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.
While it certainly won't replace the navigation technology typical of most airplanes, the Garmin D2 Pilot Watch ($450) would definitely be a pilot's best friend in a tight spot. While it includes everything you would expect from a standard aviator watch, it also packs in all the goodies typical of a Garmin navigation device. Its features include the ability to load in a flight plan and view it on a small map on the watch face, as well as an NRST button that will guide you to the nearest airport in case the worst happens. In addition, the watch includes a compass, horizontal situation indicator, ground speed indicator, and an altimeter.
Two years ago Jay Z subtly called our attention to a forthcoming project, saying "new watch alert, Hublots" on Kanye's Otis — now the wait is over, the Shawn Carter x Hublot Classic Fusion Watch ($18,000-$34,000) is here. This limited-edition collaboration comes in two variations: a black ceramic piece limited to 250, and a yellow gold piece limited to 100 (the more costly of the two). Both watches feature a 90-hour power reserve, water resistance down to 50 meters, self-winding movement, and a sapphire crystal. And, they were designed by Mr. Carter himself, so, there's that. [via]
Next time you embark on a trip around the world, make sure no matter where you are you never lose track of the time with the Nixon Passport Watch ($400). This watch features a bezel that rotates, letting you easily select the proper timezone out of 24 available options — so you always know the time whether you're coming or going. The 49 millimeter case is made of stainless steel with a hardened mineral crystal, a triple-gasket screw-down crown, and a screw-down caseback. The 22 millimeter ballistic nylon band has leather trim details and a stainless steel buckle to complete the rugged, yet minimalist look.
Your wrist-wear game could use a boost, and we have just the thing to take it to the next level — the Henry Singer x Bamford Custom Rolex Daytona Watch ($TBA). This heavily-customized Rolex Daytona is the result of a collaboration between Bamford Watch Department (known for their watch personalization services) and Henry Singer (a 75-year-old menswear house). Both have teamed up to bring you a timepiece that features matte black titanium coating, a mechanical self-winding chronograph, a stainless steal base, an oyster case, and an adjustable oyster lock flip bracelet.
While wearable devices may still feel like the stuff of science fiction, they are very much a reality — as evidenced by the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch ($300). This watch does so much more than simply tell time, thanks to its ability to pair with any Samsung Galaxy device. For example, it will discreetly notify you of a new text message, let you preview its contents, and then instantly open it on your larger device. Other powerful features include the ability to interact with music, letting you browse, pause, play, skip, or adjust volume. A built-in microphone, bluetooth connectivity, a video and still camera, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a pedometer further extend the usefulness of this handy watch. Available in October.
Control freaks, take notice — the Urwerk EMC Watch ($TBA) gives you more authority over the functionality of your timepiece than any watch before it. With only the touch of a button, you can access the timing rate of your watch, allowing you to fine-tune the way it tells time. Because conditions like position, temperature, and shock affect the timing regularity of your watch, having this information gives you the control you need to adjust your timing rate to suit any situation. Made from titanium and steel, with a satin finish and sapphire crystal, this watch is made to last — while a power reserve of 80 hours will keep it going for days.
Whether you're averse to wearing things on your wrist, or you're just looking for an interesting way to start a conversation at parties, the Ring Clock ($185) is the timepiece for you. Made from surgical-grade, allergy-free stainless steel, this ring shows the time using either blue or orange LEDs when you spin its face. Its thin battery charges wirelessly by placing it on the included dock, and will last for up to one week of average use. Its water-resistant exterior will also shed the odd splash or water drop, so you won't have to worry the next time you venture out into the rain.
The Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel Watch ($10,000) — the first ever watch to accompany a man into space — has received a 1,000-piece limited edition update. The case comes in black steel with a highly-resistant carbon-based coating, with accompanying black counters and dials. An AR-coated sapphire crystal gives it water-resistance down to three atmospheres. It features a black rubber strap, Swiss hand-wind movement with a power reserve of 70 hours, red accents on its face, and a case back with the Aurora Seven mission insignia (paying homage to its original space flight).
If you're looking for a watch to suit your minimalist style, look no further than the truly-simple Bulbul Pebble Watches ($440). They have a unique, slightly-asymmetrical shape with gently-rounded edges and a curved bezel, while the face is completely without \ markings (here's hoping you have a good sense of space). The cases hold Swiss-made, gold-plated, four-jewel Ronda quartz movement with ten years of battery life. They feature a sapphire crystal and an Italian leather band. Choose from four styles: all black, all white, brown leather with a white face and silver bezel, and black leather with a white face and silver bezel.
If you're the kind of guy who's clumsy enough to have shattered more than a few crystals by now, but you still care what your wrist says about you, you owe it to yourself to check out Casio G-Shock Twisted MT-G Watches ($900-$1,100). They feature the same resistance to shock, vibration, and gravity you expect from the G-Shock brand, without the plastic appearance typical of their watches. They come in three variations: polished stainless steel and resin, ion-plated stainless steel and resin, and a black ion-plated version with gold highlights and a red-paneled bracelet. Available in November.