What Are the Best New Mechanical Watches?

I’m looking for something waterproof and rugged for the ocean, but that polishes up for a meeting at work.

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A:In a world where there’s an app for everything, a beautiful timepiece illustrates all you can still do with gears, springs, and engineering chutzpa. Last week’s Baselworld watch conference in Switzerland certainly showed off some great engineering (check out this oil-filled mechanical with a fully rotating face). But what really impressed us were the less showy, more adventure-ready models. Sure, one to three thousand dollars is a lot of pay for a watch when you can get the same functions for a fraction of the price. But the mechanicals to follow are a value in the non-electric watch world, and all can take big bumps and a dunking to at least 100 feet down. They also use Swiss-made automatic movements exploiting the natural motion of your wrist during the week to keep ticking.

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