There’s no more classic gift for Father’s Day than a watch. (But we’ve got other ideas for you, too.) The most impressive timepieces this season are high-tech divers that are just as fit for the office as they are for the ocean. In fact, one could survive a trip to the bottom of the Pacific.
1. The Sporty Traveler
Omega’s self-winding Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M has an athletic pop of color and displays up to three time zones. $8,100, omegawatches.com.
2. The Off-Duty Businessman
Orlebar Brown’s Mad Men-esque Amalfi polo shirt. $120, orlebarbrown.com.
3. The Dapper Weekend Warrior
Lipault’s wheeled cases come in four sizes and snappy colors. When not in use, they easily compress to be stored in a closet or under a bed. $199-$259, lipault.com
4. The Rugged Sailor
Girard-Perregaux’s Sea Hawk Mission of Mermaids has an easy-to-grip bezel and rubber straps that are perfect for long days on the water. $11,750, girard-perregaux.com.
5. The Guy with Comfort and Style
Tod’s Marlin moccasins, a fancier version of the boat shoe. $525, tods.com.
6. The Scuba Diver
In 2012, a watch similar to Rolex’s Deepsea strapped to the robotic arm of a submersible kept ticking even at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. $12,350, rolex.com.
7. The Bookworm
Author James Nestor’s compelling free-diving travelogue, Deep. $20, amazon.com.
8. The Sophisticate
The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau is eye candy for wrists: simple and clean with a midnight blue face. $7,200, iwc.com.
9. The Whiskey Connoisseur
Glenmorangie Pride 1981, an ultrarare, 28-year-aged whiskey. $4,200, glenmorangie.com.
10. The Thrill Seeker
Ball’s Engineer Master II Diver FreeFall has tiny tubes filled with super-luminescent tritium so you can read the time while fully submerged. $3,500, ballwatch.com.
11. The Sightseer
Bianchi’s Volpe bicycle, made for joyrides on pavement and gravel. $1,300, bianchiusa.com.
This appeared in the June/July 2015 issue.
Top photo by Flickr user Ian Arlett
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