Summer is here and it is time to live outside again! Summer is a time of fun and not really the moment you want to strap a dress watch to your wrist. So, we have picked up 5 recently-introduced adventure sports watches designed to hold up to the stresses of a rugged lifestyle and to help you tackle the toughest terrain on land or in the water.
Certina DS PH200M Blue
Certina has a long tradition of robust watches, incarnated by its proprietary DS concept (for Double Security). A reincarnation of a 1960s model, the DS PH200M was re-edited in 2018 in a retro-styled package. The watch is now enhanced with new looks, top-tier materials and mechanical upgrades… while remaining affordable at CHF 880. The 2020 Certina DS PH200M is equipped with a convex-shaped ceramic insert. It is powered by the automatic Powermatic 80.611 with 80 hours of power reserve.
Quick facts: 42.8mm steel case – Unidirectional bezel with ceramic insert – calibre 80.611 with 80h power reserve – automatic – 200m water-resistant – Nato strap on pin buckle – CHF 880 – www.certina.com
Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic
The iconic Hamilton field watch has been modernized with a titanium case and an updated no-date dial. The model is available in two versions: titanium with a grey dial or black PVD-titanium black dial. Turning the 42mm case over, the sapphire case back reveals the automatic Hamilton H-10 calibre with 80 hours of power reserve when fully wound. A superb package offered at a superb price: CHF 950 and CHF 995 respectively for the titanium and titanium PVD versions.
Quick facts: 42mm titanium case – calibre H-10 with 80h power reserve – automatic – 100m water-resistant – calfskin strap on pin buckle – CHF 950 or CHF 995 – www.hamiltonwatch.com
Norqain Adventure Sport Automatic
Designed for active outdoor use, the Adventure Sport is a collection of functional, robust watches with an instrumental look. Its dial that stands out with its distinctive “Norqain” herringbone pattern. Made of 316L steel, the 42mm case is fitted with a rotating bezel. It features a screw-down crown and it is water-resistant to 100m. Visible through the exhibition caseback, the automatic Norqain calibre NN09 is based on the tried-and-tested ETA 2824.
Quick facts: 42mm steel case – unidirectional bezel with ceramic insert – calibre Norqain NN09 (base ETA 2824) – automatic – 100m water-resistant – cordura fabric strap on pin buckle – CHF 1,830 – www.norqain.com
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer Bronze
The ‘Venturer’ was presented in 2019 as an adventure-oriented version of the successful Maurice Lacroix Aikon. This year, the model received new colours and material including this military green and bronze version. 43mm in diameter, the watch is fitted with a unidirectional bezel with a ceramic insert. Water-resistance is rated to 300m / 30ATM. Inside is the automatic ML115 calibre (Sellita based). The Aikon Venturer Bronze is delivered with two straps, green rubber and brown calfskin. An easy change system allows you to change your strap and the personality of your watch in seconds with no tool needed.
Quick facts: 43mm bronze case – unidirectional bezel with ceramic insert – calibre ML 115 (base Sellita SW 200-1) – automatic – 300m water resistant – Rubber and calfskin strap with easy change system – CHF 2,490 – www.mauricelacroix.com
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Grande Date Titanium Bracelet
Blancpain has just released a titanium bracelet for its iconic dive watch. Robust and functional, this sleek diver will be also a perfect companion on terra firma. With its titanium casing and bracelet, the Fifty Fathoms Grande Date is seriously lighter than its stainless counterparts and comfortable on the wrist. The 45mm case features a sapphire unidirectional rotating bezel. The exhibition case back allows discovering the automatic calibre inside, with a solid 5-day power reserve.
Quick facts: 45mm titanium case – unidirectional bezel with sapphire insert – Blancpain calibre 6918B, in-house – automatic – 300m water-resistant – titanium bracelet – CHF 18,800 – www.blancpain.com