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.
It all comes down to the details with Washington Square Watches’ Greenwich Black, a 38mm square wristwatch in all black stainless steel with a coppery rose gold-like seconds subdial and indices. Still in the minimal design category, this watch distances itself from competitors thanks to various unexpected finishes. Further, there’s a Japanese quartz movement inside and a Made in the USA genuine leather, that’s customizable with a set of initials for free.
A minimal watch with exuberance, Nomos’ Metro Roségold Neomatik 39 is a variation of one of their best-selling models. Here, the case has been composed of 18-karat gold. Inside, one finds the automatic NOMOS caliber DUW 3001 movement and the NOMOS Swing System. The slender piece embodies the brand’s precise design aesthetic and time-telling accuracy.
From its sporty vintage design to the cutting-edge Sistem51 movement (featuring only 51 components), HODINKEE’s new collaborative piece with Swatch impresses both inside and out. An exposed caseback offers a window to the hypnotic world within. A brushed aluminum dial and six signature red dots define the face. This timepiece may pay homage to the past, specifically referencing a design from 1984, but it’s certainly a watch that will guide its wearer into the future.
Our Lady of Guadalupe has appeared everywhere from prayer candles to skate decks. Now, artist and professional skateboarder Jason Jessee has lent his rendition to Nixon watches for a new iteration of their 37mm Time Teller wristwatch. The art pops against the gold dial, case and five-link bracelet. Altogether it’s a fun but respectful play on the icon.
To honor the most important date of your life thus far—or one you deem truly worth commemorating—this ultra-slim Thomas Letourneaux-designed wristwatch features a customizable dial that displays the position of our solar system’s eight planets on the selected date. Custom-made, this piece takes around 14 days to complete. A stainless steel dial and case complement the leather strap nicely, though a Milanese strap is also presented as an option. This is also a MoMA Store exclusive.
Since their launch in 2010, Ressence—designer Benoît Mintiens’s groundbreaking watch brand—has continued to release pieces that defy the ordinary, employing a unique disc-based mechanical system and a minimal, geometric aesthetic to match. In 2015, men’s style destination Mr Porter began to stock the brand and now the two have united for a limited edition collaborative collection, in two styles. Our personal favorite, the Type 1 MRP in grade-five titanium features a night-blue metallic dial. A 42mm case holds the brand’s proprietary ROCS 1 module, which powers the timepiece. Only 12 of these watches will be produced.
Requiring no battery, this SmileSolar mini watch is powered by the sun and operates for more than three months after a full charge. Available in countless colorways, this watch is more than a functional accessory—Q&Q donates a portion of profits to Table For Two, which is an organization that delivers school meals to children in need in Africa and Asia.
Their minimalist sensibilities have earned Switzerland’s Mondaine watches many accolades and a place in the MoMA Design Store, but it’s the brand’s ability to make the minimal seem so powerful and engaging that keeps fans on their toes. With the recently released SBB Giant—in an all-black colorway, except for a striking red seconds hand—a clean, classic design feels like something more. At 42mm, it’s also not that giant, but rests well on the wrist, especially considering its lug-less design.
We’re already enamored by Hautlence’s non-watch watch—a piece that isn’t what it first appears. Instead of telling the time, the puzzle-face encourages the wearer to slow down, take some time out and embrace their inner-child. The limited edition version, made in collaboration with Colette, is black and blue (like the Parisian store) but has been produced in a super-exclusive run of just five. Price is in Euros.