No doubt about it: There’s something special about a quality timepiece. Exquisite detailing is something that only true enthusiasts can appreciate, right down to the nitty-gritty details that make some watches so incredibly iconic. While some technical details may be difficult for the average consumer to identify, it’s worth noting that they are all important. That makes these summer styles even more vital to your warm-weather wardrobe. Not only do they look fantastic, but they also happen to elevate your accessory collection on a functional level. Here’s what we’re eyeing for the warmer months ahead.
Shinola Wolverine Detrola 43mm
Show your team spirit with the Shinola Wolverine Detrola 43mm. A sleek and sophisticated way to lend your support to the University of Michigan’s football team, this navy and yellow accessory makes a bold statement with its showy navy and yellow palette. Not just a fun addition to your game-day uniform, this piece features a sturdy case made with resin and a highly durable stainless steel core. The dial, in vibrant maize, sets it apart from everything else in your collection. The silicone strap is tolerant of a few splashes, too, making it a simple choice for poolside fun.
Oris Big Crown ProPilot
Celebrating the Okavango Air Rescue 10th anniversary, which provides aeromechanical aid throughout Botswana, the attractive Oris Big Crown ProPilot stands out for its unique and unexpected design. The rippling green finish on the dial was inspired by the tall blades growing in its namesake — the delta happens to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s designed with robust stainless steel and features a matching strap with a sleek white line down the center.
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Automatic 40mm
Is it any wonder a renowned sculptor inspired the Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Automatic 40mm? Bill invented a range of wristwatches and clocks for the company. This piece alone was designed in 1961 and features an iconic design that’s stayed true to form since its inception. Offering 42 hours of reserve time, it’s made with stainless steel and has a Plexiglass® lens resistant to scratches.
Swatch x Centre Pompidou Blue Sky by Wassily Kandinsky
The famed Sky Blue oil painting by Wassily Kandinsky inspired this stunning timepiece. Designed in 1940, the piece is an abstract masterpiece — and this Swatch x Centre Pompidou Blue Sky watch honors the design perfectly. It features a matte, light blue strap made with silicone in a semi-transparent finish. The painting’s distinctive colors and imagery mark the dial and strap alike, lending this water-resistant watch a striking appearance. You can never go wrong with a timeless Swatch — especially one this artistic.
Shinola Silly Putty Detrola 43mm
Remember the good old days? Shinola days — and it’s the playthings that had pride of place in your toy box that inspired the company’s Silly Putty Detrola 43mm. Stretchy and hyper-flexible, the material can be molded in just about every way imaginable. This timepiece, eye-catching in fresh shades of aqua and cherry red, offers zany and wacky appeal. It was designed in honor of the 71st anniversary of Silly Putty in 2021, and it’s perfect for anyone who’s still a child at heart. As durable as it is playful, this watch has a stainless steel core and a robust resin case.
Detomaso Sorpasso Chronograph
A true racer’s watch, the Detomaso Sorpasso Chronograph is a true powerhouse of a timepiece. This striking watch captures attention with its unique color palette, from the bold yellow dial trimmed with shiny stainless steel and etched with pops of navy to the handsome soft tan leather strap. It’s simultaneously sporty and sophisticated, with a dependable quartz movement you can trust will last and last.
Timex Unisex Weekender 38mm
Sporty, simple, and versatile, the Timex Unisex Weekender 38mm is the perfect addition to any wardrobe. Well-rounded and available in a broad range of colors, this American-made timepiece checks all the boxes if you’re in the market for a classic accessory that looks right at home with your off-duty ensembles. It features a quartz movement and a 38mm brass case with a mineral dial window. It’s also water resistant to about 99 feet, making it great if you’re hanging out on the sand or lounging by the pool.
Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic
If you’re an avid water enthusiast, get your hands on the Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic. It’s water-resistant up to 1,000 feet and features scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. What sets it apart aren’t just the technical details, but the smoky blue dial trimmed with black. Finished with applied silver indexes and pops of white, the watch features a two-tone NATO watch strap made with recycled plastic bottles for an eco-friendly touch.
When you want a smartwatch that’s not just a smartwatch, get yourself a Suunto 7. It’s not just highly durable and waterproof, but also ideal for keeping track of your active life. It provides data on your movements and features over 70 preconfigured sports modes. This little device analyzes your sleep habits and provides you with valuable guidance courtesy of the companion app, so you can optimize your health using the information it provides. Naturally, it ticks all the other boxes, too, playing your favorite tunes and providing GPS tracking for your convenience.