Hublot has long been known for its bold use of non-conventional materials and combinations of materials in its watch cases; several years ago, the brand even created its own scratch-resistant “Magic Gold” alloy that it has since used in several watch models. This year, Hublot makes horological history with the first large-scale series of watches with cases cut from pure sapphire blocks.
Smartphone makers have churned out watch after watch in hopes of happening upon something game-changing. If nothing else, they’re getting good at making pretty gear. Still, none of them have the clout that horological giant Tag Heuer does, which is why our collective ears perked up when we heard that the Swiss company was making an Android Wear watch. The result is the Tag Heuer Connected, a watch that looks like some of the company’s most iconic models … and works just like every other Android Wear device out there. At $1,500, it’s also the most expensive Android Wear watch around, but — spoiler alert — it’s hardly worth the price.
The Ulysse Nardin Freak, with its wildly unconventional no-dial/no-hands time display, was the talk of the watch world when it burst on the scene in 2001, and Ulysse Nardin has used this trailblazing timepiece as the platform — some might say a laboratory — for a number of new innovations since then. The latest version — the aptly named Ulysse Nardin Freak Lab, unveiled at this year’s Baselworld — continues the tradition, incorporating several world-firsts for both the collection and the industry. Here’s what you need to know.