The times of your life: summer watches for every occasion

How you dress your wrist matters. Whether a weekend away or a chic evening event, these five watches are appropriate for every eventuality

As you read in our recent summer paper, London in the warmer months is a hotbed of events, activities and dates for your diary. With this in mind, it becomes clear that just one watch will not be enough. So whether you’re heading to an open-air theatre, or escaping London altogether, here are five watches for every eventuality.

The icon: Rolex GMT Master II

The update of Rolex’s ‘Pepsi’ bezelled 1950s GMT Master is a landmark piece and a proper head-turner. Today’s version is a technical tour de force – key updates include the ceramic ‘Cerachrom’ blue/red bezel and Rolex’s new in-house calibre, a highly accurate automatic with a 70-hour power reserve.


The sports watch: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer

Omega’s stalwart Seamaster 300M line has been revamped this year. The new collection includes this 42mm masculine steel and ‘Sedna’ rose gold diver’s model, a resort wear piece that’s fuelled by one of Omega’s supercharged mechanical movements. 


The dress watch: Longines Record

Under the shimmering blue dial of Longines’ dressy new 40mm rose gold Record is a chronometer-certified automatic movement with a beefy 64-hour power reserve and a date function. In layman’s terms, that means it’s a classy Swiss Made watch.


The out-of-towner: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 114

Oris’s latest pilot’s watch has a 24-hour second time zone and a huge 10-day power reserve, shown by an indicator that becomes more gradual as the time to wind the watch nears. Its steel case and green textile strap give it an adventurous feel.


The weekender: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph

Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas is a sports watch for aficionados. This new ‘reverse panda’ (silver subcounters on a black dial) chronograph version is a beauty, backed up by some useful innovations, chief among them a natty range of quick-change straps you can clip in and out in a jiffy.