In the age of smartphones, watches are as much a telling sign of style as they are a functional tool. And the Techne Instruments 245 Merlin has both in spades. Made with a Japanese Miyota 1L45 quartz movement and featuring a hack feature - the ability to manually stop the movement of the watch - the Merlin is a modern throwback. The luminous dial has a minute and hour hand with a auxiliary dial for seconds, making for an easy read. And with its durable band, this watch looks as good with a suit as it does with fatigues.