There’s something special about looking out the window of the jet as you come in to land and reaching for your watch to adjust to the different time zone. It signals that you’ve arrived somewhere new, and that an adventure —whether for work or play— is about to begin.
Most people categorize watches based on their design, but some timepieces transcend their original purpose and become the best watch not just for a certain task, but for a certain place.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would it be? Thanks to Skyjet, anywhere is possible. With its expertise in private jet travel, Skyjet has provided the 12 top destinations for work and play, & we’ve picked the 12 Crown & Caliber watches that we think are ideal for each place. From heavy-duty divers to dual timezone models to classic dress watches, read on to discover the watch you should slip on as you step off the plane.
Search the entire world and you’ll struggle to find bluer water or whiter sand than what you’ll see in the Maldives. Easy access to its incredible beaches and warm climate make the Maldives the ideal vacation spot for a watch that’s not only stylish, but also suitable for tropical weather.
On your wrist: Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167a
Introduced in 1997, the Aquanaut is sporty and rugged but still more than suitable to wear to dinner after a day out on the ocean. With its strong screw-down crown and rubber “Tropical” strap, the Aquanaut has the ideal combination of casual appeal and comfort for the Maldives.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A-001
Rolex Submariner 116619
Stunning beaches, exclusive resorts, and a sublime combination of white sand and blue skies make St. Barts one of the most impressive Caribbean islands. With some of the world’s best diving in easy reach, St. Barts calls for a watch that’s engineered for use on and in the water.
On your wrist: Rolex Submariner 116619
Why the Submariner? More importantly, why not? As the world’s most famous dive watch, the Submariner is the ideal choice for exploring the beautiful coral reefs around St. Barts. The 116619, which mixes white gold with a stunning blue dial and bezel, even complements St. Barts’ tropical color palette.
Another stunning tropical archipelago, Seychelles is home to a selection of amazing beaches and the Aldabra Atoll, the world’s largest coral atoll. As one of the Indian Ocean’s top watersports regions, Seychelles calls for a watch that’s purpose-built for the ocean.
Named in honor of one of the world’s most famous undersea explorers and designed to serve the needs of sailors, the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Cousteau Divers Watch is a natural choice for underwater exploration. With its sporty looks and colorful dial, it’s ideal for keeping track of time while out on the ocean.
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Cousteau Divers Limited Edition IW3781-01
IWC Pilot’s Chronograph IW3786-01
Rugged countryside and outstanding skiing have made Aspen one of North America’s premier ski resort towns. As a location that’s all about adventure, Aspen demands a watch built to handle the demands of Colorado’s winter as well as Aspen’s exciting summer.
On your wrist: IWC Pilot’s Chronograph IW3786-01
With its military styling, the IWC Pilot’s Chronograph is a fantastic watch for adventurers. 44mm dimensions and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal make it an easy watch to read in the snowy Aspen winter, as well as hardy enough to handle the demands of a Black Diamond ski run.
With just 100 square miles of land, visiting St. Kitts and Nevis is more about what you can do on the water. From yacht charters to diving, St. Kitts is a tropical island that’s all about spending time out on the sea, demanding a wristwatch that’s designed for use on the water.
On your wrist: Rolex Yachtmaster 116689
Designed with the needs of professional sailors in mind, the Rolex Yachtmaster is a wonderful watch for a day out on the ocean. The 18k white gold 116689 is an amazingly versatile watch which looks just as good with a cotton polo shirt as it does with a sports coat after sunset.
Rolex Yachtmaster 116689
Panerai Luminor Marina OP 6976
Whether it’s water sports in summer or skiing in winter, Lake Tahoe is one of North America’s most versatile destinations. As such, you’ll requires a watch that’s equally at home on the ski slopes as it is aboard a speedboat.
On your wrist: Panerai Luminor Marina OP 6976
Famous for its association with the Italian Regia Marina, Panerai’s watches are built with water in mind. While the leather strap of the Luminor Marina OP 6976 means you’ll want to leave it out of the lake itself, its large size and crown guard make it an elegant and versatile pick.
As the gateway to two of the United States’ most incredible national parks, Jackson Hole is the ideal vacation spot for outdoorsmen. Great scenery and world class hiking make Jackson Hole a destination that requires a rustic, sporty watch to match and complement the scenery.
On your wrist: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25863TI
With its brushed titanium case and bezel, its huge 48 mm case size, and its sporty design, the AP Royal Oak Offshore is a great outdoorsman’s watch. Add the beautiful brown strap, which blends nicely into the Wyoming scenery, and it’s a timepiece that’s a natural fit for the region.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25863TI
Ulysse Nardin Maxi GMT Dual Time 246-55/32
Great weather, beautiful cities and its association with some of the world’s most famous artists make the Côte d’Azur one of Europe’s most popular destinations. Since it combines culture and glamour so effortlessly, a trip to the Côte d’Azur needs a watch that’s both subtle and elegant.
On your wrist: Ulysse Nardin Maxi GMT Dual Time 246-55/32
With its beautiful 18k yellow gold case, black dial and dual time zone complication, the Ulysse Nardin Maxi GMT Dual Time is a beautiful dress watch that matches the culture and style of the French Riviera, all without standing out too much.
From the streets of the charming Old Town to the stunning views from St. Peter’s Cathedral, Geneva is a city with a great deal of beauty on offer. With culture and history in spades, we recommend a classic dress watch to match Geneva’s unique mix of looks and discernment.
On your wrist: Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227
Created in 1932, the Calatrava is Patek Philippe’s signature model. With its subtle styling and conservative yet eye-catching silhouette, the Calatrava blends outstanding looks with historical importance to create a combination that’s perfectly suited to Geneva.
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227
Rolex GMT Master II 116718
Whether you’re shopping, sightseeing, eating, drinking, or just finding your way around the city, London has something for everyone. Stop by the city’s iconic sights, or drop into a local pub to see the side of London most tourists miss out on.
On your wrist: Rolex GMT Master II 116718
No list of travel wristwatches is complete without the Rolex GMT Master II, and there’s no better city for the GMT Master II than London. The 116718’s combination of yellow gold, black, and green also blends beautifully into London’s color scheme, all while standing out enough to be noticed.
From the busy 1st Arrondissement to the narrow medieval streets of the 4th, Paris has a huge variety of things to see and do for visitors. As one of the world’s most romantic cities, Paris is a great pick for an anniversary weekend, shopping trip, or just a few fun days of sightseeing.
On your wrist: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar With Meteorite Dial
A romantic city calls for a romantic watch, and few watches can compete with the JLC Master Calendar in this category. With its 18k rose gold case, alligator strap, and nicely balanced dial, the Master Calendar is a beautiful watch for an undeniably beautiful city.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar With Meteorite Dial
Parmigiani Toric Perpetual Calendar 7645
Warm summers, rugged landscapes, and some of Europe’s most impressive beaches have all made Sicily one of the world’s best spring and autumn locations. Whether you’re visiting the sights in Palermo or relaxing in Cefalù, Sicily is an incredible island with a lot to offer.
On your wrist: Parmigiani Toric Perpetual Calendar 7645
With its artfully-arranged black dial and 18k yellow gold case, the Parmigiani Toric Perpetual Calendar effortlessly matches the rust-orange countryside of Sicily. Old World-inspired design and the conveniences of a perpetual calendar make the Parmigiani Toric a wonderful watch for an Italian vacation.
No matter where you end up or what you’re wearing while you’re there, make sure the flight in is a smooth experience. Skyjet is clearly the superior option, with its on-demand private jet charter service that makes air travel a breeze. Whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure, Skyjet is there for you with a seamless booking experience, discounted point-to-point pricing, preferred access to a fleet of certified aircraft operated by select affiliates, and a team of dedicated aviation experts focused on exceptional service. Give private jet travel a try—much like a finely-crafted timepiece, you’ll notice how smoothly it runs.