Watches

Watches

Citizen Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1000M

Many dive watches are worn for style. Contrarily, the Citizen Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1000M is best reserved for actual diving. Rated, as its name suggests, to extreme depths, it’s the first to also come equipped with Citizen’s integrated solar panel dial that keeps the watch’s batteries charged up just by exposure to light — something that’s notably absent in the deep sea, but several years of reserve power more than make up for it. The Super Titanium watch of course is also both very thick and wide like similarly-rated divers, which is necessary to withstand exceptional pressures, and boasts a helium escape valve plus a locking bezel.

Available this summer. Until then, read more at worn&wound – $2,300

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Watches

HYT H0 Hydromechanical Watch

A minimalist version of their boastfully complex H1 timepiece, the HYT H0 Hydromechanical Watch hides the vast majority of its inner workings behind a curved dial, spinning two hands (for seconds and minutes) and pushing a semi-transparent, colored fluid around a glass tube bordering its face to boldly display hours. Though two openings lower down on the dial do give a modest glimpse into the bellows beneath, part of its manually-wound HYT calibre movement that’s ticking away with a power reserve of 65 hours. Otherwise the H0 sports sapphire crystal lenses on both front and back, precise micro-blasted hand and minute dials with Super-LumiNova coatings on time indicators, and a water resistance of 30 meters — all features we’d hope to expect from a timepiece that costs as much as a couple of cars.

Read more at HYT – roughly $57,000 [via]

GET IT: ~$57,000

Watches

Montblanc Summit Smartwatch

Last week we saw Tag Heuer’s latest take on the smartwatch. This week we meet Montblanc’s first. The Montblanc Summit Smartwatch pairs the brand’s classic design with a 400 by 400 pixel AMOLED display (that’s shielded by a domed sapphire crystal lens) and tech-heavy features that let it do a lot more than just time telling. A suite of features streamline use and include Google Assistant, Global translator, voice-to-text messaging, and Google Maps for navigation — perhaps no surprise considering the Summit runs the latest version of Android Wear. The 46mm diameter watch also tracks activity levels and boasts a surprising amount of sensors including a heart rate monitor, e-compass, and barometer. Each also comes with various analog-looking Montblanc faces to adapt to any occasion — or any outfit.

Learn more at Montblanc – $890

GET IT: $890+

Tech

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch

Smartwatches all run more or less the same operating systems, be it watchOS on the Apple side and Android Wear for just about all others. And the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch is no different in this respect, running the latter. Where it sets itself apart is modularity, since this latest gen model lets you swap out parts — and not just straps, either, but the buckle, lugs, bezel, or even the watch’s core module itself, when warranted. The module that’s included now though is already amongst the best in the market, boasting a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, an Intel Atom processor, 4GB of onboard storage, and a battery of sensors and wireless radios that notably include GPS, NFC, a mic, and even WiFi alongside Bluetooth 4.1. And like any good Swiss timepiece it’s also water resistant to 50 meters despite its far techier inner workings.

Learn more at Tag Heuer – $1,650+

GET IT: $1,650+

Tech

MMT E-Strap

Any smartwatch-owning watch lover faces a dilemma that repeats itself on a near-daily basis: wear a classic timepiece or slap on a [comparatively dinky-looking] smartwatch? Fortunately, you soon won’t need to choose with the MMT E-Strap. The device’s brains are contained in a tiny buckle extension that’s nearly completely hidden by the strap itself, monitoring activity, sleep, delivering alerts and notifications, and doubling as a discreet vibrating smart alarm. Android and iOS apps provide an interface and the E-Strap’s battery lasts for a week per charge — far better than your tech-laden smartwatch — and it’s water resistant to 3ATM to boot. Several leather and finish options also match the straps to your favorite timepiece.

Available in April. Learn more at MMT – $TBA

GET IT: $TBA

Tech

Dot Braille Smartwatch

The long awaited Dot Braille Smartwatch is finally here — or just about. The sculpted aluminum watch looks sleek, but frankly its wearers probably won’t give that much thought. What’s more important are the four dynamic braille arrays, with dots that rise and fall at different speeds to allow the visually impaired to read quickly and discreetly anywhere. It’ll also output navigation directions, notifications from the user’s Bluetooth-linked smartphone, and contains both an accelerometer and a gyroscope for, possibly, more not-yet-announced features.

Preorder now at Dot – $290 [via]

GET IT: $290

Watches

Seiko Chariot Steve Jobs Watch

So Steve Jobs is not technically a part of its name, but it may as well be. You might recognize the Seiko Chariot from one of the most iconic photographs of Jobs’ leaning on the first Macintosh (click to second image), though the angle certainly doesn’t help. A limited edition run of the simple, minimal watch is being released, with the option of the original 33mm case size as well as a more modern 37.5mm case and the choice of white or black dials. An equally spartan black leather strap complements the quartz watch. Which begs the question: had he still been with us, would Jobs’ wear a Chariot or an Apple Watch? The release is limited to the Japanese market but there’s a good chance that more than a few will trickle out onto eBay and the like.

Learn more at Seiko (Japanese site) – roughly $200

GET IT: ~$180

Style

MVMT Chrono Series Watches

MVMT Watches launched a few years back with the mission of selling stylish watches at a price point that guarantees you can buy two and still not miss rent. And MVMT’s Chrono Series watches are no exception. Boldly sized at 45mm, these eye-catching timepieces feature minimal, monochrome two-layer faces with time, date, and chronograph functionality. Wondering how to read the time on the unmarked latter? You’ll get used to it, but if not keep in mind your phone has one too. Straps include stainless steel or genuine leather and pair with various case and face colors a dizzying array of combinations, our favorites which include Gun Metal & Sandstone (shown), White with Caramel, and Black on Tan.

Learn more at MVMT Watches – $135+

GET IT: $135+

Style

Grovemade Watch 02

Nearly all of Grovemade’s work features wood in one way or another. Naturally so does the Grovemade Watch 02 in the form of a concave CNC-milled dial, though it sits behind the timepiece’s lens and stainless steel case in black, raw silver, or plated gold, to make it as easy to care for as a watch made of more traditional materials. This face is available in either Eastern Hardrock Maple or Oregon Claro Walnut and hides the Japanese-built quartz Miyota 5Y26 movement beneath that tracks time accurately for several years on a button cell. Coupled to vegetable-tanned leather straps the Watch 02 is an attention-grabbing wrist piece in a unique, organic sort of way.

Learn more at Grovemade – $150+

GET IT: $150+

Style

Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon Watch

Timepieces in Victorinox’ I.N.O.X. collection are already put through the paces with well over one hundred stress tests. The only way we’d figure they can make them stronger is to use the material that protects the space shuttle from burning up during re-entry, and that’s precisely what they’ve done with the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon series. The carbon resin composite used is strikingly unique, with a rugged matte-black appearance that’s subtly marbled and that makes the watch look as durable as it is. A triple-coated sapphire crystal lens caps the front and, along with the case, shields the watch from drops, shocks, scratches, water (to 200 meters), and probably everything else you’ll encounter. Available with or without a Naimakka paracord bracelet that can be unravelled if you’re ever in a bind and in need of some very strong rope.

Find it at Victorinox – $950

GET IT: $950

Style

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

Style

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