This is a season full of travel and events. And once you've met all of your holiday obligations, there's the promise of free time in the new year. And this is the watch that can get you through everything—from business trips and holiday visits to the ski trip you have planned and whatever else 2019 brings.
Known far and wide as "the toughest watch on the planet," G-SHOCK has built a solid reputation on crafting timepieces that are as rugged as they are reliable. One of their latest watches, the GSTB100XA-1A, is the first timepiece in the G-STEEL connected lineup that's been outfitted with a carbon bezel—the product of state-of-the-art technology that's at once lightweight yet incredibly rigid, aiding in its impressive shock resistance. What's more, the hardwearing timepiece is the kind of watch you can wear in almost any occasion. It's casual yet cool, and the stealthy black and blue styling ensures you look and feel put together no matter where or when your strap it on.
It's water resistant to 200 meters and features a clear sapphire glass crystal that not only enhances readability but makes scratches almost impossible. Press the blue-ring button located at the 8 o'clock position and you'll be instantly connected to the G-SHOCK Connected app on your smartphone via Bluetooth. You'll be able to check your power levels, set alarms and effortlessly change time zones via their highly accurate internet time server. This connectivity also means you'll be able to use the watch to locate a misplaced phone. And since it's synced up with your phone's internet time server, it can automatically adjust to the correct time when you travel to a different time zone.
In addition to the smart features, the GSTB100XA-1A comes equipped with some impressive traditional watch attributes as well. Countdown range up to 24 hours, there's a second time zone display for dual world time and a fully automatic date display with day indicator. What's more, the quartz movement is powered by an impressive solar battery, which means you very likely will never—that's right, never—need to replace the battery. It all adds up to an incredibly capable and durable watch you can wear in any situation, anywhere in the world, with anything in your wardrobe and know you've got the right watch on.
G-STEEL GSTB100XA-1A timepiece, $600 by G-SHOCK
∘ Shock resistant
∘ 200m water resistant
∘ Chronograph (Countdown range: 24 hours)
∘ Solar powered
∘ LED light (Super Illuminator)
∘ Power saving mode
∘ Mobile link (Wireless linking using Bluetooth)