Upstart Belgian watch brand Ressence creates watches like no other. Designer Benoit Mintiens has reimagined the mechanics of watchmaking to develop an oil-based mechanical system of hands-free dials. The effect is a bold, highly legible face where the information appears projected on the glass.
British watchmakers Bremont have released a pair of advanced chronographs inspired by Boeing aircraft. Model 1 features Custom 465 Stainless Steel, a double vacuum-melted, age-hardenable alloy developed for aerospace applications. Model 247 uses Boeing aviation-grade Ti-64 titanium. Both feature Bremont’s Trip-Tick case and their beautifully finished movements are visible through crystal case backs.
Rip Curl’s Search GPS is the world’s first GPS surf watch, enabling you to track every session; register top speed, distance and tally your wave count. Watch data syncs to the Rip Curl Search App & Website where your surfing comes to life on location maps that include image sharing and graphic charts.
A six-hand Japanese movement powers this new chronograph from San Diego-based Nixon watches. And classic, understated styling makes the Sentry a solid choice for adults and wannabe kids alike. Available in four colors.
Crafted from a solid block of stainless steel, Victorinox calls their indestructible new INOX watch “a companion for life” after extensive testing proved it will survive a 30-foot drop onto concrete or being run over by a 64-ton Swiss Army tank.
As a tribute to the Wright Brothers first flight, Zenith has given their Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 a vintage makeover. They call it the 1903, and it features a matte black case, Arabic numerals, and a burly leather band. It is powered by Zenith’s own 693 Elite movement. Limited edition of 1903 pieces.
Swiss watchmakers Tudor continue to expand their Heritage collection with the introduction of this new version of their classic Ranger. It’s a fully modern timepiece in a vintage-inspired package. 41mm brushed stainless case, matte black dial and your choice of the leather bund strap, a steel bracelet, or a camouflage fabric strap.
Omega could do nothing but make new versions of their old watches & nobody would complain. With styles that endure decades, why not? Here’s another new-old one: The Speedmaster Apollo 11 limited edition chrono; made for the 45th Anniversary of the first lunar landing. It features a black PVD dial and 18K Sedna gold dials & bezel. Just 1,969 of these will be made available June 2014.
Detroit-based Shinola brand is part of the beleaguered city’s comeback story. They partnered with Swiss watchmakers Ronda LTD and set up a state-of-the-art watch factory in Detroit’s College For Creative Studies building where they’re turning out timepieces like the Runwell Contrast Chrono. It features a stainless steel case, and a Detroit-built Argonite 5030 high-accuracy quartz movement.
If you’ve been waiting for a smart watch that doesn’t scream “look, I’m an early-adopter” you can thank Motorola for the Moto 360; a normal, good looking “Android Wear“-powered watch that subtly delivers notifications & alerts and also features voice-activated functions like Google searches, scheduling appointments and setting alarms. Available Summer 2014.