by Alex Palmer | July 12, 2016

Watches are one of those rare items that can balance the latest in style and technology with a timelessness that will continue to delight for years. That is certainly true of a number of new pieces available to the incentive market.


 Take, for example, the new Grant Chronograph watch from Fossil. Its style is influenced by the simplicity of vintage timepieces, with roman numerals set against a cream-colored dial, like a grandfather clock. But while it has vintage appeal, the Grant is hardly a throwback, with multifunction stopwatch functionality and able to be worn in shallow water or when washing dishes (though incentive winners will want to take it off when going snorkeling). Available in 15 colors, at a suggested retail price of $115, and free engraving is an option. Recipients can also consider an option as well from Fossil Group's numerous other brands, including Kate Spade, Skagen, Marc Jacobs, and Diesel.


 An elegant choice for incentive winners is the Citizen L Carina, glittering with diamonds in the case and dial that will make it twinkle on any wrist like the night sky. As it happens, the watch's mother-of-pearl dial is actually inspired by star constellations, and the design is complemented with by its two-tone stainless steel.

Richard Low, vice president of special markets for Citizen Watch Company, has seen a renewed interest in time pieces among younger recipients. "Generation Z is gravitating toward watches, where Millennials didn't see as much appeal," he says. "They're less interested in gadgets, and more looking for something with intrinsic value."


 Though a 141-year-old brand, Bulova is keeping step with pop culture, announcing at the end of June a new line of Grammy-inspired timepieces and live events that will be held over the next three years.


 Rymax has unveiled a number of new watch options for the spring. These include the Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles, whose name comes from the street in Switzerland on which the Tissot factory first opened its doors in 1907 (and where it continues to operate). The watch features a 42mm stainless steel case along with a two-tone bracelet and fixed yellow gold bezel and silver dial, and retails for $975. Another option from Rymax is the Mido Multiform Automatic Watch, which provides a sleek accessory -- its black leather strap and black dial with silver-tone hands corresponds well with any outfit and retails for $860.For something a bit more futuristic, Rymax offers the Ferragamo F-80 Motion Smart Watch. It combines the Italian luxury-goods designer's traditional high-quality leatherwork and meticulous detailing with cutting-edge technology.

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This article appears in the July/August 2016 issue of Incentive.