The Cool Promise of Machines That Run on Body Heat

The human body at rest radiates 100 watts of heat—heat that does nothing other than make crowded rooms stuffy. But body heat can be converted to electricity, and new technology is always improving the process. With the rise of wearables, the body heat-powered device becomes an ever more tantalizing promise. » 4/14/14 1:00pm 4/14/14 1:00pm

Adorable Justice League Watches Grant You the Power of Punctuality

Unless being late to a dinner date is a felony, Nooka's new line of DC Comics-themed watches won't give you any crime-fighting powers. What they will give you is the ability to show off your allegiance to one of five different DC universe characters including Superman, The Flash, Batman, The Green Lantern, and Wonder… » 4/10/14 11:20am 4/10/14 11:20am

You Don't Need To Know Math To Read This Mathematician's Watch

Even if the mention of trigonometry, calculus, or algebra gets your heart racing and your palms sweating, you still might appreciate this watch that demonstrates the first proposition in book one of Euclid's Elements. Because even if you don't know what that means, you can still look like you do, while still easily… » 4/08/14 4:00pm 4/08/14 4:00pm

Cheap, Colorful Solar-Powered Watches That Require No Maintenance

Based on the same technology that lets Citizen's high-end watches with Eco-Drive stay perpetually charged by the sun, Q&Q (a company founded almost 40 years ago as part of Citizen) has finally made its once Japan-only SolarSmile watches available internationally. So for just $40—with free shipping—you can get a simple… » 4/02/14 5:00pm 4/02/14 5:00pm

TomTom Squeezes a Heart Rate Monitor Into Its GPS Watches

When we reviewed the TomTom Runner GPS watch last year, we pointed out that if you wanted to monitor your heart rate, you'd need to buy an extra accessory. But for athletes looking to seriously train their bodies, metrics on how fast or far they ran, swam, or biked isn't enough. So TomTom has updated the Runner GPS… » 4/02/14 3:20pm 4/02/14 3:20pm

Victorinox Tested This Durable Watch By Driving a 64-Ton Tank Over It

For years now, if you wanted a watch that could survive almost everything up to a nuclear war, Casio's G-Shock line was your goto timepiece. But Victorinox, maker of the venerable Swiss Army Knife, wants a piece of that market. So it's just unveiled its Inox line of 'Tonka-tough' watches that can seemingly survive any… » 3/31/14 4:40pm 3/31/14 4:40pm

A Rugged Touchscreen Watch That Looks To the Sun For Charging

Long before Samsung's Galaxy Gear entered the picture with its colorful LCD display, Tissot introduced a touchscreen watch to help alleviate button clutter. It was far from what we would now consider 'smart', but it made accessing the T-Touch's various functions a lot easier. And while the latest version still doesn't… » 3/27/14 2:10pm 3/27/14 2:10pm

This Watch's Spinning Spectacle Is More Distracting Than a Smartphone

Baselworld 2014—the CES for the watch industry—is just around the corner and you know what that means: an endless parade of mechanical wristworn masterpieces that most of us could never dream of affording. Like Jacob&Co's new Astronomia Tourbillon which features enough spinning components to distract even a devout… » 3/19/14 5:20pm 3/19/14 5:20pm

A Touchscreen 'Smart'watch That Doesn't Need a Phone

In a time when every company seems to be announcing a smartwatch, Phosphor has taken a slightly different approach with its Touch Time. It runs a small suite of apps, accessible on the watch's monochrome touchscreen LCD display, but what it comes with is all it will ever have. There's no wireless connectivity to a… » 3/18/14 8:00am 3/18/14 8:00am

Constantly Spinning Dials Replace Hands on This Sleek Minimal Watch

Ressence is following up on its mesmerizing Type 3 watch—which replaced hands and other visible mechanisms with a series of perpetually spinning dials trapped under a curved water-filled sapphire dome—with the new Type 1 that somehow manages to be even more minimal than last year's model. » 3/13/14 3:16pm 3/13/14 3:16pm

The Tiny Figure On This Watch Gets Tired When It Needs a Winding

When you're wearing an old-school watch that requires winding every few days, the last thing you want is to look down to discover it stopped ticking hours ago. That's why mechanical watches usually include a power reserve indicator, but none are as unique as the tiny creature on MB&F's new Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang. » 3/07/14 2:40pm 3/07/14 2:40pm

A Simple Digital Watch With a Stylish Handwritten Font

When you think of a digital watch, you can probably picture the simple boxy numbers created by a traditional segmented LCD display. This Script Watch uses the same technique—an LCD display broken up into static segments that can only be turned on or off—but manages to display the time as if a talented calligrapher just … » 3/07/14 8:55am 3/07/14 8:55am

Garmin's Fenix 2 May Be the World's Best Adventure and Training Watch

Garmin has had a lot of success with its GPS watches in recent years. There's the Forerunner 910XT, which has been the king of triathlon watches for years now. There's the recent Forerunner 620 (and the 220) which added advanced analysis of running dynamics to the equation. And then, of course, there's the original… » 2/20/14 7:00am 2/20/14 7:00am

Garmin Forerunner 220 Review: Solid Running Watch With a Pretty Face

Garmin has been at this running-watch thing for a while. Most recently, the Forerunner 10 was the company's best attempt at a simple, easy-to-read watch, but, for all that, it still wasn't as simple to use as it ought to have been. Enter the Forerunner 220. It's the 10's younger, smarter, better-looking, more… » 2/19/14 3:40pm 2/19/14 3:40pm

The Best of Toy Fair 2014

Imagine walking into the world's biggest toy store except that everything you see is completely brand new—and you can't buy any of it just yet. That's exactly what covering Toy Fair—the toy industry's annual tradeshow—is like. It's a tantalizing glimpse into what kids will be begging their parents for over the upcoming … » 2/19/14 2:40pm 2/19/14 2:40pm

This Tiny Classic Arcade Is as Smart a Watch as You Need

You might think you need a watch that can check email, control your music, and even stay on top of Twitter updates, but you've been misled. ThinkGeek's new Classic Arcade Wristwatch is all you really need strapped to your wrist, especially if you're old enough to remember a time when beating a video game required a… » 2/16/14 1:53pm 2/16/14 1:53pm