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+
Smart watches are typically slaves to smartphones — leave the latter at home and the watch can’t do much on its own. Neptune Duo flips this quintessential hierarchy on its head by making its Hub smart watch the brains of the operation, running Android Lollipop and equipped with a quad-core processor, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, and 3G/4G mobile internet. The accompanying Pocket Screen is simply an interface for your Hub: making calls, staying connected, and messaging is doable (albeit slightly less convenient) should you forget it at home. The Duo also works with all the apps you know and love thanks to its Android roots and lasts a few days on a normal charge, with the Pocket Screen even doubling as a backup battery pack for your Hub should it need a top-up.
Shipping late 2015. Learn more at Neptune – $600
The Leatherman Tread is one of the more innovative multitools of late, but one function it’s lacking is time telling. The TSA-compliant Leatherman Tread QM1, on the other hand, straps a Swiss-made, quartz-powered timepiece to its highly functional Tread bracelet. The watch itself is water resistant to 200 meters and boasts sapphire crystal to shrug off scratches through heavy use. Then, if you need access to any of its 19 tools — which include a bottle opener, carbide glass breaker, pick/SIM card tool, a cutting hook, and a large variety of screw and hex drivers — just take it off, fold the strap, and get to work.
Available in black and stainless steel. Learn more at Leatherman – $500 to $600
Originally designed and launched in 1962 by Max Bill, Junghans’ latest iteration of the Max Bill Chronoscope has quite a bit of history behind it. This handsome timepiece has a face that’s cleaner than that of its predecessors, if that’s possible, and boasts a 38mm case to hold its modified Valjoux 7750 automatic movement with both day and date. Its sleek profile effortlessly slides under a cuffed shirt, maintaining the same overall shape and domed lens of models past.
Set to release in May. Stay updated at Junghans – $1,860 [via]
As well suited to a soldier’s wrist as to yours, the Bell & Ross BR03-92 Military Type is about as practical for time telling as it gets. This 42mm wrist piece keeps time thanks to an automatic Calibre BR-CAL.302 movement encased in a matte black ceramic case that’s topped with antireflective sapphire. It also boasts either a black rubber or heavy duty canvas strap, a highly legible white-on-khaki face, plus Superluminova coated hands and hour markings for consulting past dusk.
To be officially announced at BaselWorld. Until then, hit up Bell & Ross – $TBA [via]
Rather keep your wrists free while still avoiding total reliance on your smartphone for the time? MMT’s Pocket Watches put a modern spin on an old classic. The Paris and Hong Kong based brand — pronounced memento — crafts minimal, two to three hand timepieces powered by optionally dated Japanese movements and encased in plated stainless steel shells. Each timepiece also includes an ebony or maple wood cover and a genuine leather strap with snap hook for keeping the watch handy and secure from drops.
Pick one up at MMT or Amazon – $250+
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+