In the face of such insane heat, some choose to keep cool by staying in their air-conditioned homes, while some opts for more outdoor-sy solutions, not the least of which hitting the beach and taking a swim in the open sea. And that's when a good "amphibian" watch could prove to be your best companion: a watch that could tough it out in the sea as you swim, and act just as effectively as a stylish accessory for all your activities after on the land.
And today, we'd like to introduce to you some very nice double duty summer watches. And to make things a little more interestingly thematic, we focus exclusively on watches on rubber/ nylon straps, arguable more playful and flexible compared to their bracelet counterparts (sorry Rolex Submariner!). After all summer is about having fun, no?
Let's check them out!
The Tudor Pelagos in Blue
The Pelagos also happens to be one of the first few Tudor watches (the other being North Flag and Black Bay) to receive the 100% in-house manufactured Tudor movement MT5612, further enhancing its value proposition. Retailing for less than HKD35,000, it's created a market segment of its own.
Oh, did we also mention it took home the best sport watch award at The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2015?
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five in Grey & Blue Dial
Despite boasting all the essential features of a casual diver (at the risk of sounding repetitive, we are talking about features such as a rotatable bezel, high legibility, decent water resistance etc), one can't help but to speculate that it was never designed to be a heavy-duty diving instrument, but rather, a watch that could adapt itself to daily settings just fine, thanks to its rather slim profile (for a diver) and elaborate, vintage-looking dial details. What we also really like here are the lack of the crown guard and the use of a domed crystal, both interesting touches reminding us of the early days when diving watches were first manufactured.
Rubber strap option only retails for less than HKD15,000. Yes, The Divers Sixty-Five uses a modified Sellita as its movement but hey, at this price point, a reliable workhorse movement is really all we ever need.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers Chronograph
An extension of the original Royal Oak range, the Royal Oak Offshore is kind of like the sportier cousin of the original Royal Oak, usually coming in a bolder, heftier case with practical complications such as the chronograph. While not the first divers range in the Royal Oak Offshore family (this, is), the 2016 Divers Chronographs are definitely the funkiest, loudest and the most playful rendition of the octagonal icon ever, available unapologetically in colors such as bright yellow, orange, or even what looks like florescent green. But this is to not say this is not a seriously put together timepiece. Everything you expect on a Royal Oak are there. The delicately polished and brushed stainless steel case. The buttery-soft rubber strap. The tasteful exhibition caseback.
Are they cheap? No. One retails for around HKD220,000. But boy, don't they speak to our young summer souls.
The Zenith El Primero Sport
Standing at a large-ish 45mm, the El Primero Sport boasts a spacey dial to have quite a few things going on and contains features enabling the watch to withstand real-life outdoor situations. For instance, it is fitted with screw-down chronograph pushers that maximize waterproofness. The strong presence of the hour markers guaranteed excellent legibility. What we also totally like about it is the contrasting combo of the velvet finished grey dial and the bright red chronograph second (one tip of which is of the unmistakable Zenith "star" shaped): it yells "I mean business". Both in and out of water.
The beautiful El Primero movement is of course, visible via the open caseback. Retails for around HKD85,000.
The Richard Mille RM27-02 Rafael Nadal
The RM27 is truly remarkable in a number of ways. Firstly, it is Richard Mille's first ever quartz watch - nope, not a quartz crystal powered electronic watch but rather, with quartz as part of the case material. Developed in collaboration with North Thin Ply Technology, the quartz-carbon composite has made up the entire watch case making it feather light. Secondly, the skeletonized tourbillon movement is a sight to behold, especially when contrasted against the base quartz plate, when viewed straight on. As with any Richard Mille movement, it is lavishly decorated with no sparing on hand-finishing whatsoever. Thirdly, Rafael Nadal has actually played competitive tennis matches while wearing the RM27. So no, it's not one of those cases that a brand ambassador only puts the watch on when being photographed: the watch is field-tested by one of the most athletic tennis players ever as he delivers winner after winner.
Price stands at an unworldly HKD6,000,000 (yes, six friggin' millions Hong Kong dollars) and if any of you happens to be the lucky soul who could afford it, please let us know. We totally want to meet you (and your watch). Better still, swim with it and let us know if it holds up ok.
Until next time.