Now that the flight tickets and hotel reservations are all in the bag, the only major decision left before you head out is this – what watch (or watches) get prime time on your wrist this holiday season?
What you want is something that’s stylish, easy to wear and fun. So leave the fancy perpetual calendar in the safe, you don’t want to take your expensive diver snorkelling either. Like we said before, think utility, fun and style. Here’s our pick from the watches released this year.
Nomos Ahoi Neomatik
Nomos Glashütte introduced the Ahoi Neomatik in the fan-favorite Aqua series just in time for the summer. Featuring a “siren white” dial, blue hands, and alternating red numerals and indices, the watch uses a very unisex 36 mm stainless steel case.
Minimalist-chic and water-resistant to 200 meters, this is perfect for the flâneur strolling the city streets or lounging by the pool. The Ahoi is paired with a summery, light grey fabric band but swap it for a tan leather strap for a more a smart casual look. The watch is available now at Nomos retailers and from their online shop. $4,120
Hamilton Khaki Mechanical 38 MM
The Hamilton Field Mechanical 38 mm is a handwound model inspired by the military watches the brand made for the US military in the 1940s This Hamilton was designed to be a functional, no-nonsense timepiece as evidenced by its brushed 38 mm stainless steel case.
It is fitted with a sapphire crystal and has a large knurled crown for easy time setting. It also comes with drilled lugs, which makes changing straps a breeze. This is the horological equivalent of the M-65 Field Jacket, versatile and suggestive of a sense of adventure. $475
Gorilla Fastback Mirage
Gorilla is the handiwork of Octavio Garcia, the former creative director of Audemars Piguet. The automotive-inspired brand’s well-priced debut model was launched in 2016 and was noted for its use of high-tech materials like ceramic and carbon fiber. The new Fastback Mirage takes its color codes from the livery of the Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT 40 that won the Le Mans race in 1968.
The 43 mm case is made from ceramic, forged carbon and a titanium caseback. It has a multi-layered dial and is powered by an automatic (Miyota 90S5) movement. And with that summery blue and orange color scheme and striking looks, the Fastback Mirage is worthy of a place in your travel watch roll this summer. $1,150
Casio unveiled a full metal model, the GMW-B5000D-1 to mark its 35th anniversary and it instantly became one of the most talked about watches this year. A fitting homage to the cult-classic DW-5000C, which was first released in 1983, this watch’s band, case, and bezel, are entirely made from stainless steel.
In terms of features, the watch keeps accurate time anywhere in the world using the Connected Engine, which connects to a time server via a paired smartphone, and radio wave time-calibration signals. This is a watch that has gotten even season collectors excited, so getting your hands on one may prove quite a task now given the demand. $500
Tudor Black Bay GMT
One of the most talked about watches at Baselworld this year, the new Tudor Black Bay GMT features a bicolor anodized aluminum bezel with a 24-hour scale. The bezel is calibrated to move once around the dial in 48 notches. Like every other steel Black Bay model, this 41 mm wide case has a closed caseback and is water-resistant to 200 meters.
Powered by an in-house COSC-certified movement, it can track three different time zones and is ideal for frequent travellers. This is a great looking watch that can take you from the beach to the club with effortless ease. $3,900
Seiko Prospex Orange Turtle
What’s a summer watch list without a Seiko diver? If 2017 was about the Samurai Blue Lagoon diver, this summer the Japanese brand has introduced a limited edition of its popular Turtle with a bright orange sunburst dial.
Available only in certain Asian markets, the Ref. SRPC95 has a 45 mm wide steel case is fitted with an orange and blue aluminium insert bezel, a closed caseback and is water resistant to 200 meters. It is powered by the self-winding Caliber 4R36 and is fitted with a stainless steel bracelet and an additional blue rubber strap. We say, ditch the steel bracelet and pair it with a Nato strap and you are good to go. $650