In men's gift ideas, men's watches have fallen further down the wish list in the past few years, thanks to smartphones, MP3 players and the myriad other technologies that hold consumer attention – and often tell the time as well. However, this very fact makes them a unique gift for men, and mens' watches apply technologies in unique ways.
Let's take a look at some examples.
Men's watches by Citizen have always been a men's fashion statement. They're also smart technology. The latest example for this is the Citizen Eco Drive. This superb watch shows how the company remains ahead of the competition. This watch never needs a battery change, making it ecologically friendly as well as geeky, as it draws energy from any light source. The promo for this watch calls it unstoppable, using NFL star Eli Manning as its spokesman.
Nike's men's watch called the Oregon Series Lance Armstrong 4 features a sleek design and a suite of geeky, gadgety features. Included in this watch, you'll find a digital compass with constant readout, an altimeter that tells height above sea level and a barometer to tell your man the impending weather. And unlike most smartphones, this all comes in a waterproof casing. Another Nike tech watch is the Nike Vapor 300 which features the world's largest wrist-bound curved LCD screen. What's so great about that? Like many of the watches discussed here, this watch presents a simultaneous statement of style and tech-savviness. Like the ads for this watch say, this is the age of pocket-sitting clocks on mobile phones; it's time for a rebirth of wrist timepiece fashion. Design geeks loved this watch when it first arrived in 2008 and it remains a marvel of style and class today. You can find it online new or used. No one has to know you bought it used because it still looks amazing and unique. Uniquely designed and conceived watches like the Nike Vapor 300 make great conversation starters for any reason, under any circumstance.
Tag Heuer is one of the premium brands in men's watches and, of course, they offer superb craftsmanship in a techie watch. Take the Carrera, for example, featuring an automatic chronograph. The bezel features an integrated tachymeter scale. What's a tachymeter scale you ask? It measures and coverts time intervals to speed, so you can tell how fast you are going to get somewhere based on how long it has taken you to get where you are. Trust us, it's cool, kind of geeky yet undeniably masculine and stylish, and even useful. This watch regularly retails for $5000 or more but it can be found for cheaper online.
The Bertolucci men's watch provides affordable style. It's not necessarily techie but it's an elegant watch that can be found for some very reasonable prices. It's a watch that tells your man, "I definitely care about you."
Whether a watch provides unique techie, geeky functions or not, men's watches provide a unique alternative to just another smartphone, MP3 player or cell phone.