Boldr Venture Field Medic
If there’s one person you want to ensure has the right equipment, it’s a medic, from bandages and defibrillators all the way down to the watch on their wrist. Fortunately, Boldr has that last covered with the latest edition of its Venture field watch, the Medic.
The lightweight titanium beater isn’t just a handsome timepiece – especially in the white and black panda variation – but thanks to the pulsometer around the edge of the dial is a genuinely useful piece of equipment. That dial is also fully coated with lume, meaning that it’ll never let the first responder in question down. To aid the frontlines further, a portion of the proceeds from each watch will go to Covid 19 relief funds, making the Field Medic a good watch for a great cause.
- 38mm titanium case with 200m water resistance
- SII VK64 meca-quartz chronograph movement
- $299 USD, more details at Boldr Supply Co.
Inspired by the combination of traditional luxury and contemporary style that has come to define modern Singapore, devoted watch collector Benjamin Chee has created what aims to be the city-state’s new horological flagship in the BCHH Sovereign.
With components built by the workshops of the famed Kari Voutilainen and assembled by master watchmaker John McGonigle, the Sovereign’s unique combination of distinctly cutting-edge, faceted case and precious dials make for a striking fusion of past and present. Singapore has some of the most demanding collectors in the world; few of them will pass up the opportunity to add this masterpiece to their prized pieces.
- 40mm 950 platinum case with 150m water resistance
- Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier calibre 5401 with 48-hour power reserve
- $13,500 USD, more details at BCHH.
Bespoke Watch Projects Intaglio Edition
In its latest release, California-based Bespoke Watch Project lives up to its name with in-house engraved, patinaed and painted dials. The Intaglio Edition combines these beautiful watch faces available in brass, sterling silver, copper and gold alloy in a huge variety of colours – with small, elegant 36mm and 37mm cases for a truly vintage feel. Finished on either an equally vintage-styled leather strap or a unique, handmade number of contoured and padded leather, each Intaglio Edition is made to order before being rigorously tested and finished in Oakland by watchmaker John Beck McConnico. If you’re looking for a future heirloom, this may well be it.
- 36mm or 37mm stainless steel case with 50m water resistance
- Available with ETA 2824-2 (with perlage finish), Swiss Valanvron 24, or STP1-11 automatic movement
- From $680 USD, more details at Bespoke Watch Projects.
HALDA Race Pilot Gold
Watches are always a balancing act between the prestigious allure of fine mechanics and the fact that electronic timekeepers are, functionally, better. Rather than compromise, Swedish watch brand HALDA opts to embrace both with its modular, quick-change system – which in the latest instance is the Race Pilot Gold.
A platform made from 18kt gold paired with an intensely technical carbon-fibre dial, it’s an incredible bit of industrial luxury design equipped with a solid Zenith movement. It’s not too weighty either, as the case housing the mechanical watch itself is made from DLC-coated titanium. It’s cool, sporty and at any time can be switched with the digital module, for when every millisecond counts.
- 45mm titanium case with 18kt rose gold platform and 100m water resistance
- Zenith automatic movement with 50-hour power reserve
- €26,650 EUR, more details at HALDA Watches.
Meia Lua Moonlight Mars
Where most pilot’s watches take a pared-back, military approach to style, those of Portuguese watch brand Meia Lua take a more celestial approach to design. The beautiful, lustrous dials of the Inception are inspired by the night sky, be that the green glow of the Aurora or otherworldly shimmer of moonrise. Their latest takes a similar approach, to breathtaking results.
The Moonlight Mars combines the bronze gold case of the Boreal Moonrise with a lovely dial whose iridescent redness matches its namesake perfectly. It’s a watch that balances night-time elegance with the practicality of a pilot’s watch, all wrapped in a uniquely appealing, evocative design and a seriously good price.
- 42mm bronze gold stainless steel case with 100m water resistance
- Miyota automatic movement
- €369 EUR, more details at Meia Lua Watches.
Designing a specialist timepiece for a very specific reason is all well and good, but it doesn’t exactly make for a versatile watch. Hylas Watches’ Altum on the other hand, is designed in the opposite way, as the ultimate jack of all trades to take you from the surf to a suit to the slopes. That’s not to say it’s not a solid tool watch; with 200m depth resistance, surgical-grade stainless steel and plenty of lume, the Altum (Latin for “Deep”) lives up to its name. It just so happens to be a rather handsome watch with a svelte 40mm case, too.
Equipped with a Seiko NH35 automatic movement, complete with a solid 41-hour power reserve, and a pared-back, minimal dial, the Altum is a watch for all occasions. On this occasion though you might want to be quick; while the retail price offers impressive value for money, the Kickstarter early bird price of $230, launching 11th August, makes this watch as affordable as it is versatile.
- 40mm stainless steel case with 200m water resistance
- Seiko NH35 automatic movement with 41-hour power reserve
- $350 USD, more details at Hyalus Watches.