8 Watches for your great escapes3:45 pm
In today’s fast paced and multi-tasking world, disconnecting from the grind is a necessary curative. Everyone needs an escape, be it from work or their mundane lives. From exploring the depths of the ocean, to flying at 30,000 feet above the ground to challenging yourself through the tricky paths of the Himalayas, escape is truly enjoyed when you have all the time to do things you’ve always wanted to do. Where the last thing you would worry about is the mail from work or the Wi-Fi network. We bring together 8 watches that will be your ideal companion in the escape route from the rat-race pace of the modern life:
The calmness of being submerged, the hypnotic sound of breath and the quiet clicks of fish swimming past you, deep sea diving is an experience like no other. But beyond the experience lies a true challenge of survival. Ask any deep sea explorer and they’ll tell you a diver’s watch is an essential tool in their check-list.
Omega has been synonymous with professional dive watches since the launch of their Seamaster back in 1948, so it would be fair to suggest to you one of their most trusted diver’s watch, the Seamaster Planet Ocean, which is water resistant up to 600m!
Trekking watches are nothing less than a wrist-worn coach and companion. Trekking is fun only if we are pre prepared and certain about the conditions around us. The most important features one would expect from a trekking watch are a barometer, altimeter, thermometer and compass. Storms in mountainous regions can be very dangerous, so it’s good to have a reliable device able to detect rapid changes in pressure.
The Ambit from Suunto is our pick for your trekking expeditions. It can predict the weather, tell you the altitude, distance travelled, manage routes, show current speed and a lot more! Everything you could wish for from a trekking watch. And once you’re back home, you can export your activity to your pc to get a complete overview of the activities.
Navigating through the seas involves relying on precision tools. You can’t possibly open an app to sail to the coast! (yet) Here we recommend one of the most reliable navigation watch of the modern era – the Breitling Navitimer 01.
Using the Bezel and chronograph function, you can measure average speed, miles per minute, rate of climb or descent, gas consumption, and of course elapsed time. Using the bezel and the current position of the sun in the sky, you can also use the Navitimer as a compass. And, if this was not enough for your calculating pleasures, the caseback includes a Celsius to Fahrenheit table where you can even calculate the temperature!
Work, pleasure or adventure, those who travel on a regular basis dread the most about setting the watch to the local time. But of course, there has always been a solution for that: world timers.
The Carl F. Bucherer’s TravelTec is that timepiece which makes keeping a track of multiple time zones look easy, with an inner bezel to help you keep a track of more than two time zones.
No rivals, no on road duels or rain delays. Rally is a pure race against the clock on closed-off sections of real roads that are usually unpaved and unforgiving. The perfect watch we ‘d suggest for this challenging escape would be the TAG Heuer Carrera.
Replicating the looks of a race car, the Carrera stands out not just on looks, but on accurate timekeeping with the powerful in house Calibre 36.
Harrison ford and John Travolta are two of the many known individuals who believe flying is another form stress relief or expression of freedom.
The best watch we could think of to compliment your passion for aeronautical expeditions is the Bell & Ross Vintage Aviation, inspired heavily by watches worn by professional pilots.
An escape of its kind, Sunday derbies are thrilling, even for those who don’t follow equestrian racing. Those who do follow it closely will tell you they’re very picky about everything. Visiting the race club amidst friends and acquaintances are mostly to make a statement, and a bold one; by bets or the kind of clothes you wear. You are noticed, and in many ways you want to be noticed.
Our pick for this section would surely go towards the Longines Saint-Imier. Having a long association with the sport since 1878, The Longines is a true tribute to the thrilling sport.
Exploration, like timekeeping is about going the distance; to experience something you might have never seen or done before. A Timepiece also should be unfailing, even under the most stressful conditions, whether it’s on the way to work, or on a trek in the mountains, or for that matter in the dark. A reliable, durable yet good looking watch fits the bill for the avid explorer and we recommend the Panerai 1950 Luminor to you.
Having excellent durability and legibility, the Panerai is a clear winner to be your ideal companion in exploration.
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
Rahul is a watch and sports lover currently living in New Delhi. Having worked as a journalist and a copywriter previously, he is now thrilled to be a part of a team that loves, lives and breathes wristwatches. After joining Ethos and The Watch Guide team, his interest for the world of horology grew and is now completely and hopelessly hooked on watches.