Successfully Kickstarting and delivering a timepiece, particularly an automatic one, isn’t easy, but Watchismo made it look that way, first with the Xeriscope and now with the Xeric Halograph. Unique in both its design and the way it tells time, the Halograph literally encircles both the minute and hour through the full day over two arcs and sports a unique sapphire-coated domed crystal atop its PVD-coated 46mm stainless steel case. The intricacies of its dual balance mechanical automatic movement is visible through a window on the bottom half of the face, naturally generating and storing up to 36 hours worth of power as you move your wrist.
Find it at Kickstarter – $200 (quartz) to $350+ (automatic)
We like being connected. But we also like fine mechanical timepieces. IWC Connect gives you the best of both worlds. This intelligent device will roll out on IWC Schaffhausen’s sports watches beginning with the Big Pilot, providing full-fledged activity tracking and allowing interactions with your connected devices. Importantly, it sits apart from your watch, being instead embedded into its strap. It also means that eventual hardware updates to its interface and functionality — which are inevitable for any like digital device — will be as easy as changing its strap.
Learn more at IWC – $TBA
A bit more conventional than their M24, the Miansai M12 is just as stylish. This Miami-designed minimal wristwatch boasts a sleek, circular 39mm case, a domed acrylic crystal, and an understated face with just minute and hour hands — no seconds. It’s also equipped with a quartz Swiss Ronda movement and comes in a large variety of color and material combinations, with either leather or nylon straps and differing face and case shades.
Find it at Miansai – $465 to $495
Nothing’s wrong with watch hands, but straying from the norm is a bit trickier when you maintain a component shared by over 99% of watches. The Anicorn Series 000 Watch instead points out the time at the north of a system of three concentric disks representing the hour, minutes, and seconds. Behind the flat sapphire crystal and disks lies a Miyota 8215 automatic movement with 40 hour power reserve, protected from water to 5ATM (or 50 meters) by a sleek 42mm stainless steel case with PVD black plating.
Grab one at Anicorn – $325
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.
Learn more at Classic Engineering – $295 [via]
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