Let’s just say, you’re in the mood for a little underwater adventure. And what submarine traipse would be complete without a bright new bit of marine-equipped wrist candy?
But often when it comes to marine horology, it’s easy to find yourself drowning in the sea of available options. So to help you make your choice, we’ve taken a moment to compile some of the finest nautical timepieces out there. And we’ve arranged them by depth of water-resistance, so whether it’s casual snorkeling or Mariana Trench diving that you’re into, we’ve got you covered.
The 21st century hasn’t seen much adventuring spirit thus far, but at this time 100 years ago, we had more than our share. The British expeditions to Antarctica are the perfect example, setting comparatively meager resources against one of the most inhospitable environments on earth. There’s Shackleton’s, of course, but a new book from Assouline details one of the lesser-known expeditions: the Terra Nova, led by Robert Falcon Scott. And as of today, you can pick up a waterproof edition, in case you decide to take it on a few adventures of your own.
Swims has come a long way since their days as galosh-makers. These colorful boat shoes are from their ’12, on display at the Compass Show. The uppers are mesh and the rest is all rubber, so there’s nothing here that won’t survive a dunk or two. If you’re planning an afternoon by the pool, they’re one of the more playful options out there, but you’ll have to wait until February to get your hands on them. In the meantime, here’s a less colorful alternative to tide you over.
As you may have noticed, the unstructured blazer gets a lot of love around these parts. Windbreakers…not so much. But that doesn’t mean they can’t learn a few things.
This Arc’tyrex windshell takes its cues the latest crop of high buttoning, soft shouldered jackets. If it were in selvedge canvas instead of goretex, it could pass for Engineered Garments. Instead, it’s matte black raingear, ready to wick away whatever your umbrella doesn’t catch. And if you’re looking for something a little more modern than your Mackintosh (or a more rainproof version of your baker's jacket), it’s a pretty good choice.
Around this time of year, when snow turns to slush, it’s good to have something waterproof over your feet. Your options usually boil down to heavy leather boots and some variety of galosh, but the folks at Outlier have an interesting twist on the predicament: the waterproof sneaker.
They’re made from dense Egyptian cotton, which is treated with a synthetic water resistant for a less clammy version of the traditional waxed cotton. There’s a double layer of French calf leather inside and most surprisingly, a Goodyear Welt underneath everything, so you’ll be able to resole it if the vibram sole wears down after a few years. The result is a pair of shoes that look like Vans but kick through slush like Red Wings. They’re on pre-order now, but they should be shipping out by the end of February—just in time for the rainy season.