After Hours

Let time be on your side, whether you are diving in the deep sea or spelunking in the gloomiest of caves. A look at the hardiest watches to emerge this year.
     Print Edition: Nov 23, 2014
Hardiest timepieces of 2014

Some say the work-life balance is dead, but we think otherwise. Success lies not only in number crunching and keeping an eye on financial flowcharts, but also pushing yourself beyond the limits of the boardroom when the opportunity presents itself. And whether your life's about globetrotting, scaling steep rock faces or exploring the depths of the ocean, you will always need a timepiece that stands up to the challenges that surround you.

The watches featured here combine robustness and functionality with cutting-edge features that promise to aid you in any eventuality.

From the speed-loving GPMH Power Control by Chopard to the Rolex GMT-Master II, feel your adrenaline surge as we take you from sport to sport, timepiece to timepiece.

ROLEX GMT-MASTER II

Rolex GMT-Master II
Rolex GMT-Master II
If you are among those who breakfast in Kingston and dine in Kyoto, it's only advisable that you be accompanied by the GMT-Master II. Featuring a rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel and a separate 24-hour hand, it allows globetrotters to read three different time zones, two of them simultaneously.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement 3186 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Steel

AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
The Royal Oak is a micro-mechanical masterpiece decorated entirely by hand to create an effect that's as artistic as it is rugged. A chronograph designed to counter gravity, its tourbillon ensures that not one beat is skipped while carrying out its functions.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement 2897 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Forged Carbon/ Titanium

IWC AQUATIMER DEEP 3

IWC Aquatimer Deep 3
IWC Aquatimer Deep 3
This diver's watch features a range of advanced features, from a mechanical depth gauge and a body capable of 10 bar (100 metres) water resistance to provisions for effecting data backup to the dive computer.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement 30120 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Titanium

PANERAI LUMINOR MARINA 8 DAYS

Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days
Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days
The Luminor Marina may look simple, but within it lies mechanical reliablity that any sailor would vouch for. Water resistant to 30 bar (300 metres), it's powered by a movement executed entirely by Panerai and protected by a steel casing that is, frankly, incapable of rusting.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement P.5000 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Steel

BREITLING EMERGENCY II

Breitling Emergency II
Breitling Emergency II
Just the thing for lone adventurers. Capable of transmitting SOS signals through a dual-channel emergency satellite transmitter, it's your best bet to safety if stuck between a rock and a hard place.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement SuperQuartz calibre 76
CASE MATERIAL: Titanium

CHOPARD GPMH POWER CONTROL

Chopard GPMH Power Control
Chopard GPMH Power Control
Inspired by the classic single-seaters of the 1970s, the GPMH Power Control has a snailed grey dial to complement its 18-carat gold bezel and a movement chronometer-certified by COSC.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Power reserve 46 hours
CASE MATERIAL: Titanium

ZENITH PILOT MONTRE D'AÉRONEF TYPE 20 GMT

Zenith Pilot Montre D'Aéronef Type 20 GMT
Zenith Pilot Montre D'Aéronef Type 20 GMT
A tribute to the Wright Brothers, this watch from the masters of aviation instrumentation is crafted specifically for pilots, right from the generous Arabic numerals to the perfectly grippable ratcheted crown.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement Elite 693, automatic
CASE MATERIAL: Titanium with DLC

OMEGA SEAMASTER 300

Omega Seamaster 300
Omega Seamaster 300
This dive watch may be faithful to its '50s predecessor in style, but it incorporates all the latest Omega innovations in its exquisite shell, whether it's resistance to magnetic fields over 15,000 gauss or a 60-hour power reserve.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement Master Co-Axial calibre 8400
CASE MATERIAL: Steel/Titanium

CARL F. BUCHERER PATRAVI TRAVELTEC FOURX

Carl F Bucherer Patravi Traveltec Fourx
Carl F Bucherer Patravi Traveltec Fourx
A must-have for frequent fliers, the Patravi Traveltec FourX simultaneously indicates three time zones, ensuring that you are never late for a business meeting in a foreign country due to a temporal misunderstanding. What's more, its 18-carat gold-ceramic-titanium shell is just the thing to make you stand out in a crowd.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement CFB 1901.1 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: 18-carat rose gold

GRAHAM CHRONOFIGHTER LA KINGS

Graham Chronofighter LA Kings
Graham Chronofighter LA Kings
Built to commemorate the LA Kings ice hockey team, this instrument is equipped with an automatic chronograph and an Incabloc shock absorber capable of withstanding the hardest of falls. A black ceramic bezel gives the watch, limited to just 100 pieces, its personality.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement G1747calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Steel, with white diamond

CORUM ADMIRAL'S CUP AC-1 45 SQUELETTE

Corum Admiral's Cup AC-1 45 Squelette
Corum Admiral's Cup AC-1 45 Squelette
Paying tribute to yachts as well as the waves that power them, this watch offers complete immersion into the intricate horological workings under its shell. And don't be fooled by it's fragile looks; this baby's tough, and water resistant up to 300 metres.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement CO 082 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Grade 5 Titanium

TISSOT T-RACE MOTO GP

Tissot T-race MotoGP
Tissot T-race MotoGP
Black-red with a checkered flag for its dial, this instrument showcases the very synergy that bonds Tissot and MotoGP. Adding to its machismo is a chronograph that's accurate to the T, and water resistance up to 10 bar. What's more, it comes in a zany helmet-shaped case.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement C01.211
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless steel

TAG HEUER CARRERA MONACO GP

Tag Heuer Carrera Monaco GP
Tag Heuer Carrera Monaco GP
Everything about this timepiece screams F1, right from its tyre-treaded rubber strap to the fetching dial in pitch black with two grey stripes and a red line. The Arabic numerals on the dial are plated with exquisite 'black gold', and the case is coated with titanium carbide.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement 1887 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Titanium Grade 2

SEIKO VELATURA KINETIC DIRECT DRIVE

Seiko Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive
Seiko Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive
A part of Seiko's marine sports series, the Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive has become the blue-eyed watch among sailing enthusiasts. The timepiece is built to withstand the challenges of extreme water racing, and is water resistant up to 100 metres.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement 5D88 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Steel with blue-rose gold

CITIZEN PROMASTER AQUALAND

Citizen Promaster Aqualand
Citizen Promaster Aqualand
This diver's watch has a depth metre that shows the current and maximum depth simultaneously during each dive. Large hands ensure perfect visibility even at great depths, and unified bezel and case design prevents operational errors even on impact.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement J250 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Steel

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