With their functional, minimalist styling, you really don’t have to be a pilot to appreciate Bell & Ross watches. However, if you’ve spent any time in the cockpit, you’ll truly appreciate the design of their Horizon wristwatch. Modeled after a plane’s horizon gauge, their nod to aviation heritage is unmistakable. Available May 2012.
The Air Zermatt Rescue Team is an elite helicopter rescue squad that saves lives in the high alpine of the European Alps. Let’s just say that if this analog Hamilton watch is reliable, sturdy, and precise enough for these guys, it’ll work great for an adventurer like you.
Nike employs legions of engineers and technicians all tasked with creating the next big gimmick that will sell millions of kicks. Who would’ve thought knitting would be the key to their latest release? Flyknit Technology uses knit and yarn structures to reduce materials in the upper leaving only the essentials to create a “there’s nothing there” feeling. The Flyknit Trainer+ weighs in at 7.7oz. and the world’s best marathoners are planning to wear them in the Olympics this summer in London. Could this mean gold for them and Nike? We’ll see.
Nike could put just about anything on top of their Free outsole and people will come running. And why not? They’re all so light and floaty. The Huarache Free Run Stealth is another hit on this popular platform. It features a leather, mesh, & neoprene upper that balances support and breathability nicely while the tonal gray coloring with poppy blue hits will make it a standout on your local loop. Available Spring 2012. Source
Having a cellphone in your pocket eliminated the need to ever wear a wristwatch so why are smartphone makers trying to bring the digital watch back? While you ponder that question check out Sony’s SmartWatch. It’s an Android-driven watch that links up with a whole array of Sony Ericsson phones putting the world of apps, web and media right on your wrist. No need to dig into your pocket to switch songs or check facebook, just swipe the face of your watch to stay connected.
Bell & Ross watches all resemble classic aviation instruments in some way. With their rugged cases and straightforward, high visibility dials, they look like equipment made for war. And for something you wear on your wrist 365-days a year, that’s a good thing. The 03-90 Power Reserve is a mechanical automatic model featuring all the understated brute charm and premium-quality materials the brand is famous for.
Before it was co-opted by B-Boys and B-Girls as the breakdancer’s shoe of choice, Nike’s 1972 jump-off, the Cortez, made a name for itself as one of the era’s best running shoes. Now, the slim, classic silhouette is back again in a nylon fabrication and a whole rainbow of colorways. Go get some. Source
Beards are so 2011. But now that everyone is shearing them off, there are a lot of hairless faces freezing in this winter weather. But don’t suffer, the Beardo bearded beanie can bring the feeling back into your face. You wear it like a normal beanie for general head warmth, but for that cold walk home or ski trips, or even armed robbery, just fold down the retractable beard for instantaneous coziness.
Nixon is set confidently apart from the whole watch-as-status-symbol world of Swiss timing snobbery. They stick to making cool products that work hard and look solid. The Ride is one of their new chronographs. It features a heavy-duty 49mm coated, stainless steel case with big, durable lugs and an American-made Horween leather band. It comes in three colors and you don’t need a yacht to understand why it’s good.
Suunto is known for making powerful, portable sports instruments like heart monitors, altimeters, and the like. Now, they’ve released the Ambit GPS watch, a sturdy, streamlined watch that works great for everyday use but also packs some serious tech. It combines a GPS navigation system, altimeter, 3D compass and advanced heart rate monitoring called FusedSpeedTM. This technology works to keep you in your peak training zone for optimum training. All your workout data is stored for analysis online at Suunto’s site Movescount.com. Available March 2012.