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The Peak (Hong Kong) - - Watches - B, B

When done right, the fine bal­ance be­tween util­ity and style is of­ten what makes a sports watch ir­re­sistible. This year sees a new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Aqua­naut, pieces that will carry you from ocean to land, and be­tween time zones, plus one watch­maker's at­tempt to bring colour to the smart­watch, just in time for the World Cup.

One of the es­sen­tial func­tions of a div­ing watch is that of the chrono­graph. While the three-counter de­sign brings a pleas­ing vis­ual ef­fect to the dial, the pre­cisi pre­ci­sion of the timer can be a mat­ter of life and death. Bregue Breguet's lat­est ren­di­tion of the Marine of­fers more than a stylish guil­loche mo­tif and sporty blue dial with a matc match­ing rub­ber strap. The Marine, now avail­able in ti­ta­niu ti­ta­nium in ad­di­tion to the white and red gold ver­sions, is pres pre­sented with a sim­ple date, a chrono­graph or with a musi mu­si­cal alarm com­pli­ca­tion.

Patek Philip's Aqua­naut is the holy grail of sports watches if there ever is one. A look that is equal parts ath­letic and re­fined, the de­sign, in many re­gards rede­fined the value of stain­less steel in watch­mak­ing, as well as the ap­peal of a rub­ber strap on a lux­ury watch. This year sees a some­what overtly ath­letic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Aqua­naut; the Chrono­graph Ref 5968A is pre­sented with or­ange de­tail across its black checker­board dial. The piece comes with in­ter­change­able rub­ber straps in black and or­ange, each dras­ti­cally al­ter­ing the per­son­al­ity of the de­sign.

With its colour­ful de­signs and dar­ing play­ful­ness, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Hublot came out with its very own in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the smart­watch. Un­sur­pris­ingly, the watch­maker opts to launch a piece that co­in­cides with one of the key sport­ing events that it part­ners with as of­fi­cial time­keeper. Hublot has an­nounced a limited run of 2018 pieces of its Big Bang Ref­eree 2018 FIFA World Cup Rus­sia, de­signed to be the of­fi­cial time­keep­ing de­vice dur­ing the game. The watch comes with all the ex­pected func­tions of a smart de­vice, plus a pre-loaded app that will pro­vide real-time up­dates on the game scores. Aside from a rub­ber strap, the watch can also be fit­ted on a sweat­band, per­fect for those heated mo­ments on the field.

The chrono­graph func­tion is a sta­ple in Bre­itling's time­piece, this year, the brand stream­lines its lineup and presents a new Chrono­mat with an in-house B01 chrono­graph move­ment. The 44mm piece is pre­sented in two dial colours, black and grey, and has a hefty stain­less steel bracelet, which plays well to its ath­letic roots. A slightly thicker than usual bezel and a com­bi­na­tion of en­graved and pol­ished bezel mark­ers are just some of the de­sign el­e­ments that give the piece a lifted, mod­ern look. It's also worth not­ing that Bre­itling has opted to re­tire its for­mer logo, the winged and has re­placed it with its his­toric cur­sive logo.

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