Summer is here and we’re ready for fun watches that are bold and beautiful without over-complicating things. This season, make way for sports watches, especially diving models ready to dive as soon as the mercury rises. Then choose from a rainbow of vibrant colors that lift the mood and cool your wrist like a cooling summer breeze.
Here are the hottest watches of the summer.
Ulysse Nardin Diver X Black Skeleton
Ulysse Nardin steps up the power of its Diver X Skeleton Black ($25,800) with yellow accents and a bright yellow rubber strap. Limited to 175 pieces, the latest Diver X Skeleton is equipped with a concave unidirectional rotating bezel in ultra-light and extra-resistant black Carbonium. This unique marble-like carbon composite is made from the same fibers used in aircraft fuselages and wings. Carbonium also has the added value of durability as it is made from scrap aircraft parts. And if the bright yellow strap is too flashy, you can opt for a black fabric R-STRAP made from upcycled fishing nets.
Sandblasted on the sides with satin-brushed lugs, the 44mm titanium case is coated in black DLC, while the hands and indexes shine with white or yellow-tinted Super-LumiNova.
The UN-371 automatic movement has been redesigned and improved with the addition of an oscillating weight in the shape of Ulysse Nardin’s signature X motif. There is also a black Carbonium barrel cover at 12 o’clock to match the bezel. Beneath a domed sapphire crystal, the movement’s stepped architecture with different finishes enhances the play of light through the movement and creates a sense of depth and dimension.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer Violet
Purple rules this summer at Hublot, which launched the Big Bang Unico Summer, limited to 200 pieces, in a trendy hue rarely seen in the luxury watch market.
Following on from last year’s turquoise summer model, the new amethyst-hued 42mm case is carved from lightweight anodized aluminum with a combination of satin and polished finishes. Hublot uses a special proprietary process to increase scratch resistance and durability. The hands and indexes are in the same shade of purple and light up after dark with touches of white Super-LumiNova.
But it’s not just about looks. Inside, the HUB1280 manufacturing caliber is a serious skeletonized column-wheel chronograph movement with a 72-hour power reserve.
And to complete the monochromatic look, the Big Bang Unico Summer Purple ($22,000 USD) comes with two straps – one Velcro-style with matching stitching and a sport clasp and the second in the brand’s signature natural rubber. Change them on a whim with the brand’s patented tool-less One-Click system.
Oris Aquis Date Caliber 400 41.5 mm two-tone
Oris has added a touch of gold to its Aquis Date Caliber 400 41.5mm diver’s watch in forest green and deep blue versions with an 18k gold finish on the outer edges of the unidirectional rotating bezels and gold-tone hands and indexes . Additionally, the green or blue ceramic bezels have golden minute scales to balance out the design.
Inside, the Caliber 400 automatic movement has reinforced anti-magnetism protection, water resistance up to 300 meters, a stop-second function and a five-day power reserve, while providing an accuracy of -3/+5 seconds per day. An extended 10-year service interval simplifies maintenance and Oris offers a 10-year warranty when the watch is registered with MyOris.
Each version comes with your choice of a stainless steel strap (US$4,600) or color-matched rubber strap (US$4,400), and you can purchase alternate straps to change up the look with the the brand’s patented Quick Strap Change system.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date
The vintage vibe is still going strong at Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has introduced a new Polaris Date ($9,200) with a special double-gradient lacquered dial in dark green that emanates different hues depending on how the light hits it. A mix of opaline, grained and sunburst finishes define each segment of the dial, and Super-LumiNova indexes and numerals in a vanilla hue offer a nod to the first Memovox Polaris from 1968, which featured an alarm function that has made it popular among diving sets.
The sapphire crystal caseback reveals the next-generation Caliber 899 automatic movement – designed, produced and assembled in-house – with a date function, 70-hour power reserve and water resistance up to 200 meters. The rotating inner bezel, controlled by the crown at 2 o’clock, can be adjusted to accurately measure countdowns, a key feature for any diver’s watch.
The 42mm stainless steel case with a clean matte finish is fitted with a complementary green rubber strap embossed with a Clous de Paris motif. But you can easily replace it with an alternative with the brand’s Quick Change system.
Hermès H08 in Blue Titanium
Hermès is known for its exceptional design, but last year’s H08 collection, imagined by Philippe Delhotal, creative director of Hermès Horloger, was a success. The eye-catching design exudes contemporary elegance with unique geometric lines that combine a square cushion-shaped case and a circular dial adorned with bold, stylized Arabic numerals.
The home followed this year by a sporty summer H08 (US$7,300) in deep blue titanium topped with a black ceramic bezel and fitted with a screw-down crown. The bright blue PVD-treated dial combines different textures and finishes with luminous white numerals and orange accents.
A blue rubber strap with a black DLC titanium buckle emphasizes its sporty spirit without altering its urban and contemporary aesthetic, echoing the sophisticated world of Hermès men’s ready-to-wear.