A Utility Thing
The people behind time
“This is the golden age of watchmaking,” said CE O of A. Lange & Söhne, Wilhelm Schmid. He is absolutely right. It’s not only an era that sees the most inventive watchmakers, engineers and mathematicians paired with the perfect tools to create some of the finest timepieces out there, but also the largest it has ever been and continues to grow. This has radically democratised the industry and market. There’s literally a watch for everyone. For the men we’ve heard complain about the utility of timepieces, arguing that their smartwatches can do more – this one is for you. Watch brands have taken it upon themselves to build timepieces that embody pragmatism, be it for travel or daily use. Even if you’re not too eager to empty the piggy bank in order to acquire something, you can still find plenty of interesting options. It does also mean there’s going to a lot of chaff out there, and you’ll need to sort out the quality makes and smart buys from the average and ho-hum. We’re here to help, as always.
Breitling superocean heritage chronoworks
Breitling’s first ceramic watch comes with plenty to amaze. First of all is the weight, which is a virtually non-existent sub-100 grams for a 46mm watch. In addition, through design improvements, the calibre 01 housed within has a 40 per cent increase in power reserve, which makes it an absolute steal.
Hamilton khaki field day date auto
While this might belong in the all-black category, we’re enjoying the fact that the Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date reads out the day of the week for us. It’s not just a stealthy piece on the wrist. The 80 hours of power reserve that the H-30 calibre provides is no slouch either.
Tiffany & co. Ct60 Dual Time
The New York jewellers have found success in its latest CT 60 men’s line of watches and the addition of the new Dual Time is bound to further that. Utility is the name of the game for this functional dress watch. It has an easy-touse back and forward setting of the local time hour hand with the pushers on the right.
Casio g-shock mr-g hammer tone
The marriage of old and new is something Japan does beautifully and Casio’s new MR-G G1000HT is no exception. The brand’s modern hybrid GPS satellite synchronisation system is quite the contrast with the traditional art of tsuiki that decorates the case. You get worldwide accuracy and a blast from the past.
Seiko Prospex Marinemaster GPS Solar dual-time
What Seiko’s latest Marinemaster lacks in waterproofing (200 metres), it makes up for in utility. Packing in a Gps-controlled time and time zone adjustment system with the ability to charge via solar panels, the watch is a must-have if you’re going to be out at sea often. Sailors, take note.
Sands through the hourglass
The water clock made way for the hourglass with the invention of glass. The new material make it possible to monitor time in a protected and sealed environment, which was not only easier but also far more accurate. The early sailors depended on marine hourglasses to help them navigate the seas.