A Util­ity Thing

The peo­ple be­hind time

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“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.

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