watches

  • 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

  • Garmin Announces A New Running Watch, The Super Smart Forerunner 920XT

    Garmin Announces A New Running Watch, The Super Smart Forerunner 920XT

    Running watches can either be dead simple – see Timex’s Ironman line – or complex. Garmin usually errs on the side of complex. Their latest running watch, the 920XT, will be available before the holiday and promises enough bells and training whistles to help you go from couch to (probably not) a 100 miler in a few weeks. The new Forerunner looks similar to the previous… Read More

  • The “Impossible” Projection Watch Hits $1.4 Million In Crowdfunding

    The “Impossible” Projection Watch Hits $1.4 Million In Crowdfunding

    In what I suspect will result in a refrain of “I told you so” from multiple parties, the crowdfunding for the Ritot projection watch – a watch that projects the time and other data on your wrist using a low-throw projector – has closed. The project raised $1.4 million on Indiegogo after extensive chatter about nonexistent prototypes and problematic founder… Read More

  • Taking A Ride With The Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 Chronograph

    Taking A Ride With The Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 Chronograph

    Luminox is best known for their no-nonsense three-handed quartz models with unique Tritium tubes on the hands. These amazingly bright and compact watches are popular with military and police. But what about WWII era fighter pilots? Who will build a watch for them? Now the company has their back. The Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 (let’s just call it the P-38 Chrono) is a brand new… Read More

  • Swatch Group Head Nicolas Hayek Jr. Is Putting Smartwatches In The “No Fly Zone”

    Swatch Group Head Nicolas Hayek Jr. Is Putting Smartwatches In The “No Fly Zone”

    A source said that Swatch Group head Nicolas Hayek Jr., son of the late SG CEO Nicolas Hayek, is adamant that the company would not be pursuing smartwatches inside Swatch itself or within any of the many Swatch brands. The source said that Hayek Jr. felt “burned” by a 2004-2005 MSN SPOT watch partnership that fizzled and is avoiding mention of smart watches in… Read More

  • Up Close With The Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert,  The Perennial Hiking Watch For Geeks

    Up Close With The Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert, The Perennial Hiking Watch For Geeks

    For years the Tissot T-Touch line has been Switzerland’s unique answer to the quartz hiking watch. While other manufacturers offered analog quartz pieces, Tissot has been the only company that has tried to take on the altimeter-barometer-thermometer uber watches made by Casio, Seiko and Citizen. And they’ve done a great job so far. The latest model is the Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert. Read More

  • The Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $1,200

    The Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $1,200

    A jewelry contact familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that the gold, 18-karat version of the Apple Watch could cost around $1,200 retail when it launches in January. This has been corroborated, based on size and weight, by jewelers familiar with the material Apple is using to make its Apple Watch Edition pieces. It should be noted that this is an estimate and the piece could come in… Read More

  • Correction: Switzerland Now Has An Incredible Competitor

    Correction: Switzerland Now Has An Incredible Competitor

    So here we are, in the hours after the official launch of the Apple Watch, and we need to address just what the watch means for Switzerland. When I first saw the watch I literally thought that Jony Ive was right in regards to how – ahem – ruined the Swiss watch industry was. However, as I thought about what the Apple Watch was (and wasn’t) I’ve come to a more… Read More

  • If Switzerland Is Fucked, Then The iWatch Is, Too

    If Switzerland Is Fucked, Then The iWatch Is, Too

    As we approach Peak iWatch, it’s important to consider just what the new device (if it even launches) will do to the watch market as a whole. I can assure you – and this is based on a deep and nuanced understanding of the Swiss watch industry – that the jolly watchmakers of Geneva aren’t giving the iWatch a second thought. First, let’s address where we got the… Read More

  • Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City

    Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City

    When you think of Kansas City a few things come to mind: barbecue, blues, and Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, the first Frenchman to settle the area and his excellent treatise “Exact Description of Louisiana, of Its Harbors, Lands and Rivers, and Names of the Indian Tribes That Occupy It, and the Commerce and Advantages to Be Derived Therefrom for the Establishment of a… Read More

  • MB&F Mixes Up Sci-Fi Canon With A New High-Tech Music Box

    MB&F Mixes Up Sci-Fi Canon With A New High-Tech Music Box

    Watchmaker MB&F aka Maximilian Büsser & Friends is well known for its dedication to the sci-fi cause. Many of the watches – some costing over $100,000 – are reminiscent of robots, steampunk engines, and alien heads. Now, however, you and yours can own a handmade music box that looks like a weird USS Enterprise and plays, oddly enough, the Star Wars theme. Read More

  • Timex And Qualcomm Team Up To Make A Smartwatch For Fitness Freaks

    Timex And Qualcomm Team Up To Make A Smartwatch For Fitness Freaks

    There are a few things everyone knows about smartwatches right now. First, you must have an e-ink screen. Second you have to use them with a phone nearby. Third, they’re not very rugged. Timex and Qualcomm, however, have decided to blow those myths out of the water. Their new product, the Timex Ironman One GPS+, is a self-contained sports watch that allows for GPS location tracking… Read More

  • Nooka Watches Crowdfunds A Cool New Custom Chronograph

    Nooka Watches Crowdfunds A Cool New Custom Chronograph

    Nooka is one of my favorite watch brands. The creator, Matthew Waldman, originally worked for Seiko and then built his own company, creating a unique line of watches that depended on dots and gauges to tell the time and date. His pieces, which prefigured the rise of weirdo watchmakers like Tokyoflash, were geek chic before there was geek chic. Read More

  • Watch This Beautiful 3D-Printed Tourbillon In Action

    Watch This Beautiful 3D-Printed Tourbillon In Action

    I’ve been watching my buddy Nicholas Manousos for a few years now. He’s been designing and printing large representations of various watch parts and movements and posting them on Facebook for a while, and he’s just completed his pièce de résistance: a working tourbillon in brightly colored plastic. Read More

  • Apple Poaches Patrick Pruniaux, Watch Brand Tag Heuer’s VP Of Sales

    Apple Poaches Patrick Pruniaux, Watch Brand Tag Heuer’s VP Of Sales

    Apple has hired another luxury brand exec away from an established brand. Patrick Pruniaux, VP of sales for watch company Tag Heuer, will join Apple on Monday after seven years in the world of luxury timepieces. Pruniaux, second from the right in the above photograph, joins the company just as talk of an iWatch has risen to a dull roar. Read More

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