Seven of the best travel watches for Hong Kong globetrotters

An unusual mix of look-at-me luxe timepieces and practical outdoor tech, the travel watch genre is going places with all kinds of worldwide wanderers

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 May, 2017, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Monday, 22 May, 2017, 5:00pm

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

The latest smartwatch from Samsung (HK$3,398) looks far more like a rugged travel watch than arch rival Apple Watch. It features IP68-rated water resistance, up to four days of battery, a dedicated app store, GPS positioning and a built-in speaker. Available from

Fossil Q Accomplice

A slim hybrid smartwatch, the Fossil Q Accomplice (HK$1,700) is part of a trend for traditional watchmakers to create connected timepieces. Just 11mm thick, it records daily steps, tracks the duration and quality of sleep, and even reminds you to drink water throughout the day. Available from

Garmin Fenix 5

Created for outdoor adventures, the Fenix 5 (HK$5,499) includes GPS and GLONASS (the Russian equivalent of GPS) satellite reception and a three-axis compass with gyroscope and barometric altimeter. Although GPS tracking drains the battery in 24 hours, switch it off and the Fenix 5 keeps going for two weeks. Available from

IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph

Since pilots traverse time zones constantly, watches designed for the cockpit tend to be the best around for travel. This pricey timepiece (about HK$80,000) lets you swap to a new time zone just by twisting the bezel, which displays 24 different time zones. Available from

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Suunto Kailash Travel Watch

Made in Finland from sapphire crystal and titanium, this travel watch (HK$7,020) uses GPS to log the locations you visit, listing how many countries and cities you’ve been to at the press of a button. It also presents local sunrise/sunset times, counts your daily steps, and notifies you about messages on your phone. Available from

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time

This luxury watch (HK$228,000) allows the wearer to keep track of time around the world in 37 time zones – including those that are a half-hour or quarter-hour off the global time zone grid, such as India, Nepal, North Korea, Myanmar and parts of Australia. Available from

Girard-Perregaux Traveller WW.TC

Featuring world time with day/night indicators, this luxury watch (HK$267,100) comes in a pink gold case with a brown alligator strap. Available from

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