Six For Summer
Things are warming up—so should your wristwear.
GRAND SEIKO SBGJ269 GMT (AUSTRALIAN EDITION)
This Australian exclusive from the Japanese watchmaker honours the resilience of nature in a limited-edition GMT directly inspired by the pink flannel flower. You’ll notice this design aesthetic is harmonious; it just works. From the uniquely textured dial that mimics the lovely pinks found in the blossoming flannel flower, to the easy- wearing 39.5 mm stainless steel case, there’s plenty to like in the SBGJ269 GMT. Thanks to its Hi-Beat 36000 GMT calibre 9S86, expect 55 hours of power reserve—plenty of action for all your summer escapades.
IWC TOP GUN LAKE TAHOE EDITION
Earlier this year, IWC Schaffhausen released its highly anticipated “Top Gun” collection to wide-received approval at the Watches & Wonders convention in Geneva. But sitting pretty among the stealthy lineup of pilot-approved timepieces was the all-new Top Gun Lake Tahoe edition. As you might have guessed, the special-edition timepiece is inspired by “Lake Tahoe” and by the white uniforms of the US Navy. The muted white ceramic case and strap make for a striking combination for the summer season and beyond.
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER ’57 (BURGUNDY)
One of the nicest iterations of the classic Omega Speedmaster in some time, the new Speedmaster ’57 pays homage to the revolutionary watch that was first launched in 1957. The first thing you notice about this Speedy is its rich burgundy dial—a stunning addition that slightly modernises this very vintage-heavy timepiece. Of course, the
’57 features all the hallmarks of the classic Speedy, like the “Broad Arrow” hands and brushed bezel with a tachymeter scale. On the back of this new model, you’ll find an engraved “Speedmaster ’57”.
HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION AEROFUSION CHRONOGRAPH CERAMIC BLUE IBIZA
The past summer in Europe was a time to celebrate the return to normalcy after two long years of Covid lockdowns. To mark the European warm months, Hublot launched three pop-up boutiques in three of Europe’s most beautiful coastal areas: Ibiza, Capri and St. Tropez. Our pick from the collection is the Classic Fusion Chronograph Boutique Ibiza. Adorned in a stunning ceramic navy blue, the skeletonised dial is a neat feature, with a “peace” sign at 3 o’clock.
BLANCPAIN FIFTY FATHOMS BATHYSCAPHE CHRONOGRAPHE FLYBACK (BLUE)
A modern update to the heritage Fifty Fathoms collection, this new Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback is, for the first time, available in red gold. Honouring the original reference from 1953, widely considered the first modern dive watch, this new timepiece from master watchmaker Blancpain is made for days on the water. Measuring in at 43 mm, it beautifully intertwines a red gold case, hands and hour markers with a blue sunburst dial and matching bracelet.
PIAGET POLO DATE
The new Polo Date by Piaget launched at this year’s Watches & Wonders exhibition, yet didn’t receive much noise when compared with the unveiling of the Altiplano. But the new Polo Date deserves its own special attention. Not only is this a fantastic iteration of an iconic watch, but the Piaget Polo is a “true watchmaker’s watch” thanks to its immaculate in-house movement—which is revealed on the sapphire crystal case back. And thanks to its new black rubber strap, it makes for the perfect companion for the summer season ahead.
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