Ressence Type 1² Squared

If you know of Ressence you’ll instantly recognize their latest watch, the Ressence Type 1² Squared. Just like their previous timepieces the automatic Type 1² Squared breaks time down across several orbiting dials, the largest straddling the face’s perimeter showing minutes, the next in size displaying hours, and the two smaller disks representing seconds and the day of the week. Where it differs from other Ressence timepieces is first in its dressier complex square shape, born of the intersection of six spheres, as well as in thinness made possible thanks to both the absence of a look-through sapphire caseback (though it’s got a domed sapphire lens on the front) and the addition of a new retractable lever used to set the time. Despite its distinctive design it’s highly legible both in the day and even at night with Superluminova applied to all hands and markers. Available in four colors: silver, night blue, champagne, and ruthenium.

Find it at Ressence Watches – roughly $15,725

GET IT: ~$15,725

Sports & Outdoors

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20

It’s not only [very slightly] smaller and sleeker than before: the Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 is also smarter. The watch is tailor-built for use in the great outdoors with a ruggedized case and includes a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and for the first time a low-power GPS with downloadable maps. You’ll have to settle for viewing maps on its 1.32-inch color display which is also touch-enabled, but fortunately the WSD-F20 runs Android Wear 2.0 with a user-friendly interface — not to mention Google Assistant for quick voice-powered commands. And when you’re not relying on its full capabilities the watch can switch into timepiece mode on its secondary monochrome display (there are two stacked layers) to extend battery life from about a day to over a month, something which puts most other smartwatches to shame. Though at this price it’s best reserved for individuals making the most of its outdoorsy features.

Learn more at Casio – $500

GET IT: $500


TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matte Ceramic

Like its predecessors in the Carrera 01 family, the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matte Ceramic shows off TAG’s Caliber 01 automatic movement through its skeleton dial. The difference is that this time just about everything besides the movement is made of ceramic that’s micro-blasted to matte black for a very dark and very scratch-resistant finish. Of course sapphire crystal lenses on both sides let you peer into the movement (and see the time). Else the 45mm watch pairs with either a black rubber or matching ceramic strap and features black luminescent hands and hour markers for better visibility (which would otherwise be nigh nonexistent) in the dark.

Available in 2017. Until then, check out other timepieces at Tag Heuer – $6,300

GET IT: $6,300


Timex x Mr Porter Waterbury Watch

One of Timex’ classics, the Waterbury, has a new face. The Timex x Mr Porter Waterbury collaboration gives the watch a clean easy-to-read look that’s adorned with a hint of retro and a domed mineral glass lens. It comes in a new colorway exclusive to Mr Porter, with black-on-black, silver and tan leather, and silver with black leather, each with a stainless steel case and 5 ATM of water resistance. And though you wouldn’t know by looking at them they’re each equipped with Indiglo, which illuminates the dial with blue light when the crown is pushed down for not-so-subtly checking the time past dusk.

Pick one up at Mr Porter – $150 [via]

GET IT: $150


Original Grain Watches

The holidays are about giving, but don’t forget yourself. And perhaps the timepiece you plan on wearing through countless parties and into the new year is in need of a refresh. Original Grain’s assortment of wooden watches spans a wide range of styles from the elegant Minimalist to the go-anywhere Alterra Chronograph. The latter, despite being handcrafted of wood and stainless steel, is engineered to resist water to 10 ATM (100 meters) thanks to an epoxy treatment of its exotic wood inlays. Their other offerings include the Classic, the Barrel, and a unique limited-run automatic Jim Beam Edition that’s made with with reclaimed bourbon barrels, powered by a 21-jewel 8215 Miyota movement, and stamped with the bourbon maker’s logo above the six o’clock mark. Perhaps best of all each watch purchased plants the seed for plenty more, not to mention clean air, since Original Grain partners with to plant ten trees per.

Grab one at Original Grain – $150+ (use code GearHungry for 15% off)

Presented by Original Grain.

GET IT: $150+


Tudor Pelagos LHD

The odds you’re in the market for a premium left-handed diver are likely slim, but on the off chance that you are you’ll absolutely love the Tudor Pelagos LHD, short for Left Hand Drive. The all-titanium watch features a winding stem that’s positioned on the left side of the case that allows for wearing on the right wrist and, on the other side, a helium escape valve that enables (and guarantees) depths as great as 500 meters. Powering the Pelagos LHD is Tudor’s automatic in-house MT5612 movement with a 70 hour power reserve that’ll keep on ticking even if you don’t wear your watch on weekends. Also of note is beige luminescent markings on the hands, hour markers, and bezel, plus a titanium bracelet with an auto-adjustable buckle that can be set to automatically shrink as your neoprene wetsuit is compressed at greater depths and then expand as you make your way to the surface.

Learn more at Tudor – $4,770

GET IT: $4,770


Autodromo Monoposto Chronograph

Inspired by the racing scene of simpler times, the Autodromo Monoposto Chronograph — whose name literally means single seat — is back to celebrate the brand’s fifth anniversary, this time in chronograph form. Part of a limited run like their previous Monoposto, 500 individually numbered units will be made of which 200 will have black dials, 200 silver dials, and 100 in Azzurro blue (shown). A Seiko NE88 automatic column wheel chronograph movement powers the watch, though it’s most distinctive feature is its domed sapphire crystal with a “redline” marker placed a bit above the 10 o’clock marker that’s evocative of the line of red paint or tape placed across the glass of yesteryear’s racer’s rev counter that dissuaded drivers from blowing their engines. Its sapphire crystal exhibition caseback also gives a peek through the polished stainless steel case at the movement within.

Learn more at Autodromo – $1,800

GET IT: $1,800


Matrix PowerWatch

It’s no secret that the humble battery is trailing the rest of our tech. The Matrix PowerWatch abstains from their use entirely by instead powering itself using body heat (meaning you’ll never need to take it off for charging). This is accomplished thanks to thermoelectric technology that uses a temperature gradient — your body heat on one side and components inside the watch on the other — to generate electricity. The same system also makes accurate calorie measurements possible without the need for a heart rate monitor, on top of tracking steps, sleep quality, plus loading other micro-applications on its monochromatic display such as a timer and stopwatch. It’s also equipped with Bluetooth to sync data to your smartphone and pull the correct time, though it presumably doesn’t generate enough power to keep its radio running all the time and thus can’t receive notifications and the like from your phone. At least it’s made of aircraft-grade aluminum and boasts water resistance to 50 meters.

Hit up Indiegogo for details – $120

GET IT: $120


Timex IQ+ Move

Turned off by fitness trackers? The Timex IQ+ Move might make you reconsider, particularly if bright silicone and plastic bracelets aren’t your thing. It’s sleek and discreet like a classic analog Timex except for an also-analog activity tracker on the bottom right quadrant of its face that tells you at a glance how close you are to your daily activity goals. But it’s keeping tabs on much more than that, precisely tracking sleep, steps, movement, and calories — nothing you’ll see on its spartan face but rather with a quick sync to Timex’ Android and iOS app via Bluetooth. Probably best of all it can be worn like a normal watch thanks to a 50 meter waterproof rating, a regular button battery that doesn’t require charging (and lasts over a year), and the inclusion of Indiglo for nighttime visibility.

Learn more at Timex – $150

GET IT: $150


Oblong Watch

Contemporary design meets quality components in Bulbul’s Oblong Watch. True to its name, the timepiece boasts a narrow oblong face that’s better adapted to the human wrist than circles or squares, with rounded edges to sit softly on your skin. The stainless steel case is capped with a sapphire lens and adorned with an Italian leather strap in eight color combinations from the minimal black on black and grey on grey (shown, third image) to the more classic gold on brown (shown, first image) or matte steel with a steel mesh band. All are powered by a Swiss-made 4-jewel  gold-plated Ronda 762 quartz movement, resist water to 3 ATM, run for ten years on a single battery, and feature Bulbul’s flashy signature blue loop to fasten any extra overhanging strap.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $220

GET IT: ~$220


Morgenwerk Satellite Precision Watches

Smartwatches may be accurate but they’ll likely be obsolete within a couple of years. If you’re looking for an ultra-accurate watch for the long haul without having to recharge each night, Morgenwerk’s Satellite Precision should do. The series of eight watches includes seven classic-looking analog timepieces, all made of surgical stainless steel (or titanium) and all equipped with passive GPS antennae that receive the time and timezone from GPS satellites equipped with Rubidium-based atomic clocks. This means that you’ll never have to set the time manually but can rather set it with the push of a button. The watch normally syncs up with these satellites just eight times a year yet only differs from actual time by, at most, 0.75 seconds thanks to thermo-compensated quartz oscillators. It’s also got a lithium-ion battery that lasts up to eight months per charge (and works for approximately 500 charge cycles, i.e. hundreds of years), a perpetual calendar, and Super-LumiNova indexes and hands.

Find it at Morgenwerk – roughly $1,350+

GET IT: ~$1,350+


T1.1 Watch

Besides reliability — and by this we mean lifespan and required maintenance, not timekeeping accuracy — a timepiece’s most important assets are its looks. LTHR Supply’s T1.1 Watch strikes an intriguing balance between complex and functional; that is, despite the concentric circles of numbers surrounding its face, interpreting time is as easy as reading the three outlined within the time window on the left. Inside, a Swiss Ronda 763 quartz movement keeps it ticking away for years on one battery and on the outside its 40mm stainless steel case — available in a variety of colors — is capped with a sapphire crystal lens. Adding to customizability are several leather straps and the choice of either a black or white dial.

Hit up Cool Material’s Shop for details – $228

GET IT: $228


EMC Time Hunter X-Ray

Urwerk’s EMC Time Hunter X-Ray isn’t just mechanical or electronic — it’s a fusion of both as two separate entities. This unique timepiece is the world’s first wristwatch that enables the wearer to monitor both precision (chronometric performance) and amplitude (movement) of the watch on the fly using a crank-powered electronic system. The watch’s mechanical innards can then be fine-tuned to keep perfect time by compensating for each owner’s unique lifestyle rather than by being set by some standard environment at the watchmaker’s atelier. A black-coated titanium case coupled to anti-reflective sapphire crystal keeps the dial and movement secure while allowing the user to see exactly how their watch works from both sides, whether they understand it or not. A Urwerk-developed movement with swiss lever escapement and a linear balance wheel coupled to the optical sensor ensures precise that’s made more precise by the user’s adjustment. The manual wind EMC Time Hunter has an 80 hour power reserve for those times when you just don’t want to take the watch off. Also available in a standard Time Hunter version sans X-Ray transparency, and in Ceramic.

Learn more at Urwerk – roughly $125,000

GET IT: ~$125,000