
Inspired by the characters and stories of the films, Nixon Star Wars Watches are a more subtle way to show your fandom than your typical tee or tie. Available in a wide variety of sizes and styles, each timepiece has details specific to its inspiration, like exposed wires that serve as hour markers on the C-3PO Sentry, or the Time Teller's pillowed leather band that recalls Vader's gloves. All of the watches are powered by accurate Miyota Japanese quartz or custom digital movements and feature special engraving on the case back, including the Star Wars logo, either the portrait of a character or some other insignia, the model name, and a brief quote from the films.
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.