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First Published: September 14, 2020
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  2. 15 Best Pilot Watches for the Flying Aficionado

    15 Best Pilot Watches for the Flying Aficionado

    The connection between flying and horology may not be obvious at first. But if you look into the history of both industries, you would notice that the latter has been an important part of aviation. In fact, it has become a staple for air force pilots for many years. Governments even went as far as setting a strict standard on the pilot watches issued to their respective air force and soldiers. This just goes to show how deep the relationship between the two fields is. From then till now, many airmen rely on pilot watches to aid their flights. Some of the legendary watch manufacturers whose pilot watches proved helpful in the air force and military include IWC, Breitling, and Bell & Ross, to name a few. These timepieces help pilots get vital information like fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent, and other necessary calculations they require while flying. It should also be noted that even civilian frequent fliers can benefit from these pilot watches. While they wouldn’t likely need the more complicated features, a World Timer or a simple GMT watch, such as a Seiko Astron or Rolex Air Dweller, is more efficient in telling different time zones. So whether you’re an experienced aviator or a travel bug, check out which pilot watches are right for you by reading our guide below. Photo by Rafael Cosquiere from PexelsFeatures to Look For in a Good Pilot Watch Legibility One of the most important things to consider when looking for your next pilot watch is legibility. If you’re a pilot, your watch’s dial should be readable at a glance, especially when you’re busy manning the cockpit. To find a legible watch, choose ones with hour markers which come in large fonts, such as the Zenith Pilot or Bell & Ross Instruments. To add, check if the lume is bright enough for you to read the time even in low-light conditions. Apart from the convenience that it brings also offers safety and security. Photo from PixabayDual Time/GMT Functions As a frequent flier, it can sometimes be a hassle to adjust your watch every now and then. That brings us to the importance of a Dual Time or GMT feature of a watch. Having these functions allows you to read two time zones simultaneously. While some watches like world timers can display a lot of different time zones, having a dual time feature is sufficient for most frequent fliers. Anti-magnetic When flying, there’s a possibility of encountering magnetic fields that can damage your watch. To combat this problem, it is recommended to check the watch’s anti-magnetic properties. When looking at the specs sheet, check if the movement is protected by a Faraday cage. Or if the components are made with silicium or amagnetic alloys. Chronograph A chronograph function is one of the most useful things a pilot watch can have as it has a lot of aviation applications. For example, it can be used to time mission briefings, elapsed times, etc. Opt for a flyback chronograph as it is more suited for pilots as it is more convenient to use. Instead of pushing for more buttons just to reset a timer, a flyback chrono requires you to only push one. In-flight computations | Image by 2427999 from PixabaySlide rule bezel The slide rule bezel is a more complicated feature than the chronograph. However, it can do a lot more in-flight computations needed by pilots. A few things it can do are add, multiply, calculate fuel consumption and even the rate of climb or descent. Indeed, this is a very important feature that every professional pilot must look for. 15 of the Best Pilot Watches for the Flying Enthusiasts 1. Cartier Santos-Dumont What better way to start this list than with the first-ever pilot watch? Despite its unique exterior, the Cartier Santos-Dumont is considered as the first watch to be worn while flying. It all started when Louis Cartier made a watch for his aviator friend Alberto Santos-Dumont when he complained about fumbling for his pocket watch while piloting an aircraft. Since then, a lot of pilots started strapping their watches to their wrists. Among this list of pilot watches, the Cartier Santos-Dumont is the most simple. In fact, it is a time-only watch. As expected, this watch bears an Art Deco style that’s commonly seen in Cartier watches. Its hour markers are made with Roman numerals, a signature look of the brand. This makes it an ideal timepiece for frequent fliers who go on international business trips. Unlike other Cartier models, this one uses a manual mechanical movement. In particular, it is called the Cartier Calibre 430 MC. It has a total of 18 jewels, beats at a frequency of 21,600 VPH and can make the watch tick for up to 36 hours. Whether you like it or not, the Cartier Santos-Dumont has a special place in the history of both aviation and horology. 2. Seiko Astron  Apart from being the world’s first quartz watch, the Seiko Astron line is also known as one of the most accurate watches ever. As the decades went by, the Astron line has developed more and more technologies that a lot of pilots and world travellers find handy or even essential. Moreover, the collection also features a GPS function where the watches receive signals from different satellites for added accuracy. The Astron 8X Dual Time watch from Seiko makes travelling from one country to another a breeze by bringing a Dual-Time calibre to the table. With this movement, your watch will adjust to your current timezone with just a push of a button. Apart from that, you also have the option to read two timezones at once — your home timezone and the timezone where you currently are. Furthermore, the Seiko Astron 8X Dual Time’s dial contains other information you may need. A few of those are the AM/PM indication, the day, and the date windows. These are all essential information for frequent fliers. Lastly, its bracelet is composed of individually-designed links for maximum comfort. To add, they are tapered perfectly to the wrist so you won’t feel uncomfortable even during long hours of flights. 3. Sinn Instrument Chronograph Sinn is extremely popular especially when it comes to German watchmaking. In fact, it was founded by a former World War II veteran and flight instructor named Helmut Sinn. During its early years, Sinn specialised in making pilot chronographs and clocks for the aeroplanes’ cockpits. The Sinn Instrument Chronograph (903 ST)  is a navigator watch with a lot of features to offer. Apart from the basic complications like day and date, it also has a chronograph timer, an internal rotating bezel, and a logarithmic scale. These features will surely come in handy for the professional pilot for calculating various information. Furthermore, it is powered by the Sellita SW 500 calibre movement that is self-winding. It offers a power reserve of up to 44 hours and can be viewed through the crystal caseback. To conclude, the Sinn 903 ST Instrument Chronograph has a lot of tools that a pilot may need during a flight. That is why it’s dubbed as the “Navigation Chronograph” watch. 4. Bell & Ross Instruments  As its name suggests, the Bell & Ross Instruments collection aims to recreate the look of an aeroplane cockpit. Apart from that, the collection is aptly named because the brand believes that these timepieces are instruments that will help people throughout the day whether they’re a frequent flier or a professional pilot. The Bell & Ross Instruments BR05 boasts an urban look and feel. Like the brand’s other collection, BR03, it has the signature round dial on a square case. Indeed, this shape is what Bell & Ross became popular for. Moving on to the dial, this watch is faithful to the brand’s promise of legibility, functionality, and precision. Its large Arabic hour markers contrast well against the black background. Apart from that, the indexes are coated with SuperLuminova material so you can still read the watch properly in the dark. Under the hood, it uses the calibre BR-CAL.321, which is an automatic movement. It is based on the Sellita SW-300 with a few modifications to fit Bell & Ross’ specs. A few useful features are the hacking seconds, hand-winding, and a power reserve of 42 hours. 5. Omega Speedmaster The Omega Speedmaster needs no introduction as it is one of the most iconic watches in history. It is the timepiece that the Apollo 11 astronauts were wearing when they landed on the moon. While Omega kept a close relationship with NASA, these watches also became popular with frequent fliers and pilots due to its jam-packed features and technology. If you’re looking for a durable chronograph watch, look no further than the Omega Speedmaster. Indeed, this watch has reached the moon! Furthermore, it is the only watch that’s certified by NASA for use on an EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity). On the watch’s face, you’ll see three sub-dials. The chronograph sub-dials feature the following: a 30-minute counter, a 12-hour counter, and a seconds counter. Apart from those, it also features a tachymeter scale that’s set on the outer bezel of the watch. At its heart, it uses the Calibre 1863. As expected, it is made with high-grade components with a rhodium-plated finish. It has about 48 hours of power reserve and 50m of water resistance. Overall, it is an accurate watch that will meet the demands of globetrotters and pilots. 6. IWC Pilot Staying true to its name, the IWC Pilot collection is an airman’s trusty companion. In fact, IWC has been producing pilot watches since the 1930s. Up to now, the models included in this collection feature a lot of similarities with their vintage counterparts. With that said, these watches are loved by military and civilian aviators alike. As mentioned above, the IWC Pilot watch borrows a lot of similarities from vintage pilot watches. This makes it a great choice for retro lovers who want to replicate the timepieces of the past as much as possible. In fact, it resembles the “B-Uhr” type of Flieger watches. That being said, this model featured above sports a bigger-than-average size of 46.2mm. While still quite far from the required 55mm of original pilot watches, it is a nice compromise between comfort and style. Apart from that, it uses an onion-shaped crown that’s both aesthetical and easy to use. Moreover, the movement that this watch uses is upgraded. The Calibre 51111 features a vaunted Pellaton winding system and an ample power reserve. In particular, it can power the watch for up to 7 days. A very useful feature to have if you’re too busy flying around the globe. 7. Longines Heritage Avigation  The Longines Heritage collection aims to showcase classic timepieces with modern upgrades. This is why most of the models in this line feature retro styling and Art Deco aesthetic. One of those models mimics the look of a vintage military watch worn by the US Air Force in the 1930s.  As mentioned above, the Longines Heritage Avigation Big Eye is based on vintage military watches. In fact, it shares a lot of similarities with Type XX vintage military chronographs. When it comes to size, this aviation watch from Longines is 41mm across, a size is considered as just right and will fit a lot of wrist sizes. Moving on to the dial, we have a typical chronograph layout. As seen in the picture above, there are three sub-dials on the bottom half of the watch. These are the running seconds, the 12-hour measure, and the 30-minute scale. On the last sub-dial, the hash marks fall every 3 minutes instead of the usual 5. This detail was borrowed from vintage pilot watches as these specific intervals help pilots time standard turns. The watch uses the movement called the L688.2. It is an automatic chronograph movement that features a column wheel. It beats at a frequency of 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of up to 54 hours. Overall, this is considered as a reliable movement that will serve you for plenty of years to come. 8. Rolex Sky Dweller For years, Rolex has always been one of the most sought-after brands when it comes to GMT watches. As the story goes, they started with the GMT Master which was launched in the 1950s. Since then, their reputation for making watches for pilots has only grown stronger. One example is the Rolex Sky Dweller , which, like the GMT Master, is also popular within the flying community. The Rolex Sky Dweller, which was launched in 2012, is one of the modern Rolex models you have to check out. As its name suggests, it was made to be durable, practical, and easy to use especially when navigating the skies. A lot can be said about its features. Of course, it has the dual time zone function that every pilot watch must-have. The second time zone even has an independent hour hand that can be set in one-hour jumps. Apart from that, it has an annual calendar that is fairly easy to use. Additionally, the Sky Dweller has a third feature called the Ring Command Bezel. This ring can be set in three positions to select the different functions of the watch. Although it takes a bit of getting used to, the benefits of this bezel can be extremely useful for professional pilots and frequent fliers. All things considered, the Rolex Sky Dweller is one of the more complicated dual time watches around. Despite its complications, you can reap a lot of benefits from it once you learn how to operate it. 9. Breitling Navitimer One of the most iconic timepieces in aviation history is the Breitling Navitimer. It is an automatic chronograph that has an integrated flight computer. Until now, pilots from different parts of the globe are still using this iconic watch from Breitling. In fact, some Air Force units even use it as regular equipment for their airmen. When looking at the Breitling Navitimer, the first thing you might think of is that it’s complicated. True enough, its dial displays a lot of numbers and trackers. But those are not just for aesthetics as they are used by navigators to compute various formulas. Perhaps its most important feature is the slide-rule bezel. With it, together with the chronograph function, you can measure information such as average speed, ground speed, rate of climb or descent. Apart from those, you can perform calculations such as multiplication, division, and even currency conversion. Moreover, you can use the bezel as a substitute for a compass in case you need to know your position. If you’re set on getting a complicated pilot watch that has a strong history, you can’t go wrong with the Breitling Navitimer as it has everything that you will need. 10. Zenith Pilot  Even inside the watch community, Zenith is not as popular as Rolex, Omega, and the like. Which is ironic because this brand has a strong pedigree that dates back to the 20th century just when aviation was still new. In fact, the first man to fly across the English Channel in 1909 was wearing a Zenith Pilot watch. The first thing to notice about the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph is its rugged design. It uses a 45mm solid brass case that is highly polished. To some people, the case reminds them of a steampunk aesthetic. Apart from that, its crown is oversized and onion-shaped to replicate the look of vintage watches. Meanwhile, the matte black dial consists of large Arabic numeral hour markers. Apart from that, it has a railroad-style minutes and split-seconds track. To add, the bi-compax layout features a 30-minute chronograph register and a running seconds sub-dial. Under the hood, it boasts the Zenith El Primero calibre 4069. This movement has 35 jewels and beats at a frequency of 36,000 VPH, which makes it a high-precision chronograph. Lastly, it offers a 50-hour power reserve. 11. Vacheron Constantin Overseas You can expect nothing less than perfect from Vacheron Constantin. It is, after all, one of the Holy Trinity of watch brands. With that said, Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest and most trusted watchmakers in the world. And apart from creating classic dress watches, they ventured into more sporty models like the ones seen in the Overseas collection. This collection conveys the spirit of travel which makes it a perfect fit for jet setters and pilots. The best thing about the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is that it is elegant yet casual. I’m sure a lot of travellers will appreciate the versatility that the watch offers. But aside from that, it has a lot of features that will come in handy while flying around the globe. For one, it features a column-wheel chronograph as seen on the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. These are the 30-minute counter, the 12-hour counter, and the small seconds. And between 4 and 5 o’clock is the date window. As far as movement goes, there is no doubt that the 5200 calibre is of high quality. It has 54 jewels and can power the watch for up to 52 hours. Lastly, it beats at a frequency of 4 Hz that provides high accuracy for your timing needs. 12. Tissot T-Sport  The Swiss brand Tissot has been making watches since the 1850s and has made early ties with sports timekeeping. In fact, it is one of the most famous brands that can be seen in different sporting events like BMX world championships and Tour de France. With that said, the timekeeping prowess of their models is impressive enough to be worn by aviators. The PRC 200 Automatic Chronograph model from the Tissot T-Sport collection is an affordable chronograph that gives you a lot of value for your money. To demonstrate, it has a 6-hour totaliser, a running seconds tracker, and a 30-minute counter. It also has a subtle tachymeter scale that can be found on the edge of the dial. Furthermore, the chronograph calibre it uses is decent enough. It uses the Tissot C01.211 calibre movement, which was made in partnership with ETA. This movement has 15 jewels and can power the watch for up to 45 hours. In addition, you can view this calibre through the crystal glass at the back of the watch. Overall, this model is a great choice if your budget is quite limited. Its chronograph functions and reliable calibre are enough to keep you company while you’re out flying across the world. 13. Tudor Heritage Advisor In case you didn’t know, Tudor is a sister company of Rolex, which is why you can expect the same level of quality from them. At first, they focused on producing watches for divers and explorers. But soon, they branched out into other types of watches like pilot watches, chronographs, etc. The Tudor Heritage Advisor, for instance, is a modern version of their classic alarm watch from the 1950s. If you’re an entrepreneur who spends a lot of time flying on business trips, you will appreciate the Tudor Heritage Advisor. A lot of enthusiasts even describe it as having an assistant on your wrist due to its mechanical alarm complication. While its feature is a bit unique, a lot of people will find it handy while travelling. Delving deeper into the details, the watch uses an ETA 2892 calibre movement. It has a custom alarm module that’s developed in-house by the brand. Fortunately, using the alarm feature is easy to understand. The crowns are easy to fidget with, including an on-off switch that’s located at the 8 o’clock position. Indeed, this watch is a perfect companion for busy travellers. Its alarm complication is handy when you want to avoid being late to flights and business meetings. Apart from that, its elegant design is suitable for business casual to formal settings. 14. TAG Heuer Autavia  Although TAG Heuer is mainly known for making motorsports watches, they also make excellent pilot watches. In particular, the TAG Heuer Autavia collection was inspired by aeroplane cockpits. Apart from that, this collection is known for delivering high precision and exceptional reliability. Truly, watches from this collection are perfect for today’s flying enthusiasts. Pilot watches prioritise readability and the TAG Heuer Autavia does the same. The sparse dial design was made to be read easily in low-light conditions. Its Arabic hour markers are large and its hands are coated with SuperLuminova. Performance-wise, its Calibre 5 movement is COSC-certified. This means it should produce an accuracy of -4 or +6 seconds per day. It also has a special hairspring that makes it more resistant to magnetism and temperature deviation. As mentioned above, resistance to magnetism is especially important when you’re frequently flying. To conclude, the TAG Heuer Autavia is the brand’s successful take on modern pilot watches. Apart from its exceptional movement, its classic design is something that will make other people’s heads turn. 15. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Although Hamilton was originally known for making timepieces for the Army, it also branched out into the Air Force. In fact, it has been making pilot watches for over a century now and has become really popular in the flying community. With that said, the brand has a reputation for being accurate and reliable. Whether you’re looking for a GMT watch or a Pilot’’s Chronograph, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation collection boasts a lot of timepieces that will meet the professional pilot’s demands. The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date successfully recreates the look of a pilot watch back in the 20th century. Indeed, aside from a few modifications, this model looks a lot like pilot watches from before. While it definitely showcases the aesthetic of vintage aviation timepieces, it uses modern materials that are more durable and better suited for today’s standards. One of its upgrades is its case material, which is made out of stainless steel and is perfectly proportioned at 42mm so it can fit a lot of different wrist sizes. Meanwhile, its dial comes in an attractive black and tan colourway. The minute markers come in a large Arabic numeral font and are easy to read. Lastly, it uses the H-40 calibre movement, which has an extended power reserve of up to 80 hours. This is almost double than the market standard and is a very useful feature for busy people. Final Notes Whether you’re a professional pilot or a frequent flier, there’s no denying the benefits that pilot watches can bring. From the more complicated features like calculating fuel consumption to the basic things like viewing two time zones at once, a pilot watch is your best bet.  

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  3. 10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Crush Your Fitness Goals

    10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Crush Your Fitness Goals

    A lot of fitness coaches will say that if you’re serious about improving your physical fitness, it is necessary to track your progress and count your calories. This is especially true if you have a time limit for reaching your goal. These tasks may be tedious to do, but thankfully, fitness watches — such as the Suunto 9 and Casio G-Shock — are here to solve that problem. Simply put, these fitness trackers are like digital coaches on your wrist. They keep track of the calories you’ve burned, your heart rate, and even count the steps you’ve taken. In fact, depending on the model, some sports watches give out motivational quotes for you to keep on going when the workouts get tough. That being said, having a fitness watch is a great tool to maximise your workout routine. Photo by Karolina Grabowska from PexelsWhat to Look for in a Fitness Watch Before swiping that credit card for that new fitness tracker, ask yourself first if it’s the perfect fitness watch for you. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for the best fitness watches for your physical fitness goals. Design A lot of people overlook this factor when deciding on a watch. Apart from the features, it is also important to like how your watch looks. If you’re not feeling the aesthetic of a watch, chances are you won’t wear it despite its high-tech functions. Conversely, if you get a watch that you can’t stop looking at, it can act as a motivation for you to get off that couch and exercise.  Reliability and accuracy When it comes to sports and fitness, reliable timing is important. A few instances are when you have to count your calories or when you have to time a sprint for practice. There are a few times when miscalculating can lead to undesirable results. To make sure your fitness tracker is accurate, take note of which movement it is using. There are a lot of sources on the Internet where they state the accuracy rating of the calibre. Photo by mali maeder from PexelsWater resistance Even if you’re not a swimmer, water-resistance rating is important in sports watches. There may be times when you can get caught in the rain while jogging or cycling in an open road. Apart from that, the watch also has to be resistant enough to combat excessive sweating. For those kinds of conditions, a water resistance rating of 50m is sufficient. However, if you’re more on water-based activities, a higher rating should be considered. Particularly, you should get watches with a rating of at least 100m. A good example is the Seiko Prospex with a solid 200m water resistance. Smart features Perhaps the most important question to ask is “does it have what I need?” Indeed, a fitness watch might have all the cool tech, but it be useless to you if it doesn’t have the one thing you want. To make things easier, list down all your fitness goals. Compare it with the specs of the watch and see if it fits all of your needs. A few basic things to look out for are a stopwatch, heart monitor, fitness tracker, and a sleep monitor. These are the most common things that you will need to get your physical fitness goals on track. Price Like mechanical timepieces, the price of sports watches can range from under $100 to above $1000. With that said, it is important to set a budget and stick to it. Prioritise all your must-have features if you have a limited budget. We suggest estimating the ratio of performance to price so you can get the most value from the fitness watch. Image by skeeze from PixabayDurability Last but not least, you have to consider the durability of the watch. It is a given that while exercising, your watch will be subject to harsh conditions. If you love exercising outdoors (e.g. cycling, trekking), you should get a watch that has a scratch-resistant dial, such as the TAG Heuer Connected Modular with scratch-proof sapphire crystal, as there’s a chance you will accidentally scratch it against a rough surface. Do remember that you can get more value from your watch the longer it survives. Apart from that, you wouldn’t want to lose important features in the middle of a workout. Useful Fitness Apps and Features You May Need The perfect fitness watch varies from person to person. What the other person needs may be different from yours. With that in mind, here are a few useful fitness apps or features that you should take note of when researching about the best fitness watches. Image by Apichit Yutithammanurak from PixabayHeart rate monitor A heart rate monitor is one of the most important features of a fitness tracker. In fact, a lot of data can be derived from this number. With it, you can calculate if you’re in the ‘fat burning’ zone. Apart from that, knowing your heart rate also gives you a more accurate count of calories burned. Furthermore, this feature will also let you know if you’ve been overworking yourself. Some watches allow you to set an alarm in case you go over your limit to help keep you safe. Steps tracker As its name suggests, a steps tracker counts all the steps you’ve taken for the day. This is one of the most basic features a fitness tracker should have. It is extremely useful as a lot of people use walking as a way to exercise due to its convenience and effectiveness. Sleep tracker Getting enough rest or sleep is necessary to meet your physical fitness goals. A watch with a sleep tracker, such as the Suunto 3, lets you know how much sleep you’ve been getting. If your sleep tracker is more advanced, it can even analyse your snooze and break it down into a chart that shows your deep sleep, REM, and light sleep. This lets you figure out which habits to improve on when it comes to recovering from a training session. Image by Ian Wakefield from PixabayStopwatch Many exercise routines are time-sensitive. For instance, HIIT requires participants to do intensive exercise and rest for a particular number of seconds. Apart from that, a stopwatch is also used when testing your abilities like balance and endurance. Activities log Having an activities log is useful when you want to be meticulous about tracking your progress. This feature allows you to view all the data you’ve gathered from previous days. A few of that information are the calories burned, steps made, and even your sleeping patterns. This feature can let you pin-point where you started making progress and when to increase the intensity of your workouts. Learn How to Get Into the ‘Fat Burning’ Zone Sometimes, burning fat is not just as simple as sweating. If you want to take your fitness to the next level, you also have to measure the intensity of the exercises. In other words, you have to get into the ‘fat burning’ zone. Getting into the fat burning zone is a way to maximise your weight loss and physical fitness.  Why do you burn more when you’re in the fat burning zone? When working out, you get into one of the four different heart rate zones depending on your intensity. These zones determine where your body will get the energy from (e.g. sugar, basic carbohydrates, fat). And this often affects the number of calories you burn from a workout session. Here are some of the steps to take if you want to get as much as you can from your exercise routine. Image by tomwieden from Pixabay1. Find your maximum heart rate. The first thing to do is to calculate your maximum heart rate. A lot of fitness trackers can calculate this for you. But if you do not have a fitness watch or a heart rate monitor, the formula to getting it is quite simple. You only have to subtract your age from 220. So for example, you’re currently 30 years old. If you subtract 30 from 220, you get 190 which is your estimated maximum heart rate. Easy peasy right? Take note of this number as it is the average maximum number of times that your heart should beat per minute when exercising. You should also remember that going above your maximum heart rate for long periods of time can be dangerous for your health. 2. Find out your sweet spot. Now that you know your maximum heart rate, the next step is to find your sweet spot or your ‘fat burning’ zone. Take note that this varies per person as it is dependent on your maximum heart rate. With that said, the fat burning zone is around 70% of your MHR. But if you want something more specific, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying in the range of 64% to 76% of your maximum heart rate. Again, using a heart rate monitor or fitness tracker will be a lot more convenient in determining whether you’re staying in the zone. But if you do not have one of those, you can use what fitness enthusiasts call the “talk test”. A way to estimate if you’re in the fat burning zone is when you are slightly out of breath but can still hold a conversation.  Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay3. Choose a workout that suits you. Finding the best workout for you depends on a lot of things. One of the most important things to consider is your fitness level. For example, if you bike regularly, then chances are you’re already used to that workout. Thus, you have to pedal more intensely than someone who is just starting out. Here are a few example workouts that can help you reach the fat burning zone: Cycling under a speed of 15 km/hour Brisk walking Water aerobics Slow, long-distance jogging Ballroom dancing Remember that there is no one way to break a sweat and we all have our different ways to workout. Some sports may be more boring to you than others and that’s okay. The most important thing is to choose the workout routine that is the most convenient for you and most importantly, the most fun!  10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals More than just a fitness ally, however, you want your fitness watch to look great and feel good. You want something that will not only help you with your physical fitness journey but also you can wear fashionably outside of the gym. Here are 10 of our recommended best fitness watches you should check out. 1. Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Lime  If your workouts can get intense at times, look at the Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Lime. One of the robust watches from Suunto, this sports watch is built to last. Among the key features of this fitness watch is its long-lasting battery. The Suunto 9 can deliver up to 120 hours of recording time with GPS tracking on. With that said, you don’t have to worry about running out of battery when you’re out for a long-distance run. You will also appreciate the built-in weather function that will alert you if there’s an incoming storm. This allows you to set a more feasible outdoor workout schedule in advance. Apart from that, it uses Suunto’s own FusedTrack algorithm to improve the accuracy of calculating track and distance. Meanwhile, its training functions include heart rate, training recovery, and training load. It also has various dedicated sports modes to better calculate your heart rate when working out. Whether you’re a swimmer or a cyclist, you will appreciate the technology of the Suunto 9. It will serve as an excellent alternative to a coach as it has almost everything you need to keep track of your workouts. 2. Seiko Prospex Land Fieldmaster If you’re looking for reliable watches, Seiko should be on top of your list. Particularly the Seiko Prospex Land Fieldmaster. With its rugged exterior, this digital watch is made to handle harsh environments that you might send its way. Like any other fitness tracker, the Seiko Prospex has the basic timing features that you will need while running or even cycling. It has a stopwatch that can even show you the elapsed time. Apart from that, it has a diving bezel that can act as a timer. Speaking of water activities, this is where the watch truly shines. While it doesn’t have an ISO 6425 certification, it has a water resistance rating of 200m. That means you can use it to swim laps at the pool or even use it while jet skiing. Overall, this watch is more than capable of being your triathlon companion. Apart from the basic timing features and water resistance rating, it is indestructible. Thanks to its silicone rubber strap and rugged case, you wouldn’t have to worry about pushing it to its limits while training or while in the middle of a competition. 3. Suunto 3 ZH Slate Grey Copper The ZH Slate Grey Copper watch from the Suunto 3 collection was inspired by Nordic nature. Indeed, its design is minimalistic and uncluttered and its user interface is easy to use and tinker with. One of the watch’s highlights is the adaptive training guide which comes in three different modes. These modes allow you to maintain your fitness level, improve your fitness moderately (default), or improve it intensely. Each mode comes with a 7-day training plan that also states the optimal duration and intensity for the exercises. Fitness coaches would say that getting proper rest is just as important as exercising. So with that said, this watch tracks your sleeping pattern, too. It can analyse how long you’ve slept and how well your sleeping pattern affects your recovery. All in all, the Suunto 3 ZH Slate Grey Copper is a practical watch for those who need help in tracking their physical fitness journey. A bonus is that it comes in a simple design that you can easily pair with your casual wardrobe. 4. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Processor4. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Processor  Tag Heuer has always been a master when it comes to mechanical watches. This time, they also tried their hands in making the best fitness watches in the market. Staying true to their word, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Processor is something worth checking out. Impressively enough, the brand has even designed its own fitness tracking app. That application can support various sports like golf, cycling, or running. Additionally, the data collected from your workouts can be synced to popular apps like Strava, Apple Health, or Google Fit. In terms of durability, the engineers designed the watch with high-intensity activities in mind. The dial is protected with sapphire glass to combat scratches and cracks. Meanwhile, its rubber strap is made for optimum breathability, comfort, and grip. In conclusion, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular is perfect for fitness junkies who are watch enthusiasts at the same time. This model will still let you enjoy wearing a luxury watch while working out without worrying about damaging it. 5. Casio G-Shock Rangeman Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping  When it comes to rugged watches, the Casio G-Shock line is a staple. Just one look at the Rangeman Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping watch and you know that it takes its job seriously. This is why it’s a good watch to wear while doing intense physical activities. Its black resin case is bulky and can resist a few bumps and scratches. Apart from that, it uses a scratch-resistant mineral crystal to protect the dial. Meanwhile, its water resistance rating can handle up to 200m of water pressure. That is enough to handle a dip in the pool or lake.  In terms of performance, this robust watch from Casio features a digital compass, thermometer, altimeter, sunrise and sunset data. Additionally, it has a 1/100 second stopwatch with Direct Access. It can also measure  elapsed time, split time, and 1st to 2nd place times. With its durability, this watch is perfect for outdoorsy people like hikers and mountain climbers who will inevitably hit their watches against rocks or rough surfaces. Apart from land explorers, this is also ideal for recreational scuba divers due to its ample water resistance rating. 6. Apple Watch Nike Series 5 If you’re deep into the Apple ecosystem, you might want to get the Apple Watch Nike Series 5. As its name suggests, it is the 5th iteration of Apple’s famous smartwatch. And it has a few fitness updates built into it. In case you didn’t know, Apple partnered up with giant sports brand Nike to create the perfect fitness companion. The watch is connected with the Nike Running Club app, which features various workouts and coaching. It also has most of the things you need in a fitness watch like a heart rate sensor, GPS, and a built-in compass. Just like a fitness coach, the Apple Watch can also motivate you by reminding you if you’ve been on the couch for too long. It also features an achievements system where you get awards for completing basic goals. And if you’re the competitive type, you can also challenge friends or even strangers who are also in the Apple community. All things considered, the Apple Watch Nike Series 5 will help you crush your fitness goals in style. It is available in different bands that are optimal for working out. Apart from that, you can also customise your watch using exclusive watch faces, including one that is inspired by classic Nike Windrunner jackets. 7. Casio G-Shock Origin Tough Solar Another Casio G-Shock watch to add to your list is the Casio G-Shock Origin Tough Solar. While it has the same durability as the previous one, this one has a more refined look. Indeed, its rectangular case shape has caught the attention of many people. The highlight of this watch is its durability. And in case its tough exterior hasn’t gotten the message across, this watch is shock-resistant. Additionally, it has an above-average water resistance rating of 200m. This is more than enough for recreational diving and swimming. Apart from durability, this watch also takes pride in its accuracy and precision. This is thanks to its atomic timekeeping abilities. With it, it has an hourly time signal and a 1/100 second stopwatch. You can also set 5 alarms and 2 timers. Overall, the Casio G-Shock Origin Tough Solar is mighty fine for an outdoor watch. It is best suited for cross-country cyclists, spelunkers, and trekkers. In addition to its super strength ability, it is also an attractive watch that you can wear casually if you’re not training or doing sports. 8. Garmin Forerunner 645 Music For the person who has included running in their lifestyle, the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a perfect match. Based on its name, it is specially made for runners who love blasting music through their headphones while on a run. As for the basic running needs, this watch has a GPS and a wrist-based heart monitor. It can track the intensity of your training and your recovery so you can prepare for an upcoming race. Apart from that, it has a feature that evaluates your exercise to indicate if you are training productively. Lastly, it can get your biomechanical measurements like stride length, ground contact time, and cadence. These data will help you understand and correct your running form. Apart from those features, the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music also makes running a lot more fun for you. For instance, you can save up to 500 songs right into your watch so you can listen to your favourite workout playlists as motivation.  Furthermore, it provides a more convenient running experience for you. As long as your watch is paired with your smartphone, you are connected with your friends. You no longer have to bring out your phone in the middle of the workout just to check on messages and notifications. Apart from that, it features Garmin Pay, a contactless paying solution that lets you pay with your watch. That’s handy in case you need to buy a bottle of water in the gym and you left your wallet at home. 9. Casio G-Shock DW-5750E-1JF Another Casio model to consider is the Casio G-Shock DW-5750E-1JF. Like the previous watch on this list, this one has a less aggressive design compared with the Rangeman. However, it still shares the iconic black resin case that gives the watch a monochrome look. For your timing needs, it has a stopwatch with a split time feature. Apart from that, it has a countdown timer and a multiple alarm option. This is extremely useful if your exercise routine involves a set of burpees or lunges for a specified amount of time. It is also helpful for HIIT exercises where timing is important. Swimmers and divers will also appreciate its water resistance rating of 200m. This watch is tough enough to go on a few freestyle laps on the pool or even a scuba diving session. In addition to its water resistance, it is also shock-resistant and can handle a lot of bumps while doing your exercises. This watch is ideal for people who love a monochrome look that can handle tough situations. It is a no-frills watch that has the basic timing capabilities that you will need for a workout session. At the same time, it is simple enough to use even for non-tech savvy people. 10. Polar Vantage M Fitness Watch The Polar Vantage M Fitness Watch is perfect for people who love setting new records. This practical watch features a lot of things that you need to improve in your training and performance. Indeed, it is one of the most value-packed fitness watches that you should check out. When it comes to fitness features, this model has all the basics and the extras. It has an onboard GPS and a heart rate monitor that uses the Precision Prime sensor fusion technology. This new tech provides more reliable readings by combining optical heart rate measurement with other sensor technologies. Apart from that, it features over 130 different sports modes for you to choose from. You can also customise these modes to better suit your needs. With this watch, you also have access to Polar Flow, a free online training and workout log. This is a program that helps you plan your workouts and get personalised feedback. It can give you a detailed analysis of things like training sessions, test results, activity, sleep and recovery data. You can also sleep well knowing that all of these training programs are backed by scientific research and validation so you can achieve more. To conclude, any person who is serious about stepping up their game should check out the Polar Vantage M Fitness Watch. It is like having your own personal coach on your wrist.  Final Notes Whether you’re already a gym rat or just starting out, the benefits of having a fitness watch are undeniable. It is like keeping a personal assistant on your wrist that tracks all your activities and sleeping patterns. Like it or not, nitpicking these details can help you reach your goals a lot faster.  

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  4. 10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable

    10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable

    This may be surprising to a lot of people, but cycling and horology have a lot in common. Yes, enthusiasts from both communities spend a lot of time admiring gears and machinery — the crankset or full-carbon frame for the cyclists, and the manual movement for the watch fans. Apart from that, both camps put a lot of value in tracking time as accurate as possible. With that said, it is inevitable that these two worlds merge and create a useful tool — cycling watches. When it comes to professional cycling, timing is important. In fact, a lot of people say that timing is everything in events like Tour de France. As we all know, the cyclists who participate in these competitions are highly competitive that even a split-second difference counts. That is why it is necessary to be equipped with the most reliable cycling watch. The same goes for beginners who want to take cycling seriously. It is recommended for them to use these sports watches to aid them during practice as they have a lot of features aimed at making your cycling session more efficient. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why a reliable sports watch is important in cycling. The Importance of a Reliable Watch in Cycling Whether you’re a beginner or a long-time rider, a cycling watch is something that you must consider adding to your biking checklist. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth investing in one. Photo by RF._.studio from Pexels1. It tracks your progress. When you want to improve your game or if you want to get into professional cycling, training is important. In fact, you’ll have to keep track of your speed, time, and distance so you know which aspects of your training you have to improve on. Fortunately, a lot of cycling watches offer a built-in fitness tracker. Apart from being aware of the weaknesses that you have to work on, your fitness tracker can also serve as a motivation. In fact, depending on the software used, some display motivational quotes or even let you share your progress to your friends online. 2. A cycling watch is more convenient to use than a smartphone. Some people might argue that smartphones can now do whatever cycling watches can do. However, tracking your time with your wrist is easier than getting your phone out of your pocket and unlocking it. And if you have to check your timer while on-the-go, you risk keeping your eyes off the road. With that, simply taking a peek at your wrist will help you save both time and energy. Famous Cyclists and their Favourite Luxury Sports Watches When you say cycling watches, however, it doesn’t mean you only opt for beater or affordable watches. Some luxury sports watches prove to be the best cycling buddy. Let’s take a look at these famous cyclists and their favourite luxury cycling watches. Photo from IWC1. Fabian Cancellara and his IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’ If you’re a fan of Fabian Cancellara, you might have noticed his fondness for luxury watches, particularly IWC models. In fact, he has been spotted numerous times wearing those watches in events like the Tour de France. One of those models is the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’. Apart from that chronograph, Fabian Cancellara also enjoys sporting a few other timepieces. A few of those are the Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar and the Ingenieur Double Chronograph. As its name suggests, the Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’ from the IWC Aquatimer collection has a chronograph function that features minutes and seconds trackers. Apart from that, it has a SafeDive system which gives it enough water resistance rating in case it ends up raining during a cycling tour. The watch is also durable, as evident in the materials used. For the case, IWC used stainless steel with vulcanised rubber coating. Apart from that, it has a screw-down crown and a sapphire glass for added durability. Lastly, it comes with a black rubber strap to keep Fabian Cancellara comfortable during his cycling tours. Photo from Sigma Sports2. Richie Porte and his TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Richie Porte, a famous Australian road bike racer, is also known for strapping on luxury watches on his wrist. And his partner in crime is the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45. This watch is a combination of TAG Heuer’s signature design and the benefits of a high-tech smartwatch. The famous cyclist has been seen numerous times wearing the watch with different straps. For instance, he was spotted wearing an orange strap during the Tour Down Under. Another example is when he sported a yellow one for the Criterium du Dauphine. Indeed, the watch’s Strava app helps professional cyclists track their training. Apart from that, the touch screen is a breeze to use especially if you want to toggle the chronograph and stopwatch functions. When it comes to comfort, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular comes with a titanium finish and a fully-perforated rubber strap. This is easily adjustable and breathable so Richie stays comfortable even during a hot ride. Photo from @alafpolak on Instagram3. Julian Alaphilippe and his Richard Mille RM 67-02 Going on a tour using expensive bikes is not uncommon. In fact, it is normal to see professional cyclists who use all-carbon bike frames that cost at least $2000. But Cyclist Julian Alaphilippe took flexing to the next level as he was spotted spinning with a $120,500 luxury watch at the Critérium du Dauphiné in France. The watch spotted on his wrist was a Richard Mille RM 67-02. According to the brand’s website, that particular model is “thin, lightweight, coloured, elegant and athletic”. While it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a smartwatch like a heart rate monitor and fitness tracker, it is durable and light. In fact, it only weighs 32 grams and is made with carbon composite and titanium components. Apart from that, the model was designed so that it can be adapted to various sporting disciplines. That is why the brand made various RM 67-02 units in the colours of various athletes’ countries. A few examples are Alexis Pinturault for skiing and Mutaz Essa Barshim for high jumping. Requirements of a Good Cycling Watch Cycling is a physically demanding activity. With that said, you will need more than just a regular watch. You will most likely need a few features that aren’t found in a time-only watch. Here are some of the few important things that you should consider when out shopping for sports watches. 1. It should be durable. Perhaps durability is the most important thing to look for when shopping for cycling watches. Indeed, bike watches should be synonymous with tough watches. Whether you’re just going out for a sprint in the city or a long ride in the mountains, it is inevitable that you come across rough roads. Also, add the possibility that you might drop the watch or rub it against a rough surface.  With that, we recommend looking for bike watches made with durable material. A few things you should consider for your case are stainless steel and titanium. Apart from the case, you should also mind the crystal used for the dial. Sapphire crystals, for instance, are shatter-proof and can resist scratches. Moving on to the inside of the watch, some brands offer shock-resistant calibres. With that said, it is important to watch out for words like “Parashock” when looking at the watch’s spec sheet. This will help it keep time more accurately even after being subjected to shocks. 2. It should be lightweight. There’s a good reason why people opt for lightweight materials when it comes to bike parts. Enthusiasts won’t second guess spending all the extra money for carbon materials, etc. And it is for aerodynamics. The same thing can go for your equipment. With that said, it is important to prioritise lightweight watches when looking for your next sports watch. A timepiece’s weight might seem unimportant, and people might overlook it. However, it is important to note that having a lightweight watch on your wrist can minimize fatigue. Photo from Suunto3. It should be GPS-enabled. One of the most useful things that bike watches offer is the GPS functionality. With this feature, it would be easier for cyclists to check their speed and distance travelled. This is extremely important if you’re setting cycling goals or tracking your progress and looking to break your record. Apart from that, it can also provide navigation when you’re going through an unfamiliar trail. And depending on the device you’re using, some maps show the condition of the route. This allows you to avoid damaging your tires in case you are riding a road bike instead of a mountain bike. 4. It should be waterproof. As mentioned above, you will be wearing your cycling watch while doing intense physical activities. That means that apart from having durable materials, it must have the correct water resistance rating as well. But why would you need a watch with a good water-resistance rating if you’re not going to swim with it? Remember that when you’re out doing exercises, your sweat can drench your timepiece especially when you’re cycling intensely. Apart from that, there is also a chance that you get caught in a rain. We recommend looking at sports watches that have at least 50m water resistance rating. What this means is that your timepiece can be used to swim with. Additionally, having a watch with a high water resistance rating can be extremely useful if you’re a triathlete who needs to alternate between swimming and cycling. Photo from IWC5. It should come with a rubber strap. Last but not least, you should be comfortable wearing your bike watch for hours. Believe us when we say that the ergonomics of your watch strap can play a big role when it comes to performance. You wouldn’t want to compromise a workout by getting distracted with an uncomfortable bike watch. One of the most recommended straps to get for sports watches are rubber straps. In fact, this is the most common material used for dive watches and other sports watches. Unlike leather or metal bracelets, rubber can handle sweat and dirt better. Additionally, it is easier to clean in case you drive through a muddy trail. Apart from the material of the strap, you should also look at how it’s built. For instance, some straps offer better breathability. You should also look for straps that have a secure lock system so you don’t have to worry about it falling while riding.  10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable Now that we have all the requirements and introductions covered, we go to the best part of this article — the list of our recommended best cycling watches, from luxury to budget-friendly. 1. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport For Good The IWC Aquatimer is one of the brand’s sportiest collections. In fact, it was intentionally made for professionals who need a robust and durable timepiece. With that said, you should check out the model called IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport For Good. Specs: Case material: Stainless steel Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 68 hours Water resistance: 300m Performance-wise, it uses the IWC-manufactured 89365 Calibre. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 BPH, has a total of 35 jewels, and can power the watch for up to 68 hours. Furthermore, it is a chronograph movement with a flyback function. Overall, this watch from IWC is considered a reliable and accurate movement. Among its features are a water resistance rating of 300m and a chronograph function with minutes and seconds. The sub-dial at the 12 o’clock position shows the stopped minutes. And apart from that, it has an external/internal rotating bezel which guarantees accurate setting of times. The stainless steel case of the watch is covered with vulcanized rubber. This can protect it from a few bumps and scratches that you may encounter during a ride. Moreover, it comes with a navy blue rubber strap that matches the shade of the dial. And looking closely, it features a basket weave-like pattern. This bracelet is both comfortable and attractive at the same time. 2. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz Tag Heuer has always been known for its connection with motorsports. This time, they have also caught the attention of the cycling community with the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz. With their experience in making sports watches paired with new technology, Tag Heuer has made a smartwatch that has computerised and mechanical modules which can be useful in various sports. Specs: Case material: Fine Brushed and Polished Titanium Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 50m From afar, it is easy to mistake the display for a mechanical one. But the truth is, it’s made with Amoled Touch Screen Display that features various watch faces. And on top of the screen is a sapphire crystal that directly blends into the bezel. Apart from protecting the touchscreen, it also makes it easy and comfortable to use. When it comes to software, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz runs on Google’s Wear OS. Among its features are a fitness tracker, Google Assistant. The fitness tracker includes a special cycling mode that displays the time, calories, and your heart rate data. In my opinion, this is a very useful feature if you want to meticulously track your progress. Overall, this Tag Heuer Connected Modular is a handy watch for cycling. Apart from offering various features and even a dedicated cycling mode, it also sports an attractive design that is ergonomic. 3. Tissot T-Sport T-Race Cycling Chronograph Like the previous brand, Tissot is also known for their passion for motorsports. But from four-wheeled vehicles, they also ventured into two-wheeled with the Tissot T-Sport T-Race Cycling Chronograph. Indeed, this watch was driven by the brand’s passion for cycling. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 44.5mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m Judging by its design, the watch’s details were clearly inspired by racing bikes. To demonstrate, the pushers at the right side look and act like brake levers. Furthermore, its strap and lugs imitate the fork of the bike. Lastly, the icing on the cake is the engraving on the caseback as it depicts a bike cassette. In terms of performance, it uses a Swiss quartz movement called the ETA G10.212. A few of its functions are the central 60-seconds chronograph hand, EOL (battery end-of-life indicator), ADD, and SPLIT functions. These functions are very nice to have when cycling especially with the quartz movement’s accuracy. To conclude, this Tissot T-Sport watch is a must-have for serious cyclists. Apart from the plethora of features and the design cues, the watch can handle enough stress. Its sapphire crystal and silicone strap will surely put your mind at ease when the going gets tough. 4. Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph The Breitling Superocean was created with athletic people in mind. Whether you love swimming, surfing, or even cycling, you should check out the Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph. It is rugged yet modern which is perfect for those who are looking for something they can have an adventure with and bring to formal occasions at the same time. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 44mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 48 hours Water resistance: 200m Its blue dial contains three sub-dials — one for the small seconds, one for the chrono minutes, and another for the chrono hours. This chronograph movement is called the Breitling Calibre 13, which is based on the ETA 7750 Valjoux. Furthermore, it is certified by the COSC and it beats at a frequency of 28,800 BPH. This movement is considered as a reliable workhorse due to its high accuracy. In the durability department, this model stands out as well. For one, it has an ample water resistance rating in case you get caught in the rain while biking. Apart from that, the round hour markers are applied with lume. This will come handy if you’re cycling through a tunnel or if you decided to go on a night ride. Lastly, it comes with a dark blue rubber strap that will keep you comfortable even for hours. This watch from Breitling is a very versatile timepiece. It has a lot of the timing features that you will find handy during a cycling session. Apart from providing the features you need, this watch is also nice to wear on a casual day.  5. Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium Undoubtedly, the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium is one of Omega’s most advanced watches. In fact, it was made with aerospace and aviation in mind. However, cyclists can also find its features useful when training for the next ride. Specs: Case material: Titanium Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 30m Just one look at this particular Omega Speedmaster model and you’ll know that it’s made for sports. Apart from the playful blue and green colourway, its materials are made to handle tough elements. The case, for instance, is made of grade 2 titanium that provides a lightweight feel. To add, its dial is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that has anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Under the hood, it is powered by a multi-functional quartz chronograph movement called the Omega calibre 5619. It has special functions like chronograph, timer, MET (Mission Elapsed Time), PET (Phase Elapsed Time), three alarms and perpetual calendar among others. All of these features have been tested by the European Space Agency (ESA). As expected of Omega, the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium is a capable watch for professional cycling. It has a lot of the bells and whistles that you will need while on a tour. Apart from that, it sports a unique design that will surely catch the attention of fellow cyclists. 6. Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition Named after one of the most prestigious racing events, the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition was made to conquer sporting events. And while the Chopard Classic Racing collection was particularly inspired by car racing, cyclists can also find its timing features useful. Specs: Case material: Titanium Case dimension: 44.5mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 46 hours Water resistance: 100m Undoubtedly, this model is one of the most attractive cycling watches around. Its case and tachymeter bezel both come in two different hues of grey. This colour scheme seems to continue on the three subdials which display the tracker for 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. These timers are useful for recording your speed when doing a few laps. This watch from Chopard is powered by the ETA-Valgranges Caliber A07.211. It is based on the ETA 7750 and is certified by the COSC for guaranteed accuracy. This allows you to get the correct numbers when tracking your cycling progress. Additionally, it beats at 4 Hz and can power the watch up to 46 hours when fully wound. Lastly, the nylon strap is something to write home about with its attractive grey and orange combination. With its automatic chronograph function, the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition will surely be in the spotlight the next time you go on a cycling club fun run. 7. Seiko Astron 5X Series Dual Time GPS Solar Of course, this list of cycling watches will not be complete without mentioning the Seiko Astron 5X Series Dual Time GPS Solar. In fact, the Seiko Astron collection has gone down in history as the world’s first quartz watch. And now, the Japanese brand has upgraded that watch into something more impressive. They even call the 5X series “the most advanced ever” on their website. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 42.9mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m Speaking of advanced features, this watch from Seiko is one of the most accurate timers that you’ll ever encounter. Like the previous Seiko Astron models, it has a GPS feature that connects to different satellites around the globe in order to adjust the time to the dot. This is particularly useful for people who participate in cycling races and need a very accurate timing device. Apart from the features, this watch also excels when it comes to looks. It comes in a classy black and gold colourway that will definitely blend with most of your wardrobe. Apart from that, the three inner dials and a small date window which are placed strategically to avoid looking cluttered. The three pusher buttons at the right side are all coated with black to complete the look and make it more unique. Furthermore, this watch is both durable and comfortable to wear during extended periods of cycling. The case’s finishing and materials feel premium and solidly built, offering a water resistance rating of 100m. This allows you to cycle through the rain without worrying about ruining the watch. Lastly, its dial is protected by a dual-curved sapphire crystal so you don’t have to worry about scratching it. 8. Suunto 7 Graphite Copper The Suunto 7 Graphite Copper is popular with people who are into professional cycling for a good reason. In case you didn’t know, Suunto’s strong suit is in making sports watches and dive computers. And that forte in sports is evident in this model. Specs: Case material: Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyamide Case dimension: 50mm Movement: Digital Water resistance: 50m Features-wise, this timepiece has everything you need to make your fitness experience better. It has a built-in GPS so you can track your cycling route and how far you’ve pedalled. Apart from that, it has a barometric altimeter and an optical heart rate sensor which lets you determine your activity’s intensity. A bonus feature is that the watch supports offline outdoor maps. This means that you can still view the maps even when you’re cycling in a place with poor signal. Additionally, the maps are detailed and show trails, terrain info, and even contour lines. This can be very useful when you’re using your road bike instead of a mountain bike and want to avoid the rocky paths. Apart from cycling, the Suunto 7 also features around 70 sports modes including running, swimming, and hiking among others. As someone who is serious in improving their cycling skills, training in a different sport like weightlifting can be beneficial especially if you’re targeting specific muscle groups. With that said, there is no doubt that the Suunto 7 Graphite Copper is a great fitness companion. 9. Garmin Forerunner 920XT It seems that the brand Garmin is a staple for triathletes. So if you’re in the market for cycling watches, don’t forget to take a look at the Garmin Forerunner 920XT in particular. This multisport watch has almost everything you need for your next workout session. Specs: Case material: TPU Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Digital Water resistance: 50m The watch is jam-packed with advanced features. One of those is the heart rate monitor which helps you dial in your recovery status and your racing potential. To further explain, it provides a recovery time to let you know how long before you should attempt another intense workout to avoid passing out. Furthermore, you can also connect this watch to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This enables a live tracking feature where your friends can monitor your stats and location on a map real-time. With this, you can see how you rank compared to other cyclists in your age group. In my opinion, this is a nice touch because a sense of competition can motivate you to complete your workout. All things considered, there is no doubt that the Garmin Forerunner 920XT is an effective training tool. Being from a sports-oriented brand, this watch contains a lot of features that you cannot get from other watches. 10. Casio Edifice Bluetooth Compatible Solar The Casio Edifice Bluetooth Compatible Solar has a very futuristic design. But this watch is not just for show, its modernity is also evident in its specs and high-tech features. In fact, this smartwatch can compete with other luxury watches in the market when it comes to functionality. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 43mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m In terms of power, it gets its source from the sun through a solar panel on the dial. What this means is that you don’t have to change its battery every now and then. That’s a very convenient way to keep your watch ticking. Meanwhile, its dial contains various subdials and gauges that tell the day, date, and timers. One of its highlights is its Bluetooth feature. Casio released their own mobile application that can synchronize your timepiece with your phone. Apart from the World Time function, the app allows you to set alarms. It also has various timer functions and stopwatches which you can find handy when calculating your speed when cycling. And most importantly, it includes a range of race tracks which you can check out. Lastly, this watch from the Casio Edifice collection can handle all the stress you put it through. It is made with stainless steel and has a screw-down crown that protects it from water ingress. Apart from that, its indexes and hands are all applied with lume to aid you even when you’re cycling in the dark. Final Notes It should be clear by now that cycling watches are extremely helpful for people who are into cycling. Indeed, it is a tool that when maximised, can bring you a lot of benefits. For one, it helps you track your strengths and weaknesses in the sport. Apart from that, it gives you the tools to navigate unfamiliar roads in case you want to spice up your workout. To add to that, a lot of these sports watches are considered as luxury watches, too. These have evolved into something more durable and suitable for athletic environments. If you’re a watch lover, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone as you have an excuse to show off your timepiece during a cycling session.     Photo Credit: Featured photo from Garmin

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