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.
With design inspiration taken from the Royal Air Force’s 100 Squadron—the first UK military division formed for night bombing, back in 1917—Bremont’s U-2/51-JET features the brand’s trademarked “51” lume, heat treated steel blued hands and a hardened, stainless steel DLC Trip-Tick case. On there back there’s an exhibition caseback revealing the modified calibre 11 ½”’ BE-36AE automatic chronometer inside. It’s a striking new timepiece from the English brand and it happens to be durable, too.
The sunburst silver-tone dial and stainless steel case of the latest Timex Welton wristwatch make the perfect backdrop for a charming illustration of Snoopy. The beloved character’s arms—carrying a baseball and bat—double for watch hands. Between the vintage-looking leather strap, reasonable 40mm case size and bright numerals, it’s more than a nod to Peanuts nostalgia; it’s a well-designed but playful timepiece.
These vintage Kofu bands are hand-cut from late-1800s, Meiji period Japanese textiles and reinforced with fine leather. They can easily replace the comes-with-the-watch band you’re using with now–be that on an Apple Watch or an automatic timepiece—and do so with worldly elegance. Price is in Hong Kong dollar.
Once again, German watch brand NOMOS allows their design knowledge to inform two striking, playful pieces. The new Aqua collection features “siren white” iterations of their Club and Ahoi Neomatik models (18 different versions, in fact). Ready for diving, these sporty automatic watches can be dressed up or down. Timepieces in the Club line begin at 2,500€, while the Ahoi series starts at 3,240€.
Anyone who has traveled through Switzerland will recognize the iconic Swiss Railway clock design featured once again on a Mondaine watch. This time, however, the brand’s accented their pieces with vibrant genuine leather straps in bright red, yellow and blue. To further the design nuance, each strap features tone-in-tone stitching and eyelet patterns. We’ve long loved Mondaine Swiss watches and these 40mm pieces—with stainless steel matte brushed cases—exemplify why.
This classic Swatch watch style gets a traditional update by way of a very British pattern. The “Red Jacket” design is old school hunting-inspired, with horses, hounds and more making their way across the dial and strap. With a silicone and plastic composition, this Quartz watch is also durable and lightweight.
One of four heritage-inspired timepiece collection from adidas Originals, the Archive watch line embraces the digital time-telling pieces of the ’70s. That said, there’s a modern roundedness to the wristwatch, including the sculpted buttons (inspired by iconic footwear design) and the clean, readable surface. Further, there’s a dash of extra-utility, with both a chronograph function and second time-zone. It comes in four colorways, including this all-black model.