The best modern sailing watches

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When out on the ocean waves, your timepiece is one of the most important luxury travel accessories. Whether you want the best of the best limited edition watches or prefer a slightly more minimalist watch with tailored regatta racing functions, our edit of fine sailing watches is essential to achieve classic coastal style.

Breitling Exospace B55 Yachting
The latest evolution of the classic Breitling Exospace B55 – which currently offers models designed for aviators and motorists – this new model features a reimagined calibre B55 movement designed with life on the ocean in mind. Notably, the B55 Yachting is both a mechanical COSC-certified chronometer as well as a high-tech smartwatch so, as well as boasting a lap timer, tachymeter and regatta chronograph with alarm, the watch also offers a digital countdown timer, seven daily alarms, 12 and 24 hour digital displays and Bluetooth smartphone pairing.

Case: Titanium, 46mm
Strap: Rubber
Movement: Calibre B55 Superquartz
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: £5,810,
www.breitling.com

Panerai-Luminor-Submersible-1950-Flyback
With its imposing, 47mm case, bold design and 300m water resistance, the Luminor Submersible is a great sailing watch. But this version, with its salt-resistant brushed titanium and flyback chronograph, is ideal for regatta countdowns.

Case: Titanium, 47mm
Strap: Rubber
Movement: Calibre P.9100
Waterproof: 300 metres
Price: £13,100,
www.panerai.com

Louis-Vuitton-Tambour-Regatta-Navy-44
This 44mm version of the Tambour features a lustrous blue dial and a regatta function that includes an audible indication of the start time. The watch also offers traditional chronograph and countdown displays, 100m water resistance and a tough and practical rubber strap.

Case: Steel, 44mm
Strap: Interchangeable rubber
Movement: Quartz
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: £3,385,
www.louisvuitton.com

Rolex-Yacht-Master-40
The Yacht-Master first appeared in 1992 but this is the first to feature a case made from the brand’s patented Everose rose gold, and the first Rolex sold on a rubber strap. The bezel insert is made from scratchproof Cerachrom and the chromalight hands glow blue in the dark.

Case: Everose gold, 40mm
Strap: Oysterflex steel and elastomer
Movement: Calibre 3135 self-winding
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: £18,350
www.rolex.com

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Co-Axial Chronograph ETNZ
Celebrating the brand’s enduring partnership with the America’s Cup contender, this features a salt-resistant titanium case and dial, a practical rubber strap and black, grey and red detailing to reflect the ETNZ colours. Other neat touches include a five-minute regatta countdown scale.

Case: Titanium, 44mm
Strap: Rubber
Movement: Calibre 3300 self-winding
Waterproof: 300 metres
Price: £5,200
www.omegawatches.com

Corum-Admiral-Legend-47-Worldtimer
Corum’s sllek Admiral watch, with its nautical pennant dial detailing, has a nifty world time function – turn the upper crown until the city of choice is displayed, press the button, and the hour hand adjusts to local time. The 12-sided case is made from corrosion-proof titanium.

Case: Titanium, 47mm
Strap: Rubber
Movement: CO 637 automatic
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: €11,600
www.corum.ch