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By Emma Reynolds | February 10 2020
Not every occasion calls for a dress watch and, more often than not, you need more than one timepiece for daily activities and casual events. Whether you’re physically participating in a sport or simply want to change it up day to day, each of these sporty watches offers a laid-back look alongside high levels of mechanical and technological innovation.
IWC is one of the most notable brands in watches when it comes to aviation, and the Pilot’s Watch collection (including the Spitfire) is inspired by a watch worn by Royal Air Force pilots in 1948. Using an in-house movement seen via the sapphire caseback, the perpetual calendar watch has a dual-hemisphere perpetual moon phase that displays the date, day, month and year, has small hacking seconds and a seven-day power reserve for long missions. The olive-green dial, bronze case and leather strap give the watch a rugged, military-esque feel, and each wearer will appreciate its ode to history.
Price: $28,200 in bronze
Contact: IWC in New York, +1 212 355 7271, iwc.com
Italian car design firm Zagato has been a friend of Chopard since the 1970s, when the Mille Miglia races were revived. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Zagato (founded in 1919), Chopard has collaborated with the Italian brand to launch a limited-edition anniversary timepiece. The chronograph is an homage to the race that brought them together, complete with influences from Zagato’s Italian car design heritage, seen through the brand’s sporty Z motif on the lacquered red dial and a black leather band recalling Italian leather seats.
Price: $6,890 in stainless steel,
Contact: Chopard in New York, +1 212 223 2304, chopard.com
Omega is the official timekeeper of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, so it’s only fitting the brand delivers a sporty watch honoring Japan. This limited-edition timepiece (there will be just 2,020 pieces) has a polished white-ceramic dial and bezel ring, and a stark-white strap with a special nod to the host country: The tip of the central seconds hand is fashioned with a red dot, like the country’s flag, and the number 20 on the bezel is filled with red liquid ceramic. It’s also certified master chronometer with a 55-hour power reserve.
Price: $7,450 in stainless steel
Contact: Omega in New York, +1 212 207 3333, omegawatches.com
Traditionally designed for yachting, Rolex’s Yacht-Master line is ideal for water-based journeys. The Yacht-Master 42 houses the Calibre 3235 movement and has useful features for yachting and sailing, such as stop-seconds for precise time-setting, a Triplock triple waterproofness system that works up to 100 meters, long-lasting blue luminescence and a bidirectional rotating bezel to calculate accurate sailing times. It’s not often you see an Oysterflex band in black paired with a black-ceramic dial, which is why this piece adds a cool factor to your watch collection whether you’re an avid sailor or love the sport.
$27,800 in 18K white gold
Contact: Rolex by Wempe Jewelers in New York, +1 212 759 8278, rolex.com