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Which watch to wear on vacation

by Terence
19 September, 2011
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With the year slowly winding to an end, it’s also the time when people start taking vacations to recharge their work-tormented mind. Be it whiling your time away on Malibu Beach in your designer Havaianas, or exploring the deep abyss, there is always time – (no pun intended) – and a need for a wristwatch.

Your watch not only tells you the current time but is also a capable assistant that provides with the latest information – some watches boast moonphase indication, stopwatch functions and dual timezones.

Also, let’s not forget, a handsome timepiece works wonders on the fashion and status fronts, bringing you from the beach to the bar effortlessly. And there are also some pieces that are babe magnets or conversation starters, your first step to knowing the Beautiful Stranger a whole lot better.

Five Holiday Watches

Here we list five watches that will definitely deliver the goods on your next holiday. Trust us. You can thank us later. Of course we have featured vacation watches before, but you’re surely not implying you only take one vacation a year…

Rolex GMT-Master II

Rolex GMT Master II

In the event that your vacation stretches over several time zones, it’s recommended to have a watch that has a GMT hand. Becoming disoriented, losing track of time, and making a fool out of yourself by calling friends in the wee hours of the morning – is the last thing you want to do on holiday.

So, a timepiece like the Rolex GMT-Master II is a worthy investment. Just take a leaf out of the Pan-Am crew’s manual, for whom the original GMT-Master was designed: they used to set the GMT hand to home time no matter where they landed. You can pick up a model like this one for around $7,250.

Timex Weekender Slip Thru

Timex Weekender Slip Thru

There is no excuse for looking sloppy on holiday, which is why this affordable offering from Timex is a must-have. It comes on an au courant grey Nato strap with an orange stripe to add a touch of flash. With a water resistance of 30m, you have no problems hitting the beach, or even lazing in the pool for the entire day. Venturing out for a night hike or a darkened disco cavern is never an issue with its signature Indiglo night light, too. At just $32 you can bring two with you in case you lose one down a ravine.

Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono

Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chronograph

From the casual throwaway to the ultimate getaway watch; a stunning timepiece for those who prefer driving trips taking in picturesque views of the countryside behind the wheel of something suitably premier league footballer in its pedigree sporting magnificence. This stunning motorsport-inspired watch will make the drive a much more enjoyable one. Never mind that at around $18,000 it’s far more than you will pay for your vacation. The Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL takes its inspiration from the legendary endurance race and is a sporty, handsome watch with a mechanical self winding movement with a 46 hour power reserve. Besides the COSC-certified chronograph, another clincher is its black rubber strap that comes with the 1960s Dunlop tyre tread motif. World class.

Oris Carlos Coste Cenote LE Dive Watch

Oris Carlos Coste Cenote LE Dive Watch

Sure, you may not be a Jacques-Yves Cousteau or a Carlos Coste in the water, but you still need a reliable watch on your diving expedition to the Caribbean. This limited-edition piece – only 2,000 are available – is a dream watch for any water sport enthusiast. At 46mm-wide, its readability, a factor of paramount importance for divers, is increased markedly. And with 500m water resistance, and the highly dependable ETA 7750 chronograph movement, diving with this titanium monster can only bring you to new depths –although probably not as deep as world record breaking free diver Carlos Coste. If you can get your hands on one the price is around $4,350.

Casio GW-9300 Mudman G-Shock

Casio Mudman G-Shock

The reliability and accuracy of digital watches are unrivalled, especially if it comes from the popular Casio G-Shock series. The new GW-9300, nicknamed “Mudman” for its resistance to dust and mud, is the consummate accompaniment for any sort of holiday, even if you’re into hardcore jungle trekking, mountain bike trialling, or bow and arrow wielding outward bound adventures a la Deliverance. Its practical and versatile, providing the ability to track critical information such as temperature, moon phases and direction. And being solar-powered, there’s no need to worry about the battery dying on you midway through the holiday. Virtually indestructible vacation timekeeping for just $450.

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