Braun’s Iconic LCD Watch Reborn

One of our favorite watches celebrates Dieter Rams' impeccable style

In 1978 Braun issued the digital DW30 watch with a groundbreaking style departure designed by Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs. Retired in 1981, only 8,500 were made (4,500 first edition and 4,000 second edition), and most were sold in Germany. There were 200 black case watches also made, which are now highly collectible. I was lucky enough to find one of the originals years ago, …

Interesting Complications in Watchmaking

The experts at HODINKEE guide us through the latest industry innovations

by HODINKEE Some seriously complicated watches have been unveiled recently—and we’re not just talking perpetual calendars and minute repeaters. We’re talking about entirely novel ways to count and tell time by utilizing new power systems, integrating liquids with mechanics and combining existing complications in new ways. Although Francois Quentin’s 4N essentially displays the time with a digital-style readout, this watch’s mechanism is far from an …

Baselworld 2013: Innovation

Five watches showcasing the newest materials, engineering and craftsmanship

Industry firsts are a hallmark of the Baselworld watch fair. Companies are eager to show off their latest complications, materials and designs. Innovation can be found in all corners of the market, and here are a few that we think merit notice. We saw movements made from wood and dials made from Icelandic volcanic ash, but the all-ceramic OMEGA Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon …