12.04.2022 - Uncategorized

Speed records, sailboats and life on the seas

A wind-powered sailboat sponsored by watchmaker Richard Mille, is set to break the world sailing speed record (79mph) with a target speed of 92mph next year.

Final designs for the SP80 ‘Sea Rocket’ have emerged revealing aerodynamic compartments including bucket seats and oxygen masks.

Two pilots - one steering the kits and one ensuring the trajectory of the boat - will undertake the record-breaking attempt together in similar intensity to driving a Formula One car on land.

When it comes to life on the seas, you need a watch that fits the bill. Legibility and chronometer functionality are crucial. And for optimum resistance to the elements, a sailing watch needs a steel or rubber bracelet - so ditch the leather.

So without further ado, let’s dive in and check out our favourite watches for exploring the seas.

Rolex New Yacht-Master 42

At Watches & Wonders 2022, Rolex showed off its latest offering - a new version of the Yacht-Master 42. The nautical watch has a bidirectional rotatable bezel with a Cerachrom insert and optimised Chromalight display.

Having previously only been available in white gold, the new model is yellow gold by no means alters its course - and comes on an Oysterflex bracelet.

And this one is certainly at the forefront of watchmaking technology with its calibre 3235 movement, which enables display of hours, minutes, seconds and the date. And of course, the watch carries the Superlative Chronometer certification - an assurance of excellent performance.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m 

We love Seamasters here at Luxe Watches - great for diving but durable for use on board a sailboat too.This timepiece has only been around five years and is a strong customer favourite. Bursting with class and nostalgia, this watch maintains the original water resistance. It features the 8800 calibre and can be wound by the crown.

With anti-magnetic components and a 55-hour power reserve but suitable enough for a businessman, we can see why it was a firm staple of James Bond’s. Featuring a monodirectional bezel and polished blue ceramic finish with a white dive scale in enamel, Omega added a textured edge for better grip if the bezel whilst diving

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

With a 42mm wide steel case, slick finishing, legible AP Offshore style dial, 300-metre water resistance, beautifully functioning inner rotating diver’s bezel, and an high-quality rubber strap, it’s the ultimate choice for hitting the high seas.

It’s just the essentials of time, date and a bezel to keep track of your dive time.That’s right - this one is simple but functional. Audemars Piguet at its best.

It features thick baton hands made of whicte gold and coated in lume against a black Méga Tapisserie dial that has become synonymous with this collection. 

Tag Heuer Aquaracer

Still going strong in regatta circles is the Tag Heuer Aquaracer nautical watch, dating back to 1982. 

Without any unnecessary complications it offers a dark blue dial and boasts high-tech pressure-resistant casing to protect your watch during an intense ocean voyage.

Fancy plunging in the water? With this one you can time your deep-sea diving down to the last 1/100th of a second. With several sports watch functions including faceted hour and minute hands with green and blue luminescent markers, this sailing watch means you can enjoy adventuring into the night.

Taking the plunge on a new watch?

Our team here at Luxe Watches can assist you in finding the right model to suit you. We also buy luxury watches and offer part-exchange, as well as finance options. Contact us today or pop down to our Epping boutique.

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