Great collaborators can adapt their style without losing their identity: you know it's Clapton whether he's making psychedelic blues with Cream or brilliantly watered down R&B with Babyface -- masterful even if you couldn't hear it over the roar of your vomiting. Proving themselves just as agile with watch collabs, Nooka
Vaunted for their colorful retro-future aesthetic and replacement of numbers with dots and bars, Nooka ("sleek" in Hawaiian) has just dropped seven square-faced, limited edition collabs (Solemates currently stocks 4), each bearing a different company's distinctive mark, while retaining an underlying Nookaness. The highlights
LTD Zoo (144 made): Working with the hard-to-find gear mag, Nooka produced these square-faced aluminum jobs with an orange-rimmed black face and camo bands in black & gray, so you'll blend right in to a Three Stooges marathon
The Fifth Door (200): A mashup with "hip-hop video game fusion" company Konsole Kingz, these aluminum-constructed, crimson-colored offerings sport joystick renderings all over the band; the time-dotted face is augmented with a digital stopwatch -- because if you're going to be excellent at video games, you must do a lot of windsprints
Kid Robot (1000): Made in conjunction with NYC's Japanese toy boutique and co-molded with black polyurethane, the bands on these models rock white-outline images of Kid's smiley, shark-finned robot mascot (Kid Robot = his ball-bearings haven't dropped)
The newness is also available at Nooka's webstore, where you can also find a fresh drop of 20 solo efforts, each guaranteed to cha-a-ange the world (roar).