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.