Ziiiro’s been outputting interesting designs from the get go, but none as subtle and minimal as their Eclipse. This quartz-powered, silicone band-equipped wristwatch sports a narrow ring that displays the time via two small bar hands that eclipse once per hour. The dial and minute hand are also treated with a Swiss Super-LumiNova coating for a long-lasting glow that make reading the time possible in darkened conditions.
Sporting a face that’s simultaneously convoluted yet extremely minimal, Ochs Und Junior’s Annual Calendar is far more functional than most high caliber timepieces. This sleek wristwatch runs on a mechanical ETA 2824-2 movement and features niceties such as a 38 hour power reserve, water resistance to 50 meters, non-reflective sapphire crystal, and a 39- or 42-mm milled titanium case. What makes it truly unique, though, is its dial that simultaneously displays date, month, and weekday, each in smooth circular motion, a stunning feat accomplished using only three additional moving parts. Even more amazing, as its name might suggest, the Annual Calendar needs only one date adjustment per year – in February – otherwise foreseeing every 30 or 31 day month with ease.
Learn more at Ochs Und Junior – roughly $8,200+
With smartphones around, wristwatches might be getting a little redundant, though in all honesty there’s no chance we’ll stop wearing one. Regardless, Happy Hour Timepieces offer up something your typical watch can’t dream of doing: popping open bottles. It all starts with a bottle opener built right into the band clasp, tearing open cold ones like it’s nobody’s business. They come in three flavors – the Lightweight (left), the often fuzzy, or at least when it doesn’t matter, Ish (right), and the larger, bolder Bottoms Up, the two former both being water resistant to 100 meters.
View the whole lineup at Happy Hour Timepieces – $80 to $150
Two years ago we had never heard of NATO straps, and unsurprisingly, now they’re all we’ll wear given their numerous advantages (namely, they protect against losing your watch on the off chance a spring bar or clasp breaks, plus we’re fans of the sportier look). If you’re in the market for one, Worn & Wound’s latest won’t disappoint. These NYC NATO straps feature the same overall design as their previous models but incorporate leathers from the renowned Horween Tannery in three colors – black (essex leather), olive, and graphite (both snuff suede) – coupled with matted silver or black hardware. Just match ‘em to your watch and you’re good to go; we suggest hitting up their site for inspiration.
Find them at Worn & Wound – $60
Our obsession with material possessions may border on the unhealthy, but wares like Electric’s new watch lineup make it totally worthwhile (or at least in sentiment). These bold, simplistic timepieces feature surgical stainless steel cases, domed mineral crystal glass, and large, beautiful typeface number markings that are easily legible at a glance. They’re all water resistant to 200 meters and up, far more than we’ll ever actually use, and come with/without a chronograph with one of a variety of straps – personally, we’re partial to NATO. No, they’re unfortunately not mechanical, but their Miyota and Ronda quartz movements are incredibly precise and last pretty long (2 to 4 years) on a button cell, anyway.
Learn more at Electric – $TBA
Probably the sleekest wrist-centric fitness tracker since Jawbone’s [unfortunately faulty] Up, Fitbit’s Force offers up a lot more than just a thin design and pretty face. Force is built around a water-resistant, adjustable silicone band and accurately tracks steps taken, distance travelled, stairs climbed, calories burned, plus sleep patterns for up to 10 days per charge thanks to a precise 3-axis accelerometer and altimeter. It also wakes you up silently thanks to a vibrating alarm, notifies you of calls, and displays your daily stats right on its OLED display before wirelessly syncing via Bluetooth 4.0 to your smartphone and computer. The clincher? It also displays the time, a logical yet seemingly absent luxury on many trackers before it.
Learn more at Fitbit – $130
On the off chance that you’ve got 18 grand to blow and are in the market for a watch winder (and of course own a watch that costs upwards of 18 grand, because who in their right mind would buy a watch accessory more expensive than their timepiece?), the Gyroscopic Watch Winder might pique your interest. Unlike standard watch winders that spin in one direction on one plane, this one (predictably) spins and rotates in whisper-quiet fashion on three axes, much like the nausea-inducing aerotrim gyroscopes used in astronaut training. It’s also handcrafted in Germany over a four week period using materials such as mouth-blown crystal (for its dome), polished aluminum for the gyroscope’s frame, and a hand-lacquered wooden base. Sure, it might not wind your watch any better than a typical one might, but it’s bound to leave a lasting impression.
Find it at Hammacher Schlemmer - $18,000
Well-built watches made with durable materials needn’t cost you a month or two worth of salary – one week’s will suffice. Case in point is Techné’s Harrier, an aviation cockpit-inspired timepiece with a clean, uncluttered face, a 50-meter water-resistant brushed stainless steel casing, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass commonly found on much more expensive watches, and a thick, weatherproof brown calf leather strap. Plus, spinning the oversized luminous hands is a 24 jewel automatic Miyota 9015 movement with a 42 hour power reserve.
Find the Harrier 363.042 at Techné – $430
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Essentially a tiny version of their concrete wall clock, 22 Design Studio’s Concrete wrist watch sports an actual stepped concrete face – think spiral staircase – behind a sapphire crystal glass lens and stainless steel case. While it’s not the thinnest (and probably not the lightest) watch around, the combination of materials, which also includes a cognac leather strap plus copper hands and crown, is enough to put it well ahead of many more conventional timepieces on our every-growing want list.
Well, it’s official: the first Android smartwatch is [almost] here. Akin to wearing a tiny pared down smartphone on your wrist – minus the bit about the SIM card and long-range wireless antennas – Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch packs a variety of interesting hardware, including a pedometer, accelerometer/gyroscope, 1.9 megapixel autofocus camera, speaker plus mic, 4GB memory, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, all in a relatively small wrist-suited package. Pair it with your Note 2/3 or Samsung S3/4 to make calls, send SMS messages, control your music, or to run any of roughly seventy apps adapted to its size in time for its launch – just don’t fiddle around with it too much at work, lest the battery conk out before its one day rating.
Coming later this month. Read more at Samsung – $300