When you’re cruising, and traveling across time zones, you need a timepiece more than ever. Whether you have to get to the early morning workout at 8 a.m., leave the ship for an adventure on land at 10 a.m., see an evening show at 9 p.m., or meet new friends for drinks at the bar at 11 p.m., a watch is an important companion to have with you throughout the day. Luckily, there are more and more stunning timepieces to choose from, with a host of features that make them conversation starters and even more fun to wear on your wrist.
Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II | $1,195 | Tissot.ch The T-Touch Expert is the professional adventurer’s watch, equipped with 20 essential tactile functions, which you will find yourself depending on when out in the wild, whether you are on a deserted island or the top of the Matterhorn. Just for starters, this 45mm titanium watch has a compass, an altimeter with difference meter to alert you of dangerous oncoming weather, a regatta function, an azimuth, two alarms, two time zones, a perpetual calendar and much more. In addition, the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II, is solar-powered. No need for a battery, the watch charges when exposed to light, and will last up to a year without any.
Cartier Tank Américaine | $5,750 | Cartier.com Cartier has made a name for itself in mechanical watchmaking and one of its most iconic timepieces is the Tank, first designed in 1919 and inspired by a Renault Tank from World War I. Today, the Tank is available in a number of iterations (Tank Louis Cartier, Tank Anglaise, Tank Française, Tank, Tank Cintrée, and more). The Tank Américaine watch was introduced in 1989 and features an elongated case with a slight curve, making it oh-so-comfortable on your wrist. Powered by an automatic movement, this large version has a steel case with a synthetic blue spinel on the crown. The sports-blue-steel, sword-shaped hands and Roman numerals on silver dial make for a very classic look.
Longines | $2,400 | Longines.com Longines just introduced its Legend Diver watch on a Milanese bracelet. The Legend Diver, which debuted 10 years ago, is a reissue of a diving watch from 1960. Updated to modern-day technology, the Legend Diver uses the same distinct vintage style, including the domed crystal, but has updated it with a sapphire crystal, screw-down crown and back to guarantee a water-resistance rating of 300 meters, and an internal bidirectional rotating disc for divers, which is controlled and locked by the lower crown. The indexes, digits, and hands are covered with Super-LumiNova so they stand out against the black lacquered dial to offer great visibility when underwater. This 42mm stainless steel watch is powered by the Longines L633 automatic mechanical movement.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 | $11,600 In Ceramacized Aluminum | Zenith-watches.com The chronograph is one of the most useful complications in watchmaking, allowing you to time events. Zenith’s illustrious El Primero movement, introduced in 1969, is universally acknowledged as one of the best chronographs ever made, timing down to 1/10th of a second. This year, Zenith has created a new version, the Defy El Primero 21, which uses two regulators and allows you to time events to 1/100th of a second. This timepiece seems unnatural as its central chronograph hand spins around the dial at the rate of one revolution per second, but the Defy has it all under control. This is a quantum leap in watchmaking engineering, and Zenith does it without breaking a sweat, and with even fewer parts than the original.
Bremont MBII | $4,995.00 | Bremont.com The last thing you hope for when you’re flying an airplane is to have to eject, but survivors of an ejection from a Martin-Baker ejection seat—which has a 100-percent ejection rate with seats that have never failed—join an exclusive club. Previously, Martin-Baker only had neckties to indicate who had survived an ejection, but now survivors can buy a Bremont MB1 timepiece. Tested by ejecting out of real aircraft strapped to a MB ejector seat, this watch can take nearly everything you can dish out. The orange case barrel means you didn’t eject from the airplane, but rest assured that the watch did. Powered by an automatic movement, the Bremont MBII will be a great companion on your travels.
Chopard Happy Ocean | $8,780 | Chopard.com Chopard first introduced diamonds moving, dancing, and twirling between two sapphire crystals on top of a watch dial in 1976, with the Happy Diamonds collection. Then, in 1993, Caroline Scheufele, Chopard co-president and artistic director, introduced the Happy Sport collection, a sportier range that used this innovative, fun way of incorporating diamonds. This year, Chopard took this concept several steps further, introducing the Happy Ocean collection. These new sporty timepieces, water resistant to 300 meters for the non-gemset versions (100 meters for those sporting diamonds and other gemstones), are seriously capable and versatile, beautiful enough to go to any dinner party, but also able to go down to the depths in full SCUBA gear, and everything else in between.
TAG Heuer | $3,350 | Tagheuer.com TAG Heuer was one of the first to extend water protection to women’s watches, and this year offers the Aquaracer Lady, water resistant to 300 meters, a depth unheard of before for a women’s watch. This quartz timepiece features a 35mm case with a blue mother-of-pearl dial, evoking the deep-blue sea. The turning bezel, adorned with 35 diamonds, is unidirectional, meaning that it is truly a diver’s watch complete with screw-down case back and crown.
Romain Jerome Titanic Collection Steampunk Metal Chrono Collection | $18,500 | Romainjerome.com The Titanic is probably the most famous ship ever built and its rediscovery in 1985 triggered a new wave of interest that has never waned. Romain Jerome was one of the first to introduce a series of DNA watches beginning with its Titanic Collection, featuring metal from the actual Titanic used in the manufacturing process. One of the brand’s most iconic pieces is the Titanic Collection Steampunk Metal Chrono Collection. Powered by an automatic chronograph movement, the Steampunk Chrono incorporates real metal from the Titanic into what the brand calls its “stabilized Titanic rusted steel bezel.”
Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver | $1,950 | Raymondweil.us Launched this year at Baselworld, it makes sense that the Freelancer Diver is water resistant to a hefty 300 meters (for reference, a “deep dive” for recreational divers is 30 meters or so). The Freelancer is a classic dive watch, but one that is designed to make the transition from water to work seamlessly. Featuring a unique date wheel at four o’clock, which shows you a range of dates with a pointer indicating today’s date, this 42.5mm stainless steel watch has a great-looking blue ceramic unidirectional bezel.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Sapphire | $74,000 | Hublot.com Hublot has been a pioneer of developing and using new materials in watchmaking for many years, and recently the company introduced the Big Bang Unico Sapphire, a mechanical timepiece housed in a case made completely out of sapphire crystal. For the first time in the history of watchmaking, Hublot offered this incredible case material in a limited edition of 500 pieces. Then, this year Hublot introduced something no one has ever done, coloring the sapphire case (red and blue). With a case like this, nothing can be hidden, and the Unico movement, made entirely in-house at Hublot, is on full display. All the gears, bridges, plates and screws, with great attention to detail and finishing, can be seen from all angles. Carrying the see-through theme to its logical conclusion, even the strap holding it to your wrist is transparent.