Spoil your significant other this holiday season with a romantic getaway and a luxury watch that pairs with your destination. A timepiece not only helps you keep to a trip’s schedule, but the proper wrist adornment also has a way of elevating your vacation look.
Few people understand this more than Eugene Tutunikov, CEO of SwissWatchExpo, which is why Forbes Travel Guide has tasked him with connecting six luxury destinations with the watches that best fit the scene.
Abu Dhabi: Watching the Formula 1 Grand Prix
Late November’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is fans’ last chance to see Max Verstappen and his racing contemporaries compete in thrilling, fast-paced action this year.
“There’s no better match for the world’s most prestigious race than the most iconic chronographs,” Tutunikov says. “Greats such as the Rolex Daytona and the Omega Speedmaster were originally made for professional racing, and even with their luxury positioning today, they share Formula 1’s emphasis on meticulous craftsmanship and reliable accuracy.”
The undoubtedly luxurious Rolex Daytona has an 18-karat white gold case and scratch-proof ceramic bezel, and the robust yet flexible Oysterflex strap makes it appropriate for all-day wear. Meanwhile, the Omega Speedmaster 38’s streamlined case size, rose gold touches and sprinkle of diamonds combine sophistication with a sporty appeal that will turn heads quicker than Lewis Hamilton on a straight.
Niseko, Japan: Skiing
If you and your significant other dream of hitting the slopes this season, Niseko charms a global crowd with its abundant snowfall and high-quality powder. Well-equipped ski resorts ensure an unforgettable stay and a seamless skiing experience.
“Extreme temperatures call for a watch with robust construction and superior water resistance,” Tutunikov explains. “The Omega Planet Ocean covers both — its bold and distinctive design will also keep you looking stylish.”
The Omega Planet Ocean in black ceramic is a lightweight edition of the brand’s big, burly dive watch. In addition to the 600 meters of water resistance the watch provides, its ceramic material, much lighter than its steel counterpart, manages wear and tear. The classic steel Planet Ocean also comes in a white-on-white edition, guaranteeing a crisp, clean look for any après-ski ensemble.
Cape Town, South Africa: Kite Surfing
When you want to escape the winter chill without missing any of the action, head over to Cape Town, where it’s summer in December. One of the world’s most popular kite surfing spots, Cape Town welcomes tourists with consistent wind and a stunning coastline.
“Sports are always best done with a rubber strap watch,” Tutunikov says. “It offers much-needed grip while you glide over the waters. Not to mention it’s lightweight and ideal for all-day wear.”
Rolex’s Oysterflex strap offers the durability of a steel bracelet with its titanium-nickel frame, while its elastomer material adapts to the wrist, allowing for freedom of movement. The strap appears in the Rolex Sky-Dweller, Daytona and Yacht-Master collections, giving watch lovers a range of designs, sizes and metals from which to choose.
Andalucia, Spain: Vineyard Tour/Wine Sampling
For couples looking to unwind, wine tasting is an excellent bonding activity. Aside from deepening your appreciation of vino, it offers many moments to slow down, take in the sights and learn more about each other’s palates. Andalucia is an ideal destination known for its beautiful vineyard landscapes and rich wine culture.
“For wine-tasting events, I would wear something comfortable while keeping a certain sense of sophistication,” Tutunikov says. “A steel watch with a touch of color and shine fits the bill.”
The Panerai Radiomir’s classic cushion case and lack of crown make it the dressiest companion among the label’s dive watches. Another stunner is the Cartier Tank Francaise, which boasts a sleek, elegant form. Subtle touches, such as the Radiomir’s sunburst dial and the Tank Francaise’s blue mother-of-pearl dial, elevate these all-occasion watches.
The Maldives: Scuba Diving
There are few activities as exhilarating as exploring the underwater world with your partner. With its stunning coral reefs and clear turquoise waters, the Maldives is one of the best places in the world to witness incredible marine life in action.
“For recreational diving,” Tutunikov says, “you’ll need a watch with at least 200-meter water resistance. These days, it’s easy to find one that fits that requirement and can transition from underwater adventures to everyday wear.”
He suggests classic models in an increasingly popular shade, such as green, for a reliable dive watch that displays your individuality. Collectors have sought green watches for their visual appeal, adding vibrancy to your wrist while playing a vital role in your activities. The Breitling Superocean 48 and Omega Seamaster 300M master this aesthetic and offer superior depth ratings and legibility at the same time.
Las Vegas: New Year’s Eve Party
Ringing in the New Year together is always a memorable experience. In Las Vegas, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate January 1’s arrival. Whether you seek the liveliest countdown parties or quiet moments of shared decadence, there’s something to please everyone in Sin City.
“A Rolex President watch, with its timeless design, premium materials and prestigious reputation, fits the dynamic nature of Las Vegas,” Tutunikov says. “You can wear it anywhere. From a kitsch casino to the most luxurious hotel lobby, the President on your wrist will give an air of sophistication.”
The Rolex President Day-Date range offers numerous sizes for men and women, all exclusively crafted in gold or platinum. Subtle touches, such as concentric patterns, mother-of-pearl dials and original Rolex factory diamonds, add incredible dimension to this iconic classic.
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