This stainless-steel automatic sports watch is a classic of the genre based on the 222, a collection favourite released in 1977 for the brand’s 222nd anniversary. It has a handy second time zone and comes with easy-to-switch leather and rubber straps. It’s also water resistant to 150 m and has a 60-hour power reserve.
The Classic Fusion is the more restrained of Hublot’s designs. Here, cast in titanium and set on a three-link bracelet, it has a Teutonic feel, reminiscent of some Porsche Design’s watches in the 1980s. At 45mm, it’s no shrinking violet, but the choice of material makes it light on the wrist. Sensitive skin? The metal is nonallergenic.
Audemars Piguet’s talismanic steel sports watch was a flop on launch in 1972, when steel wasn’t seen as luxurious. But the octagonal bezel, exposed screws and ‘tapisserie’ dial had a stylish lustre, and the watch eventually became sought-after. This version is cast in white gold and has a pink-gold-toned dial.
This is the non-limited edition of the two watches Panerai has made in Partnership with explorer Mike Horn. The 47mm diver’s watch, which is water-resistant to 300m, is making waves because its case and bezel are produced from a recycled material called Eco Titanium and its strap from recycled plastic. Inside is Panerai’s in-house automatic, with a three-day power reserve.
Two stories here. First is that the fresh-out-of-the-blocks Alpine Eagle is a reloading of Chopard’s St Moritz sports watch, launched in 1980. As such, it’s got some retro panache brought bang up to date with a new hardened material developed by Chopard called Lucent Steel A223. Second is that the 41mm automatic is supporting Chopard’s involvement in the Eagle Wings foundation, created to help protect the Alpine environment.