Luxury watch brands spent much of the last year mining company archives for aquatic rather than aviation inspiration. At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, Switzerland, brands from IWC to Cartier introduced high-performance dive watches designed to be both stylish and functional at depth. The new timepieces are moderately sized – this year as well there was a resurgence of small-faced watches at the show – and moderately flashy, the perfect complement to either a blue or wet suit.
Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio
While many brands tout their aviation heritage, Panerai, with its historical links with the Italian Navy, focuses on maritime (and sub-maritime) effectiveness. The brand prides itself on offering some of the very few timepieces that measure power reserve in days rather than hours and is releasing several new editions of its hardy Radiomir and Luminor models. The simplest and most handsome is the 44mm Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio, which will be available for one year. Featuring a completely in-house P.5000 manually wound movement with a power reserve of eight days, its everyday usability is largely a product of its Forties-inspired design, which keeps it simple with a stainless steel case, white dial with Arabic numerals, luminous dot markers, and a tan leather strap. [$7,700; panerai.com]