Scott Thrift’s Trio of Tools for “Being in Time”

Three "clocks" that forgo seconds, minutes and hours for something more natural

Scott Thrift returns to Kickstarter to debut a new time-channeling tool, this one dedicated to the phases of the moon. This campaign does more than allow people to support the most recent addition to Thrift’s magical roster of machines; it grants access to all three. Since 2011 we’ve been enamored with and utilized the Brooklyn-based artist and designer’s original “The Present.” The hand on this colorful annual clock …

Alvieri’s Well-Priced Moon Phase Watches

From a convex dial ring to guilloche patterning, an altogether nuanced timepiece under $200

As far as functional design flourishes go on watches, there’s not much quite as charming as the moon phase—an indicator on watch dials that conveys the waxing and waning of the moon in a 29-day cycle. This feature most frequently appears on highly complex, pricy timepieces, but thanks to debuting watch brand Alvieri, there’s a reasonably priced option available. On Kickstarter now (and already fully …

Montblanc’s Vasco da Gama-Inspired Timepiece Collection

Exploring the pieces with Director of Watches, Alexander Schmiedt

Inspiration strikes in many ways, but for an explorer at heart, there’s nothing quite like hearing the tales of early adventurers. This can certainly be said of the tales surrounding Vasco da Gama, who sailed from Lisbon in 1497 and found the first southern seaway to India. He also did so with the most rudimentary tools—guided primarily by the stars. While there’s nothing rudimentary about …