THE GEAR • March 2016
Whether you’re seeking adventure, a jolt of adrenaline or simply a dose of culture, Sarah Jordan, former editor of Professional Jeweller, can recommend the watch to suit you. With sports-ready features and limited-edition styles to choose from, your worldwide travels will look a little more sophisticated
If the ocean is calling, it’s worth investing in a watch that won’t balk at the sight of crashing waves. For snorkellers and scuba divers, the Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition II (£1,480) is practical and philanthropic. Although just 2,000 have been made, money from each sale supports the Australian Marine Conservation Society. The 46mm timepiece is crafted in stainless steel, is water-resistant to 500 metres and offers coral-yellow highlights to mimic the ocean’s natural shades.
For anyone who smiles at the thought of squeezing into Lycra and peddling along vast European roads, look no further than Festina. The European brand has been the official timekeeper of the Tour de France for more than 20 years, and is associated with the Giro d’Italia and the Tour of Britain. Latest releases include the 2015 Chronobike collection and the Tour of Britain collection, both featuring quartz movements and stainless-steel cases. This black-on-black Tour of Britain watch (£159), with splashes of red, will ensure the time is always legible no matter how fast you’re travelling.
If Bear Grylls has nothing on your taste for action-packed adventure, you’ll want a watch prepared for any eventuality. The steel Victorinox INOX can withstand acid, a fall of 10 metres onto concrete, flames and being run over by a heavy vehicle. If this isn’t enough, the INOX Naimakka (£409, pictured), features a paracord strap that can be unravelled and used as a versatile tool. If hiking is your thing, try the solar-powered Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-1000 (£650), it’s mud- and dust-resistant with compass, thermometer and altimeter functions.
The Casio G-Shock X Burton GW9400BTJ-8 Rangeman (£430) combines Casio’s watch know-how and Burton Snowboards’ expertise to create something functional and stylish. Atop the ice-blue-and-white camouflage strap sits a shock-resistant, water-resistant and solar-powered timepiece with altimeter, compass and thermometer readings. It also tells you sunrise and sunset data, so you’ll know when to wake up and when to hit the après-ski scene. And afterwards, the LED light will guide you home.
If sailing’s for you, there are plenty of watches worth taking aboard. The Rolex Yacht-Master Everose (£16,650) is an opulent choice, with its rubber-coated titanium Oysterflex strap and 18ct gold alloy case. At the other end of the spectrum is the Timex Q Yacht Racer (£199.99) (above), which uses an innovative bi-directional central hand to count down to the start of a regatta, if you so wish. However, the Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Bois (£5,850) gives us serious shivers, especially considering its 45mm, 12-sided bezel, coated titanium inlay and teak wooden dial, inspired by the warm wood of a boat’s deck.