There has never been a better time to buy a watch, and there’s no time like the present, when you are cruising. You have the time to shop, the time to investigate, and the time to visit some of the greatest watch retailers on the face of the earth, ready to help guide you through the process.
The truth is that you can’t go wrong with whatever watch you choose. Watches today, across the board, are excellent. Quality levels are at the highest they have ever been, and most manufacturers offer a full two- to five-year guarantee, so you can buy with peace of mind.
When considering a watch, value doesn’t mean cheap or inexpensive. Value means that you are getting a great deal for your money. You could spend up to $1 million on a fine timepiece and still get quite a deal, from a value perspective. Today, watches are priced well and worth the investment.
Here are some of the greatest watch values from the some of the best brands under the Caribbean sun.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Golf | Price: $31,500 For those golfers onboard, Hublot has introduced the first mechanical watch designed expressly for golf, integrating a digital score keeping and display system to help keep you on par. Developed with the world’s No. 1 pro golfer, Dustin Johnson, the Big Bang Unico Golf is cased in Texalium, which is tough, durable, and very light. The timepiece looks like a chronograph, but the pushers are used for counting strokes. The dial has been skeletonized to put the in-house mechanical movement on full display.
Breitling Superocean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44 | Price: $7,990 on a steel bracelet; $7,665 on a rubber strap Breitling has a long history in aviation watches, but it has also specialized in tool watches for just as long. The new Superocean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44 continues this tradition and offers a great value—COSC certification, manufacture movement, water resistant to 200 meters, 70-hour power reserve, five-year warranty, all for a great price. Classy and distinguished, the Breitling Superocean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44 does just about everything well without looking like it’s trying too hard.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo in Titanium | Price: $12,900 Lightweight, amazingly thin, and designed with a unique aesthetic, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo in titanium is perfect for warm Caribbean nights and more. The Octo’s design has taken the watch world by storm. A subtle combination of a circle and an octagon, inspired by an ancient Roman column, the Octo’s shape is distinctive and multilayered. The Finissimo collection of the Octo is where Bulgari pares the watch down to the thinnest it can be, setting world records and winning timepiece design prizes along the way. The titanium version of the Octo Finissimo, with its blue hands, blue indices, and a stunning monochrome look, has turned heads around the world.
Chopard Happy Ocean | Price: $8,370 What better watch to be wearing while cruising on the open seas than the Chopard Happy Ocean? Chopard introduced the idea of diamonds floating and dancing on the dial of a stainless-steel luxury watch back in 1993. The diamonds move and spin freely between two sapphire crystals above the dial, lighting up the entire dial and making you smile. The Happy Ocean is a serious sports watch. Its 40mm steel case is water resistant to 300 meters, more than most dive watches. Powered by a mechanical movement with a power reserve of 60 hours, this is a piece of Swiss horology you can wear anywhere.
Bremont U-2/51 JET | Price: $5,395 If you were paying attention in the cinema recently, you have already seen this watch. It was on the wrist of Tom Hardy in the Venom film. Designed and tested for military squadrons, the U-2/51 JET combines no-nonsense styling with supreme toughness, enhanced precision and vintage-colored luminosity. This new design was inspired by a military project commissioned by the RAF’s 100 Squadron and its Hawk T1 jet aircraft. The case is 43mm, manufactured in stainless steel with a jet-black Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating and includes an inner bidirectional rotating bezel controlled by the crown at four o’clock. The movement powering this automatic watch is COSC certified as a chronometer, proven to be more precise than a normal watch movement. The case is water-resistant to 100 meters.
Frederique Constant Riva Limited Edition | Price: $1,595 Since 2009, Frederique Constant has celebrated its partnership with the Riva Historical Society (RHS) each year with a limited-edition timepiece inspired by the timeless 1920s boats. Combining classic styling with a splash of Italy’s dolce vita, this year’s Riva limited edition features a 42mm stainless steel case and navy blue dial with a hobnail pattern and central guilloche design. This automatic—which features the RHS flag engraved on the movement, visible through the sapphire crystal case back—is limited to 2,888 pieces (also available in rose gold plating).
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Blue | Price: $11,200 Designed for sunny blue skies and ocean waves, the Defy El Primero 21 Blue is a serious watch for good times. It is powered by the legendary El Primero movement, acknowledged as the world’s premier chronograph movement (introduced for the first time in 1969). This Defy edition of the El Primero enables 1/100th of a second precision, so when you depress the start pusher of the chronograph, the timing hand flies around the dial at one turn per second, which is simply incredible to see. The 44mm titanium case features an open-worked dial, showcasing the incredible movement beating inside. This is a watch not to be missed.
Alpina AlpinerX | Price: $995 There are tons of smart watches and fitness bands on the market today, but most of them look like gadgets, not like watches. Enter the Alpina AlpinerX. From afar, the AlpinerX, made by Alpina, an established Swiss manufacturer, looks like a high-quality sports watch, which it is. But it also offers all the information smart watches do and more, including world time (a second time zone, plus local 24-hour time), UV indicator, fitness tracker, sleep tracker, altitude, compass, temperature, and barometer. Its fiberglass and stainless steel case is light, so even at 45mm, it doesn’t overwhelm the wrist. It’s also water-resistant to 100 meters, so you don’t have to take it off when swimming, showering, or sinking into the gym hot tub. Another huge benefit of the AlpinerX is that the battery lasts for more than two years, so there’s no need to recharge all the time. The AlpinerX comes in navy, black, orange, or a navy and orange mix.
Raymond Weil Maestro Moon Phase | Price: $1,295 – $1,495 Looking for a classically styled timepiece with a distinctive twist? Consider the Raymond Weil Maestro Moon Phase, an automatic watch with a great looking moon phase display, Roman numerals, and a choice of dials (blue, silver, or gray) decorated with an elegant wave pattern. The result is a watch that is perfect for the office and for nights out. The 40mm stainless steel watch showcases the moon and the stars with its crescent-shaped moon phase display, the perfect complication to link earthbound time and date to the heavens above.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady Automatic | Price: $2,000 For the first time this year, TAG Heuer introduced an Aquaracer just for ladies, the Aquaracer Lady Automatic. Equipped with a Caliber 9 automatic movement and water-resistant to 300 meters, this sporty watch is just as comfortable on land as it is immersed in the ocean blue. The hands and indices are coated with Super-LumiNova for excellent visibility in low light, and it features a stunning mother of pearl dial, in black or white. Sized at 32mm, the new Aquaracer Lady Automatic, which is even available in a diamond-set version, might just be the only watch you ever need. Wearing the Aquaracer Lady Automatic, you just have to put it on and you never have to think about it again. Tested to destruction, this Aquaracer can withstand shocks, extreme temperature, and even a fancy night out at the Captain’s Table.