Is there a more appropriate topic to base a retrospective around than timepieces? Okay, yes, maybe a modified Delorean, but that was a rhetorical question anyhow. Few men’s accessories — indeed, few items a man could own — say more about their owner than a watch, and it’s been that way for centuries. To help you face the end of 2013 at this, the eleventh hour, we’ve given you a hand by selecting our favorite Timekeeping news items from the past year.
|Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” Co-Axial Chronograph Ceramic
This all-black ceramic 44.25mm fox with all the trappings has been haunting us since we first laid eyes on it. On its black Cordura strap, this is easily the Speedmaster that Bruce Wayne would wear both as Batman and his rich-boy self. We’re now officially angry we’re not at BASELWORLD 2013 to see it in person. omegawatches.com
|Breitling Emergency II
The built-in personal locator beacon in the Emergency II uses a dual frequency transmitter to communicate with satellites, making your watch (and everything attached to it) easy to track down in case of an emergency. A rechargeable battery means you can explore corners of the Earth unfettered by Radio Shacks and without worries of being lost for good. breitling.com
|Worn & Wound Model 1 Horween Watch Straps
Bedeck that vintage ticker with Worn & Wound’s latest update to the popular Model 1. This time, the 1 is constructed with America’s favorite leather, Horween (Cavalier), and is available in crimson, coal or with a matte steel or PVD buckle. Now, about that vintage watch. $89
|Qualcomm Toq Smart Watch
The latest answer to Dick Tracy’s prayers, Qualcomm’s wristgear connects to Android phones to provide users access to many of their favorite apps without having to dig for their phone. The battery, which will last up to five days and builds a charge via a wireless dock, is located in the strap clasp to reduce thickness; the watch’s mirasol display (like e-ink but with bright colors and video capability) helps extend battery life. $300
|Drake’s of London for HODINKEE
Coming off the success of last year’s collection, HODINKEE and Drake’s of London — a British pillar of neckwear — have released their latest limited collection of ties. This year’s tie, woven of silk yarn, is inspired by a beloved dive watch and the results work handsomely. $155. Oh, and a pocket square to boot $72.
|Autodromo Prototipo Vic Elford Edition
Made to honor racing greats from the ’60s and ’70s — a time when actual chronographs (not lasers and radar and satellites) were used to measure lap times — Autodromo’s new line is race-ready. The special edition honors Porsche racing great Vic Elford specifically, its vintage-inspired chronograph celebrating Elford’s win at the 1968 Targa Florio race in Sicily. During that race, Elford was at times over 18 minutes behind but won by nearly 4 minutes, breaking his own records while doing so. Colors recall his prototype racer, there’s a map of the course on the back, only 224 pieces will be sold (the same number as Elford’s car) and Elford’s hand-signed booklets included with each purchase. $775
|NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit 5th Avenue for Wempe
Fine watches have been fashioned in the German town of Glashütte for over 160 years, and Nomos is one of our favorite newer brands carrying the region’s horological torch. Their new Zürich Weltzeit 5th Avenue pays homage to New York City and Zürich — two cities as stunning and artful as a fine timepiece. Only 100 of these beauties will be produced, so delay not. nomos-glashuette.com
|Garmin D2 Watch
There are watches that monitor your fitness routine, watches that alert you of incoming texts, watches that only tell time — and now, watches that serve as airborne copilots. This Garmin model searches for nearby airports, keeps you updated (or down-dated) on altitude, features in-flight task reminders and communicates wirelessly with Garmin Pilot to download your flight plan, lest you don’t have a copy on hand (?). The customizable display allows pilots to keep track of what’s most handy, namely, GPS info like speed, course, waypoints, ETA and glide ratio. This wristwear even controls VIRB action cameras so you can catch every moment of airtime on tape. $449
|Xetum Carbon Tyndall Limited Edition
The latest release from Xetum is a 300-piece limited-edition stunner. The entirely black 40mm PVD case shelters a carbon fiber dial, beneath which is one of two movements: either a Sellita SW 260 or ETA 2895 Swiss automatic. A handmade leather strap finishes off the look. You’ll always know the time — because you won’t ever be looking anywhere else. $1695
|DSPTCH x Lum-Tec M46 Chronograph Watch
To commemorate their third birthday, DSPTCH called on Lum-Tec to create a 30-unit, limited-edition chronograph that’s got killer looks and superb performance. The 44-millimeter stainless steel case houses a Japanese Miyota quartz movement and a custom dial beneath a sapphire crystal and straps to the wrist with one of four included straps — two different NATO styles, a rubber strap and a steel bracelet. It’s water resistant to 100 meters; each is engraved with its limited edition number. $495
ADVENTURE IS ONE CLICK AWAY
Subscribe to GP for a daily dose of the best in gear, adventure, design, tech and culture. 5pm sharp.