The open road, hand on the wheel – you might be missing one pertinent thing: a nice timepiece wrapped around your wrist. For function or style or both, every dude should have a decent one. Here are the latest in sleek and stylish watches for men thus far in 2015.
Bexar Goods Apple Watch Strap
Apple’s leather watch straps are gorgeous in their own right, but aren’t exactly traditional. Bexar Goods’ Apple Watch Strap, on the other hand, is precision cut from 4 ounce American Bridle leather and hand sewn with a durable poly-blend cording for a rugged look that contrasts nicely with the piece of tech at its center. Of course, each also includes the proper Apple Watch hardware lugs with which to attach the strap and that, along with the buckle, come in space grey, aluminum, or stainless steel to properly match the finish of your watch model.
Pick one up at Bexar Goods Co – US$130
Breitling Emergency Watch
Not exactly conceived for backyard campers, if ever you do find yourself miserably lost and in danger you’ll be glad to have worn the Breitling Emergency Watch over a timepiece that focuses just on, well, the time. The Emergency tracks time using a thermocompensated SuperQuartz movement and also features a chronograph, digital calendar, alarm, and a second time zone. Its crucial feature, though, is a dual-frequency Personal Locator Beacon, deployed by turning the lower right side cap, that broadcasts a distress beacon through 121.5 MHz and 406 MHz frequencies to reach both local rescuers and the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system, respectively, greatly increasing your chances of being rescued.
Learn more at Breitling – US$16,000+
Your watch’s second and minute hands are constantly moving. But obsessing over individual minutes and seconds means losing the big picture, at least to some degree. Slow Watches’ 34mm Slow Mo, like the bigger Slow Jo, foregoes most hands (and even the date) that its Swiss-made Ronda 505.24H Quartz movement supports, featuring instead just a single hand that makes its rounds once every 24 hours. The minimal face bears no branding whatsoever, with each hour split in four quarters for relatively accurate time telling. It’s all packed in a stainless steel 100 meter water-resistant case with extra hardened antireflective mineral glass and comes in several color combinations with either a steel, leather, or nylon strap.
Check out the entirely lineup at Slow Watches or Amazon – US$250 to $300
A bit more conventional than their M24, the Miansai M12 is just as stylish. This Miami-designed minimal wristwatch boasts a sleek, circular 39mm case, a domed acrylic crystal, and an understated face with just minute and hour hands — no seconds. It’s also equipped with a quartz Swiss Ronda movement and comes in a large variety of color and material combinations, with either leather or nylon straps and differing face and case shades.
US$465 to $495
Anicorn Series 000 Watch
Nothing’s wrong with watch hands, but straying from the norm is a bit trickier when you maintain a component shared by over 99% of watches. The Anicorn Series 000 Watch instead points out the time at the north of a system of three concentric disks representing the hour, minutes, and seconds. Behind the flat sapphire crystal and disks lies a Miyota 8215 automatic movement with 40 hour power reserve, protected from water to 5ATM (or 50 meters) by a sleek 42mm stainless steel case with PVD black plating.
Classic Engineering Classic NATO
You want minimal? You got it in Classic Engineering’s Classic NATO. This ultra-simple watch boasts a featureless face, a machined aluminum, ceramic-coated unibody enclosure, and sapphire glass, resulting in a watch that’s extremely resilient to the bumps, bruises and dings of everyday life. Each USA-made, hand-assembled watch also includes a handsome leather NATO strap and a Swiss Ronda Quartz movement on the inside. The latter of which you’ll barely think about through its six years of battery life.
Learn more at Classic Engineering – US$295
Skagen x Eone Bradley Watch
Originally conceived to provide discreet time-telling abilities to the visually impaired, Eone’s popular Bradley Watch is being re-released as a limited-edition collaboration with Skagen. The Skagen x Eone Bradley Watch boasts a Skagen-designed Vacchetta leather strap that’s durable and develops a gorgeous patina as it ages. Its organic strap pairs well with the minimalistic watch face itself, made from a single sculpted slab of titanium. It also uses the same brilliantly simplistic time-telling mechanism that magnetically pulls two tactile ball bearings around the watch — one in the center and one on the side — that represent the minutes and hours, respectively.
Available April 2nd at Skagen – US$295
Watches for Men – The latest for 2015