H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Central Seconds Mega Cool, CHF 13,900
The Pioneer Mega Cool deserves to be on this list for its name alone. This sleek, steel watch from H. Moser is available in a variety of colours but our favourite has to be this lovely teal with its fumé dial and matching teal bracelet. You can just picture it at a poolside soirée in a tropical location. At the same time, with its anthracite indices and hands it doubles up very well at any black-tie event.
It’s more than just a pretty dial though, housing the HMC 200 calibre automatic movement. It has a 72-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 120m, showing a real dedication to the finer qualities of a simple time only watch.
Ref: 3200-1214 | Case/dial: 42.8mm diameter, steel, blue Lagoon fumé dial | Water resistance: 120m | Movement: In-house calibre HMC 200, automatic, 27 jewels | Power reserve: 72h | Functions: Hour, minute, seconds | Strap: Blue textile fabric | Price: CHF 13,900 (approx. £11,000), available at H. Moser & Cie.
Nomos Glashütte Club Campus Future Orange, £1,100
The Nomos Glashütte Club series is well respected for its accessible, minimalist German aesthetics, although the Campus versions tend to be a little less restrained in their design as befits their purpose of celebrating the landmark moments in young people’s lives such as graduation.
The new Future Orange pushes the boat out even further with its bright orange California dial with small seconds. It’s a really nice colour and reminds me of sunny days and Solero ice creams – I kind of want to lick it but that would be weird.
It houses the Alpha manual movement, boasting a 43-hour power reserve complimented by the watch’s 100m water resistance, making it a perfect entry watch for any young person.
Ref: 710 | Case/dial: 36mm diameter, stainless steel, orange dial | Water resistance: 100m | Movement: In-house Alpha calibre, manual wind, 17 jewels | Power reserve: 43h | Functions: Hour, minute, 60 seconds subdial at 6 o’clock | Strap: Grey velour leather | Price: £1,100, available at Nomos Glashütte.
Tag Heuer Carrera Green Special Edition, £5,500
A summer activity we haven’t touched on yet is sport, and a timepiece with an illustrious sporting history is the Tag Heuer Carrera, which is synonymous with motorsport. For 2021, it’s getting – surprise, surprise – a green version, with a gorgeous teal colour sunray brushed across the dial and tricompax chronograph layout. Notably, the colour isn’t just restricted to the face of the watch, as elements of the remarkable Calibre Heuer 02 have been given a matching shade visible through the display caseback.
In terms of aesthetics, this version of the Carrera draws heavily on the ref. 2447 with a larger, modern sizing of 39mm in diameter. It’s a refreshing mixture of vintage and modern making it super stylish for summer.
Ref: CBK221F.FC6479 | Case/dial: 39mm diameter, stainless steel, teal sunray brushed dial | Water resistance: 100m | Movement: In-house TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 02, automatic, 33 jewels | Power reserve: 80h | Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 12-hour and 30-minute counters | Strap: Black alligator strap | Price: £5,500, limited to 500 pieces, available at Tag Heuer.
Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40, £6,200
Next on the list is another ice cream watch, well, sort of. As part of Breitling’s premier collection launched at Watches & Wonders, they released this chronograph with a cool pistachio coloured dial that is reminiscent of everyone’s favourite green ice cream (because why would you eat mint choc chip).
This watch is a relatively simple take on the chronograph formula with a chronograph timer, small seconds and 30-minute timer. On the inside is the Breitling Manufacture Calibre B09, a manually wound movement inspired by the Breitling Manufacture Calibre B01, with an approximate power reserve of 70-hours.
Ref: AB0930D31L1P1 | Case/dial: 40mm diameter, stainless steel, pistachio green dial | Water resistance: 100m | Movement: Breitling Manufacture Caliber B09, hand-wound, COSC-certified | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Power reserve: 70h | Functions: Hour, minutes, seconds,1/4th second, 30-minute counter, column-wheel, vertical clutch | Strap: Gold-brown alligator leather | Price: £6,200, available at Breitling.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five ‘Cotton Candy’, £1,750
For a burst of pastel colour look no further than Oris’ newest collection of Divers Sixty-Fives, known as the Cotton Candy divers. The three watches in the collection have lipstick pink, wild green and sky blue dials that are really sweet and attractive. Each one compliments the 38mm bronze case nicely and make for great unisex watches for anyone looking to express their fun and cheeky side.
They have 100m depth resistance meaning they can take a dip in a pool without concern, although that’s pretty modest for a diving watch. They operate with the self-winding Oris Calibre 733 that has a 38-hour reserve, which keeps them in an accessible price bracket.
Ref: 01 733 7771 3155 (Sky Blue), 01 733 7771 3157 (Wild Green), 01 733 7771 3158 (Lipstick Pink) | Case/dial: 38mm diameter, bronze case, sky blue, wild green or lipstick pink dial | Water resistance: 100m | Movement: In-house Oris calibre 733, automatic, 26 jewels | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Power reserve: 38h | Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date | Strap: Brown leather or multi-piece bronze bracelet | Price: £1,750 (leather strap) or £1,900 (bronze bracelet), available at Oris.
Bell & Ross BR-03-92 Diver Red Bronze, £3,800
A summer colour that has been missing from this list so far is red, which is associated with some of the most famous summer events like La Tomatina festival and Pamplona. Our red watch of choice is the limited edition diving watch recently launched by Bell & Ross, the BR-03-92. The red dial and square, bronze case have a nice warm tone and inspire a daring sense of adventure.
The diver is water resistant to 300m and has large, lume-filled indices to help with readability in low light conditions below the waves. Housed inside is the calibre BR-CAL.302 automatic movement, which has a 38-hour power reserve that doesn’t quite hit that ideal two-day mark.
Ref: BR0392-D-R-BR/SCA | Case/dial: 42mm diameter, satin-finished and polished CuSn8 bronze, red dial | Water resistance: 300m | Movement: In-house calibre BR-CAL.302, automatic, 25 jewels | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Power reserve: 38h | Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date | Strap: Brown coloured calfskin leather or woven black rubber | Price: £3,800, limited to 999 pieces, available at Bell & Ross.
Rolex Datejust 36 ‘Palm’, £5,650
Adding even more of a tropical flair to this list of summer watches is the Rolex Datejust 36 ‘Palm’. The green dial has a refreshing palm frond pattern that is very unique and clearly evokes images of desert islands and tropical forests. Strangely the palm motif is also available in gold and silver which makes no sense for the pattern but does give an interesting quasi-Art Deco vibe.
The leafy dial comes in Rolex’s signature Oystersteel case with an accompanying oyster bracelet for the complete Rolex look. Inside is the Manufacture Rolex 3235 calibre, a perpetual, automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve, showcasing Rolex’s high-end watchmaking ability.
Ref: 126200 | Case/dial: 36 mm diameter, Oystersteel, green palm motif dial | Water resistance: 100m | Movement: In house Calibre 3235, automatic, 31 jewels, Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing) | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Power reserve: 70h | Functions: Hour, minute, seconds, date, stop seconds for exact time setting | Strap: Oystersteel bracelet | Price: £5,650, available at Rolex.
Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar, £17,900
The PanoMaticLunar captures the essence of summer in a very different way to the other timepieces on this list. The deep green hue of its dial has a dappled effect as the colour fades towards black at the circumference and shifts across each subdial. It is evocative of the shade provided by trees and has an almost contemplative feel, enhanced by the moonphase which is a very reflective complication. A wholesome watch.
Housed inside the red gold case is the manufacture calibre 90-02, an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve. It’s a very pretty movement and controls the off-centre hours, minutes, small seconds, moonphase and panorama date.
Ref: 1-90-02-23-35-30 | Case/dial: 40mm diameter, red gold, varnish green-black dial | Water resistance: 50m | Movement: Glashütte Original manufacture calibre 90-02, automatic | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Power reserve: 45h | Functions: Hour, minute, small second, panorama date, moon phase | Strap: Louisiana alligator leather | Price: £17,900, available at Glashütte Original.