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A Big, Bad Watch Gets Bigger and Badder

Tested: Suunto Ambit2

We get our hands on the Ambit2 from Suunto, the best watch in the business for serious outdoor adventurers looking to track all of their data over an entire weekend trip.

We Tick Off the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: May 13, 2014

This week in watches: Tsovet's line of automatics, Mayan timekeeping, Richard Mille in White, German blasphemy and much more.

Flying Above a Grueling Swiss Ski Mountaineering Contest

Photo Essay: Patrouille des Glaciers

Every two years, in the beginning of May, the Swiss hold an historic ski mountaineering race: the Patrouille des Glaciers, “the Glacier Patrol”. The race, a national treasure of sorts, attracts close to 5,000 participants of all ages and ability levels and tens of thousands of rowdy Swiss spectators who line the course.

Winning the space race

Breakdown: Citizen Satellite Wave F100

There’s a space race going on in the watch world. In Japan, Seiko, Citizen and Casio are duking it out in the rarified atmosphere of satellite receiving watches, which use satellite signals to tell time as accurately as an atomic clock. Citizen just introduced the F100 at Baselworld 2014, and they've set the bar high.

Simple, clean, and unconstrained

Elements: Unlined, Uncompromised

There’s nirvana in a product made with a singular purpose, done so well that it needs neither embellishment nor hype. Doing away with lining (a feature we've kept ambiguous in these selections, as you'll see) is one such way to pare down a product to its base usefulness.

Aviation-grade

Time on Our Hands: Bremont Boeing Model 247

When Bremont announced earlier this year that it was partnering with the airplane builder Boeing for two special edition watches, the three-hand Model 1 and the Model 247 chronograph, we were skeptical. Could this young British watch company that could do no wrong finally have gone one (Geneva-striped) bridge too far with a cheesy co-branding exercise? No better way to find out than strapping a bit of aeronautic history to our wrist.

Big Swinging Ticks

Breakdown: Richard Mille RM 38-01 G-Sensor Bubba Watson

Richard Mille has been working with golfer Bubba Watson since 2010 on a shock-resistant watch that can handle the strain of his titanic swing. And the RM 38-01 Bubba Watson doesn't just survive the swing's high g-forces: it records them.

And they said the West was wild

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part Two: The East

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we've broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the East -- Japan, China, Russia, India and Australia -- flexes its stuff.

We Tick Off the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: May 6, 2014

This Week in Watches, an Aston Martin opener, Zenith's new boss, CR7 becomes a TAG ambassador and more.

Whatever suits you

From Savile Row to Detroit, Five Custom Suit Makers to Know

Geography plays a huge role in bespoke suiting options -- to get the benefit of custom-made, you need to be there, after all. These five shops from around the globe cover a wide range of custom options, price points and styles.

Meet the camelid fur you can't afford

Nice Threads: Surveying the World’s Most Luxurious Suiting Fabrics

The difference between a $5,000 suit and a $50,000 bespoke suit, besides a raise to a C-letter job title, is fabric. The math is fairly simple. The rarer and more elusive the sheep or other furry mammal that supplies the hair/wool/what have you, the more premium the fabric.

Sun's Out, Guns Out

Tee Up: 5 Basic T-Shirts

There's nothing like the old, faded out, ripped-at-the-collar t-shirt. It carries years of stories in stitches and stains. Unfortunately, you're the only one who knows and respects that history; it just looks like a dirty t-shirt to everyone else. Save it for wing night and keep your wardrobe loaded with fresh, handsome Ts for all other occasions.

Arch Allies

Something Afoot: Socks for Every Occasion

Like all basic garments, the sock performs as essential function and also provides an opportunity to flash a little style. Here are five great options for a variety of occasions.

Be Short, Not Brief

Under Armor: Five Great Boxer Shorts

The loosest fitting of male undershorts, boxers allow free range of movement for you legs and other parts, and enough soft protection that wearing them is like getting away with loungewear 24/7. From inexpensive to splurge, classic to technical, we've got you and yours covered with these five pairs of boxers.

Tailored for Drake, the guys from Suits, and everyone in between

At Toronto’s Garrison Bespoke, a Different Look at Custom Suiting

Garrison Bespoke, a small shop on the fringes of Toronto's financial district, is known for being ahead of the curve, responding not just to trends, but to their clients’ every imaginable need and want. We know, because our writer up north, Peter Saltsman, recently became a client.

Old World Skill, New World Techniques

GP Short: Sitting in on a 3D Tailoring at Seize Sur Vingt

New York-based Seize Sur Vingt understands the importance of fit, but then, so do the vast majority of tailors. More important is that they've come up with a new way to bring top-notch Italian tailors and American clients together that doesn't involve a nine hour flight. It's a simple solution that long-distance daters have been using for years: Skype.

Fashionable and Functional

Button Up, Hike Down: Best Hiking Shirts

Apparel with the technical specs to keep you snug and dry on the trail doesn't have to look out of place the minute you leave the wild. Exhibit A: these 10 adventure shirts.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night...

10 Best Rain Jackets of 2014

When the season changes from twenty degrees and snow to forty degrees and rain, it's time to update the outerwear. Sometimes you need a coat that's lightweight and waterproof, while also being paradoxically windproof and breathable. These are the best.

Time On Our Hands: DOXA SUB Professional Mission 31

A Storied Watchmaker and a Storied Family Dive Together Again

DOXA and the Cousteaus have a hell of a history together. When Fabien Cousteau heads underwater in June to beat his grandfather's record 30 days spent in Conshelf Two, he'll be wearing a DOXA SUB Professional Mission 31.

Fast fundementals

Kit: Track Weekend

Your normal couch-bound weekend attire won't cut it during a weekend at the track; tarmac-amplified heat and humidity plus the occasional run-in with a troupe of Umbrella Girls nixes that plan. Instead, race weekend is primetime for packing light, multifunctional duds and accoutrements that don't skimp on style.

Smooth Operator

About Face: Upgrade Your Shaving Cream

Your face is going to take a few hits over the years: the occasional barroom skirmish, a girlfriend's unpredictable cat, an intimate moment with the bottom of a shallow lake. Take care of it during your morning shave.

Check Yourself

Elements: Plaid

Plaid has a rich history, but it's also just a handsome pattern. Wear it right -- in moderation -- and you’ll look dapper.

We Tick Off the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: April 22, 2014

This Week in Watches we examine Swatches gone large, Fliegers gone small, space Luminoxes, ceramic Bell & Rosses and more.

No Mere Accessories

The Rise of the Fashion Watch

It wasn’t so long ago that watches with fashion brand names on their dials were routinely dismissed as pretenders, mere arm candy for people with more money than good sense or taste. While there are still plenty of those watches twinkling from department store jewelry counters, other brands -- ones more often associated with jewelry, luggage and trench coats -- have quietly elbowed their way into loftier company. These five made a splash at this year's BaselWorld.

A Compendium of Wearable History

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part One: The West

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we've broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the West -- America, Britain, Germany, France, and the unlikely Brazil, Argentina and Peru -- flexes its stuff.

We tick off the latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: April 15, 2014

This Week in Watches, we examine new offerings from Sinn, Grand Seiko, Magrette, Speake-Marin and the NYC-based strapmaker Suigeneric.

Will Dufour Bring the Conservative Brand Into the Modern Age?

A New Rolex CEO Gets the Keys to the Kingdom

Rolex had just three CEOs in its first century of existence; it's had three more in just the past eight years. This week, the iconic company made the latest change in its game of musical chairs, putting Jean-Frédéric Dufour, whom many will recognize as the man who turned Zenith around, in the hot seat. This a major development for one of the most conservative companies in a very conservative industry -- particularly because of Dufour's track record.

An Explorer's Watch at the Explorer's Club

The Rebirth of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Legendary Tool Watch, the Geophysic 1958

In 1958, as numerous scientific initiatives blossomed across the globe, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced their now-legendary Geophysic chronometer, meant as a tool for scientists and explorers. Today the Geophysic 1958 has been reborn in a limited series of watches, each of which accurately replicates its forebears in design and intent.

The Watchmaker's Art

Inside NOMOS Glashütte: A Look Over the Watchmaker’s Shoulder

When people ask what’s so special about mechanical watches, we go on about the miracle of keeping time with gears and springs, the artisanal tradition and the importance timepieces have played in great historical events. If anyone listening hasn’t walked away by then, eyes are usually glazed and the subject quickly changed. Now we can just point those people to this video.

Season Openers

5 Bomber Jackets for this Spring

Lightweight bombers are a simple, all-American affair. This spring mainstay has evolved over the past century to include styles with a wide variety of fabrics, slimmer fits and colors beyond the basics. With warm weather finally here, we’ve stowed our parkas and picked our five favorites that range from technical to timeless.

Best of Show

The Best Watches of BaselWorld 2014

Another BaselWorld is in the books, and it’s time for our annual tradition of choosing our favorite watches of the show. Once again, we polled five of our esteemed Timekeeping contributors for their picks -- and once again they chose a real mix of haute horlogerie, divers and chronographs from brands big and small. Mind you, these aren’t necessarily the best watches of the show (despite our title), but just the ones with which we’d choose to flee across the border on our wrists. See if you agree with our choices.

Marketing is for suckers

Guide to Internet Boutique Watch Brands

Watch shopping at a brick and mortar retailer or a boutique really only scratches the surface of the watch world. There are literally hundreds of online retailers, or internet boutiques, just as worthy of the praise received by brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling, and the like. These are small-scale production brands that exclusively sell their own watches online, without a physical store, from less than $500 to well above $10,000. We've broken down some of our favorite internet boutique brands, along with their best offerings, so that you can start your web-based hunting right.

Spidey senses are tingling

Time on Our Hands: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite + Rock

When it comes to high-end mechanical watches, racers, pilots, and divers are all spoiled for choice. Unfortunately, skiers can’t say the same. One brand though, has been giving them a taste of what could be. Launched by two Danes in 2002, Linde Werdelin went straight after the skiing niche by introducing mechanical timepieces with digital clip-on devices meant for the snow. But today, the technology that made the brand stand out faces major questions. We tried out the SpidoLite Titanium Red ($11,900) and the brand's latest Rock digital device on the slopes.

Notes from the World's Largest Watch Show

Dispatch From BaselWorld 2014

In this age of 24/7 connectivity and instant news reports via Twitter and press releases, it's relatively easy to cover events even from half a world away. For the past couple of years, that's how we covered the three-ring horological circus known as BaselWorld. But there was always a nagging feeling that the only way to truly report on the world's largest watch event was to be there on the ground. So this year we booked a ticket, rented a room, bought some comfortable shoes and packed our bags for Basel.

Breaking Down an ETA Watch Movement

How Does an Automatic Watch Movement Work?

Just what are you looking at when you flip over your Tissot or Swiss Army watch and peer through the case back crystal at that ETA automatic? It's time to learn. We break down the parts of an ETA automatic watch movement.

Like Jacques Cousteau, Wearing A Tux

Time on Our Hands: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

Last fall, we featured the Pontos S, a sleek dive chronograph. While the chronograph's design could likely dress up with the best of them, the busy dial gives off more of a sporty feeling. The Pontos S Diver ($3,400) loses the chronograph function, creating a cleaner and classier diver. Though not without minor faults, the Pontos S Diver is a great example of a dive watch that earns its place, whether over a wetsuit or under a cuff.

Kickin' Tunes

5 Sneakers, 5 Tunes: A Stylish Playlist for Spring

Grabbing a pair of classically rad sneakers better suited for trips to the beach than running a 5k personal best is a great way to prepare for warmer weather. Light materials and light colors paired with simple silhouettes make each of these five picks worth wearing for that next sundress encounter; for summer mood optimization, we've paired an accompanying soundtrack to each of our picks.

To and From, safely and in style

Kit: Bicycle Commuter

If you're thinking about joining the bike commuter set, you'll need the essentials: bike, helmet, lights, lock and a handsome leather wine bottle carrier. We've got it all in this Kit, plus much more.

Time to clean up

Four Dress Watches, Four Distinct Styles

Yes, we’re inclined towards utilitarian sports watches, but every now and then a guy’s got to clean up. For those times, do yourself a favor and replace that Panerai with something a little more civilized -- a jaw-dropping dress watch. Just how civilized (and how expensive) is up to you, but here are four worth suiting up for.