They may not be as smart as their digital counterparts, but diving watches continue to grow in popularity. High-end brands released some unique pieces this year, some revisiting their most popular designs, while others released their very first diver. We take a look at few highlights.
Girard-Perregaux updated its very popular Sea Hawk collection with a nautically themed model boasting cobalt blue and coral orange. This time, it features the new in-house GP03300-0074 self-winding mechanical movement. This watch measures 44mm in diameter, and is one of the thickest watches, at 17.1mm. But what makes this diver stand out is the depth at which it can be taken: a whopping 1,000 meters! For more, please visit Girard-Perregaux.
Audemars Piguet released a white version of their ceramic Royal Oak Offshore Diver this year. The ultra-light, and ultra-hard Super Ceramic case comes in at 1850 Vickers, more than nine times harder than steel. Inside the 44mm case, the watch features the in-house calibre 3120 with engraved 22k gold rotor. This timepiece is water-resistant to 300m. For more, please visit Audemars Piguet.
IWC paid tribute to Charles Darwin this year, with an homage watch to the great naturalist. The bronze case is inspired by the nautical instruments found onboard the HMS Beagle, which carried Darwin to the Galapagos Islands. This 44mm watch features a mechanical chronograph movement with 68-hour power reserve and water resistance up to 30 Bar. For more, please visit IWC.
Based on the Calibre de Cartier collection launched in 2010, this is Cartier’s first diving timepiece and its size made quite an impact when it was released during SIHH 2014. The case measures only 42mm in diameter and 11mm in thickness, making this diver’s watch one of the slimmest on the market. This ISO-certified dive watch is water resistant to 300 meters, and contains the in-house 1904 MC calibre. For more information, please visit Cartier.