With its 41mm ceramic case and subdued styling, there isn’t much about the Mark XVIII Top Gun automatic to remind you of the 1980s Tom Cruise movie that inspired it. Not necessarily a bad thing. It features clean aviation instrument styling on the minute & second hand dial with an inset date window, a red inner chapter ring, and an embossed calfskin leather band.
It’s got all the sports training tools, smart notifications, & Connect IQ compatibility we’d all expect to find in a well-equipped GPS smart watch but the updated tactix Bravo offers serious tactical features & functions, too. Like, GLONASS supported GPS, an EXO antenna, Jumpmaster skydive software, & a display that’s night vision goggle compatible.
Fitbit just unveiled the Blaze, its new generation smart fitness watch. With its color touchscreen Blaze looks a lot like Apple Watch. It’s got its own OS & tracks everything from running to cycling to basketball. It offers five-day battery life, connected GPS & a PurePulse heart monitor. It provides call, text & calendar notifications & is compatible with more than 200 devices. A variety of custom styling options, accessories & various bands are available with more on the way.
IWC’s aviation-inspired Big Pilot’s Heritage 55 and Heritage 48 draw directly on the Swiss brand’s classic 1940s-era 52-calibre T.S.C. And though these two new watches feature retro-revival styling, their construction & components are thoroughly modern.
Casio’s new Android Wear smart watch is built for outdoor action. It’s water resistant up to 164 feet with a pressure sensor, compass and accelerometer & has a bunch of built-in apps. RunKeeper for running & cycling, ViewRanger GPS gives you location data, route info, & altitude graphs and MyRadar provides instant weather updates. Available April 2016.
With a titanium case completely filled with oil, The TYPE 5 from Ressence is the first mechanical watch to be perfectly readable underwater regardless of the viewing angle. The oil eliminates refraction & reflection to create a crystal-clear display in all conditions.
To coincide with the release of the 2016 Ducati X-Diavel cruiser last week in Milan, Tudor created the 42mm Fastrider Black Shield chronograph. With a blacked-out color scheme & design cues borrowed from the bike, its sintered monobloc black ceramic case contains a Valjoux 7753 movement.
Shinola’s limited edition Muhammad Ali Center watch is the third timepiece in the Detroit-based brand’s Great Americans Series. Available in either 36 or 41MM sizes, it features a stainless steel case and an alligator strap with distinctive red backing. Each of the 400 watches will come in a custom hickory box with three rare Ali prints shot & signed by photographer Thomas Hoepker.
Winding your watch is right up there with watching paint dry or grass grow but with this new watch winder from Bernard Favre, the process takes on a hypnotic visual effect by gently spinning & twirling your timepiece in its gyroscopic display cradle featuring a 120-hour battery.
Tag Heuer’s new Android Wear connected timepiece features a robust 46mm case made of titanium and a transflective display that’s easy to read in direct sunlight. The Intel-powered smarts include email, app & phone notifications, & activity tracking, as well as bluetooth, wi-fi, and a mic for voice controls.