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    Smart and stylish timepieces for all kinds of journeys.

    —Will Palmer

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    Jorg Gray 8700-13

    BEST FOR: All-Around Quality

    Sheathed in hard steel, with a thick, rotating bezel and Swiss quartz movement, the 8700-13 ($595) is for the guy whose needs are utterly straightforward: a watch that tells the time, looks good, and will last him the rest of his life.

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    Bertucci A-4T Nautical

    BEST FOR: Weekends on the Water

    Match your watchband to your activity. The Nautical ($240) comes with three bands: a nylon one, basic leather, and Tridura, a long-lasting, odor-resistant rubber. It’s not as rock-climber rugged as the other models on this page, but it’s plenty tough for banging around on boat decks.

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    Victorinox Chrono Classic 1/100

    BEST FOR: Going from Track to Boardroom

    Borrowing on the concept of its multipurpose knives, Victorinox gave the Chrono Classic 1/100 ($950) a gorgeous face that, with two pushes of the crown, transforms into a stopwatch precise enough to register hundredths of a second. Comes in gold or gray.

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    Suunto Core Brushed Steel

    BEST FOR: Peak Baggers

    More high-tech gadget than timepiece, the Core Brushed Steel ($500) has all the goodies a true adventurer needs, including a barometer, altimeter, compass, depth meter, temperature gauge, and storm alarm. This year’s model has a sleek stainless-steel case so sophisticated, no one will know you summited a peak before work.

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    Luminox ANU 4221.CW

    BEST FOR: High-Impact Activity

    The acronym stands for Authorized for Navy Use, a specification required by the frogmen of World War II. Shrouded inside a stainless-steel bezel, with a scratch-resistant crystal, the ANU ($650) is tough and manly—and not in a showy, oversize way. It makes itself useful after dark with self-powered, always-on luminosity.

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    Electric FW02 PU

    BEST FOR: West Coast Hipsters

    Take a hefty stainless-steel case, add a funky artisanal aesthetic, and let Thomas Edison pick the name—that’s the Electric FW02 ($350). Available in five sleek color combos, it isn’t for those who want their data fast and loud: the chrono dials are blended into the main dial, and the pushers have to be unscrewed. And we love that.

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