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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...
WATCHES
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...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Industrial Designer Mark Braun
"Let's say that I'm very close to messy," industrial designer Mark Braun says as we enter his Treptow, Berlin studio. "But it helps with my work." While the three-room space contains fascinating items aplenty (be that tools, inspirational knickknacks...
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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Withings Steel HR Fitness Tracker
There's a tremendous amount of semantic value to the round-faced watch. It is what most people visually associate with the idea of a wristwatch. And while smartwatches have toyed with their own, at times bold, visual language (and wearable fitness...
DESIGN
Bamford Watch Department's Latest Heritage Series Additions
Over the years, we've often fallen for the Bamford Watch Department (BWD) pieces that drastically reimagined watches. Now, it's their subtlety that warrants attention. Recently debuting two new pieces within their already successful Bamford Heritage...
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Seven Exemplary Summer Watch Releases
As with many brands falling under the style banner, watch companies frequently release seasonal offerings to bolster their core collection. The summer season often sees a slew of new additions that warrant just as much attention as those coming out...
DESIGN
Original Grain Launches Handcrafted Watches With Wood Dials
Solid wood watch dials are the latest addition to Original Grain's collection. After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the brand continues to launch stylish and eco-conscious watches inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Featuring 100% exotic...
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Piaget's New Sporty, Stainless Steel Polo S Wristwatch
Many brands look to the past for inspiration. Few, however, have as iconic a back catalogue as Swiss luxury watch and jewelry designer Piaget. The Polo S isn't a standard reissue—it now features the brand new in house Piaget 1110P movement and...
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Brooklyn-Designed Carpenter Watches
After successfully funding on Kickstarter in 2015 and delivering pieces this spring, Brooklyn's Carpenter Watches now exists as a fledgling company in its own right. Based out of Park Slope, founder and designer Neil Carpenter continues to offer...
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Irish-Designed Hexagonal Finn Watches
Inspired by the hexagonal rocks of the Giant’s Causeway found on the North Coast of Ireland, Finn Watches' debut collection was designed in Northern Ireland by longtime watch fan Richard Dunlop. The affordable timepieces, which sport a Swiss-made...
WATCHES
Pilot Automatic Tasman Blue
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...
DESIGN
Larsson & Jennings Norse Collection
It's safe to say the bulk of watches on the market (Apple Watch, aside) feature round cases with round faces and, since their inception in 2012, UK/Swedish watch brand Larsson & Jennings has excelled at producing modern, circular wristwatches...
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Alvieri's Well-Priced Moon Phase Watches
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...
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BOLDR's Affordable Chronograph Watches
Another Kickstarter success story, BOLDR watches returns to the crowdfunding platform for three variations on a brand new watch model: the Journey. At the core of these timepieces, a Japanese-made Seiko VK64 Meca-Quartz Movement offers up a quartz...
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Oscillon Swiss Watches Crafted From Historic Tools
Additional reporting by David Graver Authenticity plays a major role in the perception of Swiss watch brands. From the movement that makes it tic to the hand-finished elements that present the intricate craftsmanship, each brand celebrates its own...
DESIGN
Xeric's Unusual, Affordable Soloscope Automatic Watch
By proximity alone the team at Watchismo has horological inspiration enough to imagine a watch of uncommon technical virtue. Longtime hunters and gatherers of unique timepieces for their retail site, the brand began developing and launching proprietary...
WATCHES
Axcent Pocket Watch (Bronze)
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...
DESIGN
Uniform Wares' First-Ever Watch Line for Women
To be honest, the gender neutral allure of Uniform Wares watches was a feature that caught our attention all the way back in 2009. Their clean but dynamic designs, envisioned in Clerkenwell, England and assembled in Switzerland, have found places...
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Accutron II Alpha Watch
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...
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