The Best Watches of 2014

Smart and stylish timepieces for all kinds of journeys.

—Will Palmer

(Inga Hendrickson)

Smart and stylish timepieces for all kinds of journeys.

—Will Palmer

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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(Inga Hendrickson)

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