If you’ve ever uttered the words, “a Calatrava has no place at the Sunday brunch table”, this will be right up your sartorial street.

Granted, a Patek Philippe Calatrava is the epitome of the classic dress watch and is likely suited to any and every occasion — but the notion that there are certain watches that are more suited to weekends than others sits like a squared piece of butter atop perfectly fluffed pancakes.

Weekend watches: the roll-up-your-sleeves, Ray-Ban-my-nose, mimosa-my-mind incarnation of a day away from the office. They’re light-hearted and fun. They go well with linen shirts and loafers. They don’t judge you when it’s 11am and you only just halfway rolled into consciousness. And they’re definitely the let-your-hair-down version of their boardroom counterparts.

Along those lines, we’ve long been firm believers that there’s a time and place for every watch, and so we’ve put together some of our favourite off-duty watches for our favourite off-duty occasions. Often field watches, sometimes chronographs, and rarely minimalist, they acknowledge that time flows in a different way on the weekend. Get to know them below (and don’t let them judge you if you’re tempted to wear them even long into Monday).

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For Yacht Parties & Sundowners: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (THB 440,200) is the one watch that truly, madly, deeply, encapsulates what it means to be on a weekend vibe. And though a Yachtmaster or a GMT-Master II may have seemed like the more obvious choice, we picked out this race watch classic as the ideal wrist companion for yacht parties and snazzy sundowner cocktail sessions for several reasons. It boasts the iconic oyster steel case and bracelet we love Rolex for, yet contrasts it in an off-duty kind of way with a stylish black dial, and highly legible Chromalight display. The chronograph functions that are activated by the pushers on the case are a reminder of the Daytona’s link to the world of motor racing, but also an alluring nudge to those who love to live a life in the fast lane. Very champagne on yachts. Extremely versatile from Saturday sunset to Sunday sunrise.

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For Bottomless Brunch, or Jazz and Cigars: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds

You could go about brunches in many ways when it comes to a weekend watch. Is it a rooftop affair? Maybe a bold tourbillon could be apt. Is it a quiet get-together between friends? Perhaps check out John Mayer’s current fave. Are we doing bottomless drinks? A colourful Hublot is your go-to. For those who prefer less of the fuss yet still enjoy a timeless fashion, we’re calling out this elegant Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds (approx. THB 215,378) to the stand. The wine-red dial and strap immediately captures the eye, and not only because it is reminiscent of Sangria. A little mysterious, the watch is suited to any meal over the weekend, really, honing a colour that we wouldn’t normally sport during the week. Classic, and yet not boring, there’s also a matching timepiece for women too, so if that brunch is secretly also a casual date, it’s definitely a cute swap for a typical bouquet of flowers…

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For Afternoons at the RBSC: Patek Philippe Aquanaut

Arguably, the Aquanaut is probably more at home on a yacht or by the beach, but Patek Philippe’s latest rendition of a dive watch (approx. THB 1,304,780) provides much to boast about, especially if you’re an avid RBSC-goer. Hang with the boys by the fields, and catch eyes and compliments for its sporty-chic aura, new khakhi green colour, and stunning white-gold 42.2mm case. There’s a sense of adventure in this timepiece, even if that adventure ends up translating to 18 holes on the city-centre putting greens on a Saturday morning. Consider yourself best dressed.

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For Stargazing on Spontaneous Getaways: Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Perpetual Calendar

Audemars Piguet’s brand new CODE 11.59 collection finally made it to Bangkok last month, and we’ve been excited about taking it for a spin ever since it launched. Perhaps one of the line’s most dreamy pieces, the Perpetual Calendar (approx. THB 2,173,110) is an astronomical watch, boasting a blue aventurine dial, and subdials recalling a star-lit sky. Housed within an 18 carat pink gold 41mm case, the timepiece holds a double curved sapphire crystal for a unique optic experience – one that provides swoon-worthy material for when you’re en route that flight on your next weekend trip. Perpetual calendars have long made charming travel companions, and this one is perhaps one of the most romantic ones of the minute.

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For Working over the Weekend: IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition ‘150 Years’

Whilst wellness retreats and golf tournaments may be a Sunday rite of passage to some, there’s no denying that the weekend can be a great time to get things done. Be you on a conference call or in a business hall, there’s no need to miss out on any of the fun. Minimalist options make for a great choice for this kind of weekend warrior, with many great options from NOMOS Glashütte to Chanel Monsieur to suit. A little out of that box is this beautiful IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition ‘150 Years’ (approx. THB 2,109,305). It’s definitely quite serious and minimalistic in design, yet still holds a playfulness that gives it off-duty charm. The platinum 45mm case holds a white dial with a clean and charming blue hour and minute windows. Sleek, slightly vintage and very weekend.

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This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok on 10 May 2019.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.