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.
Garmin makes some of the best GPS & training watches. Their latest, fēnix 2, combines all the best tech & features they’ve got to become arguably the best sport-adventure watch out: waterproof to 50 meters, 50 hour battery life in GPS mode & five weeks in watch mode. It has an ANT+ radio to pair with sensors like heart rate, cadence, temperature, power meter, etc, plus Bluetooth 4.0 for pairing with sensors & your smartphone.
With looks that bring to mind your old Boy Scout watch or dad’s classic Timex, the Corvid Field Watch is a no-nonsense timepiece from Aevig, a new brand based in the Netherlands. It’s powered by a Ronda 703 quartz movement and is available with tan, black, or green dials. via
The Stratosphere watch contains a low-power GPS chip that automatically sets it to the correct time anywhere you go in the world. A domed sapphire crystal gives the watch its unique look—viewed from the side it’s said to look the like earth seen from outer space but that kinda depends on what you’ve been smoking.
Victorinox makes more than Swiss Army knives. In fact, this year marks the 25th anniversary of their Dive Master 500 chronograph. For the occasion they’ve created a limited edition anniversary model rendered in titanium with a brushed, matte gray case. Only 500 of these watches will be made.
Classic Italian watchmakers Panerai have just introduced an ultra-limited collection of their all-new 1940 Radiomir chronograph. The 45mm chrono features a Swiss Minerva movement and is available in platinum, red gold, and white gold versions.
Due for release this Spring, Omega is bringing back a classic. This remake of their iconic 1969 Speedmaster Mark II retains the style that made it timeless but it gets a mechanical upgrade—the 2014 model features a co-axial calibre 3330 automatic movement with column-wheel chronograph mechanism.
Two special-edition IWC dive watches just surfaced, both honoring IWC’s ongoing environmental partnership with the Galapagos Islands-based Charles Darwin Foundation. The 44mm Galapagos model is made in all black rubber-coated stainless while the Expedition Darwin model sports a bronze case and markers.
When it comes to Swiss watches, pedigree is everything. And as the grandsons of legendary watchmaker Raymond Weil, the brothers behind the 88 Rue Du Rhone brand have this base completely covered. Their clean, classic timekeeping devices range from simple analog quartz rigs to stuff like a 45mm rose gold & stainless waterproof chrono.