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Baselworld 2017: Modern Skull Art
With the tens of thousands of watches on hand at the Baselworld watch and jewelry fair, it's actually quite easy to draw out numerous thematic links or color stories—and yet, many of them never take hold outside of the fair. The use of skull iconography...
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Notes: Baselworld and Trade Show Life
I call it my week of suits. In actuality, it's my other life. Four years in a row now I've woken up in an apartment in Basel, Switzerland, dressed myself quite professionally, hopped on a tram and worked a nine to six or seven job—for one week each...
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Baselworld 2017: New Fossil Q Smartwatches
Forever on the quest to contextualize releases in the worlds of smartwatches and wearable tech we got all the advanced details on Fossil's forthcoming Q smartwatches. Revealed during the Baselworld watch and jewelry fair, the new Q pieces can be...
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Montblanc's Google-Powered Summit Smartwatch
The wearable technology boom began with many pieces foregoing traditional watch design aesthetics. Since, however, Samsung and Apple (and many more tech companies) have adopted attributes belonging to horological language, hoping to lure in the traditional...
DESIGN
The Macallan + URWERK Dual Tank Flask
All tenured spirits drinkers will tell of the importance of drinking vessels. While the technically superior The Macallan + URWERK Flask hasn't been designed to maximize the notes of the Scotch whisky within, it's by far the most inventive item in...
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Leather Watch Roll
With space for three timepieces, this full-grain leather watch roll makes traveling with watches far more organized. Lined with a "weather chart" fabric, it's tied shut with a technical rope and is available in red, navy or caramel. This accessory...
STYLE
Eight New Watches Under $300
Between the Swiss watch industry's fashion-world-like calendar of annual releases and the awareness boost entrepreneurs receive from crowdfunding platforms, there have never been more options for the wrist. Contrary to popular belief, a beautiful or...
CULTURE
Bamford Watch Department + We Are Halcyon's "The Superman"
"Your heartbeat slows down as soon as your face touches the water," explains celebrated freedriver (and marine biologist) Francisco Del Rosario in "The Superman." Created by We are Halcyon filmmakers Jack Pirie and Alex Hylands-White, the two-and...
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Montblanc's New Bronze 1858 Collection Watches
Beyond the vintage aesthetics of Montblanc's new bronze 1858 Collection pieces, two related attributes shine: the visual warmth of the metal, both dressy and casual, and an understanding that with age these watches will acquire their own unique...
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Six New Wristwatches Pushing The Craft Forward
After years of uncertainty and dipping sales in the luxury watch industry, optimism appears to be running high again. The troubles faced by wristwatch brands—some triggered by smartwatches and wearables flooding consumer feeds—were due in no part to...
CULTURE
Best of CH 2016: Most Popular
We're always fascinated to see what our audience connects with most on Cool Hunting. While sometimes our predictions are on point, oftentimes we're taken by surprise (yet thrilled) when certain articles resonate with readers. As always, this year's...
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CH Omakase 2016: Uniform Wares C40 Wristwatch
Not all brands are capable of delivering distinct personality with a minimal design aesthetic, yet that's exactly what Uniform Wares does with great success. Their clean style draws from classic timepieces brought to life through a contemporary...
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CH Omakase 2016: Todd Snyder + Timex Red Wing Shoe Leather Chronograph
When we first set eyes upon NYC-based designer Todd Snyder's collaboration with Timex, there was something deeply gratifying about the updated vintage designs executed with the utmost attention to detail. Snyder himself is a passionate Timex collector...
WATCHES
SmileSolar Mini Watch
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...
STYLE
Shinola's Jewelry and Watches for Women
Although women have been buying and wearing Shinola's watches for years, not long ago, head designer Daniel Caudill and the Shinola team decided it was time to create thoughtfully designed, high-quality accessories especially for women. “We noticed...
TECH
Matrix's Body-Heat-Powered Smartwatch, PowerWatch
One of the biggest challenges to activity- and sleep-tracking gadgets happens to be the disruption caused by charging. While battery life has improved for certain devices, anyone looking for a solid, entire day read loses accuracy for those power...
DESIGN
Plan B Vintage-Inspired Watches
As we've noted time and again, there's no short supply of emerging watchmakers taking to Kickstarter to launch their debut products. Many of these brands cite throwback influences and strong materials. Rarely, however, are they as interesting as...
DESIGN
Nomos Glashütte's Berlin Design Agency, Berlinerblau
In Kreuzberger, Berlin—set high above the banks of the Landwehr Canal—German luxury watch brand Nomos Glashütte maintains their in-house design agency: Berlinerblau. The long, open-concept office extends from one side of the building to the other...
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THE ARRIVALS' Holiday Collaborations and Pop-Up Store
When previewing the space with THE ARRIVALS designer and co-founder Jeff Johnson, it's immediately clear that there is a minimal, sophisticated theme throughout every single item on display at the brand's 2016 Concept pop-up store. The NYC-based...
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SBB Giant Watch
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...
TECH
Misft Debuts the Phase Hybrid Smartwatch
Plenty of companies in the wearable tech world have shied away from embracing traditional watch design in lieu of bands, bracelets or necklaces. As a relatively new product category—in the grand scheme of things—it's allowed for a clean slate of design...
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Triarrows' New Affordable Mechanical Watches
After two highly successful Kickstarter campaigns raising over $100K together, affordable watch brand TRIARROWS has returned with another well-made timepiece that defies traditional wristwatch pricing. Their new automatic watch, known as The Mechanical...
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Nocs Atelier's Unisex Seconds GMT Timepieces
For all the thoroughly impressive (and complex) complications out there in the watch world, sometimes all one needs is an additional hour hand and a second set of indicators. For frequent travelers, a new timepiece from Stockholm's Nocs Atelier...
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