When you're out on the race track, timing is everything — from figuring out exactly how late you can brake, to getting your shifts down perfectly, to hitting all the right lines — everything contributes to shaving seconds off your lap time. The CT Scuderia Corsa Watch is made with exactly this in mind — with a design inspired by the clunky stop-watches typically worn around the neck by those helping you measure those precious seconds. It features a prominent start/stop button that protrudes from the watch case, making it simple to press even when you're on the move. With interchangeable bands made from leather materials regularly found in performance cars, and a range of colored cases and buttons available, you can customize it just as much as you do your ride.
You missed out on the original Galaxy Gear, and the Samsung Gear Fit is just a little too fitness-focused for you. What to do? Grab a Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch instead. Powered by Samsung's Tizen platform, this second-gen wearable features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, a 2 MP camera, 4GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer, gyroscope, and heart rate monitor, the ability to answer calls, give you text, email, and app notifications, control your phone's media player, and serve as a watch. Oh, and lest we forget, an IR-blaster for serving as a remote control — because finding the real remote or taking your phone out is just too much hassle.
So far, most smartwatch-style devices have been either fitness- or productivity-focused. The Samsung Gear Fit is the first to be both. Dominated by a 1.84-inch curved AMOLED screen, this dust- and water-resistant wearable companion offers a pedometer, movement tracking, heart rate and sleep monitoring, a stopwatch, and a timer, and connects to your phone via Bluetooth LE, giving you text, call, email, and app notifications, as well as letting you control your music without reaching into your pocket.
Good, reliable data can be an athlete's best friend — whether you're running, biking, climbing, skiing — being able to easily track every aspect of your activity can help make you better. With the Garmin Fenix 2 GPS Watch you can track everything from distance and pace to heart rate and recovery time, all from a compact wrist-worn device. It has a huge array of features packed into the watch, including an altimeter, a barometer, a compass, high-sensitivity GPS, and much more. With the ability to synchronize with other Garmin devices, you can track and share your progress, while compatibility with your iPhone lets you view texts and emails without pulling out your phone.
When you travel constantly across the world, you can't be bothered to adjust your watch every time you touch down — between currency exchanges, customs checks, trying to round up all your baggage — there's just not enough time. But with the Seiko Astron GPS Solar Watch, you don't have to worry about that, so you can focus on what really matters. Thanks to its built-in low-power GPS system, the watch automatically adjusts the time to your current location, using GPS triangulation to determine just where you are. It also uses that same GPS connectivity to keep the time accurate based on the atomic clocks in each satellite.
Watch bands are generally at their worst an afterthought and at best designed around how they can compliment a watch's face. The band of the Void Sond Watch is actually part of the face. Injection molded in one single piece, this stylish digital timepiece boasts a locking mechanism that uses the watch itself to secure the nylon band. Just three components — the case, the band, and the fitting loops — are involved, but since each one is available in eight colors, over 500 combinations are possible. As for us, we'll stick to the simple solid grey.
No, it's not literally slow — otherwise it wouldn't be much of a timepiece. Then again, the single hands of Slow Watches do move slower than usual. But there's a good reason for that: these novel watches use a single hand that rotates around a full 24-hour dial, with indexes marking every 15 minutes. Whether that causes you to speed up or slow down depends on your temperament, but no matter what, you rest assured the Swiss Made Ronda Caliber 505.24H GMT movement will keep the correct time.
Leave it to a company known for its simple, plastic, infinitely collectible watches to crank out the world's least complex automatic timepiece. The Swatch Sistem51 Watch is the Swiss company's very first automatic watch, boasting an innovative self-winding movement that uses only 51 parts spread across five separate modules and features an impressive 90 hour power reserve. You can see the movement through the back of the hermetically sealed plastic case, which comes in blue, red, white, and black colorways.
It was only a matter of time before the makers of wearable activity trackers stopped producing techie plastic pieces that only look appropriate in a gym, and started focusing on making them look good for everyday wear. The Wellograph Watch looks gorgeous, crafted from sapphire crystal or stainless steel and accompanied by either a genuine leather or nato strap. Its tasteful user interface — displayed on a low-power LCD screen — shows useful information at a glance, letting you monitor your exercise, fitness, heartrate, steps, and more. The Wellograph app, available for iOS and Android, gives you an in-depth look at your wellbeing and syncs wirelessly over Bluetooth.
Is '70s style making a comeback? Well, it certainly is with this Omega Speedmaster Mark II Watch. A reintroduction of a watch that first appeared in 1969, this handsome, masculine timepiece features a water resistant brushed steel case and matching bracelet and your choice of either red/orange and gray or monochrome black and white dials. As for specs, it's powered by a Omega Calibre 3330 automatic movement, with a certified COSC Chronometer, raised tachymetre marks, and a date indicator located at 6 o'clock. Just be sure to pay attention, as there's no "Mark II" marking on the face to let you know which is which.
Think all smartwatches are destined to look dorky? Think again. At a glance, the Cogito Smartwatch ($180) looks just like a regular timepeice — round case, black face, hour and minute hands — but at the press of a button becomes so much more. Because that black face is actually a digital display, notifying you of incoming calls, texts, and emails, as well as calendar appointments and alarms. Will it let you read the whole thing, like a Pebble? No, but frankly, people that stare at their wrists for long periods of time freak us out anyway.
Owners of the original Pebble smartwatch know what a useful gadget it can be — and they also know the inconvenience of having to leave it at home on those occasions when its plastic body is likely to ruin their look. Not any more. Say hello to the Pebble Steel ($250). Smaller and thinner than the original, this new model is made from forged and CNC-machined stainless steel in a brushed or matte black finish, but retains the ePaper display and app compatibility of its plastic sibling. Each one ships with a metal and leather strap, giving you the choice to dress it up or dress it down — but also meaning the days of it being a fashion distraction are over.