You’ve heard about Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer collections, as well as the ever-evolving fashion seasons. In the summer we’re sporting resortwear linens ’til we drop, and in the winters we’re doing faux fur ’til we can’t no more. Hems are long here and then they’re short there. Blouses are entirely transparent or not at all. And boots seem to evolve in a never-ending cycle of long and short and back again. But what about seasons in wrist wear?
Granted, Basel World and SIHH are their own kind of ‘fashion month’ for horology lovers, providing much to admire and swoon for, but little moves throughout the rest of the year, especially on a more personal spectrum. Ah, but is that not the fun in being said horology lover?
Watches for special occasions are a thing, and in order to celebrate the green season, we’ve put together some of the best watches to wear during this rainy season — ranked in order or raininess for your reference. Consider it the beginning of a trend we’re setting whereby there is such a thing as a watch for the winter and a watch for the summer, and a watch for whatever the weather. Stay dry, and thank us later.
50 Shades of Grey Clouds: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Réserve de Marche
For any fury of heavy grey clouds heading over to envelope our tallest skyscrapers, here’s a watch that still offers a glimmer of hope in that it may well just pass. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Réserve de Marche (approx. THB 299,860) is an instant brightener both to day and wrist, featuring a deep azurite blue dial with a sunray finish in contemporary design. Functions include all date, hour-minute, seconds, and power-reserve indications, keeping things relatively simple, unclouded, and yet sophisticated. Proving it could absolutely handle the storm should it come, the 39mm timepiece is made of stainless steel and is conveniently thin, whilst also being water resistant to 5 bar — you know, just in case.
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Light Drizzle, Still Walkable: NOMOS Glashütte Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date
You know that feeling when you kind of stretch your hand out from under the shelter of your covered standpoint to measure the seriousness of the rain situation? Here’s a watch for all those times. NOMOS Glashütte has long been any minimalist watch lover’s darling, and the Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date (approx. THB 120,000) is a perfect one for this season. It has something charmingly instrumental about it, featuring a classic white silver plated-dial with dashing curves, as well as an elongated date window that is three dates (or lanes) wide. A ring of Superluminova follows the hour typography all the way around the dial (and glows in the dark too, should that drizzle turn into a fully fledged night storm). You don’t need a driver’s license to wear the Autobahn Neomatik, and you clearly don’t have a meteorologist degree if you’re still risking it without an umbrella in Bangkok drizzles. You racy one, you.
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Considerable Drizzle, An Umbrella Would Be Nice: Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph
The kind of watch strap that makes the most sense during the rainy season is a rubber strap, and whilst we’ve seen Hublots, Royal Oaks, and the occasional Rolex with a rubber strap aplenty, let’s crank it back a kind of classic notch and go with a really contemporary icon: the Patek Philippe Aquanaut. Here in its first chronograph rendition (THB 1,453,200), the timepiece is one of Patek Philippe’s more youthful and dynamic models, and nevertheless a popular one even in the face of the Calatrava or Nautilus. The orange strap is definitely a stand-out here, becoming an instant marker and brightener to any brewing rain shower. It is made of an ultra-resistant composite material; an interesting complement to the black embossed dial and gold applied numerals. Sturdy, and yet stylish.
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Cats & Dogs: Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42
Here’s where we need to begin to get serious. If it rains and pours, and if it’s cats and dogs that it’s raining and pouring, you’re going to need to go hard. And in the end, is there anything harder than steel? That too in volcano black? Enter the Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42 (approx. THB 152, 252). A tribute to the iconic model from 1957, the watch brims with adventure, featuring an ultra-hard, scratch-proof high-tech ceramic bezel and steel mesh bracelet. The steel and gold case is water-resistant to 200 metres, should it be raining really intense cats and dogs (say, 200 metres worth). Reliability and heritage aside, the timepiece appears stylish nevertheless, and would look suited and booted regardless of whether it’s rain boots or black ties and suits you’re sporting.
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Apocalyptic Downpours: Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Horolum
It would be weird not to feature a Bell & Ross timepiece in the presence of the word ‘apocalypse’. The watchmaker is notorious for its instrumental (and also skull-faced) watches, and this aptly gloomily named ‘Horolum’ model (price on request) thereby makes for a perfect contender in torrential showers. Available in a limited edition of 500 pieces, the 42mm watch evokes a sense of light and readability with large numerals and Superluminova coating. The intense green light thereof gives the timepiece an extraordinary night legibility, but also great charm in the dark of a downpour. The grey dial features two overlapping inserts for interesting depth, pulling together a sleek overall aesthetic complemented by the grey-green calfskin strap made from ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric. Granted, rubber or steel would probably be more durable, but we’re trusting Bell & Ross on this one. Bring on the rain.
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