The summer break in the Swiss watch industry only serves to accentuate further the frenetic activity of the first half of the year. After the rush to present new models either at the SIHH or Baselworld, or, in many cases, both, there is then a frantic rush to deliver as many of these new pieces as possible before the summer, in the knowledge that if it’s not done by then, nothing will happen until September at the very earliest.

To punctuate this compulsory lull in horological activity, we start a new column for the next three months dedicated to the watches of the summer. A combination of weekly articles from our contributors and the latest releases and events over the summer, it will start with regatta watches and will continue with a wide range of categories into which such estival watches may fall (see below).

Our articles may take the form of trends, analyses or, in certain cases, given the sheer choice of models available, an extensive watch gallery. In either case, you can be sure that they will cover every possible taste and that our expert contributors will, as always, do the research on the hottest luxury watches and trends so that you don’t have to.

Summer watches – the categories

Regatta watches
For timing your races, or just the trip back to the yacht club for an evening aperitif, these timepieces are built for the sailor in you.

Corum Admiral's Cup One 45 Double Tourbillon

Corum Admiral's Cup One 45 Double Tourbillon © Corum

Diver’s watches
For the lake, the sea, the beach or the Riviera, we will bring you the most sturdy and resistant watches for the summer (and beyond).

Calibre de Cartier Diver

Calibre de Cartier Diver © Cartier

GMT watches
Off on your travels? We bring you a selection of the latest watches with GMT functions, to keep track of time back home.

Hautlence Destination

Hautlence Destination © Hautlence

Worldtime watches
For those who need more than just a GMT, we will present a selection of more advanced pieces with multiple time zone functions.

Seiko Astron GPS

Seiko Astron GPS © Seiko

Men’s watches with colour
A broad category with a number of contenders covering the latest colour trends.

Bell&Ross BR03-94 Carbon Orange

Bell&Ross BR03-94 Carbon Orange © Bell&Ross

Women's watches with colour
Whether it’s the colours of gold or precious stones, or simply summery pastel tones, we cover all the must-have models for ladies this summer season.

Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Miss Audrey Purple

Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Miss Audrey Purple © Bovet

White watches
Intemporal watches to go with any summer outfit.

DeWitt T8 Automatic

DeWitt T8 Automatic © DeWitt

All-terrain watches
These pieces are built to last, to take the heat and extremes of summer and look good on any wrist for any occasion.

Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk

Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk © Girard-Perregaux

Rubber straps
A simple change of strap can make all the difference in the heat of summer.

Eberhard Chrono 4

Eberhard Chrono 4 © Eberhard

Sports watches
Aside from the watches designed for specific uses such as diving or sailing, a “sports” watch can mean different things to different people. Here you will find a representative selection of this variety.

Hamilton X-Wind

Hamilton X-Wind © Hamilton

Casual chic
For the hotel bar or a night out on town, we present a selection of models to go with your summer evening attire.

Roger Dubuis Hommage Automatic

Roger Dubuis Hommage Automatic © Roger Dubuis