Alpine skiing is a sport that takes style seriously. This, after all, is the outdoor activity that continues to get adults to embrace the glory of the onesie. A fine wristwatch fits right into skiing’s sporty yet elegant aesthetic, and there are many well-made, durable options that don’t have to be left behind when you’re out on the slopes. Here are five of the best.
Zodiac Grand Rally ($495)
This vintage-style Zodiac recalls an era when the top ski racers wore wool pants, leather boots, and a chronograph on their wrists. Think Jean-Claude Killy at the ’68 Olympics or Robert Redford circa 1970. The Grand Rally’s sculpted steel case is sturdy enough to take some abuse, while the white-on-black dial with red accents is both legible and stylish. The padded leather strap pairs well with your Carrera goggles for full-on retro chic. Use the quartz stopwatch function to time runs for bragging rights in the chalet.
Seiko Astron SSH01J1 ($2,100)
Step off the plane in Gstaad or Aspen, and the Astron will already be on local time, thanks to automatic time-setting from satellites. The dual time function lets you keep track of what’s happening back home. The solar-charged battery will last six months in the unlikely event you keep it in a drawer during the off-season.
Autodromo Group B Series 2 Automatic ($975)
With its integrated tapered bracelet and super-slim case, the Group B slides unobtrusively under your glove while you’re out on the slopes. The bright-orange dial, inspired by rally car instruments of the 1980s, will draw attention on the sun deck afterward. Be forewarned: The sleek retro looks demand that you match this watch with a stylish kit.
Oris Chronoris Date ($1,750)
A consummate sports watch, the Chronoris blends old-school Swiss quality with a colorful design that effortlessly goes from the back bowl to the fondue bowl. One crown winds and sets the self-winding mechanical movement; the other rotates the timing ring. The perforated leather strap lends a rustic yet refined edge.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ($4,750)
The appeal of a dive watch goes well beyond its subaquatic capabilities. High water resistance and a sturdy build mean the Seamaster Diver 300M can shrug off the knocks and tumbles of skiing. The ceramic dial and bezel look sharp under the sleeve of your favorite sweater. No wonder it’s James Bond’s choice.