watches

  • The Tactico Geomaster Is A Crowdfunded Watch I Could Get Behind

    The Tactico Geomaster Is A Crowdfunded Watch I Could Get Behind

    There are more Kickstarter watches out there these days than grains of sand on the beach. Everyone with a quartz movement and a NATO strap figures they can make and sell some kind of fashion watch to the masses, a concept that is as silly as it is flawed. That’s why the Tactico Geomaster GMT is actually interesting. First, it uses a mechanical ETA movement – an rare movement these… Read More

  • Govberg’s OnTime App Lets You Keep A Virtual Watch Box On Your Phone

    Govberg’s OnTime App Lets You Keep A Virtual Watch Box On Your Phone

    Watch collectors are weird. Sometimes they plan meetups where they get together with their entire watch collections and fondle each others’ timepieces, breathless with excitement. If you ever see a bunch of grown men looking at Seikos from the 1970s while hyperventilating… run. For the rest of us – or, actually, for the true watch obsessive who doesn’t want to go to… Read More

  • Smartwatches Decimated Traditional Watch Sales Last Month

    Smartwatches Decimated Traditional Watch Sales Last Month

    An NPD survey is suggesting that the Apple Watch has pushed watch sales to the lowest point since 2008. NPD has found that watchmakers sold $375 million worth of watches in July, down 11 percent from last year. This decline is the largest since a similar decline in 2008 due to the financial crisis. Read More

  • Garmin Announces The Forerunner 25, A Jolly And Inexpensive Workout Watch

    Garmin Announces The Forerunner 25, A Jolly And Inexpensive Workout Watch

    Smartwatch, schmartwatch – you gotta get you a Garmin! The new Forerunner 25 is a low-cost workout watch that comes in multiple jolly colors and can register your heart rate, speed, distance, and personal records. It also counts your steps and connects to your phone to pick up notifications on the run. This Forerunner replaces the Forerunner 15 and is essentially Garmin’s… Read More

  • Olio Raises $10 Million To Build More Fancy Smartwatches

    Olio Raises $10 Million To Build More Fancy Smartwatches

    Smartwatch underdog Olio has raised a $10 million Series A led by New Enterprise Associates. The cash will go to expand Olio’s manufacturing prowess and bring on new hires for the budding company. In addition to the raise, the company has announced a number of new models including a 24-carat gold model for $1,195 on a leather strap. Read More

  • The MB&F MusicMachine 3 Is A Rich Nerd’s Dream

    The MB&F MusicMachine 3 Is A Rich Nerd’s Dream

    As we approach Peak Star Wars at last week’s Comic-Con, I’d like to present something so inexplicable yet potentially beguiling that it seems on the verge of exploding into a supernova of rich nerd lust. It is the MusicMachine 3, a music box shaped like an Imperial TIE Fighter. In fact the MusicMachine 3 contains two mechanical music playback systems, hidden in the rear of the fighter. Read More

  • The Benarus Megalodon Lumbers Back To Life On Kickstarter

    The Benarus Megalodon Lumbers Back To Life On Kickstarter

    We first looked at the original Benarus Megalodon dive watch in 2012 when the massive timepiece first appeared on land. Designed by Steve Laughlin of Overland Park, KS (not a place normally associated with deep dives), the watch is 49mm in diameter, 19mm thick and is designed as a high-compression dive watch. You could, with a little sanding, fit two Apple Watches into one of these. Laughlin… Read More

  • Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

    Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

    Now that I’ve nearly abandoned my collection of watches thanks to the evil Apple Watch, I’m starting to miss the staid, steady ticking of a good mechanical. But how can I be endlessly bothered by a little electronic thing and still celebrate the artistry of the fine watchmaker? Chronos! Chronos is a little disk that fits on the bottom of your fancy watch with… Read More

  • The Kisai Link Is A Bluetooth Wearable That Hides The Geekiness

    The Kisai Link Is A Bluetooth Wearable That Hides The Geekiness

    As a slave to fashion, I have to look great all the time. But how can I do that when I have to wear so many amazing wearables? You can’t have fashion and electronics. Luckily, Tokyoflash has just the thing. Called the Kisai Link, this is basically a little Bluetooth dongle that you wear on your wrist. It notifies you of phone calls and messages via various blinking LEDs as well as… Read More

  • Not Quite Smart, The Luminox ANU Chronograph Is At Least Quite Bright

    Not Quite Smart, The Luminox ANU Chronograph Is At Least Quite Bright

    This weekend’s watch review comes to us from Luminox, a manufacturer well-known for their amazingly bright luminescent hands and pips. Luminox uses small tubes of tritium coated with phosphor. As the tritium decays it excites the phosphor, allowing the tubes to glow for years without “charging” in sunlight. It’s a neat trick and it affords amazing readability in the dark. Read More

  • How The Watch Industry Will Save Itself

    How The Watch Industry Will Save Itself

    The night before the launch I asked a friend who had insider knowledge about the product. I posited that the watch would be something you wore on one wrist and that I could wear my beloved mechanicals – my massive Bell & Ross, my Speedmaster Mark II, and my world timer Jaeger-LeCoultre – on my other wrist. I’d be a little like Nicolas Hayek, the beloved CEO of the… Read More

  • The Kairos T-Band Turns Your Dumb Watch Into A Smart Watch

    The Kairos T-Band Turns Your Dumb Watch Into A Smart Watch

    Another day, another wearable design. This time it’s something called the Kairos T-Band, a watch band that connects to your normal watch and enables all sorts of exciting things like step tracking and notifications. I’ve seen a few of these sorts of things over the past year – one company hid everything inside a nice leather band and didn’t include a screen – and… Read More

  • EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

    EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

    Two entrepreneurs and engineers have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new line of dive watches, EDI. The watches, in addition to looking just a bit like sword-hand divers of the early Blancpain era, use an EDI E-353 automatic movement with self-winding features, as well as a handsome steel case. What’s truly interesting, however, is the provenance. Read More

  • Cryptomatic Bitcoin Watches Are A Sign Of The Coming BTC Apocalypse

    Cryptomatic Bitcoin Watches Are A Sign Of The Coming BTC Apocalypse

    I love me some watches, that’s for sure, but I’m not sure what I think about these Cryptomatic watches made by a private label manufacturer in Hong Kong. The watches aren’t techie at all – they’re basically Hong Kong-made mechanical timepieces with a big Bitcoin symbol on the front – but the real value is the retail model. First, understand that I… Read More

  • A Gift Guide For Watch-Loving Ladies

    A Gift Guide For Watch-Loving Ladies

    While almost anyone can wear any watch – some watch companies aim traditionally female watches at men with small wrists – a dedicated woman’s watch is beautiful, well-made, and timeless. Here are some of my favorites for the past year. Read More

  • A Gift Guide For Watch Lovers, The Guy’s Edition

    A Gift Guide For Watch Lovers, The Guy’s Edition

    Watches make a great gift (and I’m not just saying that because I love them and write about them.) Watches are personal items that you wear and say something about you; they are functional tools; and they can embody beautiful designs. Watch lovers tend to focus mostly on mechanical watches, which have a timelessness to them and are typically considered more prestigious that ones powered… Read More

  • Ahoy, Space Pirates, Spend Your Booty On This Crazy Watch

    Ahoy, Space Pirates, Spend Your Booty On This Crazy Watch

    Arrr! Here be space pirates and where there are space pirates there is need of a $230,000 mechanical watch. Wild watch makers MB&F have just announced their MB&F HM6, a watch based on a 1970s cartoon called Capitaine Flam (Captain Flame). The bulbous watch is built of titanium alloy and you can tell the time using the little curved bulbs on one end of the piece. You can see more… Read More

  • The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

    The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

    I am, as you may know, a sucker for watches that use older display technologies (see also Nixie tubes). For example, this cool watch by freelance engineer John De Cristofaro uses a vacuum fluorescent display tube, an early form of digital display that cast a bright blue light and was first used in 1980s-era electronics. They will be familiar to folks who owned Subarus with digital displays… Read More

  • Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    The folks at Carnegie Mellon’s Future Interfaces Group have made something really cool. Essentially, they are using small lasers to paint icons onto your skin through the bottom of a watch. The icons are touch sensitive and can be projected in any shape. The team consists Gierad Laput, Robert Xiao, Xiang Chen, Scott E. Hudson, and Chris Harrison, researchers at CMU’s… Read More

  • Division Furtive Introduces A Line Of Super-Secret High Tech Watches

    Division Furtive Introduces A Line Of Super-Secret High Tech Watches

    As an International Man of Mystery I’m often parachuted into dangerous places where I only have my wits, my iPhone, my iPad Mini, my protein bars, my suitcase full of clothes, my special travel socks, my hair gel, my toothpaste, some magazines, and my Advil to protect me. Now I hope to have a Division Furtive Type 50 watch. Originally announced in 2012, these odd watches are a mix of low… Read More

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