You're grinding away at work. Moving iron in the gym. Getting your hands dirty day in and day out. It's time to reward your hard work with a watch that's as tough as you are.
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MOVADO SE EXTREME
If ever a watch achieved the perfect mix of industrial, sporty, and elegant, it’s this piece from Movado’s SE Extreme collection, with its carbon-fiber face, riveted bezel, and two-tone bracelet. “When I saw this, I thought, ‘Wow, this is an interesting take on Movado’s original Museum dial from the late ’40s, which is typically very stark, with a single dot on top,” says watch expert Michael Gordon, store director of Tourneau TimeMachine in New York City. “And the rivets are polished but the bezel is brushed, so it’s got pop.” The size is worth noting, too: 46 millimeters, which is “really big for Movado,” Gordon says.
TISSOT LUXURY POWERMATIC 80 ASIAN GAMES LIMITED EDITION 2014
“Tissot is one of my favorite brands for price and quality,” says Gordon. “This good-looking, sporty watch is just under $1,000 and has a Swiss automatic movement,” he explains. Plus, the supersleek limited edition utilizes sapphire crystal (so forget about scratches), stainless steel all over, and a carbon-fiber finish for the face. “All of those components add up to a watch that, at that price point, is just amazing.”
“This is a brand-new piece in the Tag Heuer collection,” Gordon says of this timeless wear-it- anywhere piece. “You really can go diving with it—but it’s also versatile enough to wear in different environments.” A new feature being introduced in the Aquaracer: “bezel riders”—raised tabs on the outer ring to protect the crystal from accidental knocks. “In true Tag Heuer form, this is well constructed, the finishing on the bracelet is really nice, and it’s got a big date display,” Gordon says. “Very functional.”
This watch takes its inspiration from several of Tudor’s diving watches, starting with the 1954 original. “There are a lot of design cues from that famous piece,” Gordon says. “It’s very easy to read, with large markers and oversized hands so it’s legible underwater.” And if you’re getting Rolex vibes, you’re not far off. “The founder of Rolex wanted to create an accessible, luxurious, durable piece, and his answer was Tudor. It’s made in a different factory, but of course it’s going to share some components and technology. So, you’re getting a watch with Rolex DNA at a great price.”
A fusion of retro style and modern tech, the Bulova AccuSwiss combines ’60s design with features like chronograph and GMT, or Greenwich Mean Time, functionality (a stark green hand lets you keep an eye on a second time zone). “The faceted case is ‘box-sapphire’ crystal—sapphire made to mimic an old-style acrylic crystal, with its curved edge that bubbled up on top of the case,” Gordon explains. “So it looks vintage but is also functional.” Comfortable, too: Multi pivot points on the marquis bracelet make for an especially natural fit.
“Citizen screams technology,” says Gordon. “I mean, it’s a storied leader for its Eco-Drive solar-powered battery, but this takes it a step further.” Eco-Drive comes standard with the H950 (along with a handy power-reserve indicator), but this watch’s upgraded time keeping technology does something we never fathomed an analog timepiece could do: coordinate the exact time and date anywhere in the world via satellites orbiting the earth. “There’s atomic timekeeping, which has been out for a while,” Gordon says. “But satellite time keeping is relatively new in the last year and a half.”