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.
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.