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The clichéd style of blood, sweat and iron is no longer an accurate reflection of a gym today. Granted, the former would not be the first place you would expect to see a luxury watch, but as fitness gyms have changed, so has their customer base. So what should you do with your precious timepiece if you want to hit the weights straight after a day at the office?

What you should consider when wearing a luxury watch in the gym

We’ve all been there: you can use your lunch break for a quick workout at the gym around the corner or make a detour to the gym on the way home. But what do you do with your watch while training? Take it with you or leave it in the locker? In general, when visiting the gym, wearing your watch is always the safest option – especially if it is a more expensive luxury watch. So if you’re worried that the watch in your locker isn’t safe from thieves, it is better to simply wear it while you work out. However, make sure that you don’t wear a leather strap while training. This is a big no-no because sweat damages leather, which can have a major effect on the durability of the strap. A Nato strap or stainless steel bracelet are much better alternatives here.

How to train with your watch on without damaging it

Especially if you work out using weights, you should make sure that your watch can handle shock and the watch glass should be shatterproof. It goes without saying that you should also avoid scratches and must therefore be careful not to hit anything with your watch. The problem with a mechanical watch is also that rapid movements and shocks can damage the movement itself. Automatic watches can also be very fragile and should therefore be treated with caution. With that in mind, it’s probably best not to wear an automatic watch when you are using the punch bag. Moving away from the potential dangers, a gym watch can also be extremely practical. In particular, if you want to precisely time and track your sets, a watch with chronograph functionality can be a very useful companion.

The type of training is the deciding factor

So whether or not you should wear a luxury watch in the gym largely depends on how you train. If you mainly do endurance sports, i.e. if you use cardio equipment such as a treadmill or a cross trainer more often, you can probably keep your watch since you're not lifting heavy weights. When strength training, you should also make a distinction between a beginner’s or an advanced routine: If you have a better sense of how to move around the gym and know how to use the weights and equipment, you are less likely to accidentally damage your luxury watch. However, if you are a newcomer to the gym, you should take extra care.

Pro tip: When performing exercises that are more likely to cause scratches, simply turn the dial to the inside of your wrist. This way it is better protected against possible knocks and damage.

Top 5 fitness watches: These luxury watches help you with your workout

If you want to wear a watch while doing sports and are specifically looking for a fitness watch, you have probably wondered which watch is the right one for you. To help you out, we have put together a selection of luxury watches that can be worn when exercising.

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45

Many people like to rely on new smartwatches in the gym. TAG Heuer has also tapped into this market with the Connected Modular 45, which gives customers the possibility of designing a custom watch according to their preferences. It is compatible with iOS and Android and can access all apps in the Google Playstore, so you can control the design your very own fitness watch. In terms of the styles available, you can choose from a classic dial, a chronograph or a GMT display.

TAG Heuer Connected SAR8A80.FT6045 smartwatch with changable display

Omega Speedmaster Chronograph

The Speedmaster Reduced (Ref. 3510.50.00) is also a handy companion and stands out with its tachymeter bezel and clearly arranged dial. At 38 mm, the watch is also perfectly suited to narrower wrists and minimises the risk of accidental knocks and bumps, especially in the gym.

Rolex Daytona

If you don't want to do without your Rolex even in the gym, you can choose a steel model like the Daytona. The absolute classic model of the Rolex chronographs cuts a fine figure in every situation and impresses with its prestigious history. The stainless steel can’t be damaged by sweat, which also makes this an excellent watch for wearing to the gym.

Rolex Daytona 116520 steel watch with black dial and Oyster bracelet

Breitling Superocean Chronograph

This Ref. A13340 is a real classic Breitling chronograph with a robust steel bezel, chronograph complication and day-date function from the Breitling Superocean Chronograph series. The masculine appearance of this watch comes from its solid stainless steel case and black dial, which is decorated with concentric circles that give the watch an appealing depth and profile. This model also has a water resistance of up to 500 metres, so you don't have to worry about your watch even after your workout in the shower.

B.R.M V6-44 Sport

The exotic watch on the list is undoubtedly the B.R.M V6-44 Sport. The watch manufacturer Bernard Richards Manufacture (B.R.M. for short) is a young Swiss company that focuses on avant-garde design and craftsmanship. All models have a skeletonised dial and are offset with striking colour and material combinations. This watch is the perfect choice for those who want to make sure they stand out in the gym.