Time, Editor's Pick

Dual Purpose — Watches for Work and Play


Pictured Above: Omega Aqua Terra “Ultra Light” — Athletic Workhorse

Futuristic looking watches do not seem to be out of place when worn on the wrists of engineers. Due to their work environment, tool watches that are tough, amagnetic, and water-resistant are preferred. The Omega Aqua Terra “Ultra Light” checks all of the above requirements with its titanium case and 150m water resistance. The manual-winding Calibre 8928 TI is Omega’s first-ever titanium-made movement and can resist magnetic fields as strong as 15,000 gauss. Fancy a game of golf after work? Developed with inputs from major golf talent Rory Mcllroy, the Aqua Terra “Ultra Light” is, in fact, designed for sports and athletes in mind, with the emphasis on less weight and more comfort.

Tissot Gentleman Classic — Day to Night

Working in an office cubicle can feel dull at times, but that does not mean one’s watch should feel the same. With the resurgence of two-tone watches, the Tissot Gentleman Classic serves as a stylish option. Treading the line between conservative and flashy, the well-balanced watch sports a subtle application of 18K rose gold on the bezel, watch hands, and indexes. Paired with a stainless steel bracelet, the Tissot Gentleman Classic takes one from Monday to Friday, from boardroom meetings to after-work drinks with ease. Powered by the automatic Powermatic 80 calibre, it is also blessed with 80 hours of power reserve, which means the Gentleman Classic continues to run after it is left on the dresser over the weekend.

Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum — Timezone Scanner

The Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum makes life a tad easier for men tracking the opening and closing times of various stock markets with its world time function. It simultaneously tracks the time of 24 cities across 24 time zones with its automatic in-house calibre MB 29.20. Anchored to the center of the dial is a vivid globe that depicts whether it is daytime or nighttime at a specific region – green, yellow and orange represent day while blue represents night. The Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum is a complicated yet aesthetically pleasing watch to be mesmerised by whatever time it is.

Rado Captain Cook Automatic — Desk Diver

First impression tells one that the Rado Captain Cook Automatic is an unusual dive watch. Measuring 42mm, the watch has an oversized arrow-shaped hour hand and quirky dial design that set it apart from typical dive watches. The stainless steel case, ceramic bezel, and sapphire crystal might appeal to “desk divers” – dive watch lovers who do not dive. However, fear not if one has to come into contact with water as the watch is water resistant to 200m. Fun fact: the little anchor sitting atop “RADO” swivels as the wearer shakes the watch.

Bell & Ross BR 05 — Frame Work

Architects and designers whose works stem from lines and geometric shapes can immediately identify with Bell & Ross’ latest BR 05 collection. The strong, angular square shapes on the case and bezel are softened with curves and bevelled edges that flow down to the integrated bracelet, mimicking modern architecture in urban cities. The playful execution of the skeleton dial showcases its automatic Calibre BR-CAL.322 in all its glory. Legibility is maintained with the use of white baton-shaped hands and indexes contrasted against the monochromatic watch.