Watches

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Nissan kicked off its GT-R half­cen­tury cel­e­bra­tions a year early by col­lab­o­rat­ing with Italde­sign on the wild GT-R50 pro­to­type. Now, there’s a watch to match that costs sig­nif­i­cantly more than a reg­u­lar GT-R. It’s made by Grand Seiko, a Ja­pa­nese time­piece man­u­fac­turer to ri­val any from Switzer­land, and uses the brand’s Spring Drive tech­nol­ogy, which al­lows the sec­onds hand to move in a fluid mo­tion rather than tick­ing to bet­ter rep­re­sent time it­self. It’s con­structed from 18-karat gold, plat­inum and ce­ramic, and runs a GMT com­pli­ca­tion. Only three will be man­u­fac­tured. Grand Seiko Sport Col­lec­tion Spring Drive Chrono­graph GMT $249,000 grand-seiko.com

Hamil­ton is an Amer­i­can watch­maker with a sto­ried past, now pro­duc­ing a range of func­tion-driven, mil­i­taryin­spired time­pieces, among oth­ers, in Switzer­land. The Field Me­chan­i­cal is a high­light, fea­tur­ing a hand-wound move­ment, 38mm stain­less-steel case and a tough, tex­tile strap. It’s based on Hamil­ton’s watch for the US Army (GG-W-113) made between 1967 and 1986. It’s a beau­ti­fully clean and sim­ple item per­fect for daily wear. Hamil­ton Khaki Field Me­chan­i­cal $730 hamil­ton­watch.com

Shi­nola is a Detroit-based brand be­com­ing fa­mous for its range of Amer­i­can-made life­style goods. Watches are where the project be­gan, in 2013, founded by a Texan named Tom Kart­so­tis – the same bloke who built Fos­sil into a multi­bil­lion-dol­lar ac­ces­sories gi­ant. Fol­low­ing a run of quartz-based pieces, The Mon­ster is Shi­nola’s first au­to­matic. It’s a 43mm dive watch made from stain­less steel with a sap­phire crys­tal and date dis­play, as­sem­bled in Mo­tor City. Shi­nola The Lake Su­pe­rior Mon­ster Au­to­matic $2250 shi­nola.com

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