Thursday 25 December 2014

10 best digital watches

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Casio Databank
While most of us carry mobile phones that can store oodles of data, there's something very satisfying, in a Dick Tracy kind of way, about being able to save information on to your wristwatch. With room for 25 names, addresses and phone numbers, plus a calculator, this is a neat back-up for forgetful phone-owners.
€60 at amazon.co.uk
Wi-Fi watch
Want to know if there's a good Wi-Fi signal wherever you are? Even if that happens to be 100 metres underwater? Then this is the ideal timepiece for you; an inexpensive option, it displays the strength of the Wi-Fi signal in your locale in numbers. Shockproof and waterproof.
€33.95 at Gifts.ie
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Digital watches tend towards the functional in appearance, but this sleek timepiece from Mr Jacobs is a much more stylish buy. What it lacks in fancy features - no GPS or multitonal alarms here - it makes up for with its leather strap and gold details.
€170 at 00 44 870 224 6633
Nixon Lodown
Dude! Want to know what the waves are going to be doing at 200 beaches across the globe? Check out Nixon's surf watch, which has preprogrammed tidal information for the next 15 years. It displays the data in an easy-to-read format. Water resistant up to 100 metres - which is good news if you wipe out when you're carving a tube.
€100 at Ebay.ie
Black Dice
Retro-styled LED watches don't usually boast the modern touches we're now used to - reliable alarms, dates, decent water resistance. The Guru, a stainless steel number, has old school looks and the useful functions.
€150 boysstuff.co.uk
Firebox
Forget lugging an Archos video player around with you; this watch is a much more portable piece of kit. True, its screen is hardly cinema-sized and its 2GB memory won't stretch to cover every season of 'Friends', but it offers eight hours' playback and can display Jpeg, MP3 and WMA files too.
€63.32 at Firebox.com
Binary watch
It won't make telling the time any easier, but this watch will certainly be a conversation-starter. That's because it eschews digits and tells the time in a binary format. The first row of LEDs denotes the hours and the second the minutes. It looks cool, though it might take some time before you can read it correctly.
€78.95 at Pressieport.ie
Oregon Scientific Weather Watch
Whether the weather's fine or foul, you'll know about it in advance with Oregon's clever forecasting watch. It will alert you with one of four icons: sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, and rainy, and it boasts stopwatch, calendar and alarm functions. It's water resistant up to 30 metres.
€59 at Oregonscientific.co.uk
Rosendahl
Made from polished, hypo-allergenic stainless steel and toughened mineral glass and plastic, this is a minimalist's dream. It doesn't do anything fancy, but it looks elegant and is easy to read. It's also available in an analogue style.
€160 at Thinkgeek.com
Forerunner 405
If you take your fitness seriously, you'll need a watch that can help with your training regime. Garmin's latest Forerunner is a scarily efficient device that monitors time, distance, speed, your GPS location and your heart rate. It stores the data, so you can pore over your lap times on your PC. Surprisingly straightforward to use, too.
€267.89 at Ebay.ie

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