10 Watches You Should Buy Instead of the Apple Watch

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Style Undressed - Men's Watches

Without a doubt, a nice watch is an important fashion accessory. In today’s world of options, we are surrounded with countless brands, styles, complications and aesthetic elements. We’re bombarded with choice, which is great because now, more than ever, you can truly express yourself and your personality through your timepiece. But in a world of choice, decisions are difficult. It seems that now, the Apple Watch is the latest “it” watch everyone wants to own – but is it your best option? Maybe not.

Click through the gallery below to see 10 watches you should consider other than the Apple Watch.


Mondaine SBB Watch

The Mondaine SBB watch face is based on the official clock of the Swiss Railway, seen on train station platforms across Switzerland and at transit hubs around the world. This minimalist face, with its iconic red paddle second hand, created by Hans Hilfiker in 1944, has become an enduring symbol of Swiss punctuality and design. Given Apple’s penchant for clean lines and bold design, it’s no wonder that they ‘borrowed’ the design for the Clock app in iOS 6, resulting in a lawsuit by SBB, who has only licensed their clock face to Mondaine. Needless to say, there is obviously a natural affinity between Apple’s designs and Mondaine designs. If you are looking the familiar Apple clock app on your wrist (or for anyone who is a fan of Jonathan Ive’s design aesthetic but not willing to embrace wearable technology), check out Mondaine.

Source: Mr Porter

Epic Watchphone

Epic Cellular just launched its line of unique Watchphones on Indiegogo, and the Watchphone has a bunch of things going for it that Apple Watch doesn’t: Fully functional cell phone on your wrist that can send and receive phone calls without being tethered to a handheld device, unlocked GSM SIM card is compatible with any carrier and operates anywhere in the world, SIM card can be easily switched out for users who would like float between a handheld device and their watchphone, built-in HD camera for taking photos and recording video. It’s offered in two models: the Epic Signature is a sleek rolex-like wrist worn device while the Epic Mini can be worn around the neck like a fashionable piece of jewelry. The Apple Watch starts at $349 while the Epic Signature is available for pre-order for $249 and the Epic Mini is $200.

Source: Indiegogo

1FaceWatch

Sometimes, it’s not about having the most posh or most techie watch, it’s about knowing that you are participating in something big. 1FaceWatch’s goal is to combat some of the world and the environment's biggest issues. With its clean, minimal and sleek aesthetic, each digital LED watch has a color profile that represents a different cause, as well as a face that's a mirror - until you press a button to display the time. To date, the brand has changed over 800,000 lives - each watch's impact is measured by a metric, and you can see on their website what cause each watch is attached to, from Animals to Cancer to Water. At 1FaceWatch.com, these timepieces retail for $40 each (except for the new touchscreen version, which is $99). You can also find the standard model at journeys.com, where they are $45.

Source: 1FaceWatch

Panerai Luminor Marina Watch

Panerai is one of the hottest selling timepieces right now because of their large dials and tie with popular culture. They're a large dial watch and is perfect for divers! The Luminor Marina is developed with a large 44mm brushed titanium case, an amazing movement (that can be seen through the case back) and is water resistant up to 300 meters under water, making them perfect for divers. Similar watches are worn by Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, so you’d be in pretty decent company (depending on your politics)!

Source: Wixon Jewelers

Jaeger LeCoultre's Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire

For the techie guy, you may think that he'd rather have the latest iPhone than a fine timepiece. But for millions, that’s obviously not the case. Fine timepieces contain many moving parts and functions and that can be appreciated by techies and engineers of all kinds. A watch that possesses unique features, functions, and cool complications such as the Jaeger LeCoultre's Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire is a true marvel of modern watchmaking precision and features a moon phase, date dials along with other cool bells and whistles.

Source: Wixon Jewelers

Patek Philippe Reference 5130 Watch

Another great option is a watch with world time functionality, like the Patek Philippe Reference 5130. These watches enable quickly checking the time in your current area of travel, as well as at home. This is incredibly useful for anyone who travels a ton and always feels mildly discombobulated in new time zones. Timepieces with world time functionality are great for international businessmen and world travelers because they simultaneously display the time in all 24 time zones. The outside of the dial features a rotating bezel with the major city in each time zone. This bezel corresponds with a 24-hour bezel, together showing for an organized display of the time in any time zone in the world.

Source: Wixon Jewelers

Casio G-Shock MT-G

Understandably, part of the Apple Watch’s appeal lies in the geek-cool factor inherent in owning a new gadget. But since the Apple Watch forces you to carry an iPhone if you wish to employ the coolest features, you’ll be carrying that functionality regardless of whether you wear the Apple. So maybe lets think about how to put that wrist real estate to good use with a gadget that does more than duplicate your phone. The Casio G-Shock MT-G marries fashion sensibility of the G-Shock line with the upscale sheen of a metal case and bracelet. Traditional Casio techie bragging rights are ensured by atomic time accuracy, solar power, shock resistant electronics, chronograph, countdown timer, alarm, second time zone, and a calendar function. It’s the calculator watch all grown-up. You can snag the Casio G-SHOCK MT-G TRIPLE G RESIST at Amazon.

Source: G-Shock

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Centum Watch

The Tonda Centum men's watch is not only a stylish timepiece, but it has one of the most sought after features: the perpetual calendar. It also has a cool open graphite dial showcasing the intricate mechanics inside, so it’s a hit for those who appreciate good engineering.

Source: Wixon Jewelers

Garmin Forerunner 620 Watch

The touchscreen Forerunner 620 GPS running watch offers a recovery advisor and adds feedback on running form by showing your cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation, or degree of bounce. The built-in accelerometer tracks distance for your indoor track or treadmill workouts, with no need for a foot pod. Get it at Sport Chalet or at Amazon.

Source: Sport Chalet

Mio Drive + Watch

This is the world's first watch to take an ECG accurate heart rate without a chest strap. The Mio Drive + is about making your workout count, getting your heart rate up and burning those calories. The Drive + is designed for the fitness enthusiast who is looking for a monitoring companion that allows you to follow the progress of your workout with personalized heart rate, percent of maximum heart rate display and calories burned during exercise.

Source: Sport Chalet

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Aly Walansky is a New York City-based lifestyle and travel writer. Tweet her at @AlyWalansky or visit her blog at alittlealytude.com.

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