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Shades of Summer:  Five Top Watches For Summer For Him And Her

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Summer time watches have a special hue to them that mime the colors of nature. (Photo: R. Naas)

Unisex is a thing again when it comes to watches. It was a turnkey phrase in the 1980’s and into the ‘90’s, but now it has taken on all new meaning. Now it is about having a watch the proper size to fit any wrist. This year, too, unisex and color go hand in hand, as more and more watch brands are offering beautiful summer colors for any wrist. Here we take a quick look at five of the most beautifully colored watches for summer.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer

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Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer

The colors of the turquoise seas of Mykonos and Saint-Tropez never looked as good as this Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer watch. The 42mm timepiece is created using anodized satin-finished aluminium – so it is light weight. The watch is powered by the Unico caliber HUB1280 with 72 hours of power reserve and column-wheel chronograph that can be seen through the sapphire crystal and open-worked dial. The watch is equipped with the brand’s patented interchangeable One Click attachment system and is sold with two straps, one in Velcro and one in natural rubber – perfectly matched to the case.  Just 200 pieces will be made.  $20,900.

Oris Diver Sixty-Five Cotton Candy

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Oris Divers Sixty-Five Cotton Candy Collection

Almost every newbie collector wants an Oris bronze watch. The brand has been inundated with requests for its bronze, which – unlike some other brands – is not treated so that it won’t patina. Instead, Oris allows its bronze to patina away – offering a superbly unique look in a very short time. Add to the desire for bronze, the desire for color and you have a win/win situation. The Oris Diver Sixty-Five Cotton Candy watches boast dials in pale pink, sky blue and mint green – just like the summertime favorite sugar reward Cotton Candy for which it is named. The 38mm watches are unisex and filled with Super-LumiNova for easy underwater reading. After all, they  are water resistant to 100 meters. $2,100.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 Palm Motif

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 Exotic Palm

There’s a new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 watch on the market and it is sending  collectors clamoring.   Actually, there are four new dial motifs that offer vibrant tropical hues and patterns, but the one stealing the limelight this year is h the lush palm leaf motif dial. The palms can be found on several Rolex watch this year, but the Oyster Perpetua Datejust with cyclops window for the date at 3:00 is the bomb. Crafted in Rolex’s Oystersteel and equipped with an Oyster bracelet, the watch features a two-tone olive green dial in the shape and motif of palm fronts. They may not offer a lot of shade, but they offer distinctive tropical vibes – if you can get one. the watch is powered by the caliber 3235 and is a certified Superlative Chronometer. $7,050.

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise

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Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise

In a new summertime capsule collection, Breitling embraces the colors of the season. The new Superocean Heritage ’57 Paste Paradise series of 38mm stainless steel watches with rotating bezels offers a modern twist to a vintage style. The palette: summer white, aquamarine, mint green, and iced latte – all in tone-on-tone dials, bezels and straps. There is also a dramatic rainbow version with tangerine hues and a rainbow assortment of markers from yellow to green, blue, indigo, violet, red and orange. This version retails for slightly mor than the others. The Pastel Paradise watches are equipped with a quick-change strap system and sold with two colorful straps. They’re powered by the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 10 automatic movement. $ $4630.

Grand Seiko GMT Shosho

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Grand Seiko GMT Summer watch

Celebrating the many seasons of Japan (24 seasonal phases, Sekki, to be exact), the newest GMT watches from Grand Seiko are all about distinctive character and beauty. Sosho is the summer season in Japan and to celebrate it, the brand creates the GMT Hi-Beat 36000 GMT watch, powered by the caliber 9S86 automatic movement that beats at 36,00 vibrations per hour.  It is chocked with 55 hours of power reserve. The specially created  rich blue dial replicates the ripples of the summer lakes. The 39.5mm watch is finished with a stainless steel case and bracelet. $6,800.

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