The Bund Strap watchband was first used by WWII pilots because of its insulating properties. The leather band would ensure that the watch face would not freeze or burn a pilot’s wrist as they were exposed to extreme conditions. Later the first man to venture into space – Yuri Gagarin – wore his watch on a Bund Strap. Perhaps its most celebrated wearer was Paul Newman whose signature Rolex Daytona was always worn on a Bund Strap.
The FEIT Bund Strap is classic and simple and is made from the same vegetable leather we use for our shoes. This leather is dyed with only natural ingredients and isn’t treated with any heavy metals. It contains none of the chrome found in most leathers and is, therefore, much better for your skin.
TSOVET is continually a step beyond what we thought was possible in the world of watches–especially when you consider their affordable price tags. Their latest creation, the SVT-PX87, has a case and bezel made of a composite material called NyPxCEL. We have no idea what that is, but we can tell you what it does. It makes the SVT-PX87 water resistant to 200M, shock absorbent and impact resistant. All of that, coupled with the fact the band isrubber, means you can actually wear your watch while you do stuff, without constantly worrying about cracking the face and having to invest in a new time keeping device. As is always the case with TSOVET, it also looks damn good. Available here from November
If you haven’t heard already, legendary director and ocean explorer James Cameron plans to explore the depths of the Challenger Deep of the Marianas Trench, a feat that hasn’t been achieved for more than 50 years. For this expedition Rolex is equipping Cameron with a special version of the Sea-Dweller called the “Deepsea Challenge” which is rated to 12,000 meteres/39,370 ft, a depth rating that is beyond the currently known recorded depths of the Marianas Trench.
Here is another compelling project featuring the illustrious Brooklyn based artist, KAWS with a custom-designed Ikepod Horizon Wristwatch. Fusing the Swiss watchmaker’s affinity for contemporary and modern timepieces, this design is highlighted by the signature KAWS Chomper teeth motif emblazoned across the black dial with the dual lines of his “X” graphic comprising the hour and minute hand.
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond film series, Omega is set to release a version of their Seamaster watch updated with details dedicated to the classic franchise. For instance, the watch uses a “007″ theme on the black lacquer dial with an emphasis on the number “50″ on the outer bezel. Less apparent details are the way in which the winding rotor is constructed in a bullet shape, a tasteful homage that does not compromise the Seamaster’s original beauty. The timepiece will be offered by the Swiss company in a limited edition of 11,007 pieces.
To celebrate their work as the Official Timekeeper of the upcoming 2012 Olympic games in London, Omega is releasing an updated version of its original Seamaster. The 1948 Co Axial has a 39mm stainless steel case, 18 Ct yellow gold medallion embossed with the 2012 Olympic logo, and features the OMEGA caliber 2202 movement.
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Italian streetwear pioneer Slam Jam has collaborated with Rolex on this special, limited edition version of the classic Submariner 14060 model. With a grey-colored dial, the watch features the Slam Jam logo just below the Rolex one and has contrasting red accents that cover the second hand and the twenty minute marker. With a rotatable outer bezel and unique nato strap, each watch is numbered from 1 to 20, indicating the limited run. The release also comes with a special commemorative box, modeled after the ones used in the military, that’s made from salvaged wood and can only be opened with a special Torx Key. If you’re eager to get your hands on this piece, though, you may be out of luck as the watch is not currently for sale