When you’re looking at new watches to purchase, it can be all too easy to select your pick based on appearance alone. And nobody would blame you because watches are gorgeous. Are you looking for something classic or are you more interested in modern watches?
Watches have evolved from being simple time tellers and bold fashion statements. Modern timepieces of today are filled with useful watch features and some of them truly reflect the innovative nature of the horological industry.
While not all these features are considered useful by the everyday wearer, they are groundbreaking innovations that deserve mentioning. Perhaps you’ll find one of them worthwhile on your next watch.
Without further ado, here are some innovative features to look for in modern watches.
Watch Out for These 6 Features
1: Power Reserve Indicator
Many modern watches feature a power reserve indicator which, in layman’s terms, displays the remaining amount of energy stored in the watch.
Think of this feature in the same way you think of your vehicle’s petrol gauge. Just as your petrol gauge lets you know when it’s time to fill up the tank, a power reserve indicator will let you know when it’s time to replace the battery or wind the system.
2: Chronograph Functionality
On top of its time-displaying capabilities, chronograph watches facilitate timekeeping. The face of a chronograph watch will display seconds, minutes, and hours.
The built-in stopwatch functionality is a feature that can be used in various applications. Most people use chronograph watches to time races. But other uses include monitoring cooking times, tracking billable hours, timing meetings, and more.
3: World Time
Most modern watches are able to display more than one time zone at once, but only a world-time watch can tell you the time across all 24 time zones at a glance. Because this feature can often result in a complicated, cluttered-looking face only serious globetrotters opt for watches with world time functionality.
World-time watches display two time zones at once and allows the wearer to track the time across all zones. This feature is especially handy for purposes, ranging from adjusting time displays due to traveling to new time zones to figuring out when is a good time to call your friend who lives overseas.
In addition to telling the time, some watches double as a calendar displaying the day, date, and month. Perpetual calendar watches can even indicate leap years! Annual calendar watches are the most popular type of calendar watches as they display all the date information you need. Annual calendar watches need to be manually set once a year, while perpetual calendar watches don’t.
Because the calendar feature is such a handy tool, many modern watches include this feature. A prime example of an annual calendar watch is the IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar Automatic watch. The best of the best in perpetual calendar watches is the Patek Phillipe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar watch. Interestingly enough, the first-ever annual calendar wristwatch was patented by Patek Phillipe in 1996.
5: Moon Phase
While the days of using the phases of the moon as a calendar are long gone, moon phase watches still have a special place in the world. A moon phase watch displays the moon’s current phase as it is in the sky at that very moment.
As opposed to merely telling the time, a watch that displays moon phases gives you an insight into the inner workings of the universe. Moon phase watches aren’t mainstream watches that adorn the wrists of just anyone. Rather they are worn by artists, skywatchers, fishermen, and those who appreciate the marvel that is moon phase watches.
6: Atomic Timekeeping
Not many modern watches have atomic timekeeping capabilities because the feature is not that sought after by consumers. It might not be popular, but it is innovative! The appeal of atomic timekeeping is that it keeps the most accurate time on the planet, thanks to radio-controlled synchronization.
There is no need to manually set or adjust the time or date on an atomic watch because it does so automatically. It’s done via low-frequency radio signals emitted from atomic clocks such as the one found in Colorado. A prime example of a watch boasting atomic timekeeping capabilities is the Casio GW-9400J-1JF.
Modern Watches Final Thoughts
A watch needs to be more than a pretty face and the features we mentioned turn time-telling devices into technological wonders. So tell us, when you shop for your next watch—will you be filtering by feature?