3 Luxury Watches Perfect For Travel
When travelling, it’s essential to have a watch that’s reliable as well as sturdy. Other than basic time-telling, additional features like a date indicator, alarm and illuminator light would be handy, indeed. Of course, bonus points if it looks good enough for formal and casual events, and when on the go. Thus, for travelling as well as everyday life, perhaps it pays to invest in a luxury watch suitable for travel.
Some may think wearing a luxury watch for travel sounds foolish. However, it’s actually perfect if you have the right timepiece. Think about it: A watch with all the bells and whistles means you only need one throughout your travels. If it’s a sturdy one, you can be sure it’ll last a lot longer than your whole trip. Of course, it looks good and makes you look good as well – perfect for when you’re shopping at high-end boutiques under the discerning eyes of those judgemental sales associates (wink!); or for impressing a business contact, of course.
Finding That Perfect Luxury Watch For Your Travels
There are plenty of luxury watches out there but not all are suitable for travel. You’ll want one that can weather most harsh conditions, especially if it’s a rugged kind of trip. If you’ll be diving or snorkelling, the watch will need to withstand being underwater up to a certain depth. You want a sturdy watch that won’t have you worrying all the time about accidentally banging it against hard surfaces or scratching its face. Lastly, it should look good but not too expensive-looking that it attracts the attention of would-be thieves.
Think diving off a yacht in Monaco before dinner, then flying off to hike the French Alps the next day. For occasions such as these, we have our eyes on three luxury watch brands for our travels.
Bell & Ross
You know this is one watch brand for the adventurers when they’ve just been appointed the new official partner of the Patrouille de France. The Patrouille de France is the French Acrobatic Patrol troupe under the French Air and Space Force (Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace du France). Having flown and performed around the world for more than 67 years, the patrouille represents the prowess, dexterity and aptitude of the French army as well as its finesse and precision.
As the official watchmaking partner of the Patrouille de France, Bell & Ross has become an ambassador of French aeronautical excellence. This is in line with its specialisation in aviation and aeronautical instruments. Its watches are known for its designs based on the aircraft cockpit, functionality and that iconic square face. Its limited designs, like the Cyber skull models, are also much coveted and are veritable collectors’ items, indeed.
The Breitling Endurance Pro is positioned as the ultimate athleisure watch, making this one luxury watch suited for travels. Lightweight yet sturdy, this sports chronograph features a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz movement in a 44 mm Breitlight case and a pulsomater for heart rate. Its Diver Pro rubber strap is secured tightly with a Breitlight double-pin buckle, while the hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova paint that allows for visibility even in limited lighting conditions. Water-resistant up to 10 bar/100 meters/330 feet, these are perfect for water activities like white-water rafting, surfing and snorkelling.
Based in Switzerland, Breitling has a significant legacy in the world of sports. It has partnered with major competitions including the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, as well as with sports legends like cyclists Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali, and triathlete Jan Frodeno. The Breitling Endurance Pro was launched in Geneva last year. Pro triathletes Ronnie Schildknecht, Daniela Ryf and Jan van Berkel – members of Breitling’s Triathlon squad, showed off the new timepieces at the event. To note, Ryf is the Women’s Ironman World Championship holder from 2015 until 2018.
Swiss luxury watch maker Tag Heuer is pretty synonymous with extreme sports, especially motorsports. Founded in 1860, the brand is one of the most recognisable of luxury watches. Its ambassadors include Tom Brady, Ayrton Senna, Cristiano Ronaldo, Chris Hemsworth, Tiger Woods, Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, professional race car driver Sarah Fisher, Maria Sharapova, Jeremy Lin, Kimi Raikkonen, Naomi Osaka, and many others. Meanwhile, teams and events it has partnered with include the Olympic Games, the Skiing World Championships, the Formula One World Championships, the Ferrari F1 team and the McLaren F1 team.
The initials TAG in the name stands for Techniques d’Avant Garde (loosely translates to Latest Technics). A strong foundation in technical innovation has always been topmost eversince the company was founded by Edouard Heuer in 1860 as Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG. Meanwhile, the watch case is usually made of brushed steel so it doesn’t scratch easily. Likewise, the highly resistant flat sapphire crystal face makes it a low-maintenance accessory.
Like we said, a luxury watch for travel is perfect so that you can concentrate on fun. With such low-maintenance yet high-perfoming watches, you don’t have to worry about damaging it when doing extreme activities while travelling. Needless to say, you can depend on the precision in time-telling and time-measuring of these instruments at all times. These watches will not only last throughout your travels, but most probably throughout your life!
From an avid magazine reader in her teens to a writer and editor today, Zurien honed her skills at various publications including CLEO, K-Zone, Prestige, The Malaysian Women’s Weekly, LISA Malaysia, MSN.com.my, GLAM Junior, Going Places, kayak.com, HerInspirasi.com, Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia, Tropicana Magazine and Convergence by Malaysia Airports. Zurien hopes to inspire readers to enjoy the best of travel and lifestyle experiences at Gadabout.