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Want a watch that reflects your sense of adventure? Presenting ten timepieces that marry style with utility, promising to become your best friend in the great outsides - whether you are sailing, trekking or winging it through the wide blue sky.
     Print Edition: Sep 15, 2013

Want a watch that reflects your sense of adventure? Presenting ten timepieces that marry style with utility, promising to become your best friend in the great outsides - whether you are sailing, trekking or winging it through the wide blue sky.

Tag Heur
Tag Heur
TAG HEUR
2013 CARRERA CALIBRE 16 TACHYMETRE DAY-DATE
The sole day-date model in the Carrera range, the Calibre 16 Tachymetre Day-Date features a revised chronograph that sits behind a Juan Manuel Fangio-themed caseback design. Offering you a choice between a sporty rubber strap and a five-row stainless steel bracelet, the Calibre 16 retains its aluminium bezel at a time when its contemporaries are getting ceramic ones. A part of the 50th anniversary of TAG Heuer's Carrera, the Calibre 16 targets fans of the older CV2014 (with just a date counter) as well as those who depend on their watches to know the day.

Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold
Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold
HUBLOT
BIG BANG UNICO KING GOLD

Hublot's back with a bang. And it's big. A watch with an iconic design that contains the Unico, a column wheel chronograph movement with a dual horizontal coupling visible on the dial side, Hublot's latest offering is said to be the perfect marriage between elegance and powerful technology. The Unico movement is a flyback chronograph that can be reset at any time - something that stands unique in the timepiece industry. So, go on, wear a revolution on your wrist.

Corum Admiral's cup AC-ONE 45 Regatta
Corum Admiral's cup AC-ONE 45 Regatta
CORUM
ADMIRAL'S CUP AC-ONE 45 REGATTA
Embodying all the classic features of the Admiral's Cup collection, the Admiral's Cup AC-One 45 Regatta features top-flight mechanics, trademark design and a DNA firmly anchored in the sailing world. The watch's new automatic calibre - the CO 040 - features a jumping countdown function adjustable from 0 to 10 minutes and a chronograph capable of timing up to 12 hours of racing. Combine this with an exquisite black dial and a case water-resistant up to 300 metres, and you relinquish the need for a first mate. Aye aye, cap'n!

Breguet TYPE XXII 3880 in rose gold
Breguet TYPE XXII 3880 in rose gold
BREGUET
TYPE XXII 3880 IN ROSE GOLD
The Breguet Type XXII 3880 just got classier, if that's even possible. Now appearing in 18-carat rose gold, the beauty of the timepiece is taken to new levels even as the Breguet chronograph movement with silicon escapement and flat balance spring - whose frequency has been raised to 10 Hertz - ensure that the chronograph seconds hand effects a complete rotation in just 30 seconds. The dial includes a second time-zone indicator at 6 o'clock, along with an aperture for the date, and an integrated brown leather strap effectively complements the dial as well as the rose gold of the case. Splurge, splurge!

IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil
IWC
INGENIEUR CHRONOGRAPH SILBERPFEIL

The Chronograph Silberpfeil has its origins in the Mercedes-Benz W25 Silver Arrow, which famously got its name when pit crew personnel stripped the paint off the car to achieve its weight limit - revealing a silvery aluminium bodywork. The watch's dial, available in silver or brown, sports a cloud-like perlage pattern of overlapping circles that evokes the dashboard of the legendary race car. Powered by the Calibre 89361, the watch has a power reserve of 68 hours and a flyback function engineered with racing pit stops in mind. A device for chronograph and car enthusiasts alike.

Zenith Pilot Montre D'aeronef
Zenith Pilot Montre D'aeronef
Zenith PILOT MONTRE D'AERONEF TYPE 20 GMT
When you are flying at 600 miles per hour 45,000 feet above ground level, you don't want your instruments giving up on you. Keeping this in view, Zenith takes its aviation legacy to a whole new level with the Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 GMT. The 40mm steel instrument echoes all the distinctive visual features of its worthy predecessors - a wide-grooved and screw-locked crown, imposing Arabic numerals of white Superluminova, and a large matt black dial - while drawing its power from an automatic Zenith Elite 693 movement with a 50-hour power reserve.
 
Chopard Superfast Automatic
Chopard Superfast Automatic
CHOPARD
SUPERFAST AUTOMATIC
If Chopard's Classic Racing collection pays tribute to the automobile world, it is the Superfast Automatic that drives it full speed ahead. The imposing 18-carat rose gold case of the Superfast Automatic gives it a powerful presence on the wrist, thanks to its purely assertive personality. The watch's contemporary design, unique see-through engine finish and 60-hour power reserve place it in a very prominent position as compared to its peers in the collection - the Superfast Power Control and Superfast Chrono.

Graham Chronofighter Oversize Superlight TT
Graham Chronofighter Oversize Superlight TT
GRAHAM
CHRONOFIGHTER OVERSIZE SUPERLIGHT TT

Though this Chronofighter weighs less than 100g due to a carbon nanotube speckled composite case, it's a lightweight by no stretch of the imagination. Enabling the measurement of speed with a special tachymeter scale based on the length of the TT circuit, the watch is powered by a calibre G1747 automatic movement with a power reserve of 48 hours and has an incabloc shock absorber for protection from anything life may throw at it.

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pershingcbf
Parmigiani Fleurier
THE PERSHING CBF

The result of a partnership between Parmigiani Fleurier and the Confederacao Brasileira de Futbol, the Pershing CBF is sporty, modern and electrifying in intense blue. Featuring a titanium case with a choice of white gold or rose gold bezel, the dial showcases the three colours of the CBF - gold, blue and green - in perfect harmony. Also, five victory stars commemorating the world cups won by the national team replace the small seconds index at 3'o clock. Go, Brazil!

Breitling Emergency II
Breitling Emergency II
Breitling
EMERGENCY II

The very first watch with a built-in personal locator beacon, the Breitling Emergency II could very well be your best friend in a plane crash. Made up of a revolutionary rechargeable battery, a miniature dual frequency transmitter and an integrated antenna system, it establishes itself as a survival instument in all kinds of distress situations. The stunning bright-orange dial and sturdy titanium case doesn't hurt either.

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