Unfortunately, this year summer has either started way too late or has felt rather short. A lot of us haven’t had time to enjoy ourselves fully outside of our own homes due to the necessary government measures enforced because of the pandemic. It’s almost as if we’ve blinked and it’s August. In the last month or so, however, restrictions have started to be lifted, the weather is warming up significantly and summer can finally begin. With how hectic 2020 has been so far it is no surprise that some of us would like the warm carefree months to last a little bit longer. Allow yourself to feel the joy of summer and extend this nonchalant vibrant feeling into the later part of the year with these summer watch trends.
As a material gold has never really left the watch industry. Whether in the form of gold PVD plating or actual gold cases and bracelets, gold has been a staple in watchmaking. The material has its downsides due to being a softer metal and easier to scratch, however, wearing a gold watch isn’t about the durability of the piece, it’s more about status and fashion. This summer make sure all eyes are on you with an elegant gold timepiece.
A gold watch can be very intimidating at first. Dip your toes in the water with this stylish Citizen Eco-Drive model with a gold PVD plated stainless steel case. A sophisticated model, the matt dial is uncomplicated and understated giving the watch a very classic look. The dial features a sweep-seconds subdial and date aperture. The hour-markers are a mix of gold pointed indices and Arabic numerals. A black leather strap with top-stitching completes the design. This timepiece is part of Citizen’s solar-powered Eco-Drive range.
A combination of two of the most stylish trends this summer, this women’s model by Raymond Weil is a fantastic mix of tradition and modernity. The rectangular case has a slight curve accentuating the feminine silhouette of the model. Both it and the bracelet are made of gold PVD covered stainless steel. The dial is white mother-of-pearl adding an even more sophisticated tone to the watch. This timepiece’s luxurious design is highlighted by the 8 diamonds set into the dial as indices. Applied gold Roman numeral hour markers and hands contrast the pearlescent dial. The model features a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.
Red Is For Summer
Summer unlocks something passionate in all of us. With longer days and significantly more free time, so many have delved into their old hobbies or discovered completely new ones. Red is the colour of summer for sure, bringing life and laughter with it. For this trend pair this dynamic colour with an even more dynamic silhouette for an unforgettable look.
With this Victorinox model, you can still look fashionable while diving headfirst into your hobbies and passions. This diver’s watch is created to be dependable and durable. The case is made of stainless steel and features a unidirectional bezel with an intriguing carved-like design. To increase the durability the crystal is sapphire. It is scratch-resistant and the anti-reflective layers are triple-coated. The expandable red strap is genuine rubber. The watch features a screw-in crown to increase the already impressive 20 bar water-resistance. Features on the mode include an end-of-life indicator, a date aperture and large luminescent indices and hands. The Victorinox N.O.X professional diver model is the only Swiss watch certified to withstand 130 extreme endurance homologation tests.
This women’s Bering watch is modern and sleek. Its dual-colour design is minimalist and leaves space for the watch to be styled depending on its wearer. The Milanese mesh bracelet is made of red PVD coated stainless steel. It gives the design a more retro-chic look. The polished stainless round case with its sunray red dial contrasts the tone of the bracelet and balances the design to give it a distinctly contemporary feel. Sleek silver-coloured hands and short indices contrast the dial and tie in the design.
The Rectangular Case
Whether you see it as a traditional trend from the dawn of wristwatches coming back into fashion or a fashion-forward modern statement, there is no doubt that the rectangular case is back. This now unconventional shape was first popular in the 1900s when wristwatches first became fashionable. These days however rectangular and abstract cases are taking over the trends once again.
The men’s Hampton model is more practical and features more complications than the women’s design. This however does not take away from the vintage-inspired model’s appeal. Baume & Mercier were inspired to create this collection by the Art Deco design movement from the mid-1920s – 1930s. Art Deco is characterized by luxurious materials, angular designs and expert craftsmanship. The rectangular case on the model is made of stainless steel and features an opaline silver-coloured dial contrasted by grey indices and hands. Unlike the women’s model, this model has an exhibition case back to showcase the automatic movement. A black leather strap completes the design and gives it a more sophisticated look. The watch features a date aperture, a day-night indicator and a small seconds subdial. The watch has a 42-hour power reserve.
The women’s Hampton model exudes a light androgynous tone. The model’s silhouette is kept angular to highlight the rectangular stainless steel case. Its bracelet is also made of stainless steel. Clearly visible in the model is the symbiosis between the modern tone of the watch and the Deco aesthetic of the 20s and 30s inspiring the design. The dial is silver and features a light grey rectangular minute scale on the outside. Silver colours hands and hour-markers complete the design.
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