You’ll be saving some daylight this Sunday, tax returns are starting to trickle in, but really your wrist has been feeling a little exposed lately. Point is: you’ve probably got a good enough excuse to pick yourself up a new timekeeper.
So, we did what we do and put together a list of the best new watches of spring for your procuring pleasure...
Anyone who’s spent a fair amount of time looking for a new watch knows there’s a vast ocean of timepieces out there: sports watches, dress watches, diving watches, military watches, chronographs... the list goes on and on.
But ultimately, all you need is a trusty everyday watch that’s sleek and pared-down, works with anything you’re wearing and, most importantly, tells time. We’re calling it “the minimalist watch” and we’ve waded through them all to find the five best examples—all at reasonable prices. (Which could come in handy for any naked wrists on your gift list.)
Summer Reading: Michael Chabon digs up a lost classic of mid-century Viking adventure lit. Good digging. [Paris Review]
Also, a Dukes of Hazzard Cave Painting: Painter Brandon Bird has tapped into the absurdist id of the internet. If you ever wanted to see Christopher Walken repairing robots in his garage, here’s your chance. [Newsweek]
Fare Thee Well: The founder of Swatch—and the savior of the Swiss watch industry—is dead of a heart attack. [Wall Street Journal]
Third Time’s the Charm: A graphical study of why sequels are always bad. [Flowing Data]
The classic brand just debuted five new sport models, including this gray number aptly titled “Sign in the Sky.” They’re not quite as villainous as we would have liked, but you can never have too many stripped-down sports watches on hand. If you’ve given up on the vintage watch hunt—and you’ve got understandable moral objections to checking the time on your phone—this might be a pretty good place to start.
40 years in, James Bond is less of a character than a rotating stable of brands. Sony Ericsson, Smirnoff, and Aston Martin are all part of the current package, but what about the villains? While Bond is off winding his Omega, the Goldfingers of the world have to make do with Swatches.
Nicolas Hayek, founder and head of the Swatch group, has decided to cash in on the semi-cachet of the Bond villain with the 007 Villain Collection. The line follows villains from *Goldfinger* to *Casino Royale*, outfitting the most stylish with a watch just slightly less expensive than Bond’s own.
We’re usually partial to product endorsements from imaginary characters, but we’re still on the fence with this one. Is there anyone out there trying to dress like Jaws?