Friday - 26 August 2016
With the GB team finishing in second place on the medals table in the Olympic Games this year, it got us thinking. As the gold medal can be won by one-hundredth of a second leaving many gasping for breath, timing is literally everything to these athletes. Training and timekeeping go hand in hand with professionals competing with their own personal best scores to arrive and deliver an exceptional performance.
Sport watches take their role extremely seriously with precision, accuracy and reliability at the top of their agenda. As athletes fasten the timepiece to their wrist the weight, strap material and movement need to be carefully considered. The sports timepiece becomes a close companion that supports every step of the way; a significant, exact device that is non existent on the wrist.
We’ve gathered together a few examples of watches that boast sporting excellence. If inspired by the GB team to take up a sport you may just need a timepiece to secure to your wrist even if it is just to cheer the professionals across the finish line!
A strong sports watch contender with its high performance in relation to speed and accuracy. Hosting a quartz movement the Formula 1 edition can survive the impact of competitive sports with its robustness and stealth. The rubber strap is hardwearing and can hold up well against water and sweat. Ultimately, the TAG Heuer model is a sports watch wrapped up in a stunning visual identity.
Specifications: fixed bezel, rubber strap, steel case, 43mm diameter, chronograph, date display, black dial, quartz movement, 200M water resistant.
A timepiece packed with features suitable for the athlete in all of us; a functional, resilient and lightweight device. The titanium case is incredibly light allowing for the watch to go unnoticed on the wrist. The watch becomes a natural extension of the wrist as they spring, duck and dive to the finish line.
Specifications: fixed bezel, rubber strap, 14.6mm diameter, titanium case, 42.7mm case width, black dial, quartz movement, 100M water resistant.
Made from a patented material entitled Superlight the watch weighs virtually nothing. We may even go as far to say that the Graham Chronofighter Superlight is the only automatic chrono under 100 grams for under £7K - correct us if we’re wrong! The Graham model is a stunning piece that understands the need for lightweight devices in the sporting world.
Specifications: fixed bezel, rubber strap, carbon fibre, 47mm case width, chronograph, date display, black dial, automatic movement, 100M water resistance.
A sturdy, captivating sports watch with a dynamic, masculine appeal. A winner for the diving enthusiasts amongst us who marvelled at the impeccable dives at Rio. Water resistant to 500 metres the device will survive an almighty dive to impressive depths; a tested and proven statement!
Specifications: unidirectional bezel, rubber strap, 10.6mm case depth, black PVD case, 46mm case width, chronograph, date display, black dial, automatic movement, 500M water resistant
For those who would easily swap the track for the slopes the Alpina 4 range is the perfect companion. The bold black PVD coated stainless steel case with antishock and antimagnetic protection and a water resistance of 100 metres, the device will survive the bravest of wearers. Glide down the slopes with a timepiece that is reliable, durable and precise.
Specifications: fixed bezel, leather strap, black PVD case, 44mm diameter, chronograph, date display, flyback, automatic movement, 100M water resistant
Which sports watch is the strongest contender in your eyes?