Whether you're the man who spends his summer busking in the sunlight on nature hikes or the lad who spends their time whitewater rafting, or the chap whose calendar is brimming with lavish soireés, we have a watch that can keep up with you wherever the season takes you. Here, we have compiled four summer watch trends—and their respective timepieces—to elevate your wristwatch style this season.
WATERPROOF AND LUMINESCENT: DIVE INTO THE DEEP END WITH THE PANERAI SUBMERSIBLE COLLECTION
Suitable for a pleasant afternoon at the beach or—for the lads' who possess an audacious spirit—underwater exploration: The Submersible collection is Italian watchmaking fused with Swiss technology at its most precise.
This military-inspired collection pays homage to the brand's storied history of supplying diving instruments to the Royal Italian Navy. Our selection of robustly handsome and sharp ceramic-based designs and weathered gold timepieces harmonizes effortlessly with the luminescent accents—the skeletonized arrow-shaped hands and hour markers, for example—daubed on the dial for optimal readability suited for all conditions, whether on land or sea.
Mounted onto the collection's distinguished cushion-shaped dial is the brand's hallmark rotating bezel. An aesthetic element evocative of the "L'Egiziano" (Italian translation for "the Egyptian") wristwatch manufactured by Officine Panerai in 1956, for the Egyptian Navy—with a graduated scale (a 60-minute tracker for divers to measure the time remaining underwater), and boasts a water resistance of up to 300-meters.
A COOL BLAST INTO SUMMER: ULYSSE NARDIN DIVER CHRONOMETER
You may not be capable of escaping the sweltering heat this summer; however, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer Dive X Antarctica will have you looking—and, hopefully, feeling—cool this summer.
The Swiss luxury watchmaking brand, founded in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland, has an acclaimed history espoused in the nautical society; known for manufacturing highly precise marine chronometer timepieces employed by over fifty squadrons from the end of the 19th century until 1950. Their proclivity for the ocean and the creatures which inhabit it had been the sole motivation for the brand to partner with Ocearch—an organization created to assist scientists in accumulating "unattainable" data from the ocean—whose mission is to capture, examine, and release marine life, predominantly great white sharks—the brand's symbol—on an expedition in August 2020.
Staying true to their nautical heritage; this Ulysse Nardin timepiece encapsulates and tells a tale of its name bearer: This model's ice-white rubber bracelet evokes the snowy and stark lines of the South Pole; while iceberg-colored neon-blue embellishments, indicative of icecaps wafting in the sea, add an affluent touch to the two-tone metallic grey dial. The circular-shaped case, horns, and case back—that is stamped with the coordinates of the Antarctic Continent—are composed of titanium. Ticking inside the 44-mm-in-diameter case is the self-winding movement offering 60-hours of power, perfect for both the debonair and adventurous.
MESHING COMFORT WITH DESIGN: IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN PORTOFINO
Exuding ageless suave coupled with a reflection of charm, IWC's Portofino Automatic is the epitome of comfort and refined sixties-inspired style. The alluring attraction, especially during this scorching weather, is the Milanese mesh stainless steel bracelet.
This lightweight material, imagined in Milan at the end of the 19th century, is spun from, slender stainless steel mesh weave, which fluidly glides over the wrist. This link-less bracelet's prominence derives from its robust demeanor and vanquishes the dreaded arm hair vs. watch strap casualty. The 40-mm-in-diameter case will float seamlessly under your shirt cuff; amidst the precisely arched sides of the stainless-steel case, which make it appear even more slender.
GO FOR BRONZE: THE SUPREME PATINA
A meticulously disheveled-colored timepiece could be the understated accessory your summer wardrobe could be missing. Similar to fine wine, bronze manufactured wristwatches unravel a unique patina (a rusted hue that develops on the surface) through the course of the model's existence. This forms a variant that is idiosyncratic to you—unlike other alloys—say, copper and silver, which oxidize adversely; oftentimes making the precious metals' appearance less desirable.
Bronze, however, gradually erodes through a chemical reaction, creating a nostalgic vintage vibe. Notwithstanding, the alloy is aesthetically appealing, albeit bronze watches are paramount for all fellows because of the alloy's innately anti-corrosive, anti-magnetic, and resistance to seawater attributes, making it mightier than stainless steel and iron combined.
YOUR FRESH SUMMER WATCH AWAITS AT HING WA LEE JEWELERS
Discover your new summer watch at Hing Wa Lee Jewelers. Visit our flagship store in San Gabriel, or Hing Wa Lee Plaza in Walnut, California. Take a tour of our jewelry showrooms or book online for a personalized private appointment to experience our most renowned summer timepiece collections.