We’ve only just said adios to June and already the latest waves of summer launches are coming in thick and fast. Great news if you’re on the market for a new sports watch. But even if you’re not, it’s always fun to check out what novel, interesting ideas our favourite brands have got lined up.
After all, summer is the season of travel, of colour, of sports, of growth, and of enjoyment. Basically everything that’s awesome and fantastic. Who wouldn’t want a watch that’s equipped for all these things? Plus we live in Singapore, where summer’s basically all year long, and that means you’ll get mileage for days.
Suss out what’s on the market with Esquire Singapore’s 2022 summer sports watch edit.
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Tissot PRX 35mm
Equally popular with watch nerds and cool cats all over the world, the Tissot PRX collection has put the brand on an exciting momentum since its launch in 2021. But while the 70s-inspired case, fabulous finishing, and that handsome sunburst dial all present a strong argument for the watch, some did find the 40mm case a smidge too big. So to solve that problem, Tissot brought a fresh new solution this year. No, scratch that, make it fivenew solutions as the PRX collection welcomes a suite of new models all jazzed up with the season’s trendiest hues.
Now in a 35mm diameter but dressed in the same all-metal, retro chic aesthetic, the new PRX exudes a bold unisex appeal and is just perfect for the summer. Four models in stainless steel arrive in a plethora of dial options, ranging from classic silver to au courant tones such as midnight blue, leaf green, and a very on-trend ice blue. Meanwhile, a full yellow gold-PVD model with matching bracelet emanates the kind of retro vibes that’ll attract two kinds of customers. Boomers who just love the full gold look, and Gen Zers who’ll nail the retro-chic look by wearing this watch ironically. Everybody wins!
Price: $510 (stainless steel) $640 (yellow gold PVD)
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Rado Captain Cook Automatic Chronograph
When it comes to timepieces, nothing spells adventure more than a watch that comes with easily interchangeable straps. The Rado Captain Cook Automatic Chronograph checks that box and one-ups the competition by packaging everything within a sleek and travel savvy case. You know, just in case the mood to change straps strikes while you’re on the go. But there’s more.
This new and updated Captain Cook proposes a more refined silhouette thanks to the improved, slimmer automatic movement, Calibre R801 with a Nivachron anti-magnetic hairspring. Worry not, those who love the box-shaped crystal, as this beloved feature remains completely intact.
Style-wise, this robust 43mm timepiece arrives in either polished stainless steel or a circular-brushed bronze, both of which have their merits but bronze certainly is the more exciting material of the two. In addition to a polished high-tech ceramic inlay on the bezel, the watches are paired with elegant gradient or sunray dials accentuated with applied indices, markers, and numerals.
Price: $5,540 (stainless steel) $6,590 (bronze)
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Bell & Ross BR 05 Artline
Whether you’re into them for the military inspiration or their industrial chic aesthetic, Bell & Ross timepieces can always be counted on to turn up interesting and cool artistic dialogues. That must be one reason why creative types are such big fans of the brand. The new BR 05 Artline reinforces the passion for design of Bell & Ross as it imbues its most urban and modern timepiece with the American streamline style, thus revealing a whole new perspective to the BR 05 collection.
Especially prevalent during the 1930s, the streamline style derived its codes from speed and aerodynamic design, emphasising curving forms and linear details. So in a rather subtle way it connects right to the heart of Bell & Ross, while espousing an elegant and novel design identity, which is ornate by Bell & Ross’ usual standards but perfectly acceptable for everyday wear in any cosmopolitan city. Gadroons carved all over the bezel and the middle links of its bracelet make this 250-piece limited edition irresistible to the touch.
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TAG Heuer Monaco Purple Dial Limited Edition
One of modern watchmaking’s greatest icons, the TAG Heuer Monaco has taken on countless guises since its birth in 1969 but not one of them had been coloured in this lush aubergine hue. Giving the watch an ultra-modern appeal, the rich purple dial features a gentle gradient effect that goes from lightest in the middle to darkest around the edges.
Not only does this emphasise the Monaco’s round-in-a-square iconography, but it also highlights the elegant sunburst finish punctuated by two square-shaped chronograph counters. The purple colour theme continues with the calfskin strap, as well as the Heuer 02 movement which boasts a purple toned column wheel, calibre engravings, and oscillating weight.
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Chopard Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition
Another year, another Mille Miglia. The vintage and classic car rally just concluded its 2022 edition, and as its official partner since 1988, Chopard continues growing its collection of Mille Miglia special editions. This year, the brand welcomed two new variations, both of which are precision chronographs designed for motorsport enthusiasts.
The Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition features a silver-grey dial marked by a subtle circular satin-brushed finish, along with intense blue embellishments for the hands, hour markers, and bezel inlay. On the inside, you have a high precision self-winding movement. The watch comes with a gold-toned perforated calfskin strap lined with rubber that’s patterned like the treads of 1960s Dunlop racing tyres.
Price: $11,400 (stainless steel) $16,700 (steel and ethical rose gold)
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Bulgari Aluminium GMT Amerigo Vespucci Special Edition
Whisking you away to azure seas and oceanic adventures, the Bulgari Aluminium GMT Amerigo Vespucci Special Edition pays tribute to one of the world’s most beautiful historical ships, the Amerigo Vespucci, which in turn, was named after the Italian explorer of that same name.
Made of aluminium, titanium, and rubber, this timepiece however expresses a resolutely contemporary Italian design that one could immediately identify as the style of Bulgari. At 40mm but perfectly light and comfortable on the wrist, this 1,000-piece limited edition has a useful GMT function to aid one in frequent travels and the information is shown on a dual-time display dressed in classical Italian colours, as well as the colours of the famous ship.
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Hermes H08 Blue Titanium
Embodying the sporty elegant spirit so intrinsic to the Hermès identity, the H08 is a young watch, created only in 2021. But very quickly it has mastered a fine balance between tension and fluidity, robustness and delicacy, winning over not only fans of the maison but all lovers of fine watches in general. Now dressed in an intense rich dark blue, the watch reveals a plethora of exquisite details through textures, materials, colours, treatments, and shapes.
Here, the deep blue titanium case is topped by a black ceramic bezel, while the screw-down crown emphasises its athletic nature. Watchmaking enthusiasts will appreciate the play of textures throughout the PVD-treated dial which is punctuated by white applied numerals and Hermès signature orange accents for the five minute markers. Inside, the Hermès Calibre H1837 drives the watch consistently for a maximum of 45 hours.
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet
Its robust case, utilitarian design, and versatile character makes the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe an ideal timepiece for everyday wear in sunny Singapore. Little wonder then that this watch has become Blancpain’s best-selling product ever since it was introduced. This year, the manufacture presented a new spin on this sporty timepiece by equipping it with one of its most emblematic horological complications, the complete calendar with moon phases.
Traditionally seen in the classical collections, this feature adds date, day and month to the watch, along with a crescent window displaying the phases and age of the moon. While the latter is more commonly implemented in dress watches, it is especially relevant in dive watches as well, since the moon directly influences tidal behaviour. Choose from two distinct variations both in 43mm: red gold with a blue gradient dial, or titanium with an anthracite dial.
Price: $25,400 (titanium) $41,400 (red gold with pin buckle strap)
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Corum Admiral 42 Automatic “Grenadier Fendu”
Summer is the season of seafaring pursuits and for Corum, sailing remains a sport close to its horological heart. Its emblematic model, the Admiral, is a testament to this fact and this watch with an instantly recognisable 12-sided bezel has come a long way since its America’s Cup days.
The latest versions are dressed in an elegant three-dimensional Grenadier Fendu motif designed and produced exclusively by Corum. Launched in the 45mm and 38mm Admiral collection, the manufacture now introduces the 42mm Admiral Grenadier Fendu in two very timeless colour options: Mediterranean blue or midnight black. You can wear the watches on either a stainless steel bracelet or alligator leather.
Price: From $7,000 (stainless steel) to $12,000 (steel and rose gold)
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Hublot Big Bang Unico Essential Grey
Since its birth, the Hublot Big Bang has been designed in countless iterations, taken so many guises, that it’s easy to think we’ve seen them all. But with the new Big Bang Unico Essential Grey, Hublot manages to still surprise even the most seasoned watch collectors. Covering the familiar Big Bang case entirely with satin finishing, yielding a fully monochrome aesthetic with just one single colour tone throughout the watch both inside and out, this new model feels like a completely different watch altogether.
Its 42mm case is ultra-light as a result of the titanium construct, and the watch comes with two different straps. The first is a grey lined-rubber strap and the second comes with a Velcro fastening, both fully interchangeable thanks to Hublot’s patented One Click system. A 200-piece limited edition, this watch is only available for purchase online and not at any physical retail stores.
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Breitling Superocean Automatic
Meet the new Breitling Superocean, similar in spirit to the original 1960s Superocean, but packed with an arsenal of modern features relevant to the 21st century. With its iconic minutes hand featuring a square tip that subtly references one of Breitling’s historical models named Slow Motion, the new collection is as exuberant as it is perfectly summer ready.
Offered in a range of sizes—from 46, 44, 42, and 36mm models—the collection arrives in a bright colour palette that includes turquoise blue, bold orange, khaki green, smoky brown, and the usual selection of white, black, and blue. Mostly kitted out in stainless steel, there are however two models cased in bronze, but all are equipped with a scratchproof ceramic inlay bezel.
Price: From $6,280 (36mm stainless steel) to $6,580 (46mm stainless steel)
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Music Edition
There are some watches that you wear purely for the technical content, and others you wear because you just want to have a good time. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore straddles both those worlds although one could argue that the latest capsule collection leans a little more towards second. With the signature Tapisserie dial now decorated in the style of a VU meter, also known as an equaliser, which is typically found in recording studios, these new party-ready references are literally designed to paint the town red.
Ranging from 37mm to 43mm sizes, the watches are available in titanium, rainbow gem-set white gold, and black ceramic. More music production references on the watches include knurled-textured studs which are reminiscent of jack plugs, and the crown guards are inspired by the fader on mixing consoles. Audemars Piguet has always had a familiar presence in the world of music (Mark Ronson is a global ambassador and Jay-Z was a recent design collaborator) and these watches express a deep appreciation for all it stands for.
Price: $58,500 (black ceramic)