Six Watches For Summer

The standouts that work triple time to see you through the warmer months.

By Richard Brown 28/12/2021

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition

Omega’s latest James Bond watch finally got its time to shine on ANZ big screens this November. Daniel Craig, who was involved in the design process from the beginning, had one stipulation: that the timepiece fit under the sleeve of his suits. Accordingly, the latest 007 Seamaster has been slimmed down to a height of 13.15 mm. It’s also been executed in grade-2 titanium, making it lighter and harder to scratch. A stripped-down-to-the-basics tool watch, this might be the most faithfully executed Omega Bond watch ever. (Picture above).

Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI

Hublot’s second watch in support of the Kevin Pietersen-founded anti-rhinoceros-poaching charity SORAI. Following a Big Bang Unico with a beige ceramic case in 2019, the horologic hype brand has unveiled an updated version of the hefty 45 mm, 60-minute flyback chronograph. The latest edition comes with a green ceramic case, meant to evoke the colours of the South African bush in summer, and the option to switch between a camo-effect rubber and a darker green fabric strap. Only 100 of the verdant, part-skeletonised timepieces will be made.

ROGER DUBUIS Excalibur Spider Pirelli

Manufacturing ultra-complicated, tortuously finished timepieces in limited numbers (see interview p36) recent years have seen the Genevan brand push the needle through collaborations with performance-orientated motoring partners, Lamborghini and Pirelli. The latest titanium Excalibur Spider Pirelli arrives with a quick-switch mechanism, allowing wearers to swap their straps (made from race-winning Pirelli tyres), bezels and crowns at pit-stop speed.

Chopard Mille Miglia Bamford Edition

Barely a month goes by without “pimp my watch” guru George Bamford announcing yet another big-name collaboration. Following hook-ups with TAG Heuer and Girard-Perregaux, Chopard becomes the latest horologist to team up with the customisation champion. The base watch? Chopard’s Mille Miglia. Bamford’s contribution? Coating the chronograph in dark-grey diamond-like carbon (DLC), applying orange accents to its strap, tachymeter and sub-dials, and dialling up the cool factor to 10 in the process.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Everest Editions

In the five years since it was revisited, redesigned and re-released in 2016, Vacheron Constantin’s go-anywhere luxury sports watch, the Overseas, has been offered in a countless array of colours and case materials. What’s new for summer ’21? Two limited-edition “Everest” pieces—a dual time and a chronograph. Both feature steel bezels on titanium cases and are based on a prototype that scaled the summit of the world’s tallest mountain on the wrist of photographer-climber Cory Richards in 2019.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Ti 230

Titanium is the go-to material for the go-anywhere sports watch; it’s harder, lighter, more scratch-resistant and more corrosion-proof than steel. Titanium was discovered in 1791, the same year a Swiss watchmaker was laying the foundations of what would become Girard-Perregaux. Cue this titanium-clad offering, on occasion of both the brand’s and the element’s 230th anniversary. A 46-hour power reserve and 44 mm case make this a weekend-ready sports watch that packs plenty of presence on the wrist.


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