You want minimal? You got it in Classic Engineering’s Classic NATO. This ultra-simple watch boasts a featureless face, a machined aluminum, ceramic-coated unibody enclosure, and sapphire glass, resulting in a watch that’s extremely resilient to the bumps, bruises and dings of everyday life. Each USA-made, hand-assembled watch also includes a handsome leather NATO strap and a Swiss Ronda Quartz movement on the inside. The latter of which you’ll barely think about through its six years of battery life.
It’s no secret that your soon-to-be-had Apple Watch isn’t quite its whole self without a nearby iPhone. So dock and charge both at once with Simple Station, a sleek docking station that’s designed to keep the pair handy on a bedside table or desk. Every Simple Station comes in either matte black or silver and is crafted from a single block of aircraft-grade aluminum for solidity and appearance, with built in cable management to keep tidy. What’s more, sound amplifying channels boost your iPhone’s audio output, making music — or your wakeup alarm — that much louder.
Launching later this month. Stay up to date at designed by many – $TBA
Originally conceived to provide discreet time-telling abilities to the visually impaired, Eone’s popular Bradley Watch is being re-released as a limited-edition collaboration with Skagen. The Skagen x Eone Bradley Watch boasts a Skagen-designed Vacchetta leather strap that’s durable and develops a gorgeous patina as it ages. Its organic strap pairs well with the minimalistic watch face itself, made from a single sculpted slab of titanium. It also uses the same brilliantly simplistic time-telling mechanism that magnetically pulls two tactile ball bearings around the watch — one in the center and one on the side — that represent the minutes and hours, respectively.
Available April 2nd at Skagen – $295
Pack in it all the functionality you’d like, but one thing’s certain: we won’t opt for a smartwatch that doesn’t put style at the forefront. The Olio Model One does just that with its machined surgical-grade stainless steel case, lightly brushed finish, and custom impact and scratch resistant crystals on the front and back. Instead of focusing on running apps, the Model One’s high resolution color display organizes your digital life by separately compiling notifications missed alongside your upcoming schedule while the built-in digital assistant offers increasingly personalized suggestions to save you time. It also boasts touchscreen functionality to interact with notifications, a microphone for voice to text, and a Control Hub that connects to your devices and presents to you only relevant controls, avoiding the need to always search for the right app. And it’s compatible with both iOS and Android out of the box, meaning you won’t have to pick and choose.
Read more at Olio – $600 to $800
Apple’s painstakingly put together a gorgeous set of straps for their upcoming watch, but anyone planning to use an existing strap was out of luck. Until Adappt. This clever adapter slides and locks into place to provide a standard spring bar accommodating typical 22mm straps. They’re available in both 38mm and 42mm sizes and four versions — plastic, aluminum, stainless steel, and even gold — each in two color options to match the watch to which they’re strapped.
Find it at Indiegogo – $29+
Paying tribute to the first experimental aircraft to break the sound barrier, Bell & Ross launched the 45mm BR-X1. Pushing its boundaries even further comes the BR-X1 Carbon Forgé which, as its name suggests, is encased in cutting-edge materials obtained by compressing carbon fibres with a thermosetting resin for a case that has steel beat in both weight and hardness. Behind grey-tinted sapphire crystal lies the skeletonized, automatic BR-CAL.313 movement with 30 minute chronograph and Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands. And, as per tradition, the movement is also visible through the sapphire window on the underside.
Learn more at Bell & Ross – $TBA
A smartwatch it isn’t. Nor is it mechanical. Instead of feeding you notifications and the like, the Breitling B55 Connected Chronograph only makes use of your Bluetooth LE-enabled smartphone for its big screen and straightforward interface, facilitating time setting, timezone adjustment, alarms, operating parameters, viewing uploaded measurements from the chronograph on a larger display, and more. Powered by a rechargeable li-ion battery, the B55 keeps time thanks to a thermocompensated calibre B55 SuperQuartz movement ten times more accurate than standard quartz and displays additional functions on two high-constrast LCD screens, each with a backlight that triggers at the tilt of your wrist. And it’s all wrapped in a handsome black-carbon coated titanium case, albeit coupled to a rubber strap that we’d quickly replace.
Read more at Breitling – $TBA
If you’re even slightly style conscious, there’s little chance of ever adorning your wrist with an outdoor watch. That is unless it’s part of the Suunto Essential Collection. These timepieces offer sapphire crystal covers, premium vegetable-tanned Italian leather straps, and far more minimal lines than we’d expect from rugged sports watches. They also come ready for action out of the box with a slew of functions including an altimeter, barometer, digital compass, thermometer, depth meter for snorkelling, and dual time.
Find it at Suunto in six colors (copper shown) – $700+
You’re probably teetering on the brink of caving on Apple Watch. But you’ll need someplace to stash it every night as it charges, and the hard surface of your night table won’t cut it. Calypso’s Timeless Moment is thus far the most luxurious of such stands, handcrafted of premium Italian leather in Europe and assembled to exacting precision. The arch smartly integrates with the Apple Watch’s charger and cable, following its curvature nigh invisibly. Just drop your watch onto it and inbuilt magnets will hold it solidly until it’s fully fuelled and ready to take on another day.
Building timepieces with natural materials is easier said than done, often with all too tacky results. Alternatively, Seaval Time’s lineup integrates maple or black ash as the watches face, resulting in a minimalistic, logo-free design that has organic feel thanks to prominent natural grain. The face and mechanism are enclosed behind mineral glass in a stainless steel case with hefty screw on crown that’s waterproof to 10ATM (330 feet), ideal for use on and under water. Throw in a rugged leather strap and you’ve got a workhorse of a watch for a fraction of the habitual price.
Preorder at Seaval – $100