Once upon a time, America was a veritable hotbed of watchmaking. The 1800s saw the rise of giants like Hamilton, Waltham, Illinois and Elgin, whose pocket watches of the period attract collectors to this day. The American watch industry occupies a different landscape today, though a number of companies still build exceptional timepieces. While some brands go out of their way to source or manufacture as many components in America as possible, one builds some of its movements from scratch, earning its watches the authentic title of Made in America.
The Doughboy Watch Co.
Now for something completely different. Philadelphia-based Doughboy Watch Co. tracks down and refurbishes old American pocket watches of all shapes and sizes and then converts the cases for wear as a trench watch. If you’re looking for something big and bold you just won’t see anywhere else, this is the way to go. Prices vary.
RGM Watch Co.
RGM truly pulls out all the stops. The 801-COE “Corps of Engineers” watch presents a beautiful throwback to the original World War I pocket watches issued to the Corps. It uses one of the brand’s three in-house, American-made calibers and a glass-fired enamel dial — a beautiful example of RGM’s passion for quality finishing and paying respect to historically significant watchmaking. Strap: $9,700; bracelet: $10,450.
Niall continues to push to find new American watch component sources. A quick conversation with company co-founder Mike Wilson instantly reveals his obsession with American manufacturing. Each Niall case (including its American-made Gorilla Glass crystal) is manufactured stateside, with its movements sourced from Eterna in Switzerland. Blending simplicity and refinement, the Niall GMT remains a timeless classic. $5,500.
Kobold Expedition Tools
Kobold designs and manufactures all its own cases and uses trusted and reliable ETA Swiss movements often modified by the company’s master watchmaker to suit the design of the watch. There’s a reason Kobold enjoys a longstanding relationship with the Navy SEALS. Each Kobold is built to survive any rough and rugged adventure you can throw at it. Featuring a stainless steel case and domed, extra-thick sapphire crystal, the Soarway Diver Safari is water-resistant to 1,640 feet. $3,350.
A new watch with a healthy dose of Americana doesn’t have to cost you a few thousand dollars. Shinola takes an interesting approach to mass-market watchmaking, continuing to focus its efforts on the assembly of watches in Detroit. Credit where credit is due: It takes guts to set up shop the way Shinola has. Prices vary.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
For all its cosmopolitan trappings, Singapore remains, at heart, a tropical island. The city planners determinedly preserved gennery and the high groves of concrete and glass, and for a complete escape from urban bustle there still remain patches of the jungle and mangroves that covered the island when Sir Stamford Raffles first established a trading outpost here in 1819.
In this era of 6,500-passenger mega-ships, any cruise vessel conveying fewer than a thousand voyagers is considered a small ship, including high-end luxury liners, deluxe expedition ships and the world’s riverboats. The focus on many small ships is the destination rather than the conveyance, the expert chat rather than the Broadway show, the watersport rather than the casino, the scenery and culture rather than the full-service spa and specialty restaurant. Passengers make a travel style choice, forgoing the options and pleasures of a resort-sized vessel for the deeper, more immersive experience of a yacht-scaled ship.
Air Tahiti Nui resumed service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete (PPT) last week. To welcome travelers back to French Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui offers fares starting as low as $775 round-trip from Los Angeles, and $789 from San Francisco (SFO). The airline also allows a free date change on all of its tickets.
Turkish Airlines, already flying to more countries than any other airline, announced its 10th U.S. gateway: Newark Liberty International Airport. Service will launch May 21, with four flights per week between EWR and Istanbul (IST). Beginning June 1, the frequency increases to daily.
Magdalena, a Maryland Bistro in The Ivy Hotel partnered with Uncle Nearest premium whiskey to create a Preakness-inspired cocktail ahead of this weekend’s event. The Laws and Lilies libation honors the contributions of Black jockeys in the early days of American horse racing. Emmanuel S. West, Jr., director of food & beverage, The Ivy Hotel, crafted the cocktail using Uncle Nearest’s 1856 Premium Whiskey.