Elevate Your Style with a Trendy Watch for Summer

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The start of summer—and all its new trends—marks an excellent opportunity to refresh your wardrobe, too, from incorporating a brighter colour to embracing a sportier vibe. One brilliant way to do this is with a new timepiece. Depending on the strap, watch face and materials you pick, you’ll be right in sync with the latest fashion trends.

The best part? No matter which timepiece you choose, it’s a stylish investment that will stay in your wardrobe rotation for many, many seasons to come—even as trends come and go. Here’s where to start.

The summer trend: sporty

Nostalgic athletic wear is having a major moment—look no further than the popularity of vintage-inspired track shorts and rugby polos. With this Alpina timepiece, the rubber strap lends a ready-for-anything feel, and the ​​ceramic bezel is exceptionally durable. The navy blue will pop against an all-white tennis look or contrast nicely with breezy office wear, lending it a subtly sporty edge.

The watch: Alpiner Extreme Automatic 41mm

Extreme Automatic 41mm, $3,195, lavigueur.com

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For a more future-forward take on the sporty trend, the unusual face of this Accutron timepiece features an open-work dial, accented by metallic details. This watch performs like an athlete, too, thanks to the intricately engineered motor and turbine system used to power the movement.

The watch: Accutron Spaceview 2020 Electrostatic 43mm Stainless Steel

Accutron Spaceview 2020 Electrostatic 43mm Stainless Steel, $4,995, maisonbirks.com

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The summer trend: pops of colour

While all-over-red was a major fall trend a few seasons ago, this summer it’s all about wearing this colour in smaller—but no less impactful—doses. The timeless stainless-steel design of this Citizen watch is taken to the next level with a deep red dial. The best part? There’s an interchangeable all-red leather strap to make the ultimate colour statement.

The watch: Citizen L Arcly

Citizen L Arcly, $795, citizenwatch.com

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Another hue that’s all over the runways? Pistachio green, which is perfectly infused into the face of this classic Bulova timepiece. The chocolate brown leather strap also feels a little unexpected yet classic.

The watch: Bulova Surveyor

Bulova Surveyor, $575, bulova.com

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The summer trend: silver and metallic 

If there’s a trend perfectly tailored to the world of watches, it’s this season’s love affair with all things sequined and metallic. From paillettes on dresses at Carolina Herrera to metallic corsets at Alexander McQueen, silver is everywhere. The sparkling face of this Bulova stunner takes a page from the runways with its brilliant 40 hand-set diamonds. Plus, the intricate process of making each watch means that no two are exactly alike. Finally, the white leather strap is the ideal choice for the summer.

The watch: Bulova Duality Classic

Bulova Duality Classic, $1,195, bulova.com

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The summer trend: ’90s revival

Nineties nostalgia was all over the SS24 runways, from sophisticated workwear at Bottega Veneta to simple black dresses at Coperni. The decade’s aesthetic was marked by minimal adornment, tonal dressing and sleek silhouettes. This watch by Frederique Constant perfectly captures this understated mood, thanks to its unusual salmon-hued face and slim hour markers. The less-is-more approach of this timepiece still makes a striking statement.

The watch: Frederique Constant Classic Date Manufacturer

Frederique Constant Classic Date Manufacturer, $4,795, knar.com

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The summer trend: old-school prep

It seems almost every designer offered their own riff on the evergreen preppy trend this season, from Hedi Slimane at Celine (think: cropped cardigans, high socks and pleated skirts) to Dries Van Noten’s school-boy blazers. The key to nailing the preppy look: opt for plenty of heritage details. A perfect example is the Citizen Rolan, which features a gold-tone stainless steel case and classic three sub-dials on the face. The croc-textured brown leather strap completes the nostalgic look.

The watch: Citizen Rolan

Citizen Rolan, $495, citizenwatch.com

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On this Frederique Constant timepiece, the mother-of-pearl face, Roman numerals and squared-off dial all add up to create a stunning heirloom piece. The deep-blue leather strap is a welcome alternative to something more expected. While this is a watch to treasure, it’s versatile enough to be worn with more casual outfits, too.

The watch: Frederique Constant Classics Art Déco Carrée

Frederique Constant Classics Art Déco Carrée, $2,095, knar.com

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This content was created by The Kit; Citizen funded and approved it.

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