Just a quick reminder – we’ve got our 10-year anniversary giveaway still up and running – if you want to enter, do so quickly!
If not – and you’re a big fan of WearOS – you need to go check out the article over on Knapsack, because there’s truly some new hardware coming for you!
As we’ve seen, recycled ocean plastic is the hot material of the year, at least in the world of watches. We’ve seen it most prominently used in watch straps, and that makes sense. When you recycle plastics, turning it into fibers to weave into a textile strap is an easy jump. We have seen it used in watch cases (and also here), and now we’ve got a brand braving a new world – the Oris Aquis Date Upcycle uses the material for the dial.
Nivada is a brand you may have seen on older watches, if you’re keen to perusing the vintage stuff. A few years back, the rights to the brand were purchased, and put us on a path to seeing new watches. Well, new productions of old designs. In the case of today’s watch, it started with someone posting their original Nivada Antarctic Spider on Instagram. Given the interest of the community in the model, Nivada knew they had to build this one next.
When watch brands start up, you can sometimes tell where they’re going to go with subsequent models after their first, as there is a prominent design language that just is part of the DNA of the brand. Other times, you’ve got a surprise curve ball coming at you, which is what Peren has done. We’ve talked about them before, and now they’ve got a watch that went in a direction that I wasn’t expecting from them – the Peren Nera Rogue.
I first became aware of The Electricianz when I wrote about their Cable Z watch three years ago. They’ve kept with their theme of the “exposed” electronics. This time around, though, they’re upping the game by putting a mechanical movement into The Electricianz Hybrid.
You’ve got to hand it to Undone – while the world has been in some unique situations, they’ve managed to keep forging ahead, releasing a number of new watch designs through various collaborations and licensing deals. Sure, their semi-custom platform helps with that, and is no doubt how they arrived at their latest, the Undone Astro Boy.