Adrenaline 7 Watches for 7 Challenges: On your marks, get set, go!
When in the middle of the action, there is nothing like a robust and reliable timepiece to be our “sports buddy”. Since the beginning of the year, several new watches have been inviting us to pump up our adrenaline levels
With the Olympics approaching and the desire to get away from it all this summer, there is an urge to excel and perform in the athletics department. From the more affordable watches to high-end mechanicals, watchmaking has something to boost the world of any keen sportsman or sportswoman.
You have to get wet to win
The first challenge is an underwater exploration, preferably in tropical waters. The toned turquoise dial of the Doxa Sub 300T Aquamarine shows the way to the abyss down to 1,200 metres deep! Its sporty retro look is matched by solid performance with a testosterone minute hand and a patented rotating bezel, and a no-decompression dive time calculator.
Sub 300T Aquamarine © Doxa
The second event is aimed at explorers. With its black dial featuring the signature Norqain decoration, the 42mm Adventure Sport defends a sober and technical style. Its wearer can trace his or her route in all conditions, thanks to the watch’s technical and aesthetic features that include a rotating bezel with graduated ceramic disc, date display, and seconds hand marked with a red triangle.
The 42mm Adventure Sport © Norqain
Gallop, hit, win
And why not take on the third challenge in the elegant, yet equally demanding, setting of a polo club? Here, each player wears a Polo Ralph Lauren watch. The polo player even holds centre stage with his arm raised, mallet ready to hit the ball and score the winning point. The choice of variations is vast: blue, green or black dial background options, surrounded by a matching rotating bezel, decorated at 12 o’clock with the word “Polo”, like a trophy. For the straps, there are options for a NATO strap in leather with embossed inscriptions, a classic cowhide with or without Madras tie silk, or a metal strap for the most intrepid players. Yet again, there is something for everyone.
Polo © Ralph Lauren
An electrifying aesthetic
The fourth event could be a gaming competition, given the bright green colour that electrifies the Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite Tambour watch with its huge green “V” that runs across the dial. Green also covers the entire seconds hand and is even found on the “Louis Vuitton” inscription, that has been embossed on the rubber strap. For this timepiece, fine watchmaking is the order of the day, no microprocessors on board, only beautiful watchmaking mechanics, with an automatic mechanical movement.
Damier Graphite Tambour © Louis Vuitton
For the next challenge, you will need to put on your scuba mask and fins and breathe into your tuba as you head for the Indian Ocean with the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec Maldives Edition. This is an instrument of the highest quality for exploring the seabed at depths of up to 500 metres, as well as for practicing the most demanding land-based sports. Two Manta rays, visible on the case back, evoke the sponsorship of the Manta Trust charity for the protection of these graceful marine giants.
Patravi ScubaTec Maldives © Carl F.Bucherer
Breaking the sound barrier
The sixth and penultimate challenge invites the driver of the McLaren Speedtail hypercar to drive fast enough to break the sound barrier. On the wrist, the RM 40-01 is specially designed to create a perfect pairing with the race car. What do these two mechanisms have in common? Ultra-technicality, robust and light materials – with the use of titanium for the manufacture of the case and part of the movement – and a common design inspiration based on the very aerodynamic shape of the water droplet.
The RM 40-01 © Richard Mille
To conclude this breathtaking race, there is no greater challenge than the conquest of the universe! The dial of the De Bethune DB28 XP Meteorite seems to come from the depths of space-time.
DB28 XP Meteorite © De Bethune
The blue dial is fitted with purple areas and features a starry sky made of solid white gold microbeads. Equipped with the De Bethune titanium balance with solid gold inertia blocks, this mechanical jewel, halfway between heaven and earth, represents the ultimate challenge: to smash the limits and transmit vibrations from other worlds.
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