Sports luxury is one of those ephemeral subgenres in watchland that hides a multitude of sins. It’s easy for a watch maker to label any oversized solid-gold diver as sports luxe, but the reality is that most of these watches will never see any actual sports time. Frankly, that’s not good enough. So we found a select handful of timepieces that you could wear with ease on the court or in the boardroom.
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Oysterflex
It’s an obvious choice, but this Everose beauty’s inclusion isn’t solely due to the action-ready and oh-so-comfy Oysterflex. The slim case profile and Cerachrom bezel are also key attributes in the Yacht-Master’s success as a sports-ready status symbol. RRP $31,650
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
I was never really on team Aquanaut, but then I caught up with David and his ‘one watch’ Patek Philippe, and I just got it. Like the Rolex, the Aquanaut has the winning combo of rubber strap and slender case. But beyond that there’s a dazzling mix of finishings, an interesting dial and top-notch movement. Beautiful but not delicate.
Montblanc TimeWalker Date
Montblanc’s recently gave their hallmark TimeWalker line an automotive makeover, one which leans heavily on chronographs. But I actually think the simpler time and date offering is a perfect sporty-luxe piece at an entry-level price with its bright, attractive dial, simple steel case with neat cutaways and a ceramic bezel. On rubber, this thing is perfectly suited to action, adventure and well, the office. RRP $4470 on calf or rubber
Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey
Hublot is a sporty brand, no doubt. Big and bold are some of the adjectives that spring to mind. The Classic Fusion line shares this sporty aesthetic and DNA but in a dressier, more refined package. Plus the rubber-backed leather straps mean you don’t have to be too concerned about building up a sweat. RRP $30,300
Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon GMT 41.5
If I’m completely honest, this Louis Vuitton is a more luxury than sports, but with it’s comfortable newly redesigned steel case, rubber strap and practical GMT functionality, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t wear this beauty for a quick round of casual racquetball before a spot of sunning yourself on the deck of your (super) yacht. RRP $6625