New watches inspired by travel. Clockwise from top left: Rolex; Patek Philippe; Vacheron Constantin; Grand Seiko; Jaeger-LeCoultre; Breguet.
Photo: Courtesy of the brands

6 Handsome New Timepieces Inspired by the Art of Travel

These watch introductions, perfect for Father's Day, capture the joy of adventure across air, land, and sea

After two years of travel restrictions, the urge to set off on an adventure is higher than ever this summer. These striking new watches are perfectly crafted for the needs of today’s modern explorer. Boasting features like the ability to straddle multiple time zones, automatic date adjustments, and water resistant up to 100 meters plus a dashing, sporty aesthetic, these refined introductions are sure to impress the most discerning collector.

Photo: Courtesy of Patek Philippe

1. Patek Philippe 5326G-001 Annual Calendar Travel Time

In the art of watchmaking, no one combines substance and style quite like Patek Philippe, the last family-owned Genevan luxury watch manufacturer, established in 1839. The new Ref 5326G-001 Annual Calendar Travel Time encompasses an unprecedented combination of two complications. The annual calendar, which only needs to be corrected once a year, and the time travel display system, which shows a second time zone, allows for an  adjustment of the date when the time is changed. The piece is contained inside an updated Calatrava case and the dial in a textured dark charcoal gradient recalls the effects of vintage cameras.

Photo: Courtesy of Rolex

2. Rolex GMT-Master II

One of Rolex‘s most coveted luxury sports watches, the GMT-Master was originally introduced in 1955 at a time when intercontinental travel was rapidly evolving. The launch of the GMT-Master II in 1983 further enhanced this unique function, boasting the ability to read a third time zone. Now, this just-released edition of the GMT-Master II features the crown on the left side of the case and its signature two-tone ceramic bezel in a dashing new green and black colorway. Also new is the date aperture and the Cyclops which are now positioned at 9 o’clock on the black dial. Featuring a classic 40mm Oystersteel case, it is water-resistant to 100 meters.

Photo: Courtesy of Vacheron Constantin

3. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton

A tribute to the spirit of travel, this Grade 5 titanium watch houses an ultra-slim skeleton movement of 5.65 millimeters thick and a tourbillon cage rendered in the style of Vacheron Constantin’s emblematic Maltese cross motif. Thanks to its eye-catching open-worked caseback, the movement can be admired in its entirety. Slated to be extremely in-demand, this wearable, sporty timepiece is the perfect example of the mastery of the Swiss maison, which is the world’s longest continually operating watchmaker.

Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris-Perpetual Calendar. Photo: Courtesy of Jaeger LeCoultre

4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar

Introduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2018, Polaris was initially conceived as the manufacturer’s refined sports watch for everyday adventures. This year, the maison has introduced the Polaris Perpetual Calendar, which adds a classical calendar complication that automatically adjusts for the different duration of months and even the leap years.

Photo: Courtesy of Breguet

5. Breguet Marine Hora Mundi

Showcasing a world map on the dial against a guilloché sea of choppy ocean waves, the new Hora Mundi is a GMT watch with an artful twist. The Breguet Marine Hora Mundi 5557, in white or rose gold, joins the Marine’s nautical-inspired collection with a practical complication that lets the wearer switch back and forth between two time zones with ease.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver. Photo: Courtesy of Grand Seiko

6. Grand Seiko Spring Drive

This handsome watch is an expansion of Grand Seiko‘s original all-time classic 44GS profile, and features a striking “Black Stream” dial texture inspired by the Kuroshio Current, a powerful ocean stream in Japan

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2022 Summer Issue under the headline “Time Travel.” Subscribe to the magazine.

Cover: New watches inspired by travel. Clockwise from top left: Rolex; Patek Philippe; Vacheron Constantin; Grand Seiko; Jaeger-LeCoultre; Breguet.
Photo: Courtesy of the brands


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