If you ever got a hand-me-down Rolex from someone who worked in a power plant or secret government research facility, you might have gotten your hands on an early Rolex Milgauss Watch ($7,500). Introduced in 1956 for the scientific community, the Milgauss is capable of withstanding magnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss — or more than you'd ever wish to be exposed to. Corrosion-resistant 940L steel does the trick with the case, as does an amazing green sapphire cover.
If you travel so much that you literally can't remember what time zone you're in, perhaps it's time to just ditch the concept altogether and start using UTC to keep track of the hours. The Montblanc TimeWalker ChronoVoyager UTC Watch ($TBA) will allow you to do so in style, with a Swiss automatic movement, a column-wheel chronograph with UTC time, a 43mm stainless steel case, and a titanium grey bezel. No word on whether or not you can get it without the stuffy leather strap.
The pitch-black Tag Heuer Formula 1 Stealth Watch ($TBA) is just the wristwear needed for those who like to keep it dark. The 42mm-sized watch features a black face, black lume, black-gold hour markers, and a stainless steel case with an all-black titanium-carbide coating. The only hint of color comes from the red-tipped chronograph hand. [via]
As if you needed a reminder of how fast time is slipping away, the Tag Heuer Mikrogirder ($TBA) is here to show you with nearly unreadable speed. Accurate to 1/2,000th of a second, the Mikrogirder uses an all new beam/girder and excitatory beam/girder system to measure such small fractions of time with stunning accuracy, as evident on the central hand that does a complete revolution 20 times a second. It probably tells you normal time well, too, but if you're even considering trying to acquire this beast, that's probably not your biggest concern.
We'll be the first to admit that Swatch — better known for its crazy, stackable neon designs — was about the last company we expected to drop a touchscreen digital watch. Yet that's exactly what the Swatch Touch Watch ($140) is. Using funky on-screen digits that blend in well with the control indicators at the bottom, it offers up the time, date, and even a chronograph, all accesible with a touch — and swipe — of the finger.