Urwerk’s UR-110 Eastwood perpetuates the watchmaker’s radical time telling with orbiting satellite complications but with a heightened focus on aesthetics, if that’s even possible. Time is displayed on the far right side of the watch with the hour shown on the rotating satellite and an arrow pointing out the minutes, which, aside from being easy to read, remains visible even if two thirds of the watch is hidden under your dress shirt. It’s also completely mechanical and self-winding, with its twin turbines visible through portholes on the back, and adds a touch more luxury thanks to materials like ebony wood on its faceplate and wool tweed straps.
Ogle at Urwerk – $TBA
Filson’s made a lot of quality stuff over the last century, but never a watch. Their first foray into the segment includes the Mackinaw Field Watch, a result of their collaboration with Shinola to hand-assemble these timepieces in the latter’s Detroit factory. Powered by Shinola’s quartz Argonite movement, the Mackinaw sports a 43mm stainless steel case and features Swiss Super LumiNova coated hands, a date window, bold, highly visible numbers, and a curved sapphire crystal. Models also include with chronograph and come with one of a variety of watch straps, including tin cloth, stainless steel, rubber, nylon, or leather.
Check out the full line at Filson – $625+
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+
The first thing you’ll notice about Withings Activité Pop is that it doesn’t look like a fitness tracker at all — and that’s a good thing. Withings painstakingly packed a slew of functionality into these normal-looking watches, including activity, sleep, and swim tracking, a silent vibration alarm, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. There’s no digital display on the watch itself: instead, two analog hands tell the time, a third displays the attained percentage of your daily goal, and their smartphone app handles the rest. And, conveniently, it runs on a standard button cell battery that lasts 8+ months, meaning you won’t have to remember to top it off every few days.
Learn more at Withings – $150
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
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]
At once a news aggregator and an atomic time-synced tool, Watchville aims to become your go-to app when it comes to learning about or setting distinctive timepieces. Its inbuilt feed pulls material from your favorite watch blogs, including Hodinkee, aBlogToWatch, Watchtime, and others, keeping you up to date on must-know developments in the watch world. Synchronizing your watch to atomic time also becomes a cinch thanks to an audible countdown, as is setting moon phase complications using the intuitive moon phase calendar.
Download on iTunes – $Free
Apple’s watch might be months away from hitting store shelves, but that didn’t stop Rest from developing the Composure Dock. This gorgeous walnut dock integrates with Apple Watch’s MagSafe inductive charger, transforming it into a full-sized dock perfect for a desk or bed side. It’s also obsessively CNC machined in the U.S.A. for a flawless fit and finish, boasts a hidden internal wire track to keep things tidy, and is equipped with a heavy foundation to stay put.
Preorder at Rest – $80 [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
Whether you’re an Air Force pilot or a desk-strapped professional, Breitling’s Chronospace Military won’t let you down. This reliable timepiece boasts a thermocompensated, COSC-certified SuperQuartz movement that’s ten times more accurate than typical quartz and that also powers the unit’s chronometer, accurate to 1/100th of a second. It also boasts two inverted LCDs for access to a slew of functionality, including split times, alarm, countdown timer, dual timezone display, plus Coordinated Universal Time, and comes wrapped in a black steel case with a bidirectional rotating bezel.
Learn more at Breitling – $TBA