In the rigidly traditional and often concretely gendered watch industry, an all-gender timepiece for Pride—that is more than an existing model with a rainbow flag strap—comes as a breath of fresh air. This year, Detroit’s Shinola introduces their Pride Detrola 43mm, a dynamic Quartz watch with a translucent case, mirrored dial and an exposed caseback that includes a subtle rainbow accent. To accompany the limited edition release, Shinola has pledged $120,000 to the Ruth Ellis Center (a Michigan-based support-service organization for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults of color) and SAGE (an advocacy organization for LGBTQ+ elders). And for those who do want a rainbow strap, one comes with the purchase, too.
With a variation of the official Swiss Railway clock as its watch face, Mondaine’s new Evo2 gold timepiece nods to a heritage of precision and design iconography, while employing contemporary attributes like a brushed ion-plated gold case finish. The Swiss-made watch also features sapphire crystal and a genuine leather strap. Inside, a RONDA 519.S Quartz movement keeps the time.
Drawing inspiration from Luke Skywalker’s Death Star-destroying space flight in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, where Darth Vader was in hot pursuit, Citizen’s Trench Run digital wristwatch will please fans with its referential design. Further, the watch (which features dual time, an alarm and the temperature) is built within a rectangular black stainless steel case that nods to the original Citizen analog-digital watch from the ’80s.
Layered with thoughtfulness, this collaboration launches on what would have been Jake Burton’s 67th birthday in an edition of 1,977 units to commemorate the year he debuted his brand and birthed an industry. The set features a stainless steel Shinola Duck watch, a replica Burton Backhill Board (The BB1) and a 288-page coffee table book documenting Burton’s life journey. Also included is a leather cooler bag and accessory pouch with additional memorials.
From Luminox’s longterm partnership with renowned adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls, the rugged Survival AIR Series 3762 GMT Watch encompasses all the tools necessary to track time while trekking the globe. It features a 24 timezone, bi-directional rotating GMT bezel composed of the brand’s proprietary CARBONOX material. Further, it offers 200 meters of water-resistance, a sustained glow to its numerals and indices, and comes set on a thick and durable Milanese mesh bracelet, making the 45mm stainless steel watch an ideal companion for anyone venturing across various outdoor conditions. At its heart, the Swiss-made timepiece features a reliable Ronda 515 HF 6 Quartz movement. This collaboration also includes watches tailored to other extreme conditions as well.
Limited to 10 pieces, luxury Swiss watch manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (aka the Quadriptyque) celebrates an iconic wristwatch model through an abundance of astronomical functionality. An example of haute horlogerie at its finest, the Quadriptyque incorporates a tourbillon, perpetual calendar and minute repeater complication into a slender but legible wristwatch with three dedicated lunar indicators. It’s a poetic piece as much as it is a time-telling tool and guide to the skies.
Coinciding with this year’s 90th anniversary of the iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Assouline’s 200-page hardcover tome celebrates the wristwatch’s origins, distinct design development, global reception and cultural influence. Author and historian Nicholas Foulkes penned the text, which accompanies 150 images—both archival and original—that highlight more than 50 Reverso calibers (with several hundred dial variations, too). Fans of the timepiece, and horology, will delight.
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.