Here’s a great tool for avoiding the shamefully emasculating experience of getting lost in the wilderness: A wristwatch loaded with Garmin GPS navigation. The Fenix will guide your adventure there and back with easy-to-operate nav capability plus ABC; alitmeter, barometer, & compass. Mark up to 1000 waypoints as you go then load your route into Garmin’s free BaseCamp trip planning software. Available August/September 2012.
No ornamental flourishes, no nonsense, just high quality materials and finish. The Signalman is a limited edition timepiece. Only 300 of these fine, Swiss Made watches will be produced. Its key features are the automatic Swiss Soprod movement with 31 jewels and a super strong Rhodium plated finish. A 42-hour power reserve is displayed at 12 o’clock on the face beneath a domed, sapphire crystal.
The Bombers Collection from BRM Watches isn’t a bunch of run-of-the-mill, Swiss executive-dude timepieces. These watches have personality; they’ve got color. Styled to pay tribute to famous WWII fighter planes like the Spitfire, Mitsubishi Zero, and the P-51 Mustang, they feature aviation-inspired designs, and are built tough enough for a parachute drop behind enemy lines.
Meccaniche Veloci is an Italian watchmaker that has produced a unique collection. Given the number of watchmakers out there, this is no small feat. Their Only One Collection features watch dials made of materials taken from body panels of a real F-1 race car, a futuristic warplane, a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter, and an Aprilia racing motorcycle. These repurposed materials nicely contrast and compliment hardened titanium cases and Swiss movements.
Swiss heritage brand IWC has long been known for producing premium quality chronographs for the most discerning wearers of watches. Pretend you are one of those guys and step up to this new limited-edition Pilot model rendered in stunning rose gold and numbered 1-500.
We always thought the perfect golf watch would make the beer cart appear with just the push of a button but Garmin had a different idea. Their Approach S3 watch is a GPS-enabled unit that gives you info and assistance for over 27,000 global golf courses. But sadly no, no beer cart button.
Did you know that there was an actual Heuer family behind the TAG Heuer watch brand? It’s true, Edouard Heuer began this luxury legacy way back in 1860. One hundred and four years later, in 1964, a young Jack Heuer designed and introduced the Carrera chronograph. To honor Jack’s 80th birthday this year, the brand is releasing a limited edition Carrera model featuring a 41mm case and Jack’s signature engraved in the caseback.
With their functional, minimalist styling, you really don’t have to be a pilot to appreciate Bell & Ross watches. However, if you’ve spent any time in the cockpit, you’ll truly appreciate the design of their Horizon wristwatch. Modeled after a plane’s horizon gauge, their nod to aviation heritage is unmistakable. Available May 2012.
The Air Zermatt Rescue Team is an elite helicopter rescue squad that saves lives in the high alpine of the European Alps. Let’s just say that if this analog Hamilton watch is reliable, sturdy, and precise enough for these guys, it’ll work great for an adventurer like you.
Having a cellphone in your pocket eliminated the need to ever wear a wristwatch so why are smartphone makers trying to bring the digital watch back? While you ponder that question check out Sony’s SmartWatch. It’s an Android-driven watch that links up with a whole array of Sony Ericsson phones putting the world of apps, web and media right on your wrist. No need to dig into your pocket to switch songs or check facebook, just swipe the face of your watch to stay connected.