Eight Essential (But Not Obvious) Summer Watches From Westime
While we're already midway through end of August, in California and Florida, it's an endless summer. Which is why we perused Westime’s website to window shop the best in hot weather watches.
With boutiques in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, La Jolla, and Miami, Westime carries more than 50 Swiss watch brands, and this diversity is its strength.
When people say, "summer watches," we think divers, field watches, and NATO straps. Basically, the stuff you'd wear to the beach. And Westime has many great examples of these, but the retailer carries an abundance of alternative – less obvious – options. Because the summer watch isn't just a style, it's a vibe. Here are the watches we're feeling this summer.
CHOPARD SUPERFAST POWER CONTROL
What's summer without a road trip? Chopard has strong ties to racing and the with its streamlined, 45mm stainless steel case, the Superfast Power Control will definitely shift your summer into high gear.
Its automatic movement has a 60-hour power reserve to keep your motor running while your hands are firmly on the wheel (and it doesn't hurt that the power reserve indicator looks like a fuel gauge). Priced at $9,860.
OMEGA SEAMASTER DIVER BLACK AND GOLD
Due to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, 2019 is the year of the Speedmaster. But next year, Omega plans to celebrate the Seamaster. You can get a head start on riding the waves with this handsome version in stainless steel and Sedna gold with a black rubber strap and ceramic bezel and dial.
The Seamaster Diver is also a precise piece, powered by the anti-magnetic Master Chronometer Caliber 8800. Perfect for the pool or tiki bar. Priced at $6,500.
ZENITH EL PRIMERO CHRONOMASTER CLASSIC CARS
We are nearing peak heat and, for many, fabric straps are much more comfortable to wear in the dog days of summer. The grey, white, and black stripes on this blue watch band also lend the piece a breezy look, as does the sunray finish of the dial.
And this watch has a water resistance of up to 330 feet/100 meters, making it suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, and water sports as well as simply surviving the humidity. Priced at $6,700.
HAMILTON KHAKI FIELD DAY DATE
A great summer timepiece isn’t synonymous with "diver." The Hamilton Khaki Field collection was designed to take on all climates. Nor does the watch need tons of color to be seasonally-appropriate. Case in point, the Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date.
The 42mm stainless steel case is coated in scratch-resistant black PVD. The rubber strap, the bezel, the dial, and even the hands are black. But don't worry too much about the legibility of this watch, the markers and hands are luminous. And its in-house Calibre H-30 automatic movement provides an 80-hour power reserve. Priced at a very practical $995.
AUDEMARS PIGUET YELLOW GOLD ROYAL OAK CHRONOGRAPH
Gold looks good with sun-kissed complexions. Blue evokes the memory of tropical oceans and endless skies. Plus, metal watch bracelets just feel a little cooler against the skin. That's why we're going with this 42mm version of the Royal Oak as an ideal summer watch.
This classic features jumping minute and hour chronograph registers (the registers stay static until the seconds reach 60) and a calibre 2385 automatic movement. Priced at $56,600.
BREITLING CHRONOLINER, 46MM, BLUE DIAL, STAINLESS STEEL
In the summer, even non-sporting events are held outside. The stainless-steel mesh strap lends a casual elegance to this Chronoliner while feeling more breathable than leather. It’s easy to imagine hanging out at a wedding in the Hamptons pairing this retro-styled watch with a light blue linen suit.
Plus, it's useful if you’re traveling because it has a second time zone reading. Priced at $7,575.
BLANCPAIN FIFTY FATHOMS 500 FATHOMS GMT
So many summer memories, novels about self-discovery, and dumb teen comedies are built around visiting a faraway place. And while the venerable Blancpain Fifty Fathoms deserves a spot on any summer watch list, the 500 Fathoms GMT is extra memorable because of its GMT function and its time-traveling design.
The case is made of ultralight titanium and the strap is fashioned from sailcloth, making it an easygoing travel companion. Priced at $29,000.
BELL & ROSS BR 03-92 DIVER BLUE
Looking for a diver that's a little different? The 42mm stainless-steel square case of the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver gives this timepiece significant wrist presence. The rubber and fabric strap also makes it feel fresh.
At the same time, with its blue palette and practical bi-directional bezel, it also shares many characteristics with rounder, more traditional summer timepieces. Priced at $3,700.
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