Whether you are a professional athlete or just a regular sports freak, a super sturdy, outdoor watch is a must in every watch connoisseur's collection. While some people value the functions and features of a timepiece, others prefer to go with the overall aesthetics of a watch. Here is our list of the ultimate go-to sports timepieces that can be your companion in every innings, every race, and every milestone
Hublot — Cricket
Hitting New Boundaries
If you are a huge fan of cricket (as all Indians are) and are on the lookout for the perfect sports watch that combines the beauty of horology with your favourite sport then the Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph ICC World Cup 2019 is the watch for you! As the official watch of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, this 100-piece limited edition timepiece is a specially designed watch that not only establishes Hublot's role as the official timekeeper of the ICC Cricket World Cup, but marks the brand's passion for sports. An incredibly sleek product, the watch offers characteristic cricket-inspired design features like the cricket bat-shaped hands, grey and red detailing on the dial, strap and bezel, the appliqué hour markers at 12 o’clock that look similar to the three wooden stumps, and lastly, the sapphire caseback with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 logo. All these features allow the Classic Fusion Chronograph ICC World Cup 2019 to transform into a celebration of cricket, and we as a cricket crazy nation could not be more excited, right? Furthermore, as a special treat for India only, the watch is available in a special 50-piece limited edition gold and titanium case. So now is the time to grab your special piece before it runs out!
Seiko — Adventure/Climbing/hiking
Whether you are all about hiking, trail running, climbing or skiing, you will always be in need of a timepiece that is lightweight, functional and athletic. The all-new Seiko Prospex LX (SNR025J1) is the watch companion that you are looking for. Pulling inspiration from the brand's legendary hi-beat diver that was launched way back in 1968, the Prospex LX (SNR025J1) is the ultimate sports watch on land. It offers an array of functions from a dual time display, a calendar-linked time difference adjustment function, a power reserve display and a much-needed titanium compass bezel. Developed in collaboration with Ken Okuyama Design — one of the leading design houses in the automobile industry, the Seiko Prospex LX infuses a modern and sporty flavour while also ensuring Seiko's iconic DNA is kept intact. Equipped with the brand's legendary Spring Drive GMT 5R66 calibre and clocking in a power reserve of 72 hours, the watch is robust and reliable. It does not disappoint in meeting the strenuous demands of every sport or adventure that you want to experience. Additionally, the use of a titanium case and bracelet with super-hard coating further ensures overall durability and resistance of the watch against extreme weather conditions. All in all, the Seiko Prospex LX (SNR025J1) is one of the best watches that an active man like you will thoroughly enjoy and utilise.
Chopard — Motorsports
A Horological Speed Machine
"Mille Miglia" is a word that has always been associated with racing and Chopard's 30-year- long partnership with the "la Corsa più Bella del mondo". This racing-inspired collection from Chopard has witnessed the introduction of a new timepiece dedicated to the same every year, and this year was no different. The 2019 Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition reflects not only the brands passion for classic cars, but is also packed with interesting details that commemorates the historical racing event. It features a grey and black dial with motorsport-influenced red accents, tri-compax chronograph layout, embossed Mille Miglia logo on the caseback, and a COSC-certified automatic chronograph movement working within. All of this is attached to a rather sporty looking cognac-coloured perforated leather strap with a Dunlop 1960s tyre-tread motif rubber lining. Limited to just 1000 pieces, the 2019 Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition is a very distinctive, sturdy and accurate timepiece that retains its brand's value of subtlety. The watch gives off an understated sportiness that is hard to achieve. It is the ultimate dedication to the contemporary gentleman who has a thing for speed, but still does not want to skimp on style!
TAG Heuer — Golf
Time to Tee Off
If the task of continuously looking for your phone in your bag is stopping you from scoring the coveted "hole in one", TAG Heuer has got you covered. The TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition offers golfers a chance to wear a stylish timepiece while still getting the benefits of a state-of-the-art device. This 2019 golf focused version of the Connected Modular 45 is accompanied by a custom designed Golf app that offers a range of useful details and information like a 3D fly-over of every hole, an interactive 2D course map, distances to hazards and greens and a whopping 39,000 courses which literally accounts for 99 per cent of the courses around the world. While the rest of the hardware remains pretty much the same, the ceramic bezel showcases a specially numbered laser-engraved scale of 1-18 that pays tribute to the 18-hole round of golf. Strapped to a white strap with an additional black rubber strap and a set of commemorative golf balls also available, the TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition is the perfect addition to your 2019 summer golfing outfit.
Rolex — Tennis
Getting Served Rolex Style!
Even if you are not tennis-mad, there is no avoiding the knowledge that Rolex has a very long and close partnership with the sport. From being the "official timekeeper" of Wimbledon since 1978 to household names like Roger Federer sporting the Rolex Datejust on and off the court, Rolex has come a long way. It has been supporting the most prestigious tennis tournaments, players and organisations around the world, hence it comes as no surprise that the 2019 versions of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 will live up to its predecessors. Classic in its own right, both the versions are available in white Rolesor (combining Oyster steel and 18 kt white gold). A watch of true distinction suitable for a sport of pure excellence, the Rolex Datejust 36 comes equipped with the very best in modern watchmaking. Mixing traditional aesthetics with contemporary appeal, the 2019 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 is perfect at home or at the tennis court.
Ulysse Nardin — Divers
A Diver's Delight
Craving a diver's watch that works well both on land and sea? The all-new Ulysse Nardin Diver 42mm should do the trick. Equipped with all the essentials of a diver watch; from the Luminova at 12 o'clock, and high water resistance (this one has up to 300m) to a legible unidirectional rotating bezel, the 2019 Ulysse Nardin Diver 42mm makes for a good dive watch. What makes it better than the rest is the uniquely crafted inverted, concave bezel and domed sapphire glass that adds a lot of depth to the dial. Earlier introduced in 44mm, the recent release with a reduced 42mm case size ensures a better wearability quotient. Furthermore, the availability of a number of strap options such as blue fabric, black calfskin leather, stainless steel bracelet and a stainless steel Milanese bracelet (first for the brand) proves the brand's intention to make the 42mm pieces more environment-friendly. Powered by the automatic calibre UN-816 and clocking in a power reserve of 42 hours, the Ulysse Nardin Diver 42mm is an icon in its simplicity that not many brands can offer.