Tactical, understated, and simple, the Breitling Super Avenger II Watch ($TBA) is a go-anywhere timepiece with professionalism and style to spare. While there are plenty of options within this line, the military version — limited to just 500 pieces — is the obvious choice, with its large 48mm black steel case, volcano black dial, and webbed strap. A large crown and textured pushers make it easy to use when you're cold or wet, and the luminous markers are easy to read on its dark face, making it perfect for outdoor activities. With three sub-dials and a date function, there's no way you'll lose track of anything worth remembering.
If you need a watch that's so precise it can keep time down to a tiny fraction of a second, you need the Tag Heuer Carrera Mikrogirder Watch ($120,000). Representing the complete reinvention of mechanically-regulated watch movement, this timepiece measures time down to a ridiculous 5/10,000th of a second — so you'll never have to worry about missing a beat. The watch comes on a hand-sewn anthracite soft-touch alligator bracelet, with a polished and brushed black titanium carbide coated steel case, a sapphire crystal, and an anthracite and silver dial.
First made in 1953 to celebrate their centennial, the Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary Watch ($TBA; available November) has been rebuilt, maintaining its classic appeal while adding in some modern functionality. Made with traveling in mind, it has a rotating bezel with the capitals of 24 countries of the world, letting you easily determine the time in any major city around the globe. Available with either an 18-karat gold or stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal with a non-reflective coating, and a leather band, this watch features swiss-made automatic mechanical movement and water resistance down to 100 feet.
With a name inspired by the famous Alpine helicopter base used by the Swiss Air Force, you know you can count on the Victorinox Swiss Army Alpnach Watches ($2,500-$3,700) to endure just about anything. And with a stainless steel case coated in black PVD, a triple-coated, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and water resistance down to ten atmospheres, these watches definitely live up to their name. They feature self-winding swiss mechanical movement, luminous hands and hour markers, a nylon strap with a deployant clasp, and a four-blade-rotor second hand alluding to the Cougar AS 532 helicopter.
While you may have admired the original Xetum Tyndall Watch — with its stainless steel case and bracelet — the Xetum Tyndall PVD Carbon Fiber Watch ($1,700) takes that beautiful timepiece to an entirely new level. It replaces the plain back dial with a dark gray carbon fiber one, while the case receives a powder matte black finish drawing into stark contrast the white numbers and hands (a customized black rotor complements the look around back). The watch was designed in California, but built in Switzerland with Swiss movement, is limited to just 300 pieces, and sports a naturally-tanned black leather strap with a cork lining.
Remind yourself of how far you've traveled — whether it's a couple of timezones or nations away — every time you glance at your wrist with the Kitmen Keung Long Distance Watch ($480). This timepiece, meant as much for the man who appreciates minimalism as the man who gallivants across the globe, features two discrete faces. The first is meant to tell the current time, and is set off in high-contrast black and white. The second is meant to tell the time of wherever you came from (or wherever you're headed), and fades into the background thanks to a subtler gray color scheme. It features two individual three-hand quartz movements, a stainless feel case with a chamfered bezel, and a black Argentinian-made calf leather strap, making it as beautiful as it is simple.
Just because you can't get your hands on the original, doesn't mean you shouldn't pick up the limited edition re-imagining of the Omega Seamaster Bullhead Chronograph Watch ($TBA). Taking its design cues from the vintage 1969 Seamaster Bullhead — including its asymmetrical shield-shaped case and unique configuration of the chronograph pushers at the top and bottom — this watch is a refined version of the original. It features a brushed and polished case, flat pushers (making it distinct from the original), a sapphire crystal, and a rotating bezel on a 24-hour scale. It comes on a brown leather strap, is water resistant down to 500 feet, and limited to just 669 pieces.
Named for the brave locomotive brakemen of the early 1900s, The Brakeman watch by Shinola ($625-$725) allows you to always be wearing classic America-made style, no matter what the rest of your attire entails. Like The Runwell, another handsome watch by Shinola, The Brakeman is entirely hand assembled in Detroit — including the Argonite movement, which is assembled from over 50 Swiss-made components. The Brakeman, available in 40mm or 46mm sizes in a variety of straps, sports a stainless steel case in five finishes, along with several different dial options, all of which feature a date magnifier, Super-LumiNova markers, and sapphire crystal protection. Precision internals, disguised as a sleek, everyday looker. That's Shinola at their best.
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There are plenty of wrist-worn fitness trackers available for data-obsessed athletes out there, but few offer the feature-set boasted by the Adidas MiCoach Smart Run Watch ($400). While it does everything you would expect from a device that tracks your physical activity — a pedometer to measure your movement, and access to historical data to chart your progress — it also packs in some other useful features. Built-in GPS keeps track of your speed, distance, and your favorite routes. An on-board coaching system will help you train more effectively, whether you're getting ready for a 5k or your first marathon. Perhaps best of all, it features an MP3 player with wireless Bluetooth audio, so you can say goodbye to extra gadgets and obnoxious headphone cables.
You don't want to be the jerk on the golf course who's constantly glued to his phone — no one likes that guy. With the Garmin Approach S4 GPS Golf Watch ($350), you won't have to be. Just like the previous versions, this GPS watch comes loaded with a database of more than 30,000 golf courses that you can access on the the built-in touchscreen display. Unlike previous versions, it comes with Bluetooth connectivity, letting you discreetly view notifications about calls, emails, and texts without taking your phone out of your pocket. Additionally, it lets you monitor analytics about your golf game, so you can gradually improve using real-life data that's unique to you.
If you spend your weekdays working in the city and your weekends retreating to the outdoors — whether you're backpacking, climbing, hunting, kayaking — you need a watch that looks great but won't fall apart the first time you bash it into a rock. The Montblanc Sport DLC Chronograph Watch ($6,100) was built with durability in mind, so it's trail ready, but was designed with a masculine minimalism that suits your business casual. It's made with a hardened stainless steel case, thermally treated, and coated with black carbon, all making it much harder than the average timepiece. The screwed case back and screw-down crown make it water resistant down to 200 meters, while the luminescent hands and face make it easy to read no matter the conditions.
In case you've forgotten, at one point watches actually served a purpose beyond status symbol or menswear accessory — people actually used them to keep track of time. The Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph Watch ($625-$775) pays homage to an era when the wristwatch was a tool that made the difference between winning and losing, the era of prototype sports car racing (think 24 Hours of LeMans or Daytona). These watches feature the sorts of tools race drivers need: with subregisters on the right and left to measure seconds and hours up to 24, a tachymeter to determine average speed, and a pulsometer to calculate heart rate. Perforated watch bands, styling suggesting the curves of a race car, and color schemes commemorating motorsports legends (on the limited edition Vic Elford variant) complete the package.