Time to Give

These stylish watches do more than just look good

Dec 1, 2001
Outside Magazine

Top to bottom: FreeStyle, Stüssy, Oakley, Avocet, Tag Heuer (left), Nixon, and Nike

The company isn't named in honor of ol' Tricky, but Nixon's The Don ($120) is a 100-meter water-resistant chronograph worthy of any high-ranking crook. Relish the brawny masculinity of this stainless-steel showpiece, with its classy double-gasket crown, raised bezel, and face-color choices that include a snazzy green called "money." [ www.nixonnow.com / 760-944-0900 ]

The look of the FreeStyle Viper ($80) borders on the psychedelic; it's as if you're telling time through a fish-eye lens. Should you perchance get worked at Maverick's or accidentally bump into your towel rack at the Marriott, the polyurethane band secures the mother ship to your wrist via a molding process—no wimpy pins. [ www.shopfreestyle.com / 800-949-1563 ]

With the Vertech II Ski from Avocet ($160) you can quantify every high-speed quad ride, off-piste climb, and knee-deep descent through the powder. Not only does it tell temperature, barometric pressure, altitude, splits, and vertical feet descended, it calculates your rate of descent, so you can tell the ski patroller about the two-second, 30-foot rock jump that landed you on his toboggan. [ www.avocet.com / 800-229-1378 ]

Oakley culled the best engineering and design ideas from around the globe to make the titanium-banded Icon ($1,300) feel and look like wrist-porn. The bearings and gears are Swiss and German. The microcircuitry is pure Japanese wisdom. And best of all, the Icon runs on kinetic energy—your own. [ www.oakley.com / 800-403-7449 ]

Function supercedes flash with the Triax S-Series from Nike ($135). Take, for example, the no-frills face—nothing but the time, date, and splits. Or the ergonomic band and body, which are canted a wee bit inward so you no longer have to twist your wrist while running, cycling, or checking out mall girls at the Orange Julius. [ www.niketown.com / 800-344-6453 ]
Stüssy is no longer just the beach punk's preferred T-shirt maker. Case in point: Tourmaster ($340), the company's latest ocean-culture accessory. Waterproof to 350 meters, it shows time and date in minutes, seconds, and tenths. All that capacity is encased in matte stainless steel and wrapped around your wrist in burly rubber. [ www.stussy.com / 949-474-9255 ]

With the ten-, six-, and five-minute markers emblazoned in red on its bezel, Tag Heuer's Searacer ($1,895) makes it easier to hit the regatta starting line on time. A push of a button also lets you, as cool-headed skipper, recalibrate as little as one minute before the countdown—keeping your crew and the red-nosed committee-boat officials in sync. [ www.tagheuer.com / 800-321-4832 ]

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