Seafarers will delight in seeing that HYT's liquid technology is now combined with maritime traditions in the H4 RC44. The RC44 is a class of monohull designed by Russell Coutts, with whom HYT is partnering, and which has its own RC44 Championship Tour. As part of the championship's 10th anniversary, HYT is pairing its endurance and camaraderie spirits together with the watch's pioneering spirit.

Time is shown through a deep-blue liquid that moves in a translucent capillary around the watch's exterior, pointing at the black hour dial with grey numerals. A luminescent Super-LumiNova coating under the capillary will shine brightly in the dark.

Sturdy ultra-light carbon makes up both the 51mm case and the crown, and the grey colour is present in the insignia at the sixth hour. The crown is also sheathed in rubber and screwed down to provide 50m waterproofing. Attention is paid to the strap, which is made from NOMEX, a synthetic Kevlar fibre suitable for extreme conditions and which is used in sailing hulls.

Breitling's Navitimer 1884

The next option is Breitling's Navitimer 1884, with its strong ties to the aviation world and useful user-friendly functions. A twin aperture at the 12th hour shows the day and month, while the date is shown by a central pointer with a crescent-moon-shaped tip, known as the Datora system, which was a Breitling bestseller in 1940. Additionally, 24-hour “military time” is displayed on the small-second sub-dial located at the ninth hour.

An all-black dial made from a solid silver base and crafted with the ingenious par épargne technique that results in crisp silver letters and numbers is enlivened further with red accents. A generous case measuring 46mm is covered with cambered sapphire crystal and glare-proofed on both sides boosts readability.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph

Ulysse Nardin's Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar can go up to 100m in depth, making it ideally suited to diving, snorkelling, sailing and other water sports. Unlike a simple calendar that needs to be adjusted manually five times a year, the annual calendar only needs once-a-year correction since it recognises 30- and 31-day months.

A chronograph is another feature aside from showing hours, minutes and seconds. Windowed at the third hour is a 30-minute counter, while two windows at the sixth hour show the hour counter and the date. A small-second counter is viewable from the window at the ninth hour alongside another window for the month. Both white dial and black leather strap or blue dial and blue leather strap are available with roman numerals on both.  

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