Great looking, with a Fourth of July red, white and blue theme, the Tommy Hilfiger Casual Sport chronograph (above) fits the sporty-styled bill. $155, tommy.com
Tom Tom’s new Runner Cardio Watch features state-of-the-art technology from the people who helped perfect satellite navigation systems for consumer use. $269.99 http://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/
Other options: Juicy Couture Pedigree, Reactor Spectrum Ladies, Shinola Runwell Chronograph
The Do It All
A general sports watch can do just about everything – go to the gym, into the pool or hot tub, then to the office and out to dinner. Here are two propositions, the Tissot equipped with a quartz movement (powered by a battery) and the Maurice Lacroix using an automatic movement (wound by the movement of your wrist).
The T-Race T Touch uses Tissot’s proprietary tactile technology, and has 11 functions, including a chronograph with lap logbook, dual times, temperature, altimeter, alarms and more ($575, http://www.tissot.com).
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged ticks all the boxes of a general sports watch, while making a bold, oversize (48mm) statement. ($4,900 in black PVD, www.mauricelacroix.com).
Other options: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady Automatic, Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance, Tudor Heritage Ranger, Officine Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronograph Oro Rosso, Rolex GMT-Master II
Water Sports Chic
If you are bodysurfing in the Hamptons, you need a watch that can dive deep, which means higher water resistance (at least 200 meters). Luckily, this year there are plenty from which to choose.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000, water resistant to 4000 feet (or 1220 meters) is the “who’s your daddy?” of fine water sports watches. Great-looking and universally respected, Rolex started the development of water resistance with its Oyster case in 1926 and they have not stopped refining since. $10,400, http://www.rolex.com
Other options: Nixon Supertide, Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver, Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Scubatec, Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Tide, IWC Aquatimer, Reactor Gryphon, Luminox ANU, Seiko Prospex, Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver
Pilot’s watches were one of the first kinds of tested-to-endurance watches, as they had to withstand brutal conditions in early cockpits (cold, lack of pressurization, the elements, etc.). Due to their oversize and very legible designs, pilot’s watches have caught on with the general public.
Hamilton’s newest limited edition is the Khaki Takeoff, designed not only to look like a cockpit instrument but to function as one as well. The Takeoff can actually be mounted into the instrumentation panel of your private plane to keep the time of your flight, then you can take it out, put it into its case and strap and wear it out on the town. $3,295, hamiltonwatch.com
Other options: Breitling Chronomat Airborne, JeanRichard Aeroscope, Zenith Pilot GMT, Bell & Ross BR 1
Pushing the Envelope
There are a number of watches that have been developed for specific expeditions, to the North Pole and back for instance, so they should be able to handle your trip to the Jersey Shore.
Ball’s new Fireman Storm Chaser Pro was designed with meteorologists and storm chasers in mind, incorporating a telemeter scale on the bezel to measure the time between a lightning strike and the sound of thunder, then compute the distance. Water resistant to 100 meters and shock resistant to 5,000 Gs, this watch is equipped with tritium tubes, making it visible even in the darkest of storms ($3,299, www.ballwatchusa.com).
Other options: Kobold Polar Surveyor Chronograph, Bremont Terranova, Luminox SXC