The weather’s cold up here in the Northern Hemisphere, which means it’s just about time to head south and catch some much-needed sun. Throw your trunks in a suitcase, don’t forget the sunscreen, and be sure to pack a luxury watch for every occasion on your sun-worshiping getaway. Here’s the packing list.
With a bold style and decent water resistance, the Rolex Yacht-Master II is an ideal timekeeping companion for your next nautical excursion or tropic getaway.
The Poolside Watch
The Rolex Submariner is one of the best watches for a vacation or weekend getaway, no matter where you are going.
Lose track of time and enjoy a dip in the pool while sporting this two-tone Submariner ref. 116613. It features that iconic blue ceramic bezel with a matching pool-blue face that’s oh-so-fitting for an afternoon of cocktail sipping and tanning. This watch is so good looking you’re not even going to care that the 40mm case leaves a gleaming tan line on your wrist.
Of course, this watch doesn’t just look good for sitting poolside, it’s built to withstand much harsher conditions. Inside ticks an automatic caliber 3135 movement which is protected by a waterproof screw-down crown and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal – all which can withstand depths of up to 300 meters. The unidirectional rotating Cerachrom bezel can time your dive, or use it to pace yourself between cocktails or sun time. Either way, you’re going to look great.
The Adventure Watch
The colorful styling of the Yacht-Master II makes it a great vacation watch – even if you don’t end up using its regatta timer while you are enjoying drinks by the pool.
What would a vacation be without a little adventure? Whether you’re hopping on a yacht, sailboat, or jet skis for the afternoon, you’re going to want to strap on something that will withstand the warm-weather elements and look great while doing it. The watch with the most prestige for the occasion has to be the Yacht-Master II. I adore this ref. 116680 with a blue ceramic bezel – ‘Yacht-Master’ scrawled across the bottom, the contrasting stainless steel case gleaming in the sunlight.
Inside ticks an automatic caliber 4161 movement which is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a waterproof screw-down crown. Time out your regatta with the adjustable countdown function – and don’t worry if you’re thrown overboard at any point because it’s water resistant up to 100 meters. The white face with Chromalight finished hands and hour markers means it’s also always going to be easy to read and sure to catch the eyes of your fellow vacationers. You’re guaranteed to wear this watch proudly while having a whole lot of fun.
The Sunset Drinks Watch
When you are done with the sand and the surf for the day, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is the perfect watch for an evening of drinks on the beach.
When it’s time to grab a drink and watch the sunset, it’s time to strap on a dressier watch for the occasion. Match that pink sky with the gleaming 18k pink gold case of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 26331OR. I love how it’s been accented with a blue Grande Tapisserie face – as it keeps in line with the blue color-story of the day but with a much more elevated finish.
The matching pink gold sub-dials give this watch its inherently sporty feel, but I like how this one has been given a dressier finish with that matching blue alligator strap. But this watch isn’t just all looks. An impressive Audemars Piguet caliber 2385 movement with 37 jewels runs inside. It’s protected by a glare-proofed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and screw-down crown that’s water resistant up to 50m – which means that you’ll be safe if you forget to take it off while you enjoy that one last (tipsy) dip in the pool.