Holiday Travel Gift Guide 2008

by Cathay Che
Photography by Chris Astley

For the Chronically Tardy

Watches don't have it easy these days: They've got to compete with iPods and BlackBerrys for whiz-bang gadgetry—and still be fashionable enough to qualify as an accessory. The examples here range in price but get both jobs done. From top: The women's TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 8 Grand Date GMT displays two time zones and has an alligator strap and diamond bezel that tell the world that somebody loves you—a lot. The men's Suunto Core is an upgrade for outdoorsy types, with altimeter, barometer, weather forecaster, and digital compass—and a cool safety-orange strap. The women's Suunto Lumi Florette Pack is chic and smart: It can tell you the altitude, the barometric pressure, and which way is north—and we love the perforated rubber strap. For the man who flies high and respects history, the Ernst Benz ChronoScope has a face inspired by aircraft instrumentation panels that aviator Benz designed in the 1930s.

TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 8 Grand Date GMT, $4,100
Available at Tourneau stores
Tel: 866 597 0595

Suunto Core, $350,
Suunto Lumi Florette Pack, $350
Tel: 800 891 8490

Ernst Benz ChronoScope PVD Limited Edition, with alligator strap, $5,400
Available at John Varvatos, New York City
Tel: 212 965 0700

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