If you didn't think people in L.A. made watches, you're wrong. The art of luxury watchmaking thrives at a shop in downtown Los Angeles where the nascent Refined Hardware is headquartered. These online-only, highly engineered, handmade timepieces, which can be customized into bespoke pieces (from $1,675) via a “make-it-yourself” app on the company's website, are elegantly modern gewgaws. Or you can go for the Robber Baron at just $1,085, featuring hyper-reflective gold finished hands and numerals. Made from aerospace-grade titanium and steel, the watches are sturdy and substantial, not to mention a bit heavy, and they're designed to be unisex. The watches' inner workings are transparent, so you can see things functioning. The prices are steep — a black rubber watch band runs $125. The company also has a “test flight” program, which allows customers to try out a watch for 10 days for free, another fun twist from this nontraditional company.
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