Found yourself a nice vintage watch but fancy the strap a little lacking? Upgrade with worn&wound’s Model 2. Cut from slightly tapered Horween leather, this rugged two-piece strap is available in three colors – crimson, russet, and black – and suits nigh any timepiece, from divers to military, to dress-casual. Besides, its raw cut edges and hand-tied knots make for a look that gains a nice patina and gets better with age, just like its wearer.
Pick one up at worn&wound’s shop - $59
Slowly building up you watch collection to cover every possible occasion? Kill 10 birds with one stone with Mijlo’s Everyday Watch, a timepiece set that’s easily customized to form 10 aesthetically distinct variations. The kit starts with two watches, both powered by a Japanese quartz movement, capped with mineral crystal, and built within either a satin-brushed rose gold or steel case with different faces. Throw in five straps – brown, tan, and black leather, plus one made of blue rubber and another of canvas and leather – and you’ve got the potential for ten combinations, helped by easy switch technology that makes swapping straps as simple as pressing the button on their spring bars. They even include in a handy watch roll to stash extra parts or carry it all.
Check it out at Kickstarter – roughly $200
Minimal and spirited, Miansai’s M24 boldly mixes a blue we’ve yet to see on a man’s timepiece with clean features and a fine Italian leather strap (of course it also comes with a black face but where’s the fun in that?). These sleek watches put a one-handed Japanese movement that makes two full turns per day behind a mineral glass face and in between PVD-coated stainless steel. It’s also water-resistant to 100 feet and measures in at just 5.5mm thin, making the M24 a solid choice for daily wear.
Check out the full lineup at Miansai - $185 to $215
Braun’s ultra-minimal timepieces are instantly recognizable, though their latest release pushes the brand’s iconic designs into uncharted territory, at least when it comes to choice of materials. The BN0171 features a ceramic face paired to a matching ceramic bracelet for a smooth, comfortable fit and far superior hardness (and scratch resistance) when compared to metal straps. Else, the watch boasts a round 38mm face underneath mineral crystal glass, 30 meters of water resistance, and a quartz movement spinning three hands - two understated and another not so much.
The essence of a fashionable, sturdy timepiece has often been captured by Omega, Brietling, Tag and other precision made pieces designed not only to reflect sophistication but to alleviate the heavy feeling in your wallet. Ritot not only delivers sophistication, it provides a link to the technological world in which we live. Ritot customizably provides its users with text messages, caller id, reminders, emails, alerts, Facebook notifications, Twitter updates, weather, alarms, and updates by many other apps, all without the large, bulky screen of a smartwatch. The unique projection technology enables day or night use with an extended operating life so there’s no worrying about preserving battery power: Ritot turns itself off after projecting for 10 seconds, lasting for up to one month in standby or 150 hours in projection mode. The unisex design is waterproof and the projection is changeable for left or right hand use. If you don’t like the look of the projection, just change the color with one touch. And if it’s just too much work to raise your other hand to your Ritot wearing wrist, just shake your hand to activate.
Hit up IndieGoGo to pledge – $120
Tempis fugit when you’re having fun. Now you can count the seconds on a fully mechanical, manually wound timepiece made in the USA. The Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch is comprised of over 100 precision parts and hand assembled in a solid piece stainless steel caseback. Sapphire crystals used on both the front and back of the watch showcase the masterful work inside, ticking away at 18,000 beats/hour keep to keep close to perfect time through a 46 hour power reserve. Securing this 42mm diameter piece to your wrist is an olive green Cordura canvas strap reminiscent of the type worn 75 years ago, while luminescent paint allows for easy reading of the sold steel hands in low light.
Preorder at Weiss Watch Company – $950
Grovemade’s wooden accessories for smartphones, tablets and the like have garnered our attention from the get go, so naturally, so did their first foray into the timepiece department. But rather than just sub out traditional materials for wood – as many others do – Grovemade’s Wood Watches still employ stainless steel for its durable case and vegetable-tanned leather or silicone for their straps. Eastern Hardrock Maple or Claro walnut make up the watches’ distinctive twelve-windowed face, backed by attractive, colored circular minute and hour hands that are spun by a Japanese quartz movement.
Preorder or learn more at Grovemade – $200 to $240
On the move, a watch is safest while on your wrist. Or within worn&wound‘s Watch Fold. Crafted of 18oz filter twill canvas and finished with heavyweight Italian leather, the Watch Fold unfurls to reveal two suede-lined pouches sized perfectly for carrying two watches, a few straps and a strap changing tool, and/or even a pair of sunglasses. They’re compact at just 6-inches long when folded, padded for protection, and come in two colors – hunter and waxed tan (shown).
Find it at worn&wound – $80
Think of Victorinox’s Inox as a high end G-Shock, except with about 50 times more resilience, streamlined features (namely, just time telling), and a somewhat sleeker design. Crafted from a solid block of stainless steel, Inox was put through hell, i.e. 130 homologation tests, to ensure that it’ll shrug off whatever adversities are thrown its way. Whether it’s frozen, dropped 10-meters onto concrete, doused in corrosive liquids, or run over by a 64-ton tank, Inox’s Ronda 715 quartz movement will keep on ticking. Plus, slip on the included nylon and silicone bumper for further protection.
Touching down later this year. Until then, read more at Victorinox – $TBA
Picking out a stellar watch strap is as important (if not more so) as selecting the watch itself for reasons both ergonomic and aesthetic. As for us, we’re into NATO, and few are finer than Hodinkee’s Kangaroo NATO straps. These handsome straps are ethically sourced from Australia where there’s a bountiful Kangaroo leather, and are naturally far thinner than your run-of-the-mill calf leather bands, something we consider particularly important for these types of straps since, when worn, they’re folded over 3 times on themselves to tame the excess. Else, they’re 20mm wide, come in two colors (dark brown [shown] and black), are extremely durable, and won’t stretch out over time.
Preorder at Hodinkee – $85