We've seen some pretty interesting timepieces from MB&F (Maximilian
Büsser & Friends) over the years, including the airplane-aping Horological Machine No. 4 (HM4) "Thunderbolt" and utterly distinctive HM6 "Space Pirate".
The latest effort – released to celebrate the company's 10th
anniversary – is no less stunning, offering an automotive theme and
suitably unusually method of display.
In the past, Michigan-based outdoor cooking enthusiast Jon Stein used
his dive watch to time the cooking of foods on his barbecue. Once he
realized that he barely ever used the watch for its actual intended
purpose, however, he set out to make one that was specifically designed
for use by his fellow grillers. The GrillTimer is the result.
Surfing is one of those sports where you don't just go out at a scheduled time – you go out as soon as you hear that conditions are good. Surfline is an established service that provides information on those conditions, in the form of alerts on a smartphone app. Now, Surfline has partnered with Nixon to provide such alerts on an easier-to-access sports watch, known as the Ultratide.
Given the premier nature of Switzerland's watchmaking industry, the level of excitement, glitz and glamor that surrounds Baselworld should come as no surprise. The town of Basel, nestled as it is just minutes from the French and German borders, was littered with banners, flags and posters this month, signalling the arrival of the biggest event on any watchmaker's calendar. Once again, Gizmag joined the thousands of trade, press and public attendees in search of the latest and greatest in wrist-worn fashion and innovation.
The Timeburner is a novelty timepiece designed as a tribute to early combustion engines. It features a piston-driven representation of time, and comes in an industrial-looking, distinctive case. Gizmag took a look at the timepiece at Baselworld 2015.
The third iteration of HYT's eye-catching hydro-mechanical watch marks a significant development of the hybrid movement, switching from a circular to a linear portrayal of time. We got a chance to see the unusual new timepiece at Baselworld 2015.
When it comes to mechanical watches, we're used to seeing ones with the traditional face and hands. Romain Jerome
's new Subcraft, however, does things a little differently. It displays the hour laterally in photoluminescent digital-style numerals along one edge, while the minute is viewed on a disc on top.
La Montre Hermès has unveiled two rather special watches at Baselworld, each limited to a numbered production run of 12. The company says that these works represent the first time that French porcelain has been combined with the Japanese art of Aka-e.
Is the mobile phone threatening to kill off the wristwatch? Not if Swiss watchmaker Breitling has anything to say about it. With an apparent motto of "if you can't be 'em, then make 'em work for you," the Breitling B55 Connected combines smartwatch technology with haute horlogerie in a partnership where the phone serves the watch instead of the other way round.
For years, fitness monitors and smartwatches
have packed a lot of cool functionality into rather unflattering packages. Unlike a stylish analog timepiece, a bulging digital watch with glow-in-the-dark numbers doesn't necessarily look great with a suit or even casual-Friday ensemble. To get the timeless look of a true analog face, however, you have to give up some of the smartwatch convenience of a digital display. Or do you? IFit has another solution: a rotating watch case that has a digital display on one side and a traditional analog face on the other.