To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Atari, the creative platform Misfit tapped acclaimed artist JK5 (aka Joseph Ari Aloi) to imagine the dial for a limited edition wristwatch inspired by the beloved gaming console. Only 500 pieces of the 42mm quartz watch have been produced. Each also features a custom commemorative caseback.
A detailed study of one of the most influential and sought-after Swiss wristwatches, Royal Oak: From Iconoclast to Icon sets the timepiece within its sweeping cultural and historic context—addressing design, technical development and more. Authored by award-winning journalist Bill Prince and published by Assouline, the hardcover tome spans 292 pages and incorporates 400 illustrations. The book is a worthy complement to anyone’s Audemars Piguet collection, and more than engaging enough for those dreaming of having a Royal Oak one day.
Founded by watch expert and longtime HODINKEE editorial staff member Cara Barrett, Parchie is a charmingly well-designed children’s watch brand that pairs a variety of playful colors with analog technology to support education. Parchie’s shape and style references the design of classic dive watches—an aesthetic nod that’s functionally underscored by the fact that each Parchie is waterproof. Parchie watches, available in 10 colorways (with our favorite being Space-Time), are recommended for children six and up.
A vintage-inspired stainless steel timepiece designed by Rowing Blazers creative director Jack Carlson and watch expert Eric Wind, in partnership with Seiko, the limited edition 5 Sports wristwatch comes in three vibrant colors (as well as one sold out release featuring a black dial adorned with multi-colored indices). The automatic watch features Seiko’s Caliber 4R36 mechanical movement inside—and charming details like the “candy cane” seconds hand and the exposed caseback (with Rowing Blazers’ Derry Bones “Tempus Fugit” motif) reflect the exceptionally high design standards of all the collaborators.
The Apple Watch Ultra is a rugged yet lightweight sports watch that boasts a bevy of optimizations. Featuring a corrosion-resistant, aerospace-grade titanium case, the biggest and brightest Apple Watch display yet, night mode for better viewing in lowlight, 36 hours of battery life and a new precision dual-frequency GPS system, the water-resistant and dust-resistant watch was thoughtfully engineered for training. Its new Alpine loop strap is made from two textile layers woven together to form a continuous piece without stitching and comes in three colors, including this striking orange.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Bloomingdale’s, Polo Ralph Lauren has released a covetable limited edition automatic wristwatch. Crafted in Switzerland, the stainless steel timepiece incorporates a sapphire crystal exhibition case back, as well as a commemorative crest. The watch face features a charming 3D-printed rendition of the Polo Bear clad in a cricket sweater, herringbone blazer and duffel coat. Each comes with a black and white tie silk fabric strap, designed specifically for this collection. Only 20 watches have been produced—and they’re available exclusively at the department store’s iconic 59th Street location in Manhattan.
Designed by Kristof Devos and hand-assembled in London by Mr Jones Watches, the “a perfectly useless afternoon” wristwatch features a character comfortably lounging on a pool float atop its dial. Charmingly, the direction of the character’s foot indicates the hour, and the position of a nearby floating duck signifies the minutes. It’s a vibrant and summery timepiece that acts as a reminder to dedicate time to relaxation.
Blok’s innovative debut collection includes six colorful analog timepieces designed for children with quality, durability, practicality and fun in mind. These water-resistant quartz watches feature a Swiss-made movement and incorporate a functional clicking bezel that’s divided into blocks of time, ranging from five to 30 minutes, to help kids learn about time management. The design-forward brand utilizes sustainable components throughout: a biopolymer derived from the caster plant composes the case, vegan Japanese alta-nappa leather is transformed into the strap and shredded denim is upcycled into the packaging.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Timex’s iconic Q Timex collection, the beloved watch brand has brought back a distinct archival design in the Q Timex 1972 Reissue. From the 43mm polished gold-tone stainless steel case (in a rounded tonneau shape) to its rich red face and period-specific domed acrylic crystal, bold design decisions successfully align for this quartz wristwatch.
There’s more than an elegant asymmetry to Accutron’s Legacy watch, which honors the brand’s iconic “521” model from the ’60s. This new gold-toned stainless steel model, limited to 600 numbered pieces, is powered by Accutron’s Swiss-made automatic movement (visible through an open caseback). Further, a lizard-embossed brown leather strap rounds out the inspired, contemporary design language.
Powered by a state-of-the-art electrostatic movement (that requires no winding or batteries), the Spaceview 2020 timepiece extends Accutron’s history of technical innovation even further. The open-work design of the watch face—which references original Accutron retrofuturism, though updated for today—reminds wearers (and anyone who catches a glimpse) that this is a watch unlike any other, both inside and out. This limited edition Accutron Spaceview 2020 iteration, to be released November 2021, comes on a matte green genuine (and ethically sourced) alligator leather strap.
Bamford London’s latest automatic monopusher chronograph is a powerhouse of details. From the wide range of rubber strap options (which include, but are not limited to, colors like yellow and khaki) to the impressive 41.5mm carbon fiber case, the Bamford B347 embodies flexibility and durability. The movement, a Swiss-made Sellita SW510, features a bicompax dial with hour and minute registers, with a running seconds subdial beside a 30 minute counter. Price is in Pounds.
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.