Luxury watches to compliment every holiday

Whether you’re dining in a 5-star hotel, scaling a mountain or whizzing through a few time zones, you need a decent travel watch. Our top 5 luxury time pieces may burn a serious hole in your wallet, but who cares? Beauty doesn’t come cheap.

For chic diners

Van Cleef watchClassy and elegant.
Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels is renowned for its bling jewellery but its assortment of watches deserve recognition for combining elegance and simplicity. The women’s collection features a simple, golden, four-petal flower outlined with finely cut diamonds. Effortlessly sophisticated, this classic watch with its smart brown strap can be matched to most outfits and is perfect if you want to dress to impress.

Where to wear it? Milan, Paris, London

Prices start from £7,044.

For stylish travellers

Frank Muller watchEye-catching
Frank Muller

Push the boat out with the latest Frank Muller Double Mystery family of watches. Available for both men and women, encased in gold and featuring alligator leather straps, the watch is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland with its artfully elongated numbers framed by curved golden edges. Eye-catching it may be but it’s also steadfastly innovative and features two turning disks with dials rather than traditional hands to pinpoint the time.

Where to wear it? New York

Prices start from £13,775.

For jetsetters

Quattro Valvole watchBold and functional
Quattro Valvole

Often lose track of the time when you’re straddling different time zones? Consign this problem to the dustbin of history with the Classic Quattro Valvole 48 Four Stokes watch. Spotted on the wrist of Real Madrid football player Cristiano Ronaldo, this seriously good-looking watch is named after its four separate clock faces. Each cleverly displays a different time, enabling you to keep track of multiple time zones. Part of the Meccaniche Veloci line, this watch is useful for long haul flyers and frequent business travellers, and comes in a bold range of colours.

Where to wear it? United States

Prices start from £8,430.

For divers

IWC watchDurable and water resistant

With its vivid yellow arced rim, you can’t miss the Aquatimer Chronograph 3767 watch designed by International Watch Co. Schaffhausen (IWC) – which is a good thing, as this time piece is designed for divers. Featuring a black rubber strap for underwater comfort and durability, this watch is water resistant down to 120m (393ft), displays elapsed dive times and boasts a special luminous coating so it can be seen in all under water light conditions, including night dives. The Aquatimer Chronograph also features a special safety clasp so it can’t slip off above or below the surface. Definitely a bonus as this is one watch you don’t want to lose.

Where to wear it? Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Maldives

Prices start from £4,250.

For adventure lovers

Linde Werdelin watchSeriously robust
Linde Werdelin

Linde Werdelin’s rugged-looking SpidoSpeed watch was conceived after a trip up Mount Everest and is a must-have for seriously outdoorsy travellers. Inspired by racing cars, this technologically complex case features 32 individual parts assembled by hand. Its intricate design features extend to a multi-layered dial and subdials, aimed at producing a three-dimensional look. This ticker is seriously robust too: the coating on the watch has received the ‘DLC treatment’ (Diamond-Like-Carbon), making it three times stronger than steel. If you’re the kind of fella who thinks Iron Man events are a walk in the park, this watch is undoubtedly for you.

Where to wear it? Hiking in India's Himalayas or Morocco's Atlas Mountains

Prices start from £10,226.

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