Sure, your smartphone can tell the time in 10 different countries while loading a panda video and sending a tweet. But nothing really beats a good ol’ timepiece. And unlike that gadget that gets old fast, these time-tellers just get better with age. Upgrades not needed.
1. Tag Heuer Carrera
At 27mm, this silver stunner has all the best features of the Tag Heuer Carrera series, and encased in a sleek and sexy package made for discerning ladies. The polished steel case, white mother-of-pearl dial, and burnished steel strap make this timepiece an elegant alternative to that bracelet that just hangs from your wrist. The open flange design makes reading seconds easy, and the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal can survive a rough day being tucked in your purse together with your car keys. But it’s highly doubtful that you’ll keep this hidden. That would be a crime.
2. Tag Heuer Carrera, 16 Day-Date Chronograph
Available in black, silver, or brown, Tag Heuer’s Carrera series for men just became a whole lot better with the addition of an automatic chronograph—an integrated timing function. At 3 o’clock, there’s a simple day and date function, while at the remaining three points of the face lie precise chronograph functions that measure seconds, minutes, and hours. It’s ideal for motor racing, for which the Carrera was created. The tachymeter scale on the outer bezel even allows you to get the average speed of a car by measuring the time it takes to cover a certain distance.
3. Tudor Clair de Rose
The Clair de Rose range has three sizes available in either steel or a combination of steel and 18-carat pink gold. The mother-of-pearl is overlaid with a subtle motif of stylized clouds, making it a feminine but understated accessory. And instead of the usual seconds hand, a cut-out Tudor rose sits at the center, a throwback to the brand’s 1950s logo. Shielding all this beauty is the curved silhouette of a domed sapphire crystal.
4. Rolex Submariner Date
If you’re still looking for a reason to get yourself a Rolex, consider this: it’s James Bond’s timepiece of choice. Launched in 1953, Rolex’s Submariner series was the first watch water resistant up to 330 feet, hence the name. Since then, the Submariner has evolved and gotten even better with models that are waterproof up to 1,000 feet. This green 40 mm model with a unidirectional bezel and a date function is classic, timeless, and sophisticated. It’s always in style in or out of water.
5. Oris Maldives Limited Edition
Next to chocolates and the army knife, precision timepieces might just be Switzerland’s third greatest contribution to mankind. Of course, watches made in other countries might last as long as the Oris Maldives. But when you purchase a Swiss watch, what you’re really buying into is history: exquisite craftsmanship perfected over time.
Meant for divers, this limited edition 44mm model is water-resistant up to 300 meters. The double-curved sapphire crystal coupled with the multi-piece titanium metal bracelet creates the ultimate man jewelry. And then there’s the actual watch: date window, a second face for counting down seconds, and a unidirectional top ring engraved with a 60-minute scale to be used for timing when under water. Now breathe.