Summer watches As the Swiss watch industry prepares to shut down its factories for its annual summer break, we look at the watches you should be taking on holiday with you, whether you are lazing on the beach, travelling the world or enjoying a “staycation”.
19 September 2014 Insects and other strange little creatures
11 September 2014 Flowers in the watchmaking garden
3 September 2014 Three tough black sports watches
27 August 2014 The Year of the Horse and Equestrian Sport
21 August 2014 6 colourful men's watches for the summer
14 August 2014 World time on your wrist
6 August 2014 An invitation to travel
30 July 2014 Deeper and deeper
23 July 2014 New names and old favourites
16 July 2014 Fashion that never goes out of fashion
14 July 2014 Gazing into the whites of the hours
9 July 2014 Ladies’ watches in technicolour
2 July 2014 Four GMT watches for your travels
26 June 2014 Calibre de Cartier Diver
25 June 2014 Messing about on the water with regatta watches
25 June 2014 Corum Admiral's Cup One 45 Tides
21 June 2014 A new column
Summer watches A new column
As the Swiss watch industry prepares to shut down its factories for its annual summer break, we look at the watches you should be taking on holiday with you, whether you are lazing on the beach, travelling the world or enjoying a “staycation”.
The summer break in the Swiss watch industry only serves to accentuate further the frenetic activity of the first half of the year. After the rush to present new models either at the SIHH or Baselworld, or, in many cases, both, there is then a frantic rush to deliver as many of these new pieces as possible before the summer, in the knowledge that if it’s not done by then, nothing will happen until September at the very earliest.
To punctuate this compulsory lull in horological activity, we start a new column for the next three months dedicated to the watches of the summer. A combination of weekly articles from our contributors and the latest releases and events over the summer, it will start with regatta watches and will continue with a wide range of categories into which such estival watches may fall (see below).
Our articles may take the form of trends, analyses or, in certain cases, given the sheer choice of models available, an extensive watch gallery. In either case, you can be sure that they will cover every possible taste and that our expert contributors will, as always, do the research on the hottest luxury watches and trends so that you don’t have to.
Summer watches – the categories
For timing your races, or just the trip back to the yacht club for an evening aperitif, these timepieces are built for the sailor in you.
For the lake, the sea, the beach or the Riviera, we will bring you the most sturdy and resistant watches for the summer (and beyond).
Off on your travels? We bring you a selection of the latest watches with GMT functions, to keep track of time back home.
For those who need more than just a GMT, we will present a selection of more advanced pieces with multiple time zone functions.
Men’s watches with colour
A broad category with a number of contenders covering the latest colour trends.
Women's watches with colour
Whether it’s the colours of gold or precious stones, or simply summery pastel tones, we cover all the must-have models for ladies this summer season.
Intemporal watches to go with any summer outfit.
These pieces are built to last, to take the heat and extremes of summer and look good on any wrist for any occasion.
A simple change of strap can make all the difference in the heat of summer.
Aside from the watches designed for specific uses such as diving or sailing, a “sports” watch can mean different things to different people. Here you will find a representative selection of this variety.
For the hotel bar or a night out on town, we present a selection of models to go with your summer evening attire.
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