Swiss watchmaker Rado shook up the timing world with the first scratch-proof watch face back in 1962. True design pioneers, they’ve racked up an impressive list of over 30 international watch design awards. The legacy continues with the r5.5 XXL, their latest all-ceramic chronograph. The watchcase is over-sized for bold, larger-than-life looks. It comes in matte black or the stunning platinum matte finish.
Gambling addicts your timepiece has arrived. The 21 Blackjack by Swiss watchmaker Christophe Claret is not just a premium-quality watch, it’s also a casino you wear on your wrist. Really, it holds three games: dice, roulette & cards. The mechanicals and design are impeccable offering sweet gameplay & an interactive experience you probably never dreamed of. Who’s in?
The U-Boat Watch has an interesting story. During WWII, the Italian government commissioned watchmaker Ilvo Fontana to design a watch for the Navy. His sturdy, functional design emerged, but the government contract never came. For over 50 years the design collected dust, until in 2000, when the young Italo Fontana dusted it off and finally developed the U-Boat watch. This model features an all-titanium case with an understated matte black finish. Waterproof to 300-meters, only 300 of this limited-edition model will be made.
In the 1960s, the Hamilton Thin-O-Matic was an iconic timepiece. In a nod to their history and the current popularity of retro-styled wristwatches, Hamilton is bringing the relatively affordable Thin-O-Matic back in a vintage modern package. Available in two sizes, 38 and 42mm, the stepped, angled watchcase is very thin, while its face projects boldly. Both sizes include a date aperture on the face and are available with a variety of strap options.
Fine timepieces like this Radiomir 8 Day Ceramica model by Panerai beautifully hide their technical superiority. The case is made of synthetic ceramic for an ultra hard, nuclear-proof matte finish. The hand wound movements operate on 21 jewels and have an 8 Day power reserve. The face is black, the buckle titanium, the strap buffalo leather. Model production limited to 500.
Fitness fanatics will want this watch. Nike developed the SportWatch GPS with TomTom not just to track where you’ve been, but also to compile your workout data, like calories, distance & heart rate, by syncing with the Nike+ sensor in your shoe. It also offers encouragement through workout reminders & digital high-5’s when you break personal records. And all this data also feeds into your new social network at NikePlus.com, where you can share and compare your runs with over 4 million other road warriors.
Automotive heritage & American style come screaming over the finish line in this unique timepiece from L.A.’s March LA.B watchmakers. This collab pays respect to muscle car designer, Carroll Shelby’s, greatest prototype, the Shelby EXP 500 aka the Green Hornet. In a black metal chassis featuring a wood grain dial matching the car’s dash and the classic Cobra logo, this limited edition watch is sure to go fast.
With the exception perhaps of the naming of their watch models, Swiss timekeepers Tsovet are making everything about their new timepieces unforgettable. The SVT-AT76 features a handsome matte PVD gunmetal case, precision Swiss movement and a handcrafted Italian calf leather strap. This small batch model will be hand-numbered 1-25 for those who prefer ultra-limited editions.
It looks like it came from the future, but there’s something about it that feels retro. Maybe that’s why Swiss watchmakers, Hamilton, named it the Pulsomatic. There’s a bit of a 1950s futurist feel to it, with the block digital display, smooth stainless steel case & rubber strap. But no – you can’t video chat on it. You need your phone to do that.