For over 300 years, navigating the oceans and timekeeping have been inseparable. It began with humanity’s desire to discover uncharted territories, creating the need for ultra precise timepieces for navigation over the water. One of the key instruments the British used to build their empire were marine chronometers that helped its navy to become unchallenged on the high seas. Modern technology has done away with that, but we will look at five fabulous watches that can be worn in style on (and off!) a luxury yacht.
Ever since inventing the world’s first truly waterproof timepiece, Rolex has never taken its eyes off the deep blue sea. Following the Submariner for scuba divers and the Deepsea for saturation diving, Rolex created the Yacht-Master II, a timepiece specifically designed for racing sailboats. The Rolex Yacht-Master II features a 10-minute countdown chronograph operated via pushers and the function-selector Rolex Ring Command bezel, a remarkable feat in technical functionality. And with 100m of water resistance, the Yacht-Master II will keep on ticking reliably even if you decide to take a quick plunge into the water.
Rolex Yacht-Master II
As proven by Rolex’s offering, a fine timepiece designed to be worn on a boat need not be simple. The Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar is a prime example: introduced in 2016, Marine Chronograph is now powered by an in-house movement and will never fail to impress. In steel or 18k red gold, with a legible dial and rugged automatic movement, the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar is a terrific watch that you can wear in the boardroom and on deck just the same.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar
With all this said, who else can you turn to, if not Audemars Piguet, when looking for a nautical-themed luxury timepiece? The Royal Oak is a true icon amongst contemporary wristwatches, with the genius of designer Gerald Genta still shining, some 44 years after its original debut in 1972.
Unveiled in 2016, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph takes the Royal Oak’s famous octagonal aesthetic and takes it to the next level. With ceramic crown and pushers, an additional rubber gasket between the steel bezel and case, along with a screw-down, dive-timer crown, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph is as rugged as any fine timepiece can get. The massive case and 300 meters of water resistance should ease your mind when going out on the water.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph
The Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta ‘Les Voiles De St. Barth’ may measure a whopping 50 millimeters wide and sport a remarkably complex-looking dial, but with its comfortable rubber strap and lightweight titanium case, it will be a perfect match for an easy day aboard off the coast. Its automatic movement offers a flyback chronograph and UTC complications, should you need to time your hours spent under the sun or call a fellow tycoon living in another time zone.
Richard Mille RM 60-01
Taking some much-deserved time off with a yachting holiday need not necessitate complicated or avant-garde watches. Just look at the fantastic Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph to see how vintage-inspired design can complete your precious moments offshore: modeled on the 1959 Memovox Deep Sea, the Deep Sea Chronograph in steel is equipped with a chronograph movement with three counters in a historic case. This may just be the right piece to accompany you on your sailing trips for decades to come.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph
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Victor Toth – Czech Republic
Victor Toth is a Prague-based, professional photographer-turned-watch enthusiast and freelance journalist, whose journey into the complex world of fine watchmaking had begun a number of years ago. Over this time it has become his passion to share his understanding of the finer details of beautiful timepieces, all in an effort to encourage a more thorough appreciation of this wonderful and complex universe of fine mechanics.