How to choose the perfect watch for someone who loves nature

First published: 20-09-2016

You don't have to hike the whole of Snowdonia to prove yourself as an avid nature lover; there are many different ways to appreciate the natural beauty that spreads throughout the country.

If you're buying a watch for someone who wants to showcase a bit of natural beauty on their wrist, there are watches that fully embrace birds, butterflies, and bouquets, and all the colours they exude.

Conversely, if the person you're buying for likes nothing better than a trek or a bike ride in the great outdoors, they'll need a sturdy accessory that can cope with all the bumps and scuffs that go hand in hand with outdoor pursuits.

We'll help you to find that perfect piece for the type of nature lover you're buying for.

Floral patterns

Olivia Burton watches are perhaps the pinnacle of all nature-inspired timepiece designs. Almost every single one of their pieces is inspired by the elements of nature.

This ladies' Oriental Opulence watch strays away from the brighter colours of nature's pallet and instead opts for a striking colour scheme based a shade of dark blue. This creates the perfect foundation for the colours on the watch face to really burst.

Olivia Burton Ladies' Oriental Opulence Watch

The simplistic hands and batons allow the birds and flowers to take centre stage - and they do, creating a combination of burning reds and oranges reminiscent of a summer sunset.

Comfy and rugged

If the person you're buying for likes to spend time outdoors, battling the elements of nature in an effort to experience a few thrills and spills, they need a watch that's capable of keeping up with their active lifestyle.

This Seiko men's solar powered watch features bold numbers on its face, so they're easy to spot at a glance - ideal for those times where the recipient is clinging to their bike's handlebars or scaling a dramatic cliff face.

Seiko Solar Powered Watch

As it's solar powered, it's very much at home outdoors, while the sturdy casing makes it durable and the fabric strap means it's comfy to wear even when the temperature rises.

It's also 100m water resistant, so you won't have to worry when the clouds begin to gather... just make sure you've got a waterproof coat to match!

Designer flowers

While the design of the Olivia Burton piece is classically inspired in its styling, this Kahuna ladies' cuff watch takes a different approach to watch design.

The floral designs on the watch face take influence from modern art. Using only three colours to create a standout piece, the splashes of red on the floral leaves work in perfect harmony with the white and gold shades.

Kahuna Ladies' Cuff Watch

As the strap is made of leather, it's also a comfortable watch to wear when out on a walk through the woods or a bike ride along the towpath.

When not in the great outdoors, this watch is still a great accessory for a formal event in the evening thanks to its beautiful colour scheme.

Good enough for the galaxy

This watch bears the name 'Star Wars', so if the person you're buying for spends their time cruising around the deserts of Tatooine, then this is the watch to accompany them.

If they're confined to Earth like most folk however, then the Nixon men's The Ranger Star Wars watch can cope any foray into the wilderness, being rugged and durable. This is thanks to the steel casing and fabric strap, which is comfortable to wear too.

Nixon Men's The Ranger Star Wars Special Edition Watch

Its black watch face is complemented by a distinct set of numbers, encased in a red, yellow, and khaki casing. The watch's hands are bright yellow, so they make time-telling easy at a glance.

Feathered friends

If the recipient is more of a fan of feathers than fauna, then this could be the piece for them. This Metro Birds watch from Kate Spade features silhouettes around the face, showcasing a novel way of telling the time, favouring an artistic touch of Mother Nature.

Kate Spade Ladies Metro Birds Watch

The design of the face is perfectly complemented by white and gold - the ideal backdrop that makes the watch face the centre of attention. With just a handful of shades and shapes used to design the piece, this watch is a minimalist triumph.

If you've got the task of choosing a watch for a nature-loving friend or family member, rest assured that there's loads of choice out there, ranging from rugged outdoor pieces to intricate everyday designs. No matter what the recipient's tastes and styles may be, there's the nature-inspired watch to match.

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