Rolex, Explorer II
For decades, Rolex has accompanied the finest explorers in the world on their adventures — it was the watch of choice for Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 when they became the first to summit Mount Everest. In honor of that summit, Rolex officially launched the Explorer collection in 1953. Ever since, Rolex has supported pioneering explorers, and it also created the Perpetual Planet campaign, dedicated to protecting the environment. The Rolex Explorer II is designed to handle the most hostile conditions and places on Earth. It offers a 24-hour display, Chromalight hour markers and hands that glow blue in the dark, and is a certified Superlative Chronometer. The self-winding Caliber 3187 is equipped with state-of-the-art materials, including a Parachrom hairspring, and has been tested by Rolex to meet its in-house criteria, which is more stringent than industry-standard COSC guidelines. The watch’s Oysterlock safety clasp is patented and designed to prevent accidental opening.
$8,100 in Oystersteel, Rolex in New York, +1 212 759 8278, rolex.com
Ulysse Nardin, Diver X Antarctica
While Ulysse Nardin might be best-known for its rich maritime history, it has recently expanded to focus on exploring not just the ocean’s depths, but some of Earth’s most extreme locations, through its Xploration campaign. In addition to creating dedicated timepieces, Ulysse Nardin has a new roster of ambassadors, among them explorer and photographer Sebastian Copeland, known for his record- setting treks across Antarctica and the North Pole (read more on p68). The new Diver X Antarctica pays tribute to Copeland and his expeditions, and is certainly able to handle the harshest circumstances. The 44mm watch is powered by an in-house movement with high-tech silicium and DiamonSil technology that offers 60 hours of power reserve, and it is water resistant to 300 meters. It has a white rubberized and inverted, unidirectional rotating bezel and a date window with forward/backward date corrector.
$8,900 in titanium, Ulysse Nardin in New York, +1 212 257 5015, ulysse-nardin.com