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How to look good: Top 10 summer getaways to sport your luxury watch


by John Wallis

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July 04. 2018 - by John Wallis

Embrace the enchanting beauty of Mauritius with an Omega Seamaster on your wrist, or sample the vineyards of South Africa with an IWC Portugieser. Here’s how to look good this summer with our top 10 dream destinations and the perfect watches to go with them.


It's summer, and if you live in northern Europe, the weather is finally starting to get its act together. You know what that means: time to leave it all behind for a getaway holiday in a distant part of the world where it's even hotter. But you don't have to accept the first seaside resort you come across. Why not spice things up with something a little different?

Below we've listed our top picks for unique and interesting vacations to consider. But of course, what would a holiday be without the right watch to wear? Forget about passports and plug adapters, we've got you covered where it really counts!

The legendary markets of Marrakesh

Many a fine poet has tried and failed to capture the sensuous charms of Marrakesh, Morroco's bustling carnival town. The unique sights, sounds and fragrances of its ochre-dusted riads and Medina labyrinths deserve a watch that is equally rich and cultured. Go for something elegant in gold, with a vivid dial colour - perhaps a luscious IWC Portugieser

The coral gardens of Mauritius

Jewel of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a quilt of emerald spread across sapphire waters. Many tourists stick to the white sand beaches, but the real treasures can be found in kaleidoscope colours below the waves. Honour the reef's marvels with a suitably prestigious underwater watch, preferably in blue. The Rolex Submariner Deepsea or the Omega Seamaster 300 M are both superb choices.

The enchanting towns of Mykonos

The Aegean island of Mykonos may bring to mind fashionable party scenes and celebrity sightings, but this Greek paradise originally earned its reputation from its simple architectural purity and quiet beauty. Known for a minimalist blue and white aesthetic, you'll want to imitate its traditionalism and serenity in your watch choice. A Rolex Datejust or Nomos Ahoi would both go nicely.

The historic grandeur of Trinidad

The classic and colourful colonial architecture and cobblestone streets of Trinidad, one of Cuba's best preserved cities, are only the beginning of its charms. At night, the town comes alive with music and spectacular salsa dancers, not to mention the local rum-based cocktails. Look the part in this lively Caribbean milieu with something timeless and characterful, like a Patek Philippe Calatrava or a Breitling Chronoliner.

The natural wonders of Berchtesgaden

Nestling in the bosom of Austria, Berchtesgadener Land is best known for its stunning national park, home to sensational alpine vistas and rich biodiversity, not to mention fine Bavarian culture. Celebrate the Germanic spirit of ingenuity and precision with a cutting-edge TAG Heuer Connected, or remember the WWII storming of the Eagle's Nest with a military-style Breitling Hurricane Avenger.

A desert safari from Dubai

Whether by camel or jeep, a trek through the Arabian desert is sure to be a magical and unforgettable journey. There's nothing better than swigging from a full bottle of fresh water while contemplating the bleached bones of your less successful predecessors. Fly your flag of rugged adventure with a TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16, or embrace the unearthly desolation with an Panerai Luminor Submersible which is built to survive rough conditions.

The taste of wine in South Africa

The affluent Cape Town suburb of Constantia lies at the feet of the peninsula's dramatic mountains. Aside from its fine dining, Constantia is known for peerless vineyards producing some of South Africa's finest vino. On your tour of these winelands, make sure to wear something suited to outdoors travelling in the Southern climes - the Portugieser is a good bet again, or else consider the suavely understated Meistersinger Pangaea.

The US Southwest from the skies

Not all of us are qualified to fly a jet plane, but why not try the next best thing? Soar above the scintillating US Southwest at the legendary International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The extraordinary sight of more than 500 majestic balloons rising above the mesa might make you lose track of time; bring a Rolex GMT Master II or a IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII for the occasion.

The majesty of the animal kingdom in Rwanda

Rwanda's bounty of natural sub-Saharan splendour makes it a prime destination for wildlife holidays. Taking things to the next level, the new Bisate Lodge lets you stay in luxurious style in close proximity to the elephants and gorillas. These glorious treehouse retreats showcase the best of the culture's earthy style and natural colours, so bring a watch to match - perhaps an IWC Portofino.

The architectural miracle of La Muralla Roja

This remarkable apartment complex in the coastal resort of Calpe, Spain, is truly a marvel of modern architecture. Inspired in equal parts by Bauhaus geometry and Moorish citadels of the region, the result is an incredible Escher-esque maze of zig zags and stairways. If you're lucky, you can find a room here on AirBnB. Consider a well-made Tudor Pelagos or a Rolex Datejust.

That's it for now - happy travels! Everyone knows it's more about getting away from home rather than seeing somewhere new, so you're bound to have a great trip wherever you go! Just make sure you've packed the right watch - and bring some sunscreen too.

John Wallis

by John Wallis

Living and working in London, John has been writing about watches since graduating university. He got his start at SalonQP, London's finest watch show, where he was inspired by the breadth and creativity of the modern industry. His fascination with mechanical horology has only grown from there.

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