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Panerai Luminor 1950 Carbotech

A first for any timepiece, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Carbotech uses its namesake material — Carbotech — as a case material instead of metal. Thin carbon fibre sheets are compressed together along with a polymer binding agent to attain higher mechanical strengths than ceramic or titanium, and this at a lower weight than either, though it is capped on the back with a hard black coated titanium screw cap. It’s powered by Panerai’s P.9000 calibre automatic movement with 3 day power reserve, features a 300 bar (300 meter) water resistance, and boasts a rotating bezel that turns anticlockwise for calculating immersion time while diving, particularly useful in this day and age as a backup should your dive computer fail.

Learn more at Panerai – $19,500 [via]

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Nixon Mission Smartwatch

Nixon’s Mission Smartwatch isn’t just your run-of-the-mill Android-powered timepiece. Though it’s indeed powered by the latter, the Mission is built tough: take it diving up to 100 meters deep, bump it around, or wear it while you’re tearing up the slopes. Its shock-resistant polycarbonate case features a raised stainless steel bezel to protect the screen, which sits behind Corning Gorilla Glass. Hardware-wise it’s run by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-chip and boasts a round AMOLED touchscreen display, an altimeter, a GPS unit, a thermometer, an e-compass, and of course a gyro and accelerometer. Which means it’s particularly well-suited to various sports including surfing (pulling real-time surf conditions from Surfline), snow sports, and swimming, amongst others.

Learn more at Nixon – $400

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MMT Ephemeris Watch

Of course, MMT’s Ephemeris Watch tells the time. This, it accomplishes with a Japanese quartz movement and within an ultra-slim case. But far more unique is its dial plate, which bears engravings with concentric rings and the eight planets — sorry, Pluto — in their various orbits. As its name suggests, each planet is actually precisely positioned at the location it occupied on the given meaningful date of your choice. Cleverly, the ninth orbit line subtly indicates the hours. Get yours in Mercury Silver or Venus gold, each coupled to a black or brown leather strap, respectively.

Grab one at Kickstarter – roughly $125

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Minus-8 Layer Leather Watch

As its name suggests, Minus-8’s Layer Leather Watch is built of layers. Four, to be precise, form its case, with each physical vapor deposition-coated ring stacked to create its unique stepped face. Each layer is machined of 316L stainless steel to extremely precise tolerances for a tight fit and to ensure water resistance to 100 meters, suitable for prolonged swimming or diving. The watch’s Seiko Automatic NH35A movement features a 40 hour power reserve and sits between sapphire crystal on both sides, the closest to the wrist granting a view into the mechanism and balance wheel within. Each timepiece is rounded out with a vegetable tanned leather strap with raw suede backing and a stainless steel buckle. Available in four colorways from the subtle black on black to the bold silver and blue (shown).

Hit up Minus-8 for details – $498

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Vector Luna Smartwatch

When a watch is clean, crisp and simple in design, it’s expected to be stripped-down — that is, without many technological bells and whistles. But when a timepiece seamlessly blends those principles with cutting-edge technology the result is an entirely different beast. Vector’s line of smartwatches pair the classic look of timeless watches with an incredible 30-day battery life and all the functionality we’ve come to expect from smartwatches. In particular, the Vector Luna tracks your steps, distance walked, calories burned and even the quality and duration of your sleep — and that’s just the start. It’s crafted from a 44mm solid stainless steel case and can be customized with trackers, alarms and an ever-expanding list of branded apps. Meeting reminders, messages and your daily schedule pop up seamlessly too, thanks to the always-on monochromatic display. Add in sharp looks in a myriad of color and strap combinations, and it’s boardroom-ready. What more could you ask for from a watch?

Learn more at Amazon ($250+) or Vector ($300+)

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Void V02MKII

Dubbed clever, not smart, by its creator, the Void V02MKII doesn’t aim to add any fancy functionality to your wrist besides the obvious — telling the time. And this it does in a unique way: double sided, the long hand and short hand show either their red or white sides through the sapphire crystal lens. To read the hour, for instance, read the red number that the red hour marker is pointing to, and so on, though it’s bound to baffle anyone trying to read it for the first time. Otherwise it’s encased in three colors of sand blasted stainless steel, runs thanks to a reliable Quartz 2035 Miyota movement, and comes with your choice of milanese stainless steel or leather bracelets.

Learn more at Void Watches – $295 to $325

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Garmin Forerunner 235

Lightweight and comfortable, the Garmin Forerunner 235 was built with runners in mind. Equipped with a wrist-based Elevate heart rate monitor as well as GPS and GLONASS capabilities, the watch tracks distance covered, pace, pulse, VO2 max, and whether you’re in your target heart rate zone. Running indoors? An accelerometer takes over for the GPS to estimate distance. All accumulated data is compiled onto easy-to-read maps, charts and graphs on your smartphone, and with a battery life of 9 days including activity tracking — or 11 hours total of hard training with location tracking — you’ll easily take it from the city to the gym or trail without having to worry about topping up every night.

Check it out at Amazon – $330

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Anicorn Series K452 Watch

With its unique, solar system-inspired three concentric ring design, you might assume the Anicorn Series K452 watch would be tricky to read. Though you’d be wrong. A single line at the top acts as a reference mark, reading downwards to show the time (for instance, it’s showing 3:16 and about 18 seconds on the Solar colored watch in the middle above). They wrap this system, powered by an automatic Miyota Calibre 9015 , in a 42mm stainless steel case with transparent back and cap it with a convex hard plexiglass lens. Available in four colors —  Luna (leftmost), Dawn (rightmost), and Interstellar, along with the aforementioned Solar — each also includes a color-matched Milanese mesh bracelet along with an additional leather strap .

Pledge for one at Kickstarter – $330+

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MB&F HM6 SV Space Pirate

Unless you’re one of last week’s Powerball winners, the expected price of the MB&F HM6 SV Space Pirate might be a bit of a shocker. Then again, one look at the timepiece and it’s hardly surprising. Like their standard HM6 models their latest masterpiece features a 360° spheres at each corner, capped on both sides by sapphire crystal domes, plus a central dome that displays the 60 second flying tourbillon tracking time. Where the SV differs from its predecessors is that while the latter were largely shielded by metal the SV — which stands for sapphire vision — boasts large sapphire crystal plates on either side that display the movement within, accented with either platinum or red gold. The good news is that only 10 of each colorway are being made, so little chance of bumping into a guy wearing the same watch.

Learn more at MB&F – $TBA (but likely something around $400,000) [via]

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Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch

Unlike most smart watches which shudder at the thought of roughing it, Casio’s WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch thrives in nature. Its enclosure — available in several colors from subtle black to bold orange — is water resistance to 50 meters as well as shock and drop resistant to MIL-STD-810G military standards. Powered by Android Wear, it boasts a dual-layer display structure that allows both its monochrome LCD and vivid color display to take turns sharing screen real estate in order to continuously display the time, power efficiently, while maintaining native compatibility with a variety of Android applications. It’s also equipped with all the functionality you’d expect and a bit more, measuring direction with its compass, altitude, atmospheric pressure, and displaying sunrise/sunset times as well as tides. Not to mention notifications and activity tracking features for quantifying your treks and runs. And don’t worry: the original Casio watch face designs let you customize your watch to display the measurements you value all while maintaining the brand’s signature rugged aesthetic.

Arriving in spring. Learn more at Casio – $500 (expected price)

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