It’s Summer, which means it’s time to get outside and enjoy some much needed fun in the sun. Whatever outdoor activity you have in mind, from swimming to sailing, and just about everything in between, you can be sure Watches of Switzerland has got the right watch to accompany you. After all, there’s no reason why you can’t still look good while enjoying everything the Great Outdoors has to offer.
More than that though, investing in a watch that’s designed for the activity you plan to wear it for makes a lot of sense. Choose well, and you have a functional, practical companion that will enhance your summer playtime and yet still have a place on your wrist when it’s time to head back to the office. So, without further ado, here are five luxury watches to get active with this Summer.
The sometimes overlooked North Flag is a real gem in the Tudor line up, offering great value for the money. Designed to go wherever you do, the compact middle case integrates seamlessly with the solid bracelet, both of which are made in satin-finished steel. Oblique angled lugs matching to the curvature of the bracelet ensure a fit that hugs to the wrist with no protrusion. (It’s a 40mm case that wears small.)
The double bezel features a layer of matt black ceramic topped with steel. The smooth scratch proof ceramic lends peace of mind while attending to the rigours of camping. The matt black dial with contrasting raised indexes and large hands offers great legibility in all light conditions. And the bracelet’s folding clasp includes a safety catch. Inside is the automatic Manufacture calibre MT5621 (visible through the case back). It’s COSC certified with an approximate 70-hour power reserve. Water resistant to 100m/ 10 bar/ 330ft. $4,420
For those who like to spend their Summers below the surface, a solid dive watch is a must. This Breitling sports a unidirectional, ratcheted bezel made from ultra-hard, scratch and shock-resistant ceramic. Legible, recessed dive graduations include a luminescent central dot at the 12 o’clock position. Super-LumiNova® is also employed in the large hour and minute hands.
Developed in partnership with sustainable clothing company Outerknown, it also aims to raise awareness about the problem of marine waste. As such, it features a unique strap crafted from ECONYL® yarn using recycled nylon waste (including recovered fishing nets). Presented in a striking black DLC-coated stainless steel case it’s powered by a COSC-certified calibre 13 with a 48-hour min. power reserve. Water resistant to 200m/ 20 bar/ 660ft. $9,350
If you’re a keen sailor looking to recreate the fast-paced excitement of the America’s Cup, then you need the proper kit to do it. This sailing chronograph from IWC features a flyback function and an additional flange with quarter-second scale for measuring short stop times. There’s also an analogue display for longer stop times. Powered by the rugged, automatic Manufacture 89361 calibre, elapsed chronograph hours and minute are combined in a totaliser at 12 o’clock.
The 43.5mm (14.2mm thick) case in stainless steel includes screw in crown with protectors. Choose from a silver, slate or blue-coloured dial, all with contrasting red highlights and luminescent hands and indexes. Fitted with a comfortable rubber strap, the design is perfect to weather on-deck sprays. An open case back reveals the movement with a 68-hour power reserve. Water resistant to 60m/ 6 bar/ 200ft. $17,400
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is an icon, both on the field and off. It was one of the first purpose-built sports watches (to accommodate British officers playing polo in India). A clock face on one side and a protective solid-steel face on the opposite. The classic swivel design still provides a practical solution for the active person. Outside of sports, the blank rear face serves as prime real estate for initials, family crests, dedications and miniature paintings.
The rectangular case measures 45.6 x 27.4mm (and 8.5mm thick). Triple gadroons frame both sides. Guilloché on the silvered dial is repeated for the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2 is a manual-wind with 45 hours of reserve power. Paired with a black alligator leather strap. Water resistant to 30m/ 3 bar/ 100ft. $9,650.
When the week is over and it’s time to hit the beach, switch to this casual ‘weekender’ from Baume & Mercier for camping and more. The 42mm (10.3mm thick) round case, with crown protection, is rendered in polished and satin-finished steel. The black, single direction rotatable bezel matches seamlessly with the opaline black dial. (And black vulcanised rubber strap.)
The dial treatment has an athletic tone with orange accents and includes a date window at 3 o’clock. Both hands and indexes are filled with Super-LumiNova® for excellent night legibility. While the anti-glare sapphire helps in direct sunlight. Power is supplied by a Swiss made Sellita SW200 (automatic) with a reserve of 38 hours. Water resistant to 100m/ 10 bar/ 330ft. $2,950
With the above suggestions, you’ve off to a good start on finding the right summer watch for you. For more on these and other great summer timepieces – make your way to one of our Watches of Switzerland’s Boutiques today.