Omega, Nixon, Oris, and more brands offer functional-yet-stylish timepieces.
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CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE TITANIUM GOLF
Athleticism meets elegance in this season’s retro-inspired timepieces. We spoke to Michael Gordon, Store Director at Tourneau TimeMachine, about why each deserves a turn on your wrist.
CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE TITANIUM GOLF The Titanium Golf is one of those watches that’s tailor-made for active lifestyles: The crown that would dig into your wrist if it were on the right side of the face and you were tossing a ball is, instead, on the left. “In terms of it being a sports watch,” says Gordon, “the titanium and the rubber make it very lightweight,” perfect for any outdoor activity.
The Sentry 38 Leather goes retro with a modern twist, boasting a stainless steel case and bezel juxtaposed with black leather. “It has a bit of a vintage feel to it, coupled with a simple calf strap,” says Gordon. It has all the tendencies of a solid business watch, but its simple, understated style renders it ideal for a night on the town as well.
Inspired by a watch worn by astronauts when they landed on the moon in 1969, this Omega chronograph has two easy-to-read subdials instead of three and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal to protect the dial, so it’s virtually indestructible in a slimmer body. “It’s much larger than the original piece and has the Omega Co-Axial movement, a modification of the original that went up in space,” says Gordon.
Our most accurate sports watch, this was modeled after the piece that won the Concours International de Chronométrie horological competition in 2013. “It’s significant that it’s a chronometer but at this price point,” says Gordon. “It’s been tested by the COSC—the Swiss governing body that certifies movement accuracy in various temperatures and atmospheric pressures within five seconds.”
No one understands what goes into a pilot’s watch as well as Oris. “They made pilot watches back in the ’30s,” says Gordon, “and what was significant about them was that they needed easily readable dials and oversize crowns; this version also has a nylon strap with a sort of old military feel to it.” Indeed, for quick glances at the wrist, the ProPilot Date is our top pick.
A stainless-steel piece with an antireflective sapphire crystal, the Accu Swiss is a work of engineering. “The lugs on this are a unique part of what gives it that vintage look,” Gordon says. “It’s like an antique watch you might find in a collectibles shop, with those curved lugs on the case.” Plus, the leather strap makes it a top game-night watch.