The wrist is a terrible thing to waste at the best of times. But on the weekend, when most of us are enjoying a break from the unrelenting grind of nine to five, it’s especially wasteful not to enjoy a change of pace in the watch department. A sporty change-up, a more utilitarian look, something minimal after a week of chronographs, or perhaps a tool watch that matches your weekend activities. It’s a time to refresh and relax. These six durable and versatile weekend warriors will help you get it done, whatever you’re doing.
The Halios Tropik Bronze
First up we have the Tropik Bronze from Candadian-based micro-brand Halios. The case, made from an aluminium nickel bronze alloy will patina nicely over time. What this means is that, much like Nick Wooster, this Halios will only get better with age. With 300m of water resistance, you don’t have to worry about taking it off at the pool, and the blue Superluminova finished hands and dial markers make it the obvious choice for an impromptu night-time skinny dip, if that’s what you’re into. RRP $675 USD
The Nomos Ahoi
Next we have the Nomos Ahoi, which at 40mm is on the more subtle side for a sports watch. The open caseback showing off the in-house movement is a nice touch, and something we don’t usually find on dive watches, given that it compromises water resistance. The Ahoi’s comfortable textile strap is a nice touch that gives the Ahoi a relaxed mood. Nomos are praised for their understated approach and the Ahoi is no exception with its white dial, complete with blue and red highlights. It’s perfect for the clean-cut weekender – suede loafers and linen everything. RRP from $5500
The Seiko SRP675K
The orange dial of this Seiko 5 Automatic is definitely an adventurous choice, and not something we’d recommend wearing around the office (unless it’s a site office). Built for the pioneers out there, the bright colour, oversized lume and wide hands provide ultimate legibility and mean you won’t lose this guy in the garden. Pairs well with active wear. RRP $450
The Tudor North Flag
When it was released last year, the North Flag – Tudor’s much anticipated companion piece to their popular Heritage collection – had everyone talking. Its bold and distinctive design has uncommon integrated lugs and strong ’70s vibe.It’s the watch to wear when your adventures start on Friday night. Dress with chinos and a light cashmere knit for optimal impact. RRP from $4250
The Tissot PRS 516
Having stood the test of time, the Tissot PRS 516 is vintage styling at is best. Perfect for those of you who prefer to take it easy, with a design that harks back to the golden days of the 1960s. This is the perfect watch for your weekend cruise in a classic car – preferably something American and streamlined. Featuring racy good looks accentuated by the dark blue dial, this watch looks great with everyone’s weekend staple – denim. Just throw on a white T, leather jacket (surly Marlon Brando attitude is optional) and you’re good to go. RRP $850.
Bell & Ross BR02-94 Steel
Decompress over the weekend with the Bell & Ross BR02-94 Steel. Water-resistant to 500 metres, we doubt you’ll find a water park this guy can’t handle. Aside from a few rule-proving exceptions – rubber should NEVER be worn with a suit or in a formal setting. However, it’s the perfect material for more casual settings, and the BR02-94’s unique, tonneau shape and generally rugged good looks effortlessly differentiate this watch from your daily wearer.