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.
Preorder at CalypsoCrystal – $95 [via]
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
When we think Void Watches, we immediately think of the V01. Re-envisioning this classic resulted in the Void V01MKII, a more modern, minimalistic take on a watch that, arguably, barely needed improvement. The Mark II is thinner, sports a sleek, uniform sand blasted stainless steel case in three colors — black, silver, and gold — that’s water resistant to 5ATM, and a sapphire crystal for enhanced scratch resistance. It’s also fitted with an elegant Italian leather strap with calf leather lining that rounds out the contrasting retro-meets-digital style.
Find the V01MKII at Void Watches – $340
Whatever you’re carrying, Bellroy’s Carry Out has the room and organizational affinity to handle it, but also conforms to your needs — and the size of your jean pockets — for when you want just the essentials. The Carry Out includes compartments and slots for plenty of goods, including up to 16 cards, bank notes, coins, a pen, passport, your smartphone, and a spare SIM card. Then, two magnets lets the removable billfold pull out and snap right back in again afterwards, doubling as a sleeve when part of the bigger whole or as an ultra slim carrying option for a night on the town.
Find it at Bellroy – $170
The smartwatch that started it all is back for round 2 on Kickstarter and has, as of this writing, smashed its target goal of half a million eight fold. Pebble Time improves upon its predecessor with a brand new, efficient color e-paper display, a built-in microphone to send voice replies or create memos, a re-imagined operating system with an intuitive timeline interface, and compatibility with all existing Pebble apps. Most appreciated of all is its 7 day battery life, which downright embarrasses most other OLED or LED-equipped smartwatches. And, like any good timepiece, it’s durable, water-resistant, lightweight, and measures in at a wrist-hugging 9.5mm thin.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $180+