We've got touch screens on all kinds of things now, so why not our watches? The Kenneth Cole Touch Screen Watch ($150) uses its touch screen to provide a clutter-free, minimalistic design, with a stainless steel round case sporting only one button at the two o'clock position, 32-city world time, a chronograph, an electro luminescent backlight, and a sleek silicon strap or optional black enamel-coated link band for $25 more. Oh, and it boasts another feature you won't find on your favorite touch screen-sporting pocket brick: water resistance.
We've been tempted by J.Crew's Timex Military Watch more than a handful of times, but we may finally have to bite the bullet with the Timex Vintage Field Army Watch ($150). This one replace's the Military Watch's black face with a lightly distressed off-white facia that's paired with an olive nylon strap, while maintaing the quartz analog movement, sturdy stainless steel case, and water resistance of the original. Yes, you're still paying more than a Benjamin for a Timex, but at least you won't find this one on clearance down at your local Walmart.
Add a blast of color to your wrist with these Casio G-Shock GA110 Watches ($120). Available in blue, green, or pink, these monotone timepieces offer a shock- and water-resistant build, an auto-calendar function, a 1/1000 second stopwatch, a daily alarm, an LED backlight, and a matching resin band. Subtle they aren't, but the Skittles-inspired colors are a nice way to kick up an otherwise conservative outfit.
Casio's already managed to shove an entire computer into a watch, so why not a digital compass? Or an altimeter, or barometer, or thermometer? Well, the Casio Pathfinder PAW5000-1 Watch ($450) has all of those features, as well as a second hand that acts as a compass needle, Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping, the company's Tough Movement to ensure operation even when you're getting the business end of nature, a tough-as-nails case, and solar power to keep things running long after you've been captured by the natives.
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Sometimes mesh can be a bad thing — like when it's used in shirts worn by certain New Jersey residents — but used correctly, it can add a nice effect to an otherwise subdued surface, like, say, a metal watch strap. The Skagen Titanium Mesh Strap Watch ($145) is, as the name suggests, made from brushed titanium and offers a carbon-fiber detail on the face, a clasp closure, and — surprise! — a mesh strap.