By Leo Parker:
Luxury watches are a great status symbol, and they literally come in all shapes and sizes to suit the different tastes of timepiece aficionados. It goes without saying that many luxury watches from the likes of IWC, Rolex, Jaeger LeCoultre and Zenith are a lesson in refinement, elegance and sophistication. But, on the other hand, there are plenty of timepieces which are considerably more rugged and rough around the edges, and it is these so-called luxury sports watches that we will be focusing on here.
Many of us love adventure, exhilaration, adrenaline and action, and you need a timepiece that reflects your love of the wild side. Fortunately, the world’s leading watchmakers recognize this fact and have produced some visually stunning, not to mention hard-wearing, and uncompromising luxury sports watches. Let’s look at 3 of the best!
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Hublot King Power Usain Bolt Watch Price £18,000 ($30,000) Approx
If you’re after a luxury sports watch (and have particularly deep pockets) then this breath taking limited edition Hublot King Power Usain Bolt watch will certainly tick all of the right boxes from a style and luxury point of view. The Jamaican speedster is certainly one of the greatest sportsmen the world has ever seen and if you want to replicate his laid back, but luxurious style, this Hublot watch is the one for you.
Boasting a bunch of impressive features to justify the lofty price tag, you’ll have to go a long way to find a more impressive and unique watch. Just some of the features include a black ceramic bezel, Usain Bolt silhouette at the 9 o’clock position, sapphire crystal glass case and a gold synthetic leather strap made from the same material as the running shoes worn by the great man himself.
TAG Heuer Special Edition Carrera Goodwood Festival of Speed Chronograph Price £4,000 ($6,500) Approx
For fans of speed, automobiles and luxury comes this limited edition Carrera watch from TAG Heuer. The full name of this watch is a bit more of a mouthful – TAG Heuer Special Edition Carrera Goodwood Festival of Speed Chronograph – but don’t let this tongue-twister put you off as it is undoubtedly one of the best and most unusual luxury sports watches on the market. With some pretty impressive features of its own including the Goodwood Logo stamped at the 9 o’clock position, unique red-striped dial and ‘starbust’ grey watch face, this TAG Heuer watch is one for the collectors out there as it is limited to a production of just 250 timepieces.
Alpina watches aren’t one of the biggest names in the luxury watch industry but they are certainly one of the most established as they have been producing eye-catching and stylish luxury watches for over 125 years. Their luxury sports watches, such as the Alpina Adventure watch above, forms one of the cornerstones of their watchmaking endeavours and they are rapidly becoming one of the best loved makers of luxury watches for adrenaline seekers, courtesy of timepieces like the above.
This exceptional watch will offer plenty of features to wow even the pickiest of watch fans and just some of these features include a double ‘O-Ring’ crown, bold face to enhance readability in harsh conditions such as climbing or sailing, and a Swiss-made automatic movement.