Characterised as a timepiece that’s just as practical and robust as they are precise, luxury sports watches have been popular for their ability to withstand anything life throws at them — in style.
The idea of a luxury sport watch has evolved over the years, a genre first defined in the ‘70s when Audemars Piguet launched the Royal Oak and then the Nautilus. Today, these timepieces are unreservedly more luxurious and boast the same innovation and attention to detail as their dressier and snazzier counterparts.
If you’re in the market for a companion that you can take on all adventures, whether it’s a simple session at the pool or an expedition at the Himalayas, here are all the best luxury sports watches to shop for this year.
Best Luxury Sports Watches to buy in 2021 –
Designed in collaboration with the DJ and fashion designer, this special edition features the same sporty elements of the original — with a few quirks. Besides an aluminium case with a protective black-coated “Bulgari Bulgari” rubber bezel and a DLC-coated titanium caseback, the 40mm timepiece also features a dial bearing the artist’s signature logo.
The latter stands out most in the dark thanks to its Super-Luminova coating, serving as a reminder that light always triumphs over obscurity. The automatic timepiece has a 42-hour power reserve and 100m water resistance to keep you going through anything, from sweaty rave parties to water sport activities.
Here’s one that won’t fail you, even in the harshest regions of the world. Created to accompany explorer Ben Saunders on his expedition to retrace Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated journey through the Antarctic on his ship (named the Endurance), this titanium watch is just as robust as it is stylish on the wrist.
The 300-limited edition timepiece is lightweight enough to be comfortable enough for all-day wear, even at the gym, and is powered by a Swiss-made chronometer movement that also gives GMT readings whenever your adventures take you overseas.
Based on the now-discontinued St. Moritz timepiece — a sports watch created by Chopard’s Karl-Friederich Scheufele in 1980 — this new Chopard model landed with plenty of fanfare thanks to its striking good looks.
This 41mm automatic variation sees a galvanised blue dial that’s textured to resembled the iris of its namesake bird, with a case and bracelet that are crafted from the Maison’s Lucent Steel A223, which is 50 percent harder than regular steel. The sporty aesthetic is further pursued with eight screws around the case, within which houses the COSC-certified chronometer for ultimate precision, no matter where you go.
For a watch that you can take from your diving expeditions to the boardroom and beyond, look no further than Panerai’s latest milestone: the first Panerai Submersible 42mm watch with a metal bracelet. The 42mm timepiece combines both the brand’s sportiness and refined sensibilities, and takes cues from the iconic crown-protection device to inspire the links of the bracelet, which is then further accentuated by a combination of polished and brushed finishes.
Inside, the innovative automative watch is powered by the P.900 caliber with a three-day power reserve, and is water-resistant up to 300m.
Sportier and more functional than the rest of the timepieces in the Chronomaster repertoire, this distinctive watch sees a black ceramic bezel that’s considerably more modern, with a tachymeter that contrasts beautifully with the rose gold, navy, and white accents on the chronograph watch.
The timepiece is still powered by the El Primero calibre 3600 — the latest and most technical evolution of the revered automatic chronograph — and has an upgraded power reserve of up to 60 hours.