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.
The Pilot Automatic watch designed by Australia’s luxury timepiece brand Bausele captures attention for two reasons: a hyper-modern face and an off-center dial. Both of these attributes are drawn from aviation pilot watches of old and the latter observation makes it an ideal driving watch. With one’s hands at 10 and two on a steering wheel, the dial appears perfectly aligned. This 44mm piece, made in Switzerland, pairs a black matte ceramic case with a deep blue leather strap, furthering the distinct look. And as it’s made in an edition of only 75.
There’s something rather classy about reaching for the time and pulling out a pocket watch rather than a mobile phone. Developed in the 16th century, these devices were the most popular form of time-telling all the way until WWI. People Products makes clear that they don’t have to be a relic of time long passed. Their premium Axcent Pocket Watch (made of stainless steel but in a bronze colorway) sports a Japanese Miyota 9T22 movement at its core, but it’s the sapphire crystal and brass hands that make it so alluring. It’s a minimal design but sure to impress.
More than featuring an uncommon, space-aged design, Bulova’s Accutron II Alpha collection references their historic “tuning fork” powered Spaceview watches from the 1960s—a groundbreaker in the early electronic watch movement game at the time. Inside, the Accutron II comes complete with a contemporary upgrade by way of a high frequency, precise quartz movement. But the outside carries the same retro style—plus green on gold coloration—that made the original line so alluring.
Designed by London-based brand Objest, the Hach watch features a numberless dial that’s anything but boring. Its minimal face is jazzed up by a maze-like geometric pattern that’s subtle, but a little mesmerizing. Built from 316L stainless steel, the Swiss-made watch also comes in a range of finishes (including Diamond Like Carbon) and colorways.
To recognize the charitable work of Doctors Without Borders, German watch brand NOMOS Glashütte has updated its Tangente and Tetra models—available to order with a velour beige or black cordovan leather strap—with a red “12” and small “Doctors Without Borders” inscription. With every purchase, NOMOS will donate $100 (or euros or pounds) directly to DWB’s humanitarian efforts in crisis zones, which provides clean water, operations and medicines to those in need.
In many ways, Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz’s Grande Seconde Quantieme Silver Côtes de Genève epitomizes the brand. At the watch’s core, there’s a proprietary Jaquet Droz 2660Q2, self-winding mechanical movement powering an off-center hours and minutes dial, and a large seconds subdial (fashioned in the brand’s signature figure eight). On the surface, however, there are refined flourishes aplenty: from the Côtes de Genève finish of the face to the brilliant blue hands.
With AARK Collective’s Classic Yolk watch, it’s all about balance. Despite what initially reads as a minimal design, the personality behind the piece hails from more than just its vibrant color. The geometry of the hands and details upon the face make it something more, but never too much. And while it’s punchy outside, inside you’ll find a Japanese quartz movement, protected by a stainless steel case that keeps it water- and shock-resistant.
Inspired by traditional camouflage designs and coloration, the team at Bamford Watch Department have released customized versions of Rolex’s iconic Milgauss and Submariner timepieces for their new Commando line. Rolex debuted the Milgauss back in 1956 but the design applications here harken back even further in time to the battlefields of WWII. Using their Graphite Particle Coating, the clever team at BWD has been able to achieve new colors for the first time. The Commando collection features Desert, Combat and Forest (our favorite, featured here) in both the Milgauss (£12,000 (approx. $18,000) and the Submariner (£13,000 (approx. $20,000).
Made from high-quality four-ounce American Bridle Leather, Bexar Goods’ Apple Watch strap is a sophisticated way to add a feeling of heritage to a futuristic smartwatch. Available in tan or medium brown, the vegetable-tanned strap features three different hardware finishes (stainless steel, space gray or aluminum) and is hand-sewn in Bexar County, Texas.
Modeled after an intergalactic space station is the Starfleet Machine, a table clock dreamt up by horological design house MB&F and engineered by Switzerland’s oldest clockmaker L’Epée 1839. Cool Hunting has partnered with MB&F to create a distinct version with bright blue domes—and only 10 have been made. 48 jewels, a 40-day power reserve and moving laser-gun turrets are just a few of the painstakingly crafted details found in this artful masterpiece that will delight clock nerds and Trekkies alike.
Tired of cheap nylon NATO watch bands proliferating the market, Suigeneric recreates the style using durable and stiff waxed cotton; the naturally water-repellent fabric used in vessel sails and classic Barbour jackets—at a similarly affordable price point. Freshen up your much-loved watch-face for spring with this hand-sewn, hand-waxed green strap. Or, for the more adventurous, go for their watercolor or leopard print options.
The new limited edition offering from Bamford Watch Department literally says “I Love You”—inscribed in the language of your choice. This red and black unisex watch has hearts as hour markers, the signature Milgauss lightning bolt as the minute hand and has been treated with military-grade titanium coating to keep it all protected.