Once you graduate from the Timex ranks, a watch becomes more than a way to tell time. What you choose to wear says something about who you are; perhaps it speaks more clearly about what you like to do. For those who dream of exploring new frontiers, there's Kobold's Polar Surveyor. Originally built to the specifications of a group of polar explorers, the watch has been redesigned by company founder Michael Kobold and the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who's worn it on expeditions to the North Pole. It's a timepiece for the self-possessed: restrained in appearance, exuding fortitude, all stainless steel and altimeter-dial black. Functionally, the Surveyor eschews moon dials for more necessary features—local time, a second time zone and the date, and elapsed seconds, minutes and hours via the chronograph function. In the dark, the hands are boldly luminous. The bezel is designed to prevent dirt or ice crystals from aggravating its easy turning. And Kobold guarantees that no more than 2,500 watches will be made in any given year. In addition to the steel bracelet, a canvas strap is included; whether or not you throw in some crampons can be your little secret.
Kobold Polar Surveyor
Size: 41.5 mm
Diameter: 15.3 mm
Case: Stainless steel
Contact: 877-762-7929, koboldwatch.com