The 7 best luxury sports watches that boast performance and stunning looks
These luxury brands showcase how their sports watches are setting themselves apart from other competitors.
01: ON THE UP
First introduced in 1954 for the now-defunct Pan Am airlines (Pan American World Airways), the Rolex GMT-Master II was designed to help pilots easily figure out the time in different time zones, via its 24-hour bidirectional rotating bezel and 24-hour hand. Today, jet-setters everywhere are fans of this timepiece, which is updated this year in steel, with an iconic Pepsi (red and blue) ceramic dial, a Jubilee bracelet, and the new Calibre 3285 automatic movement.
02: NEW FRONTIERS
Before the Omega Speedmaster took on its lunar associations – due to its status as Nasa’s watch of choice in its space missions – it was known for being a top sports and motor-racing chronograph. The new Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” Apollo 8 pays homage to the Apollo 8 crew, who were the first people to see the dark side of the moon in 1968. The 44.25mm ceramic watch features the hand-wound Calibre 1869, which has been blackened and laser-ablated on both sides to represent the lunar surface.
03: INTO THE DEEP
File under “things you never knew you needed”: a tonneau-shaped dive watch. The latest member of this niche group of timepieces is the Skafander is by Franck Muller, a brand typically associated with the barrel form. Water-resistant to 100m, the timepiece features an inner dive bezel and an automatic movement, all housed in a 57mm by 46mm steel (it’s also available in rose gold) case.
04: AT THE PEAK
Quickly emerging as the Richard Mille watch sported by a wide range of athletes ranging from runners to car racers, the RM 67-02 Alexis Pinturault was designed for the eponymous French alpine skier. The sleek timepiece is distinguished by an appropriately wintry white Quartz TPT (an ultra-light composite material) case and a highly skeletonised automatic movement that further reduces the weight of the 47.52mm by 38.7mm watch to an almost-negligible 32g.
05: FAST TRACK
Following the announcement of its partnership with Aston Martin, Tag Heuer has launched special-edition watches celebrating the British luxury automobile manufacturer. The Carrera Heuer 01 Aston Martin Special Edition is a 45mm statement piece featuring a black ceramic bezel and a steel case, jazzed up with racing-inspired touches – such as a skeletonised dial with hexagonal patterns inspired by details on the new Aston Martin Vantage, and speed-evoking, parallel lines on the side of the case.
06: TO THE SWIFT
Fans of screeching F1 tyres can now sport them on their wrists, thanks to Roger Dubuis’ collaborative models with tyre-maker Pirelli. The Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton has a strap that features a rubber inlay made from certified race-winning tyres. The rest of the 45mm black-DLC titanium timepiece will also have admirers stopping in their tracks: The highly skeletonised automatic movement is held in place by boldly designed bridges – you can’t miss that Roger Dubuis star motif – and is wound by a micro-rotor.
07: FULL IMMERSION
Packaged in an unmissable, true-to-Panerai DNA 47mm titanium case, the Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic (PAM 1389) is the descendant of the anti-magnetic PAM 389. The new dive watch features updates such as a blue seconds hand, larger hour indexes and two-tone lume. Most notably, it houses the new Panerai automatic Calibre P.9010, which allows the hour hand to be independently adjusted in one-hour increments – a nifty feature for frequent travellers.