Choosing the perfect holiday watch

  • Jun, 5 2024
  • Advice
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Whether you're looking forward to relaxing days under the sun or adrenaline-filled escapes, choosing the perfect watch for your vacation, whether in summer or winter, remains an essential question for many of you. Finding the ideal watch is primarily about discovering the one that resonates with your desires and style without neglecting the importance of robustness and functionality. Explore our diverse selection designed to meet all expectations, regardless of materials, design, or budget.

What are the selection criteria for choosing a vacation watch?

This season, the trend is towards watches that combine durability and ethics, two criteria increasingly valued by consumers. Moreover, with rising temperatures, it is sometimes more prudent to favor straps made of lightweight and breathable materials such as fabric or rubber for optimal wrist comfort. Choosing the ideal vacation watch relies on a delicate balance between aesthetics, functionality, and durability, but above all, on your way of traveling and what you do during your free time.

A Waterproof Watch

If you're headed to the beach, near a lake where you plan to swim, or simply staying in a hotel with a pool, one of the first criteria to consider is water resistance. A water-resistant watch is essential to accompany you in all your water activities. It remains to define its water resistance in terms of depth, but as long as you don't consider visiting the Mariana Trench in a submarine or initiating ultra-deep diving, you and your watch will be safe.

A Shock-Resistant Watch

Shock resistance is just as crucial. Vacations are synonymous with adventures and sometimes unforeseen events; a watch capable of withstanding the vagaries of travel is an asset. You might prefer a case made of ceramic, titanium, or steel with a rubber, NATO, or nylon strap to avoid worrying too much about the fragility of your piece. Carrying your children, picking up your suitcases, getting acquainted with the rented house or the hotel you booked, considering different activities, going for a run at sunrise or sunset, not to mention the extended happy hours drinks on the terrace in full sun. This first day marks the beginning of a long series where your watch will be your best ally... because at some point, you must not forget to come back!

A Strategic Bracelet

The choice of bracelet also plays a crucial role in the comfort and durability of your vacation watch. Materials like rubber or fabric are not only resistant but also provide lightness and ventilation appreciated in hot weather. They contribute to a pleasant wearing experience, even during sustained activities or in humid environments.

A Clear and Contrasting Dial

The watch dial also deserves special attention. Opt for a clear and contrasting display to ensure optimal readability in the bright summer sun. This detail may seem minor, but it is essential when you need to quickly check the time between two dives or in bright sunlight.

Sporty or Chic : it’s for you to decide

As for style, versatility is key. A watch that matches well with both a casual beach outfit and a more chic ensemble for summer evenings extends your range of possibilities. This allows you to transition effortlessly between various moments of your vacation. For mountain enthusiasts, whether in summer or winter, a sporty and lightweight version is appropriate!

A Watch for Every Budget

The budget is also a significant parameter. Fortunately, the market offers a wide range of watches meeting all these criteria, from economical options to luxury models. Whether you're looking for a sporty watch to accompany your exploits or an elegant model to enhance your evenings, there is a vacation watch for every need and every wallet. By considering these criteria, you will find the watch that not only perfectly complements your vacation outfit but also becomes a reliable companion for your adventures.

Swatch x Blancpain Fifty Fathom: the ultimate budget-friendly beach watch

Embark on a journey around the world with the new collection of watches inspired by the five oceans. Designed for the modern adventurer, these watches combine style and functionality for your summer getaways. With a comfortable diameter of 423 mm and robustness assured by a thickness of 144 mm, each watch is a window open to the vastness of the oceans. At the heart of these timekeepers is the SISTEM51 mechanical movement, ensuring an impressive 90-hour power reserve. Ready to dive up to 91 meters deep, they are your ideal companions for exploring beneath the waves, thanks to their unidirectional bioceramic bezel equipped with a luminescent diving scale. The bio-sourced scratch-resistant glass protects the dial like a lighthouse in the night. Moreover, sold at 390 Euros, the Swatch x Blancpain reinvents the icon of diving watches to make it completely accessible without compromising on quality. Each watch is adorned with an eco-friendly NATO strap made from recycled fishing nets, affirming a commitment to preserving the seas. The vibrant colors and smoked gradients of the dials capture the essence of each ocean from the icy Arctic to the enchanting Antarctic, offering a palette to express your personality. Prepare to sail towards your next adventure with a watch that celebrates the beauty of the ocean depths and the spirit of exploration.

Longines Legend Diver 36mm: A Watch for Adventurers

The Longines Legend Diver 36mm stands out as the quintessential watch for summer adventurers, blending elegance and robustness. With its 300-meter water resistance, it shines for its versatility, defying the conventions of traditional diving watches. Its design, far from bulky standards, gives it a sophisticated look, halfway between a dress watch and a diving instrument.

The heart of this watch beats to the rhythm of the L592 caliber, a movement that, with its 45-hour power reserve, showcases Longines' horological expertise, offering precision and reliability whether in the marine depths or during an elegant evening.

Our favorite model features a captivating burgundy dial matched with a synthetic nylon strap with a matte finish, a choice that underscores its unique character and adaptability to all environments. This version stands out for its discreet elegance and ability to harmonize with every summer outfit.

The hands equipped with Swiss Super-LumiNova technology ensure optimal readability in the darkness of the ocean depths, making the Longines Legend Diver 36mm the ideal companion for underwater explorations. This gem of horology is the epitome of summer adventure, offering those who dare to dive into the unknown a perfect blend of functionality, style, and performance.

Dive with Style with the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green

If you are looking for a summer accessory that blends luxury and performance, the Omega Seamaster 300M Diver is the ultimate choice. This 42mm model, crafted in stainless steel, proudly features a green ceramic bezel on which a white enamel diving scale stands out elegantly. The polished green ceramic dial is enhanced by laser-engraved waves and incorporates a date window at 6 o'clock, adding a touch of functional sophistication.

The skeletonized hands and rhodium-plated, raised indexes are coated with white Super-LumiNova, ensuring excellent readability in marine darkness or during summer evenings. Equipped with a conical helium valve, this watch is prepared for the challenges of the depths. Mounted on a green rubber strap, it is powered by the OMEGA Master Chronometer caliber 8800, a movement that can be admired through a sapphire glass back with wavy edges, showcasing Omega's technical refinement.

This Seamaster 300M Diver, with its bold yet elegant appearance, is ideal for enhancing a chic vacation outfit or for completing a sophisticated look during an evening by the water. Its robustness coupled with the delicacy of its design makes it a symbol of adventurous luxury, perfect for those who wish to combine a sporty spirit with elegance. With the Omega Seamaster 300M Diver, every discerning vacationer will find in it an unforgettable style companion, ready to conquer both the ocean depths and high-society evenings.


Eleonor Picciotto