Following multiple sold-out collaborations with British menswear designer Nigel Cabourn, we’ve teamed up with the brand once again to give you the Naval Officers Watch. This watch draws inspiration from timepieces worn by Royal Navy captains on Arctic convoys in the North Sea during WWII, with a specially finished case made to emulate sea-air corrosion, a nod to the weathered look of military boats and seafaring equipment of the era. Featuring a white military-style dial with red and black markings, and presented with two straps in a military-style carrying case, this collaboration delivers a real tribute to wartime functionality as well as rugged, ageless style.
For this special watch, we linked up with a brand we haven’t joined before — one that came together with us to back a cause we all care about.
Noah, a NYC-based brand rooted where prep style and skate culture intersect, is cheeky and irreverent. Also a part of this effort, Spin Dye isn’t a watchmaker or an apparel brand — the company calls itself “an ingredient brand,” and rightly so. Instead of creating its own finished products, Spin Dye supplies sustainable polyester yarns and weaves to other manufacturers and lends its expertise to the rest of the apparel industry, helping companies to make their products in more environmentally-friendly ways. In this case, the final product is a watch strap made from recycled and sustainably-dyed fibers made with water-saving, low-impact manufacturing techniques.
At first glance, this watch might make you scratch your head. What are ghost nets, and why do they suck? Why is this turtle so mad at me? The watch has a story that belies its cheeky design — the turtle, the knife in one hand and the provocative gesture on the other. But once you know what inspired this watch and the collaborative effort behind it, the design starts to make sense. An awful lot of sense.
Ghost nets are synthetic fishing nets that have been forgotten, lost or simply abandoned at sea. They can remain adrift for years, and since they don’t biodegrade, can wind up claiming the lives of countless fish, birds, turtles, sea mammals and other creatures of the deep, even damaging coral reefs and other underwater habitats. Scientists estimate that some 650,000 marine animals are injured or killed by ghost nets every year.
Since this alarming form of pollution is rarely talked about outside the commercial fishing industry, we wanted to call attention to it. The good news is that there are solutions out there; animal rights groups are calling for electronic tagging of equipment, which would link ghost nets to the boats from which they came and allow governments to hold fishing companies accountable. Biodegradable commercial nets are also being produced, and some fishing legislation even calls for net sizing to change so that smaller fish can swim safely through while full-grown fish can be caught more intentionally. Several environmental organizations we admire are taking part in the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, which tracks and removes ghost nets and other marine litter from our oceans, and a portion of all proceeds from sales of this watch will go directly to Ocean Defenders, a group which actually tracks down and removes ghost nets and other oceanic pollution.
The first step, as with so many other environmental issues, is awareness. Ghost nets suck, but there are things we can do about them, and this special collaboration watch is an early step we’re proud to take with Noah and Spin Dye.
With a stainless-steel case construction, reliable quartz movement and an interesting dial design that’s highly engaging while still being easy to read, this is a watch with a message we endorse 100%. Get yours here. [link to Noah product page]
After the standout success and single-day sellout of last year’s collaboration between Timex and Huckberry, we looked forward to joining forces with the brand once again. And in the midst of many other collaborations since, including joint ventures with Nigel Cabourn, Todd Snyder, HODINKEE and the Peanuts franchise, things once again lined up to create a new watch with Huckberry.
“This year, we took design cues from an iconic piece of Americana to create a watch as refreshing and timeless as its namesake. This super limited run is co-branded on the case back and features countless details that will make it a standout in any collection,” said the brand. We’ll take those compliments, especially from a company that’s steadily become a trendsetter in the menswear and outdoors spaces since its humble beginnings in 2010.
Starting with a design base that our fans already know and love, with a bi-color rotating bezel and angular, 1970s-inspired case, this new collaboration adds a sector dial with a multi-colored minute track and polished, rectangular indices. The always-wearable 38mm case diameter, domed acrylic crystal, hidden lug design and woven stainless-steel bracelet round out a watch that’s a great homage to the era of early quartz timekeeping.
There’s also a special new case back for the limited-run watch, with both Huckberry and Timex branding and the classic coin-slot battery hatch. And speaking of that limited-run status… the last time Huckberry and Timex collaborated on a watch, it sold out within hours of its launch. We might recommend setting an alarm.
The Timex x Huckberry Classic watch is available for $189 on Huckberry’s website starting October 25. You can sign up for text messages from Huckberry and get early access to the release… or just go old-school, and keep refreshing the page when you wake up on Sunday.
We’ll have coffee on either way.
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The following text and images come directly from our friends at Hodinkee, who have collaborated with us to create a new special-edition version of our beloved Q Timex 1979 Reissue wristwatch. Replete with a steel bezel, white dial, vintage lume and a new no-date movement to complete the design, the watch is available from 11am on October 13 for $189. Read an excerpt of Hodinkee’s full feature on the collaboration below, or purchase your watch now by visiting the Hodinkee web shop.
We all know what good watch design looks like, and the Q Timex is exactly that: a classic, recognizable watch that stands out on its own merit. That’s why, for our Q Timex, all we sought to do was make a few simple tweaks to the already-successful formula.
The Q Timex was designed to combine accuracy and ability in a single functional package, which is one reason why a three o’clock day-date display has remained a signature for the model over the decades. On the Q Timex HODINKEE Limited Edition, we wanted to experiment to see how it would look without the additional calendar complication.
The day-date has been completely removed on the Q Timex HODINKEE Limited Edition, resulting in a more symmetrical dial layout without a “phantom” date position in the crown. That’s right, there’s absolutely no indication that the watch once featured anything more than its simple three hands ticking above the crisp, clean white dial. The hour markers consist of an intermix of geometric shapes, with triangles, rectangles, and circles all rendered in a pale yellow shade of painted luminous material, matching the color of the lume-filled, black-framed handset.
The Q-topped Timex branding at 12 o’clock remains the same as always – a proud indication of the quartz caliber inside – and we’ve paired it with a small black HODINKEE signature at six o’clock, balancing the dial even further. Underneath the HODINKEE stamp is the water-resistance rating – meters first – that indicates the Q Timex can be worn all day, everyday, regardless of what you’re doing or where you’re going. We’ve also removed the bicolor anodized coating on the steel 12-hour bezel, leaving the cool tone of bare metal behind; this is one the first contemporary Q Timex models to feature a steel, rather than aluminum, bezel. A concentric brushed surface finish has been applied to the friction-lock, bidirectional bezel, while the carved numerals and dashes are each colored in black. You can use the 12-hour bezel to track a second time-zone, or even to measure elapsed time by the half-hour.
This remains a Q Timex through and through, of course, so there were a few elements we knew we had to retain. Those include the acrylic crystal up top and the classic screw-in battery hatch around back, which can be quickly unlocked with the edge of a coin.
One thing we appreciate about the Q Timex HODINKEE Limited Edition is how it’s very clearly the Q Timex at a glance, but the details come alive on close inspection to indicate that it’s truly something special. For example, the lack of a colored coating on the bezel makes the unique barrel-shaped case profile of the Q Timex even more apparent. Just take a look at the concave sloping caseband that curves directly into your wrist from the side. Or examine the sharply beveled – and brushed – front and back elements that act as a hood for how the slinky, woven stainless steel bracelet integrates into the case. There are so many fluid lines in the compact 38mm × 11.5mm case of the Q Timex that we have always felt were underappreciated, and they are now placed on center stage in the Q Timex HODINKEE Limited Edition.
The Q Timex is the kind of watch that is approachable for all and lighthearted to its core, with real, authentic history standing behind it. There’s a clear passion for watches and watch design that is evident in the Q Timex’s appearance and construction, something that became apparent to us as soon as we strapped one on the wrist for the first time.
Our goal with the Q Timex HODINKEE Limited Edition was to share those details, and the excitement that comes with them, in as pure and refined a way as possible. Of course, the set-it-and-forget-it quartz movement inside goes a long way in ensuring that the trade-off between price ($189) and precision is more equitable than nearly any previous HODINKEE Limited Edition.
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With custom Brain Dead graphics front-and-center on the dial and etched into the case back, plus a bright yellow second-hand and an eye-catching blurred-number motif on the watch face, the Timex x Brain Dead watch is a distinctive way to state your style and track your time. If the hours are slipping by lately and everything’s a blur, this watch could be the thing that helps you get a grip.
From its own About page: Brain Dead is a creative collective of artists and designers from around the world.
With its disruptive, graphic-led approach, the brand takes its cues from post punk, underground comics, skateboarding, and the spirit of subculture as a whole.
We joined forces with Brain Dead to produce a watch that’s fashion-forward in design and sturdy in construction. Based around our classic Acadia case design and shaped from matte black resin, the watch ships with two different straps in deep olive green and bold yellow to suit your tastes.