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.
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.