The rules and requirements of Swiss law make it very difficult for any watchmaker to achieve the elite status of creating truly ‘Swiss Made’ timepieces. Among other things, they must be made of high-quality Swiss materials with the case assembled in Switzerland. SoCal tastemakers Nixon Watches have now achieved the Swiss stamp of approval and damn, it looks good.
The slightly over-sized, black titanium Porsche Design P’6520 tells the time with incredible style. But that’s not all. It also points you in the right direction. Beneath the flip top, 3-hand face hides a liquid compass. Staying on track and on time is easy with this on your wrist.
You’re getting pretty long in the tooth if you remember playing Space Invaders. If you’re completely clueless, it was a groundbreaking video game created back in 1978. For those in the know, you’ve now reached middle-age, that magical stage of life when you can afford a Romain Jerome timepiece, yet still have a sense of humor. You have arrived.
Dirty South rappers and brainless son-of-the-founder CEOs really love a big, gold chronograph because they never have to be anywhere on time. But for the rest of us, who want to know the time without pulling out a phone, this low-key analog watch from Nixon will do the trick. No purple drink or country club membership needed here, just a wrist and a healthy respect for punctuality.
Even if your biggest adventures are weekend hikes or after-work jogging in the urban jungle, the Elementum Terra will keep you on track. Encased in durable stainless steel, this chronograph features a 3D compass, altimeter and ascent/descent tracking on top of time, date and alarm. And perhaps most importantly, it’s black. All black.
These days, wearing a watch has nothing to do with telling the time. Everyone has a phone or computer staring back at them for that info. Wearing a watch is purely symbolic. March Lab has been producing ‘Swiss Made’ watches since before the cellphone took over time and they’ll keep making them, like the JC-1 Shadowplay. Simple, refined and elegant. And, it will never ring in the middle of dinner.
One of the cool things about Nixon watches is they look and perform better than most watches that cost 10-times as much. It’s a direct result of restrained, functional design & cool detailing. The Axe model features a chunky (removable) leather cuff, clean analog face and it’s waterproof to 100 meters.
They look relatively simple and solid … understated. And that’s the point. Lum-Tec watches are handmade in small batches, right here in the U.S.A. Each model features a high visibility dial, using their MDV technology, so the numbers and hands glow super-bright in the dark. The new Combat B series models are available by pre-order only.
The annoying thing about most digital watches is figuring out which buttons to push to get the info you want. The touchscreen on Garmin’s new watch/wrist computer eliminates the button BS. Swipe through various screens with ease, even in the middle of a run or cardio class. With about 500 features, the Forerunner will track your workouts in a variety of ways, helping you train smarter – not just harder.
Yes, Braun makes watches but no, they won’t give you a shave. The brand best known for its line of advanced cordless shavers has teamed up with designers from the luxury watch brand Ventura to create some smooth & handsome digital timepieces. This model features Ventura’s patented scroll wheel and digital display font for a refined yet progressive design. Release date yet to be announced.