Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 3, 2014

Niall-Gear-Patrol Born in the USA
Kansas City-based Niall Watch Co. claims that over 90 percent of its watches’ components are sourced in the USA, including the Gorilla Glass crystal. nialluxury.com
Richard-Mille-Gear-Patrol Black Phantom for the Americas
Richard Mille has created a black carbon version of its RM 11 Flyback Chronograph. It will be available only in North and South America (to those with really deep pockets). $160,000
Luminox-Gear-Patrol Self-Winding and Self-Illuminating
Luminox is releasing automatic chronograph and time-and-date versions of its chunky P-38 Lightning watch (read our review of that watch here), with the brand’s trademark tritium tube luminescence. luminox.com
AP-Royal-Oak-Gear-Patrol Whirlwind Chronograph
Audemars Piguet is building 50 special-edition Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronographs, taking the iconic sports chronograph to a whole new level. audemarspiguet.com
Hodinkee-Music-Machine-Gear-Patrol For the Man Who Has (Almost) Everything
MB&F‘s Music Machine 2, a hand-built mechanical music box that plays rock classics and sci-fi movie themes, looks like the starship Enterprise and is finished with the precision and beauty of a Swiss watch. Five examples in gunmetal gray were made especially for HODINKEE and were sold out immediately. But you can still watch the video. hodinkee.com
Graham-Gear-Patrol Big But Light
The new Graham Chronofighter Oversize Superlight sounds like an oxymoron, but a carbon nanotube case keeps the 47-millimeter chronograph’s weight to less than 100 grams. graham1695.com
VICTORINOX-INOX-GEAR-PATROL Takes a Lickin’ and Keeps On Tickin’
Victorinox Swiss Army unveiled their new quartz INOX watch — made specifically to withstand extreme shock, heat, cold and pressure — by running it over with a tank and a firetruck. They also boiled it, froze it in ice and sent it through the spin cycle in a washing machine. It survived. $525
SKAGEN-GEAR-PATROL A Nordic Touch in the Big Apple
The American-born company with a strong Danish heritage makes affordable style watches that are known for their Northern European chic — and now you can buy them in Times Square. skagen.com