Utter the brand name “Zenith” to some people and they might think you’re talking about a television from the ’80s or ’90s.
But those in the know will recognize the name as the legendary horology house that’s best known for making one of the first automatic chronograph watches, ever, the El Primero.
On first glance, the stuff from culty watchmaker Nomos Glashütte looks like your typical minimalist-designed wristwear out of Europe.
But take a look under any of their neo-Bauhaus-y dials and you’ll find an in-house movement with some serious horology street cred. And now they’ve just one-upped themselves with a new, slimmer movement that’s resulted in 10 new watches.
We spend most of our Tuesdays talking about more established brands, but every so often we like to check out the scene of up-and-coming watchmakers hoping to build their brand with a little help from crowdfunding.
We know. If this keeps up, we might have to change this weekly series to “Smartwatch Tuesday.”
Which really doesn’t have as nice of a ring to it, but here goes...
Another new smartwatch has just been unveiled:the Pebble Time Round. You may remember Pebble from our post way back when they kicked off the whole smartwatch-that-looks-like-a-real-watch trend. But this time the watch is round and claims to be the thinnest and lightest smartwatch around.
Now, five months after its release, they’ve unveiled the hotly anticipated second-generation operating system, watchOS 2, promising vast improvements on all fronts. That probably still doesn’t mean everyone should run out and get one just yet, but...
The Milanese watch strap has been experiencing a renaissance lately—they first arrived on the scene in 19th-century Italy and had their last resurgence of popularity during the mid-century era of minimalist watchmaking.
Now you’ll find them on everything from “shark-proof” dive watches to the Apple Watch.
Today, you’ll find most novelty watches in a gag gift shop or the sale bin, but there was once a time when tongue-in-cheek horology was celebrated as libertine art—and subsequently banned by the conservatives.
Wearing a digital watch is widely considered blasphemous in the world of watch enthusiasm, but that doesn’t mean we should overlook them entirely.
In fact, when those folks throw around “tool watch” as validation for wearing their GMT or Submariner that’s never seen a splash of saltwater, just have them take a look at the wrist of someone actually in a cockpit and you’ll probably find the likes of the Breitling Aerospace Evo (above) with a digital readout.
We’ve been keeping an eye on this new analog-smartwatch hybrid trend, and the latest entry has just arrived from Mondaine—known best for their Swiss railway watches and their love for the Helvetica typeface.
Hence, the Helvetica 1 smartwatch, which is getting a limited first run of 1,957 pieces to commemorate the year the typeface was created, available for preorder now.