Watches, like dads, run the gamut from traditional and reserved to adventurous and sporty, plus everything in between. With Father’s Day on the horizon, we picked five new models that offer elegant style with substance or robust performance, with features including smart technology to elevate his golf game or heirloom-worthy wardrobe accents.
The Golfer: TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition
The latest generation of TAG Heuer’s Connected luxury smartwatch has an updated golf app to help dads master any course. With a few taps, he can access 3D mapping for 99% of the world’s courses, information about distances to greens and hazards, shot tracking, scoring for up to four players, and stats after every round. Inspired by pro-tour statistics, the new Driving Zone function helps him target the best zones to shoot for based on past performance.
The ultra-lightweight 45mm black titanium case is fitted with a matte black ceramic bezel with 18 engraved and lacquered graduations that serve as performance markers at each hole. Two functional pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock work with the app to record shots and shot distances. The Connected Golf Edition (US$2,550) comes on a white rubber strap with green contrast stitching and a dimpled texture like a golf ball. An alternate black perforated rubber strap lets him instantly switch up the look for everyday wear.
The Off-roader: Zenith Defy 21 Land Rover Edition
Taking its cues from the redesigned Land Rover Defender all-terrain vehicle, Zenith’s new Defy 21 Land Rover Edition (US$13,600) echoes the stealthy SUV with a black, micro-blasted titanium case that absorbs light from all angles to accentuate its faceted surfaces. The monochromatic gray dial has a new linear power reserve window, a first in the Defy 21 line. Limited to 250 pieces, this special edition offers a modern minimalist version of the brand’s legendary 1/100th of a second El Primero high-frequency chronograph.
The Dandy: Cartier Santos XL
For dads with a sense of style, Cartier has unveiled a new lineup of Santos XLs (US$8,100 for the stainless steel and gold model) with manual-winding movements. The classic design traces its roots to 1904, when Louis Cartier designed one of the first wristwatches for his friend, the Brazilian bon vivant and aviator Alberto Santos Dumont so he could check the time while flying. While today’s version is bigger and bolder at 46.6mm x 33.9mm, the telltale signatures—square lines, Roman numerals, and visible screws on the bezel—stay true to the original.
The Adventurer: Montblanc 1858 Geosphere
The latest iteration of Montblanc’s 1858 Geosphere (US$5,800) blends vintage flair with an on-trend blue color scheme combined with icy-white luminous accents and a rugged, lightweight titanium case. Dedicated to the world’s Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, for which climbers ascend the highest mountains on each continent, the 1858 Geosphere is distinguished by two domed turning hemisphere globes that serves as a unique world time complication that tracks time zones around the world. The case back further pays tribute to the Seven Summits with an engraving of the actual Mont Blanc paired with a compass and two crossed ice pick-axes.
The Purist: Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Model SBGW259
This year, Grand Seiko marked its 60th anniversary with a collection inspired by the first watch introduced by the brand in 1960. Defined by its clean lines and minimalist spirit, the elegant SBGW259 (US$8,000) exhibits the classic round case shape and subtly curved dial and hands of its ancestor, but with a modern makeover that includes a larger 38mm profile and sapphire crystal case back for admiring its finely finished manual-winding movement. Another timely advance is the brand’s proprietary Brilliant Hard Titanium case, which is as light as pure titanium but twice as hard as stainless steel, making it highly resistant to scratches.