Close your eyes. Picture yourself in a stadium, sat in the terraces, watching your beloved team play. Maybe you’re at the football. Perhaps you’re at the rugby, or the cricket, or the basketball. Wherever you are: imagine you’re winning by the slightest of margins. There are only mere seconds to go; only a few more breathes to endure.
You’ll be one of thousands in the crowd, watching the clock ticking down at an agonizing pace. “Blow the whistle, ref!” from the left of you; desperate tutting and watch-tapping from the right. A fanbase sat on the edge of their seats, waiting for the sound of the whistle for permission to erupt in ecstasy.
At the centre of it all is a watch. An incredibly accurate, and high-tech, watch.
This weekend marks the 141st FA Cup Final. Chelsea meet Liverpool, with both battling to take the crown from reigning champions Leicester City. It’ll be the most important 90 minutes of the season. After all, nothing beats the spirit of the cup.
In celebration of the longest running cup competition in English football, we’re lining up our finest smart watches and sports watches on the market for the footballers, golfers, divers, and athletics amongst us. So you can be your own timekeeper, just as precisely as the referee.
Hublot Big Bang e Premier League
A partnership mirrored by both parties’ passion for competition and excellence, Hublot’s collaboration with FIFA and UEFA since 2006 has propelled the brand to become synonymous with football. Indeed, their name is felt in every competition across the top-tier of the sport – from being the official timekeeper for the FIFA World Cup, to the official watch of UEFA men’s football, to the brand’s name proudly topping the Referee Board in the Premier League.
The Big Bang E Premier League is one of a handful of Hublot’s timepieces dedicated to the sport. It takes the aesthetics from the iconic Hublot Big Bang timepiece, but with twists to suit any football fanatic.
Operating on WearOS, by Google software, the timepiece houses an app specially dedicated to football which enables users to follow results in real time. The app provides users with notifications to football matches – from kick-off times, to line-ups, to goals, penalties, red cards and added time. Then, when it signals a match is over, it will begin a countdown to the next fixture – so you’ll never be without your football fix.
This watch won’t be for everyone; but it doesn’t need to be. For the football fanatics out there, there really is no finer option.
TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Golf Edition
TAG Heuer have homed in on the heartbeat of what pulls consumers to them: to own the very best smartwatch in the market, and they continue to push boundaries with the TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Golf edition. Released to the market just last month, the watch is the perfect, personal caddy for any golf-fanatic with built in ball-marking, shot tracking, swing detection and 3D maps technology.
So if you’re itching to tee-off for the first time, or a professional with perfected stroke-play, the TAG Heuer Connected Calibre will guide you to be your very best.
Affordable, yet still technologically advanced, the Tissot T-Touch is one of the finest luxury sports watches on the market for budgets under £1000. Whilst first and foremost a watch, the sports appeal comes in the exciting added functions: a pedometer, notification display and weather information. Tissot T-Touch delivers these functions whilst still being incredible aesthetically pleasing on the eye - so you can run “Couch to 5K” and attend an important boardroom meeting, all with one timepiece.
Breitling Endurance Pro – The Watches of Switzerland Group Exclusive
Exclusive to the Watches of Switzerland Group and inspired by the Breitling Spirit, this chronograph is the ultimate athleisure watch for men and women. Weaving together innovative technology with high precision movements and features – the Breitling Endurance Pro is perfect choice for those who need a timepiece to keep up with their active lifestyles, but that is still stylish enough for everyday wear. The watch is designed to be durable for explorers, with the case coming 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than stainless steel. Aside from its aesthetic appeal, it houses a COSC-certified thermo-compensated SuperQuartz™ movement ensuring that this high precision chronograph is as functional as it is fashionable.
Oris Aquis Depth Gauge
Diving is one of the most exciting, adrenaline-inducing, thrilling sports in the world; so it’s no wonder we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to searching for the perfect watch to come with you to the depths of the sea. The Oris Aquis Depth Gauge, affectionately known as ‘the watch with a hole’ and water resistant up to an incredible 500 metres, would accompany the most extreme of dives as the accuracy and legibility is at the heart of this watch, and the metres-to-feet conversion chart on the case back further enhances the reliability during the diver experience.
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