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Pebble 2 Smartwatch

There’s a reason the Pebble is amongst the best selling smartwatches. Numerous reasons, actually, including 100 feet of water resistance, iOS and Android compatibility, 7-day battery life thanks to an e-paper display, and a price that’s a hell of a lot more wallet-friendly than most. The Pebble 2 Smartwatch (far left) is all of those things and a few more. Notifications and calendars, the latter in the form of an intuitive timeline, are just a glance away, and the 2 is also a better fitness tracker than before with an integrated heart rate monitor, sleep tracking, Pebble Core (shown, middle) compatibility, and activity tracking with automatic activity classification, all wrapped up in Pebble’s Health app. One-Click Actions are also new, providing a set of customizable tasks on your watch that let you automatically order your favorite meal, hail an Uber, or send a preset text to a preset person with just a click. Also available in a Time 2 variant (far right) with the same features and a full metal enclosure.

Check it out in five colors at Kickstarter – $100

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G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-1000

There are certain brands that come to mind when you think of tough, durable watches built for anything — and G-Shock is certainly amongst them. The brand’s Mudmaster GWG-1000 draws off some equally rugged inspiration, partnering with Captain Joseph Garcia, one of the world’s leaders in Corrections Special Operations, to create a watch that handle even more than your standard G-Shock. It’s got vibration resistance thanks to the use of Alpha gel underneath and around the watch module, 200 meters of water resistance, plus a multitude of functions and sensors that include a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer. The list goes on and on, but the timepiece is also solar-powered, automatically set by radio to atomic time, and makes uses of multiple gaskets on the pipes that guide all buttons and shafts so that no mud or debris makes its way into the case for complete mud resistance. It’s positively beastly and built to last, and for well under a grand that’s about as good as it gets.

Find it in a multitude of colors at Amazon ($500+) or learn more at G-Shock ($750)

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Xeric Soloscope

They’ve been bringing you news on the most interesting timepieces by way of Watchismo, and even designed a watch or two in the last couple of years. The Xeric Soloscope is their latest. It’s another affordable automatic mechanical timepiece like their Halograph but with looks unique enough to set it apart from the thousands of other options in the price range. A single hand circles the hours and points to the minutes with its tip, making its way around the face once every 24 hours. The other half of its face displays its twin balance wheels, and the way they’re laid out — the watch on the right side — works perfectly to peek out from underneath your shirt’s cuff. A 36 hour power reserve, a sapphire-coated K1 crystal lens, and a Horween leather strap round out the timepiece. And if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, a Quartz-powered Soloscope costs a fair bit less.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $240 (quartz) to $400 (automatic)

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Panerai Luminor 1950 Carbotech

A first for any timepiece, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Carbotech uses its namesake material — Carbotech — as a case material instead of metal. Thin carbon fibre sheets are compressed together along with a polymer binding agent to attain higher mechanical strengths than ceramic or titanium, and this at a lower weight than either, though it is capped on the back with a hard black coated titanium screw cap. It’s powered by Panerai’s P.9000 calibre automatic movement with 3 day power reserve, features a 300 bar (300 meter) water resistance, and boasts a rotating bezel that turns anticlockwise for calculating immersion time while diving, particularly useful in this day and age as a backup should your dive computer fail.

Learn more at Panerai – $19,500 [via]

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Nixon Mission Smartwatch

Nixon’s Mission Smartwatch isn’t just your run-of-the-mill Android-powered timepiece. Though it’s indeed powered by the latter, the Mission is built tough: take it diving up to 100 meters deep, bump it around, or wear it while you’re tearing up the slopes. Its shock-resistant polycarbonate case features a raised stainless steel bezel to protect the screen, which sits behind Corning Gorilla Glass. Hardware-wise it’s run by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-chip and boasts a round AMOLED touchscreen display, an altimeter, a GPS unit, a thermometer, an e-compass, and of course a gyro and accelerometer. Which means it’s particularly well-suited to various sports including surfing (pulling real-time surf conditions from Surfline), snow sports, and swimming, amongst others.

Learn more at Nixon – $400

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MMT Ephemeris Watch

Of course, MMT’s Ephemeris Watch tells the time. This, it accomplishes with a Japanese quartz movement and within an ultra-slim case. But far more unique is its dial plate, which bears engravings with concentric rings and the eight planets — sorry, Pluto — in their various orbits. As its name suggests, each planet is actually precisely positioned at the location it occupied on the given meaningful date of your choice. Cleverly, the ninth orbit line subtly indicates the hours. Get yours in Mercury Silver or Venus gold, each coupled to a black or brown leather strap, respectively.

Grab one at Kickstarter – roughly $125

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Minus-8 Layer Leather Watch

As its name suggests, Minus-8’s Layer Leather Watch is built of layers. Four, to be precise, form its case, with each physical vapor deposition-coated ring stacked to create its unique stepped face. Each layer is machined of 316L stainless steel to extremely precise tolerances for a tight fit and to ensure water resistance to 100 meters, suitable for prolonged swimming or diving. The watch’s Seiko Automatic NH35A movement features a 40 hour power reserve and sits between sapphire crystal on both sides, the closest to the wrist granting a view into the mechanism and balance wheel within. Each timepiece is rounded out with a vegetable tanned leather strap with raw suede backing and a stainless steel buckle. Available in four colorways from the subtle black on black to the bold silver and blue (shown).

Hit up Minus-8 for details – $498

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Vector Luna Smartwatch

When a watch is clean, crisp and simple in design, it’s expected to be stripped-down — that is, without many technological bells and whistles. But when a timepiece seamlessly blends those principles with cutting-edge technology the result is an entirely different beast. Vector’s line of smartwatches pair the classic look of timeless watches with an incredible 30-day battery life and all the functionality we’ve come to expect from smartwatches. In particular, the Vector Luna tracks your steps, distance walked, calories burned and even the quality and duration of your sleep — and that’s just the start. It’s crafted from a 44mm solid stainless steel case and can be customized with trackers, alarms and an ever-expanding list of branded apps. Meeting reminders, messages and your daily schedule pop up seamlessly too, thanks to the always-on monochromatic display. Add in sharp looks in a myriad of color and strap combinations, and it’s boardroom-ready. What more could you ask for from a watch?

Learn more at Amazon ($250+) or Vector ($300+)

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Void V02MKII

Dubbed clever, not smart, by its creator, the Void V02MKII doesn’t aim to add any fancy functionality to your wrist besides the obvious — telling the time. And this it does in a unique way: double sided, the long hand and short hand show either their red or white sides through the sapphire crystal lens. To read the hour, for instance, read the red number that the red hour marker is pointing to, and so on, though it’s bound to baffle anyone trying to read it for the first time. Otherwise it’s encased in three colors of sand blasted stainless steel, runs thanks to a reliable Quartz 2035 Miyota movement, and comes with your choice of milanese stainless steel or leather bracelets.

Learn more at Void Watches – $295 to $325

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Garmin Forerunner 235

Lightweight and comfortable, the Garmin Forerunner 235 was built with runners in mind. Equipped with a wrist-based Elevate heart rate monitor as well as GPS and GLONASS capabilities, the watch tracks distance covered, pace, pulse, VO2 max, and whether you’re in your target heart rate zone. Running indoors? An accelerometer takes over for the GPS to estimate distance. All accumulated data is compiled onto easy-to-read maps, charts and graphs on your smartphone, and with a battery life of 9 days including activity tracking — or 11 hours total of hard training with location tracking — you’ll easily take it from the city to the gym or trail without having to worry about topping up every night.

Check it out at Amazon – $330

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