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Luxos looks at this season's watches for the sports lover
by 07 May 2010

No matter how high you climb up a mountain or how deep you dive into the sea, you want to rely on a watch that gives you the luxurious feeling that you seek while you are in the city. Uniting a sporting spirit and technical prowess into extraordinary design, sports watches this summer will be with you rain or shine. Keep exploring the world with these unique timepieces developed with state-of-the art technology and a sense of rugged luxury.

Music on Board
A tourbillon with all the characteristics and looks of a sporty watch, Corum’s Admiral’s Cup Minute Repeater Tourbillon 45 exudes an aura of strength similar to none. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Admiral’s Cup model, the famous high horology brand has devised an unusual combination: Tourbillon and minute repeater with an exceptional CO 010 caliber movement. Perfect choice for marine and sea-enthusiasts who consider time as being of the essence, this limited edition timepiece is delight to the eye with its 18kt red-gold chassis and sapphire crystal dial as it is to the ears with its precise and rich notes.

Geophysical Experiment
A mechanical chronograph with GMT-function, the new Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2 is especially developed for use in the most extreme conditions. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s watchmakers worked with scientists to create this first multi-function watch designed to resist magnetic fields by means of the use of a silicone escapement. With a Calibre 781 mechanism made up of 566 parts, the latest Master Compressor is sturdy as a rock in the face of all extreme weather conditions. The extraordinary strength of this chronograph with extremely light and resistant TiVan15 titanium alloy external chassis was tested by a mountaineering expedition to a hitherto unconquered peak in the Himalayas.

Resilient Elegance
Panerai, the famous maker of military watches, goes back to an original design that was emblematic of sturdiness, reliability and waterproofness. The new Luminor 1950 Marina 3 Days Automatic, however, is enhanced by its P.9000 in-house calibre that executes 28,800 alternations per hour, and its beautiful new dial. Panerai’s classic Arabic numbers reflect the truly classy ecru color, contrasting over a black sapphire crystal base. Waterproof to 30 bar (about 300 metres), this new model has the strap attached to the lugs with an exclusive patented method that allows for easy rapid replacement and a sapphire crystal back plate that allows the movement to be seen.

Perpetual Refinement
A timepiece combining strong aesthetic and technical elements from the marine and perpetual collections, Ulysse Nardin’s Diver Perpetual brings together the best of both worlds. In the year 2100 when other perpetual calendar watches will need to be returned to their manufacturer, Ulysse Nardin Perpetual Calendars will function normally. The conveniently light titanium case matches perfectly with the orange luminous indeces and hands over the elegant black sapphire crystal base, with oversized numbers specially designed for easy reading. This limited edition watch represents many a sports lovers' dream: an everyday sport timepiece with the functionality of a high complication watch.

Countdown to the Cup
As all professional sailors know, yacht races can be won or lost even before the starting line is crossed. With that in mind, the Rolex Yacht-Master II is equipped with a programmable countdown feature that can be set according to the starting sequences of each regatta. At the heart of this technically brilliant watch, on and off the water, lies the 4160 movement with a mechanical memory that enables the perfect synchronization of the different parts of the countdown. Feel the excitement of the race firsthand with the elegant Oyster Perpetual model in white or yellow gold. Crossing the finishing line first, however, is entirely up to you and your crew.