In the wide world of watches, if there’s one thing lacking, it’s choice. With only about 17,642 brands and styles to choose from, we timekeepers are all clamoring for a new brand to check out. Found one: The Hudson River Watch Company is making great looking, classic style watches designed right there on the banks of the Hudson in NYC. Each of their 9 models is inspired by and named after a New York City street.
Bang for your buck is what you get with any Nixon watch. Rather than turning out gilt & shimmering men’s jewelry that happens to tell time, Nixon builds watches that hold up to punishment in the water, on the mountain, and out on the open road. Their latest limited release is a black & baby blue version of their proven 48-20 Chronograph. 48mm dial, brushed stainless case, and waterproof to 200 meters.
If you survive to see your 160th birthday, you’ll celebrate, too. Swiss watchmaker Tissot is turning 160 and to make it special, they’ve created an anniversary timepiece. The Heritage Navigator Automatic is a remake of a model first made to commemorate their centenary back in 1953. Like all good designs, the styling of the classic chronometer looks just a good now as it did 50 years ago. Available November 2013.
Following last year’s Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Carrera, the brand is now offering another chronograph bearing Jack’s name. Inspired by classic TH stopwatch designs of the 60s, the pushers and crown on this new model are positioned on the top of the case instead of on the side.
It’s a handsome watch, and that’s a good thing because only a handful of Swiss scientists and maybe active-duty astronauts actually need a watch featuring a magnet-resistant movement. Omega’s latest innovation in timing technology makes the Seamaster Aqua Terra watch 15X more resistant to magnetic fields than the Rolex Milgauss. And what’s better than better than a Rolex?
Paying homage to the wedge-shaped supercars of the 70s & their now vintage “futuristic” designs, MB& F has recreated a classic timepiece from the era. Their new HM5 watch is an update of the 1972 Amida Digitrend, featuring a vertical display and louvered, wedge-shaped case. Limited edition of 66 pieces.
For the classic Swiss Army brand Victorinox, clever functions are a part of everything they make. Integrated into the case of the Night Vision model is a trio of LED lights. With a push of the button a blue light illuminates the face, another push and you get a bright-white flashlight, 2 pushes and a red battery-sensor/find-the-watch-in-the-dark light begins to pulse. Source
Watches don’t come much tougher than this new, limited edition Breitling. The steel case of this pro-quality diver’s chronometer utilizes an extremely rugged, carbon-based treatment that gives it its dark tone and the Seawolf is waterproof to a depth of 10,000 feet. A screw-lock crown and self-winding mechanical movement make it virtually foolproof. Limited to 1,000 pieces.
For Nixon Watches, each new season means their tried and true watch designs are released in new color combos. The marketing spiel for the Grand Prix collection makes references to auto racing but really just boils down to the subtle use of yellow. There are five watches in the collection—from a burly Swiss-made chronograph to a simple analog model with a stainless band.
Your complete obliviousness to international sailing regattas doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate this new titanium-cased chronograph from Panerai. The limited edition Luminor was designed for the Transat Classique 2012 race, in which classic yachts race across 4000 miles of ocean. This manual-wind model features an 8-day power reserve and a unique lever device that seals the winding crown against water intrusion. Limited to 500 pieces.