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Sam Hines, Head of New York Watches, once said,”When it comes to modern watches, the more complicated and the more technically innovative, the better.” While I don't completely agree with this statement, I think Hines is onto something. These days, we don't just look to watches to tell time, we look to them to make a statement. We look for ingenuity and uniqueness. Though we love classic design, we can't help but applaud those that use modern materials and manufacturing techniques to elevate watches to a higher art form.
Today, we've chosen five watches that we think exemplify “cutting-edge.” Take a look at our list and then let us know what you think.
1. HD3 Slyde
Designed by Jorg Hysek Jr, son of famed French watchmaker Jorg Hysek, the stylish HD3 Slyde has an LED screen with a sapphire crystal cover that curves to conform to your wrist. With no physical buttons, the watch has just three battery indicator lights on the side and a light sensor to automatically adapt the brightness of the screen. Everything is controlled by taps or slides on the touchscreen. Sleek and sexy. Price TBD. Read more here.
2. MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt Watch
This aviation-inspired watch is stylish to the extreme! This 300-plus component watch is based around the complex HM4 engine and has dual dials – one displays time and the other one shows you how much power you have left. With a price tag of $158,000, this is about as high-end as you can get. (Did we tell you that the case is composed of titanium and sapphire and that the sapphire, alone, takes 150 hours to machine and polish?) Find out more here.
3. Phosphor e-Ink Watch
This curved, ultra light-weight watch has a digital display that utilizes the revolutionary E Ink electronic paper display. It comes with a plated stainless steel case, a crystal cover for the display, and a simple leather strap. You'll get a standard numeric digital display in one mode and a graphic hour clock display in another, with the ability to switch between white-on-black to black-on-white. It's also water resistant. Price: $195. Read more about this minimalist piece here.
4. Ziiro Watch
Look ma, no hands! This ultra-modern watch has no traditional hands, you'll have to follow the circles to tell time. The tip of the inner swirl represents the current hour, while the outer swirl displays the minutes. The watch combines silicone and metal to form a flexible bracelet watch. This is like (dizzying) art on your wrist! Price: $177. Read more here.
5. WeWood Watches
Sophisticated and stylish yet totally cutting-edge, WeWood watches are made out of organic wood (reclaimed from unused flooring scraps).They've partnered with American Forests, the oldest nonprofit conservation organization in the U.S., to plant one tree for every watch it sells. Price: $119-$139. Find out more here.
Which is your favorite?