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The New Sports Watches with Integrated Bracelet of 2021

Beyond the “Big Three” there’s plenty of solid options for those looking for a steel sports watch

calendar | ic_dehaze_black_24px By Robin Nooy | ic_query_builder_black_24px 7 min read |
The Citizen Caliber 0200

The luxury sports watch segment, the hottest and most desirable type of watch in the industry for a couple of years now, is bustling with exciting new entries outside of the “Holy Trinity.” If you’re willing to look beyond the usual suspects, you have plenty of options to choose from, ranging from budget-friendly watches from big-volume manufacturers to proper high-end complicated models made by independent watchmakers. In today’s Buying Guide we’ve included six of the most intriguing new sports watches with an integrated bracelet of 2021.

The Holy Trinity of luxury steel sports watches.

Citizen “The Citizen” Caliber 0200

Earlier this year Citizen wowed us with its refreshing take on the concept of a luxury sports watch with an integrated bracelet. The Citizen “The Citizen” Caliber 0200 has a sharp and edgy steel case with brushed finishing alternated with polished edges. The black dial has an asphalt-like texture with a small seconds subdial that has a very fine concentric pattern. Movement-wise it is fitted with Citizen’s own Caliber 0200, developed with Citizen-subsidiary movement-makers La Joux-Perret. It is a far cry from the entry-level movements produced by Citizen and has a clear focus on reliability, precision and high-standard finishing techniques. The Caliber 0200 is a high-tech automatic movement with very decent specifications, running within chronometric specifications. For more details, check our in-depth review.

The Citizen Caliber 0200

Quick Facts – 40mm diameter x 10.9mm height – 47mm lug-to-lug – stainless steel case, brushed and polished – sapphire crystal front and back – grained matte black dial with small seconds subdial & applied Citizen Eagle logo – Caliber 0200, made with La Joux-Perret – automatic winding – 60h power reserve – regulated to run within chronometer standards (-3/+5 seconds per day) – integrated steel bracelet – EUR 6,000

For more information, please visit Citizenwatch-Global.com

Frederique Constant Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture

When it comes to (relatively) affordable luxury watches, there’s no getting around mentioning Frederique Constant. With the successful Highlife collection, the manufacture has created a good-looking sports watch that comes in many guises. One of the most interesting ones is the Frederique Constant Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture. The stainless steel tonneau-shaped case, fitted to an integrated bracelet, houses the FC-718 manufacture movement. This drives both central hours, minutes and seconds, as well as the pointer date at 6 o’clock and the rotating city disc and 24-hour disc. The dial is finished in a deep blue, with contrasting white printing, applied indices and a globe-like decoration on the centre.

Frederique Constant Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture - FC-718N4NH6B

Quick Facts – 41mm diameter x 12.90mm height – steel case, brushed and polished – sapphire crystal front and back – blue dial with central hours, minutes, seconds, pointer date and rotatable city ring and 24-hour ring – FC-718 manufacture movement – automatic winding – integrated steel bracelet with additional nubuck leather and rubber straps – EUR 3,795

For more information, please visit FrederiqueConstant.com

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar

Although it doesn’t look like it at first glance, the H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar is the most complex entry on this list. As ever with H. Moser & Cie, it is a lesson in simplification. It showcases the brand’s typical style, with a fume grey dial and the indications cluttering the watch as little as possible. The perpetual calendar indications include an offset date at 4 o’clock, a subtle month indication through a small centrally mounted hand, and a leap year indicator on the backside of the movement. The rounded cushion-shaped case flows almost seamlessly into the integrated bracelet. The hand-wound in-house HMC 812 calibre has contemporary finishes to offset the seventies retro-vibe of the case and bracelet. It comes with double barrels, providing an impressive 168-hour power reserve. The escapement is equipped with an in-house made hairspring. For more details, check out the in-depth review.

H moser Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar

Quick Facts – 42.3mm diameter x 11mm height – stainless steel case with integrated bracelet, brushed and polished – domed box sapphire crystal, sapphire crystal backside – grey fumé dial with sunburst pattern – Calibre HMC 812, in-house – manual-winding –  central hours and minutes, power reserve, date, month, leap year display on backside – 168h power reserve display at 10 o’clock – CHF 49,900

For more information, please visit H. Moser & Cie.

Lang & Heyne Hektor

First off, we usually try to only include watches we’ve seen live in our Buying Guides, but the Lang & Heyne Hektor came as a surprise earlier this week and left us very curious. We can’t wait to see it in the metal and go through all the details in a hands-on review. The Lang & Heyne Hektor is the most recent contestant in this very popular category and looks to be a proper high-end alternative. It’s different, original, intriguing and uses a rather unconventional movement. The subtly shaped stainless steel case has distinct protruding segments on the left and right sides, with the latter protecting the crown. The dial is rather surprising, with a repetitive “petticoat” pattern, concentric grooves, shaped markers, classic hands and an aperture revealing parts of the movement. The Calibre UWD 33.2 is a slight break from the traditional Lang & Heyne style. Produced by the brand’s sister company UWD, it is a hand-wound calibre with modern construction and some intriguing specifications. More details to be found in our introduction article.

Lang & Heyne Hektor Sports Watch With Integrated Bracelet

Quick Facts – 40mm diameter x 10.95mm height – stainless steel case, brushed and polished, sapphire crystal front and back – blue, green or grey textured dials – aperture revealing the movement underneath – Calibre UWD 33.2 – hand-wound – shock-proof eccentric balance with flat hairspring – 48h power reserve – 5-link polished and brushed bracelet – Limited Edition of 33 pieces per colour – EUR 16,900

For more information, please visit Lang-und-Heyne.de.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-Rotor

Another new contender in this field is the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF collection, including this rather handsome Tonda PF Micro-Rotor. It ticks all the basic boxes of what a luxury sports watch with an integrated bracelet should be, and recently we found out if it was any good at all. And the answer is clear and simple; yes it is! The Tonda PF Micro-Rotor aims to be a top-tier option in this category. The shaped case is refined, with teardrop-shaped lugs that flow down into the bracelet very nicely. A subtle knurled platinum bezel gives some texture to the brushed and polished steel case. The dial is very pure, with very few distractions. A very fine barleycorn guilloché motif livens up the anthracite grey dial. The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-Rotor comes with the automatic Calibre PF703 movement, using a platinum micro-rotor. All the details are listed in our in-depth review here.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro Rotor Steel

Quick Facts – 40mm diameter x 7.8mm height – stainless steel case, brushed with polished accents – teardrop-shaped lugs integrating the case and bracelet – platinum bezel – sapphire crystal front and back – grey dial with barleycorn guilloche – calibre PF703, in-house – automatic movement with platinum micro-rotor – 48h power reserve – EUR 21,000

For more information, please visit Parmigiani.com

Tissot PRX Powermatic 80

Perhaps the hottest release in the category of sports watches with integrated bracelets this year; the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80. Introduced as a quartz model first, a mechanical PRX collection followed soon after. It is styled after a vintage Tissot from the seventies, like so many other watches in this segment. Capturing the essence of what a sports watch with an integrated bracelet should be, the PRX is an incredible value-for-money collection. The 40mm shaped steel case simply looks good, and comes with black, blue or white waffle-textured dials. The Powermatic 80 movement, an upgraded ETA 2824-2, has a Nivachron antimagnetic hairspring and provides an impressive 80 hours of power reserve. With all that and a starting price of just EUR 650, there’s no wonder people are flocking to this in droves.

Tissot PRX Powermatic 80

Quick Facts – 40mm diameter x 10.8mm height – stainless steel case, brushed and polished – sapphire crystal front and back – black, blue and silvery-white dial with ‘tapisserie’ pattern – applied markers and hands with Super-LumiNova – Tissot Powermatic 80 (upgraded ETA 2824-2) – automatic winding – 80h power reserve – starting at EUR 650

For more information, please visit Tissotwatches.com

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4 responses

  1. Check the math on the Citizen… can’t be 49mm diameter, can it?

  2. A tip for Citizen. A sports watch uses a central seconds hand in keeping with the concept of a modern watch. Please use lume if you want to convince people of its sportiness. And, if you want to sell the watch at a luxury watch price, don’t use a gravel dial as it looks cheap and horrible.

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