Long focused on crafting ludicrously intricate mechanical watches, Urwerk’s latest is still largely machine-driven, but now boasts an injection of electronics for higher precision. The EMC — short for Electro Mechanical Control — features an electronic monitoring unit that, when activated, tracks the rate of oscillation, helping compensates for changes in position, temperature, as well as bumps and shocks that can all affect timing by spitting out an estimate on the watch’s daily accuracy on the upper left dial. While this compensation isn’t done automatically, the estimate helps the wearer adjust its timing rate to obtain higher precision. Otherwise, it’s manually wound, has an 80 hour power reserve, Super-LumiNova-treated markers, a winding handle to charge the super-capacitor powering its electronics, and a price tag fit for a small house.
Can your watch capture the revolution of the earth while making you cognizant of time’s fleeting passage, pinpointing the location of the sun at a glance? The UNO 24 is a new, innovative watch that brings the wearer closer to understanding the 4th dimension. On the UNO’s face the entire day is displayed with a single hand completing a revolution every 24 hours. That one hand transforms the idea of minutes and hours into an ever-changing tempis event: one glance lets you see how much of the day has passed and how much is to come. A single delicate line marks one day’s transition to the next, and at that precise moment, the date jumps forward to announce the new day. Even more impressive is the accuracy with which one can tell time with this piece. Using the special scale on the UNO’s face, a wearer can tell the time to within five minutes and even more precisely after a short period of familiarization.
Find it at Botta Design – roughly $460
Found yourself a nice vintage watch but fancy the strap a little lacking? Upgrade with worn&wound’s Model 2. Cut from slightly tapered Horween leather, this rugged two-piece strap is available in three colors – crimson, russet, and black – and suits nigh any timepiece, from divers to military, to dress-casual. Besides, its raw cut edges and hand-tied knots make for a look that gains a nice patina and gets better with age, just like its wearer.
Pick one up at worn&wound’s shop – $59
Functionality and style need not be mutually exclusive. Slide Belt’s Survival model couples an insanely durable strap – it’s waterproof, abrasion resistant, UV protected, and flexes like normal even at sub-zero temperatures – with a hole-less belt buckle that locks the belt at 1/4-inch intervals, attaining lengths far more precise than with typical eyelets. Get the right color (namely, black), and a Survival Belt will look as good on a suit as it would heading off into the woods. Each belt also sports a built-in bottle opener, though throwing over a bit of extra cash nabs you The Survivor, which also stashes a striker and ferrocerium fire starter rod rated for 1,000 strikes.
Hit up Kickstarter for more information – $59 to $89 (with fire starter)
In today’s world, sometimes one needs to push the envelope in order to stand out. While this applies to all aspects of our lives, it’s especially pronounced with regards to personal style. Nothing puts you above your peers fashion-wise than wielding a BÖ. Yes – it’s exactly what it looks like: a modern twist on the classic bow tie, where the traditional fabric is replaced by an architectural wooden masterpiece weighing-in at only 25 grams, i.e. nothing, coupled to a leather strap and artisanal twine. Choose from one various styles available in the Spring 2014 collection or unveil the artist within and build your own.
Eye the offerings at Bo – $55 to $65
A good looking belt needn’t be constrictive, pricey, or boring. Case in point: Arcade Belts’ Hybrid Collection, which marries ultra-comfortable, durable patterned stretch belts with full grain leather used to form a traditional pin & hole enclosure that’s secured using a standard metal buckle. They’re offered in various styles, from the whimsical Captain (shown) to the more conservative herringbone patterned Mariner or Tailor, or the spirited Sierra Camo.
Learn more at Arcade Belts – $32
Slowly building up you watch collection to cover every possible occasion? Kill 10 birds with one stone with Mijlo’s Everyday Watch, a timepiece set that’s easily customized to form 10 aesthetically distinct variations. The kit starts with two watches, both powered by a Japanese quartz movement, capped with mineral crystal, and built within either a satin-brushed rose gold or steel case with different faces. Throw in five straps – brown, tan, and black leather, plus one made of blue rubber and another of canvas and leather – and you’ve got the potential for ten combinations, helped by easy switch technology that makes swapping straps as simple as pressing the button on their spring bars. They even include in a handy watch roll to stash extra parts or carry it all.
Check it out at Kickstarter – roughly $200
Minimal and spirited, Miansai’s M24 boldly mixes a blue we’ve yet to see on a man’s timepiece with clean features and a fine Italian leather strap (of course it also comes with a black face but where’s the fun in that?). These sleek watches put a one-handed Japanese movement that makes two full turns per day behind a mineral glass face and in between PVD-coated stainless steel. It’s also water-resistant to 100 feet and measures in at just 5.5mm thin, making the M24 a solid choice for daily wear.
Check out the full lineup at Miansai – $185 to $215
Braun’s ultra-minimal timepieces are instantly recognizable, though their latest release pushes the brand’s iconic designs into uncharted territory, at least when it comes to choice of materials. The BN0171 features a ceramic face paired to a matching ceramic bracelet for a smooth, comfortable fit and far superior hardness (and scratch resistance) when compared to metal straps. Else, the watch boasts a round 38mm face underneath mineral crystal glass, 30 meters of water resistance, and a quartz movement spinning three hands – two understated and another not so much.
SAXX offers the smooth, comfortable feel of Kenny G without riding an elevator. Innovative technology makes every pair of SAXX the most comfortable, highest performing underwear ever made. Patented internal mesh panels keep your delicates in place, making restricted movement and friction a thing of the past. The front is articulated to conform to your curve and the no stich, no inner seam offers maximum comfort. Sweat is also a thing of the past with SAXX moisture wicking waist-bands, keeping you dry even when you’re hot and in motion. And since just as important as function is form, cutting edge fabrics like spandex/polyester blend, Modal, viscose or cotton make for the perfect fit and finish to this base layer that simultaneously meets your utilitarian and fashion desires.
Learn more at SAXX Underwear – $25+