Thousands of years ago, sporting chain mail was the difference between life and death on the battlefield. While your quest to look sharp isn’t so dire, tightly interlocked metal links are still your first line of defense—this time against a boring wrist. The season’s coolest watches marry a woven steel strap with a clean ’60s-style dial, delivering a subtle flash of texture while remaining sleek and lightweight. Wear any of the options here and your watch game will remain unscathed.
Here’s a question: who made the best chronographs in the 1940s and ’50s? If you answered Patek Philippe, you’re half right. Patek absolutely made some of the best and still most desirable chronos in the middle part of last century, but there was another manufacturer making truly top-notch stopwatch mechanisms for the wrist—and that was Longines. Yes, Longines.
If you’ve seen our February issue than you know two-tone watches are back. But these aren’t the gaudy gold accented timepieces associated with ’80s excess; this new breed brings a hefty, masculine edge to elegant silver and gold or black and gold pairings. Swiss watchmaker Longines’ Conquest watch is a prime example of two-tone 2.0, bringing stainless steel and 18K rose gold together into one handsome timepiece. The simplicity of the watch’s components (sleek black laquer face, bar indexes save for the twelve and six markers, clean bracelet links) are offset by the luxe materials used to create a watch that’s refined, but still incredibly modern. It’s the type of two-timer you’d be glad to have on your arm.
The cool grey watch face, the of-the-moment timepiece color we’ve spotted everywhere this season, keeps things modern while details like the handsome time markers, perfectly-positioned date display, and steel case ensure the design will remain timeless. It’s a smart option for any patriot, in a time when it matters most.
Will the Heat take it in tonight’s Game 5? Only time will tell (get it?) but we bet Dwyane Wade and the rest of the guys will be counting down the hours with this timepiece from Hublot. The whole thing references basketball motifs without looking like a novelty piece, which is a pretty fine line.