The proliferation of emergency-locator devices like the Breitling Emergency II has led to all sorts of healthy debate about adventure and whether or not gadgetry should guarantee safety. What isn’t debatable: this titanium-body chronograph is the smallest, sharpest-looking personal beacon we’ve seen. Should you be faced with a life-threatening scenario, extend the two antennae, positioned on either side of the watch face, and the rechargeable Emergency II pings an overhead satellite, which homes in on your whereabouts and broadcasts an SOS to local search-and-rescue groups.* But please, use with restraint: crying wolf with a timepiece that costs more than some cars will earn you grief among the backcountry-ranger crowd.
*Breitling needs certification from the international governing body for search-and-rescue systems before the watch can be sold in the U.S. That should happen by year’s end, but you can reserve one now