If you're really serious about telling time, you could wear four watches, or, you could just get the Diesel Grand Daddy Watch ($1,000). At 73 by 66 millimeters (or just under three by three inches) this watch is pretty huge — so you might want to start adding weight to your hammer curls. Reflecting a more-is-more approach, it comes with four chronographs, letting you keep time in your most frequently-visited cities. Each limited-edition watch is numbered out of 1,000, features a laser-cut crystal with a pyramid bevel, and water resistance to just under 100 feet.
The A.Manzoni & Fils Canopus Weekplanner Watch ($5,000) features Swiss mechanical movement and unique functionality, all packed into a beautiful contemporary design. This watch has a rounded stainless steel case that seamlessly transitions to a sapphire crystal on the face and back. Under the face, you'll find hands that track the week, date, day, month, phases of the moon (and of course the time). Each watch includes two straps: an adjustable stainless steel link strap, and a black and orange alligator strap — a rapid change mechanism lets you switch them out in seconds. It's water resistant to over 300 feet, and has a 42-hour power reserve.
Even if you don't plan on sailing to victory at your next regatta, there's no denying the appeal of the Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ Watch ($6,800). Made to commemorate the 34th America's Cup, and in recognition of Omega's partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand, this timepiece is the sailer's new best friend. It has a rotating bezel, a helium escape valve, and resists water down to 1,000 feet — so it should keep ticking well after you catch a boom in the face and wind up in the water (we just hope you know how to swim).
Wearable tech is undeniably the next big thing in portable electronic devices — from those goofy-looking glasses, to the rumored iWatch, to the Sony SmartWatch 2 ($200), we're already seeing the signs. The watch functions as a bridge between you and your Android device (using NFC), letting you read messages, take photos, control your music, check maps, and more. Conveniently, it's also water resistant, in case you plan on using it in situations where you might get wet.
When your job (or your social life) takes you all over the world, there are plenty of things to worry about — exchanging currency, language barriers, jet lag, handsy TSA agents — but keeping accurate time shouldn't be one of them. The Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime Pilot Watch ($11,200) allows the wearer to adjust the local time, date, and city with a simple twist of the crown. Available in either 18-karat gold or stainless steel, with a sapphire crystal, water resistance to nearly 400 feet, and self-winding swiss movement.
If you dreamed of becoming an astronaut as a kid — like so many of us — but reality set in and it never quite happened, the Romain Jerome Moon Orbiter Watch ($115,000) might make for a good consolation prize. Made with steel from the Apollo 11 Spacecraft, and containing genuine moon dust, this timepiece may be as close as you'll get to achieving your dream. And, as a limited edition of 25 pieces, owning one is almost as exclusive as actually joining the elite club of space walkers. (Though, if you can afford one, you may actually be able to pay your way into space.)
While we wouldn't recommend it for determining if you're good to drive, the Kisai Breathalyzer Watch ($100) could make for some pretty interesting bar games. After breathing into the side of the watch, an LED backlight responds, turning green if you're sober, yellow if you're tipsy, and red if you're drunk — as well as displaying your BAC percentage. The stainless steel watch has an adjustable band and a USB-rechargeable battery that lasts for a month on a charge. It also displays the time, of course, so last call won't sneak up on you.
With the Summer coming, you're sure to find ample opportunities to get wet at the beach (or lake, river, creek, swimmin' hole). While a sturdy dive watch will withstand a plunge, they're probably a bit nice to take tubing — and most don't look anything like the Swatch Scuba Libre Watches ($90). These Swatches feature outrageous color combinations, swappable bands, quartz movement, and water resistance down to 200 meters. While you probably won't wear one diving, it'll definitely look good by the water, and at that price you won't be too concerned if you leave it in the surf.
You've seen this year's crop of Flight Instruments, and now it's time to see the complete collection. The Bell & Ross Flight Instruments Collector's Box ($32,900) includes all six of the highly-limited "instruments" — the BR 01 Heading Indicator, BR 01 Airspeed, BR 01 Climb, BR01 Horizon, BR01 Altimeter, and BR01 Turn Coordinator — encase in a handsome wooden and metal presentation box, with a numbered plaque, as well as holes in the top to allow the faces of the timepieces below to show through. Only 99 boxes are available, so if you're looking to add these to your collection, you'd best get a move on.
You've spent a lot of coin building your collection of timepieces, so it only makes sense that it'd be worth the money to protect them when you travel. These Martinator Watch Cases ($150-$450) can do exactly that. Based on Pelican cases, these custom carriers are available in 4-, 6-, 18-, and 32-watch versions, each with separate padded inserts for each watch. Already have a Pelican case? You can order the inserts by themselves. Either way, it sure beats doing nothing more than throwing your best wristwear into a bag.
Most "racing" watches sport nothing more than a fancy chronograph to count lap times. But the Halda Race Pilot Watch ($TBA) isn't most watches. This unique timepiece features two interchangeable modules that allow you to switch between a traditional or digital face as you please. The mechanical module is an automatic chronograph with a Zenith movement and a 50-hour power reserve, while the digital race module packs info about 150 of the world's best-known race tracks inside, and uses that into to calculate average speed, measure lap times down to 1/100th of a second, and a stainless steel case back that's designed to work as a resonance system, letting you hear your alarms above the din of the engine.
With fifty-nine pivoting minute hands, eleven rotating triangles to mark the hours, and a sliding trap door, the Harry Winston Opus XIII Watch ($250,000) isn't the craziest watch we've seen — but it's close. Developed in collaboration Ludovic Ballouard, it also features a 44.25 mm case in 18K white gold, a sapphire-crystal display back, a 35-hour power reserve, water resistance down to 30 meters, and a hand-sewn black alligator leather strap. Limited to just 130 units, or the total number of people that can actually figure out what time it is by looking at the face. [via]