Watches worth wearing are bound to break the bank. Or at least so goes the traditional belief. Havok Timepieces were created to turn this notion on its head with a starting price of only about two-thirds of a Benjamin. These minimal watches are powered by a three-hand Japanese Hattori VX32 Quartz movement and feature the date, water resistant to 30 meters, and leather straps fitted with a woven backside for a bit of subtle flare.
Check out the lineup at Kickstarter – $70+
Acetate and plastic are durable, sure, but apparently not enough for Byrd. The Byrd x Futures Fins Pocket Comb is instead crafted using a versatile composite that’s also used in Futures Fins’ surfboard fins, making for a rugged, flexible comb that won’t get mangled during its stay in your pocket. It’s also bright, bold, and works well with various hair types.
Pick one up at Byrd – $10
More evolution than revolution, Persol’s taken their iconic 714 and given it an overhaul we can appreciate. The new Italian-made frame boasts the same Meflecto flexible stems but includes slimmer lines than its predecessor, an always-welcome lighter weight, and hinges at the bridge and temples for foldability & discreet transport. They also include optionally polarized crystal lenses and come in five acetate colors.
Learn more at Persol or order at EyeGoodies – $294
Bare canvas mightn’t fare the elements too well, but if you insist on wearing Converse through rain, sleet, and snow, do yourself a favor and grab a pair of Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber sneakers. Each shoe boasts a water resistant rubber upper, an extra long gusseted tongue, and their classic rubber outsole to prevent your feet from soaking up moisture. And don’t worry about overheating or sweating: a French terry inner lining plus a padded footbed keep them comfortable all day long.
Pick up a pair at Zappos – $70 [via]
We understand if you’d be hard pressed to replace your current luxury timepiece with a far less beautiful digital smartwatch. So don’t, and pick up Montblanc’s e-Strap instead. This device comes complete with a NATO strap of its own but works just fine with your existing 20mm to 22mm straps, adding to your wrist a 9mm-thin device with a 0.9-inch monochromatic display, a 5-day battery, an accelerometer plus pedometer, and Bluetooth 4.0. Functionality-wise, the e-Strap includes an activity tracker, subtle vibration notifications and previews of received messages, an activity tracker, and a remote for controlling music playback and triggering your phone’s camera shutter wirelessly. And it works with iOS and Android devices alike.
Details & release date are nonexistent at Montblanc, so learn more at ABlogToWatch – roughly $300
Doctor Who wore a scarf that was 14 feet long, but it didn’t have a zippered pocket. Nanamica has devised perhaps the perfect winter weather accessory in its Utility Muffler. This technical take on a scarf is constructed of a lightweight knit in a black watch pattern. But what really makes this scarf exceptional is its built in zippered compartment with a leather pull, a bit like wearing a pocket around your neck. Stuff it with a bit of cash, a card or two, or go hard and ditch your wallet entirely.
Find it at End Clothing – $75
Drinking on the go can be as simple as packing a flask in your pocket and worrying about the details later. But if you’re the type to never hit the streets unprepared, Zane Lamprey’s Drinking Jacket is for you. First and foremost a warm, comfortable hoodie, this jacket boasts a multitude of features including a bottle opener zipper pull, beer koozie pocket, sunglass holder, slip resistant mitts with thumb holes built into the sleeves, a hidden flask pocket, plus deep pockets to carry miscellaneous goods (or just more beers). And when you’re not knocking back a few, it double as a solid travel hoodie thanks to its numerous compartments and snappable I.D. & money pocket.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $85
Bringing together style, flair, and a touch of inebriation comes the Johnnie Walker Oliver Sweeney Brogue, a collaboration between its namesakes, the Scotch Whisky brand and the shoemaker. This iconic Oxford brogue features a calf leather upper, a Blake stitched construction, and aesthetic details that include a striding man tattoo on its heel and contrast red leather brogueing. It really stands out, however, thanks to not-so-subtle heel compartments sized perfectly for stashing a Johnnie Walker Red Label miniature in each shoe.
Read more at Oliver Sweeney – $490
Not many typefaces are as classically clean and legible as Helvetica. Mondaine pays homage to the half-century old font with Helvetica, a simple timepiece that’s as functional as they come. Each watch features a well laid-out face with one of three styles — Light, Regular, or Bold — plus a stainless steel casing that boasts lugs modeled around the Helvetica number 1. They also come in a variety of styles and boast sapphire crystal glass, a quartz Ronda 515 movement, and a date indicator at 6 o’clock.
Learn more at Mondaine – roughly $350+ [via]
Bearing an industrial design with minimal flare, Instrmnt 01 is about as purely functional a watch as one can hope for. This sleek timepiece pairs a quartz three handed Swiss Ronda 585 movement with a PVD-coated, 40mm steel case, a sapphire crystal glass, and a Spanish leather strap. It comes in four colors, tells the time, and tells the date — that’s it.
Find it at Instrmnt or Dezeen – $250