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.
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.