Style | May 4, 2022 12:32 pm

This Summer, Loud Designer Watches Are the Winning Accessory

Let your wrist do the talking

A model wearing a Gucci watch on a gradient background

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With blue skies right around the corner, it’s time to start giving more thought to your warm-weather wardrobe. Perhaps a casual, breezy suit is the right choice? Or maybe you want to go all-out with patterns and prints; after all, there’s nothing wrong with presenting yourself as the life of the party. And hey, we won’t knock the jeans-and-tee guy — nothing wrong with a classic, after all. But regardless of which way you trend, there’s one mandate for getting dressed this season: make sure you have a statement watch.

From Versace to Gucci and back, a well-designed piece of hardware on your wrist is the winning consensus for a warm-weather investment piece, and, much like a pair of high-end sunglasses, a designer timepiece can skyrocket your fit into the next sartorial plane of existence — especially if it’s one that does the talking for you. Bold watches project confidence and ooze intrigue, a summer move that never goes out of style.

Below, InsideHook highlights five of our favorite designer watches, all vetted and ready to rock your summer.

a black-faced watch in a watch case from Versace on a white background


It doesn’t get much more playful than Versace’s Greca Dome Timepiece. They say it’s the details that count, and the Greca motif etched into the champagne casing, iconified face, and genuine calf leather strap proves that sentiment to be true. Classy, bold, sophisticated… it’s the watch we want to wear all. summer. long.

a Front and rear shot of the Gucci Grip watch with Bordeaux strap


A good watch subverts expectations, and Gucci’s take proves to be the crème de la crème when it comes to luxurious, engaging timepieces. Case and point: the Bordeaux Alligator Grip 35mm Watch ($1,950) that’s wild as hell, in the best possible way. Does it technically fall under the “women’s timepiece” umbrella? Sure. Does that matter in the slightest? Absolutely not.

two watches from Ferragamo on a white background

Salvatore Ferragamo

Ferragamo’s historic designs have long been a blessing for any fashionable fellow, and their newest season of summertime watches stick to that ethos, with the likes of the Vega Chrono handsomely rounding out their timepiece offerings. Clean and contemporary, the design features Roman numerals, anti-reflection, a scratch-resistant sapphire face and a beautiful casing in Rose Gold ($1,195) or Bicolor Steel ($1,395).

a gold bedazzled watch on a black marble counter from Phillip Plein
Phillip Plein

Philipp Plein Hyper $hock

If you prefer a digital experience, the Philipp Plein Hyper $hock line includes eye-catching styles that skew in the (very on-trend) retro direction. The dazzling Tornado Rose Crystal Watch ($395), in all its 44mm square-faced glory, is a fun new way to experiment with some serious wrist bling.

A silver faced Timex+Todd Snyder watch on a white background
Todd Snyder

Timex + Todd Snyder

If you’re not quite ready for the price tag that some of the aforementioned styles carry, then Todd Snyder Q Timex models serve as a great toe-in-the-water option. They’re lightweight, playful and shocking affordable — the IH-approved 34mm Marlin style starts at only $199 — especially considering the eponymous New York-based designer’s hand in crafting these handsome timepieces.