Just like we did with chronographs and dive watches, it’s now time to look at the current hottest watch category: the luxury sports watch. Born in the 1970s as a truly disruptive concept with deliberately provocative ads – remember those ads claiming “a steel watch more expensive than gold”? – luxury sports watches are on fire at the second-hand market. Since our buying guides only take the best of the best, here are the 5 most iconic luxury sports watches you can buy in 2018 – or at least, dream to buy, as some are close to being unattainable.
Note: as always, this list isn’t exhaustive. Please feel free to add your favourite watches in the comment section at the end of this article.
WHAT IS A “LUXURY SPORTS WATCH”?
While the concept behind a dive watch or a chronograph is pretty easy to understand, the luxury sports watch category needs to be explained. Certainly, there’s no official definition of what comprises a luxury sports watch but this is how we, at MONOCHROME, see it. A luxury sports watch is a high-end watch combining a refined, ultra-thin automatic movement with a sporty stainless steel, robust, water-resistant case incarnated by the Royal Oak watch created by Gérald Genta in 1972. The case of a luxury sports watch is usually a shaped case (no traditional, round cases with protruding lugs here), often a tonneau shape, integrated lugs and an integrated steel bracelet.