Before launching his own brand, Cameron Weiss worked as a watchmaker for a handful of luxury Swiss watch companies. But he always had a dream of restoring the prestige to American watchmaking with his own range of timepieces. And Weiss Watch Company, which recently launched at select menswear retailers, does just that. Blending classic horological techniques and modern technology, Weiss designs and builds every piece by hand in Los Angeles, using heirloom quality materials. The high-end mechanical Swiss movement inside features a slick, sweeping second hand and durable shock protection system. It's all the quality and precision you'd expect from a luxury watch—there's even a sapphire crystal backing, so you can see the movements and mechanics of a watch made from more than 100 individual components. Dubbed the "Standard Issue Field Watch," the styling of the timepiece is reminiscent of vintage military watches but the size has been beefed up to a more modern 42mm stainless steel case. Ruggedly utilitarian, but handsome enough to wear in a range of situations. And because they're entirely built by hand by a small independent company, each Field Watch is individually numbered and limited to a 500-piece initial run.
$950, at Wittmore
Swap Out the Strap
Weiss also makes alternative straps for the watches, crafted from top quality leathers and water-resistant Cordura canvas with stainless steel buckles.
From $60 at Wittmore