8 of the best titanium watches

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Good Planet

Unveiled at Baselworld 2016, not only does Omega's latest Seamaster boast a Grade 5 titanium case, it is also one of the best new watches raising money for charity. Created to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Omega's partnership with the GoodPlanet Foundation and the worldwide release of new documentary Terra in 2016, a portion of the proceeds from the Aqua Terra Good Planet will be donated to fund the Time for the Planet conservation projects in Indonesia.

£6,835, omega.com

Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Black Phantom

Housing Tag Heuer's brand new Carrera Heuer-02-T movement with in-built chrono and flying tourbillon under its black titanium case, Tag Heuer's Black Phantom timepiece is rugged, manly and tough enough to take on any explorer yacht adventure. Water resistant to 100 metres and with a power reserve in excess of 65 hours, don't miss out on this 250 piece limited edition.

$21,300, tagheuer.co.uk

Chopard Engine One watch

Chopard watch boss Karl-Friedrich Scheufele so loves classic cars that he challenged his design team to create a wrist watch bristling with automotive inspiration - and the Engine One is the result. The reamed dial looks like the top of a V8 engine, the power reserve indicator is based on a fuel gauge and the movement base plates, which can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back, resemble tiny race circuits. Only 100 titanium examples of the watch will be made.

£50,000, chopard.com

Bremont Terra Nova watch

In 2013, Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere made history by walking the 1,795 miles from Captain Scott’s hut on Antarctica’s Ross Island to the South Pole and back, pulling sledges laden with supplies the whole way. The pair each wore a titanium-cased Bremont Supermarine Terra Nova watch with compass bezel to help with navigation. Limited to 300 examples, the watch also features a GMT function and a special oil designed to remain stable at low temperature.

£4,500, bremont.com

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph watch

This is one of the few watches of its type that is capable of remaining watertight down to 1,000 metres. To withstand the intense pressure at depth, the rubber-mounted winding crown and chronograph pushers are sealed with screw-down “compression keys” and the case is a robust 16.5mm thick. Dive-orientated features include a uni-directional bezel, a circular dive-time indicator and a pulsation scale for checking heart rate.

£9,300, jaeger-lecoultre.com

Breitling Aerospace watch

This year marks a century since Gaston Breitling (son of Breitling founder Leon) established the firm as a pilot’s favourite with the introduction of what is believed to have been the original, wrist-worn chronograph watch. Many pilots now favour the highly resilient, titanium-cased Aerospace, which uses a high-end quartz movement to provide an analogue time reading with a digital multi-function display. It combines a chronograph, alarm, second time-zone, minute repeater and date.

£3,100, breitling.com

Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Titanio watch

The Florence-based nautical instrument maker Officine Panerai was revived by Richemont in 1997, but remained loyal to the look of the company’s original watches. This understated “base” version of the Luminor Marina combines the classic crown-sealing device invented in the 1940s with a lightweight, salt-resistant titanium case containing Panerai’s in-house, hand-wound movement, which will run autonomously for up to eight days.

£5,300, panerai.com

IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium watch

IWC introduced its Ingenieur line way back in 1955 to meet a growing demand for rugged “tool watches”. The 21st century line-up is designed to complement IWC’s partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team. This split seconds chronograph features a 45mm titanium case, subdials that are loosely based on car instruments and a crown and push-pieces coated in rubber to match the strap.

£8,950, iwc.com

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