For their new Essence collection, Swiss watch brand Mondaine emphasizes sustainability. Produced at the brand’s now 80% solar-powered factory in Biberist, Switzerland, the watch incorporates recycled PET bottles for its multi-purpose pouch and natural rubber for its strap, glass powder for its crystal and Rizinus (aka castor oil) for the 41mm watch case. The brand does not sacrifice any of its signature design either. Image courtesy of Mondaine
A popular first watch for children since its launch in 1987, Swatch’s Flik Flak comes in hundreds of dynamic colorways. More than an exciting accessory, this gateway wristwatch has long been a tool to help kids learn how to tell time. The pioneering watch publication Hodinkee has partnered with Swatch for a collaborative limited edition Flik Flak, aptly titled the Hodinkee Summer Edition. Its 32mm plastic case can be machine-washed (inside a sock), demonstrating extra durability. Further, all the packaging is compostable.
An extension of Autodromo’s successful, inspired Group B collection, the Series 2 Automatic Safari wristwatch incorporates semi-matte green plating that lends a shifting, iridescent finish in various verdant hues. The lightweight, 39mm timepiece features an integrated stainless steel bracelet and sapphire crystal and there’s a Miyota 9015 automatic movement within. This edition draws inspiration from East African Safari rallies and the Paris-Dakar rallies of the 1980s; whereas the entire Group B ranges nods to the rally car era of 1982 to 1986.
The latest addition to one of the most exciting (and affordable) collaborations in the watch world, menswear designer Todd Snyder’s update to Timex’s Gold Bi-Metal Welton Quartz watch references an archival mid-century design (going so far as to include its unique inner minute track). And yet, the 34mm stainless steel gold-tone case, contrasted by its silver-tone dial and black croco-pattern leather strap, complements any present-day outfit.
In honor of the life’s work of Franco-Venezuelan artist and color theorist Carlos Cruz-Diez, Hublot’s limited edition Classic Fusion wristwatch interprets his 1964 masterpiece “Chronointerference.” The MHUB1100.H movement not only powers the self-winding timepiece, but also two colorful, patterned discs that compose the dial. Corresponding with the passage of time, the patterns shift in an exquisite display of kinetic color art. There are variations in millimeter size (45 and 38) and case material—but our selection is the rarest in satin-finished 18k King Gold. These collaborative pieces are only available in Hublot boutiques.
One of five models to celebrate luxury Swiss watchmaker OMEGA’s partnership with Orbis International (a non-profit NGO that helps with critical eye care worldwide), this stainless steel Speedmaster 38 Co-Axial Chronograph features a self-winding movement and 52-hour battery reserve. Several design touches—the Orbis Teddy Bear counter-weight on the seconds hand, in particular—nod to the welfare organization. For each watch sold, OMEGA donates a portion of the proceeds to Orbis and their Flying Eye Hospital.
The Signatur Sketchables watch set comes equipped with a marker for writing and drawing on leather, allowing you to personalize the accompanying blank white strap. Available in a 45mm or 38mm case, the face also looks handwritten with time markers, numbers and Skagen’s type logo all in a doodle-like font. Fun for artists of all skill level, the set also comes with a brown leather strap (and there is a selection of pre-made ones for sale) to use on occasions when homemade art won’t suit.
Turning 90 this year, spinach-loving Popeye remains an icon of popular culture. To commemorate him, CH favorite Bamford London and Hearst-owned media company King Features put the cartoon sailor on the face of an automatic GMT, where his strong arms double as watch hands. Even though the edition is undoubtedly playful, the navy color scheme elevates the piece. The release is limited to just 50 pieces. Price is in Pounds.
Using the brand’s in-house modified Calibre JJ04 automatic moon phase movement, Christopher Ward’s 40.5mm C1 Moonglow watch keeps the time and carefully guides two illuminated 3D moons around the dial. With a stark black face, punctuated by white hour and minute hands and a red seconds hand, the watch is undoubtedly dignified. Just like the Apollo 11 landing, which it commemorates, the timepiece features plenty of technical innovation. In the dark, the moon, hands and indicators glow boldly thanks to the Grade X1 GL C1 Super-LumiNova coating.
This magnificent “18k Moonshine gold” Moonwatch Anniversary Limited Series timepiece commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, during which astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong each wore an Omega Speedmaster. Limited to 1,014 pieces, the 42mm watch features an Omega 3861 manual-winding movement, visible through an exposed caseback. It’s a beautiful, meaningful watch with precise functionality. Contact an Omega boutique about availability.
An update to Autodromo’s ’80s-inspired Group B automatic watches, the Group B Series 2 Automatic Corsica Blue features an exquisite, high-contrast dial that draws inspiration from that era’s racing tachometers. The 39mm wristwatch also sports a bi-metallic case and an integrated, adjustable stainless steel bracelet. A Miyota 9015 automatic movement powers the piece, which is light on the wrist and unrestrained in style.
An electrifying blue is one of five new neon colorways in the Aaren Kulor watch collection from Denmark’s Skagen. The minimally designed, 41mm wristwatch takes inspiration from the modern Danish Nyhavn row houses. The timepiece pairs an aluminum case with a sandblasted dial and silicone strap. As for functionality, there’s a seconds-tracking subdial in addition to the hours and minutes hands. The watch also retails for under $100.
For the 42mm Dork Too timepiece, California watch brand Nixon looked to old-school answering machines for visual inspiration. Then they modeled the device’s time-telling features on this, as well. From the LCD screen to the USB charging port and the fact that the Dork Too shouts the time (among other things) with the push of a button, it’s a well-priced wristwatch basically unlike any else. (Except for Nixon’s rare, original The Dork watch.) More than a conversation starter, it’s a participant. But be warned, it sometimes speaks when you least expect it.
An elongated variation on the classic Tank, Cartier’s Tank Américaine automatic watch has a slightly curved case and sits comfortably on the wrist. Its cohesive design—from the silvered dial within the steel case to the navy blue alligator skin strap neatly referencing the blue spinel crown and blued-steel hands—reflects the brand’s elegance. This geometric timepiece draws from Cartier’s extensive history but emphasizes the brand’s trailblazing into the future of watchmaking.
Masterful watchmakers (and watch-modifiers), Bamford London have just announced their first-ever timepiece to feature a Swiss-made self-winding movement. Beyond housing the Sellita SW330-1 movement, the five-model Bamford GMT collection (one of which is limited edition) features 40mm stainless steel cases and impeccable design. Our personal favorite is the blue and white on a bracelet for its nostalgic heritage nods. Delivery is expected in March 2019. Price is in Pounds.
Shinola, in collaboration with Detroit-based artist Eric Lowry, has released a line of hand-stitched and hand-painted Apple Watch compatible bands. The high-quality leather is painted over by Lowry, giving the classic strap a more modern look—one that matches the high-tech watch it’s attached to. This one in particular is a black leather band with brown and gold art deco adornments and space gray (brushed gunmetal PVD) adapters and buckle.