Water Signs: Five Gifts for the Underwater Adventurer
The lure of the oceans has us in its thrall this season. Some of us escape the winter by traveling to warm, sunny beaches. Others go to the movies, where blockbusters like Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Avatar: The Way of Water transport us to previously unimaginable underwater worlds.
I think that is one reason we love dive watches so much. Not only do they project the fantasy for maritime adventure, but a timepiece as well-engineered as the rugged SeaQ Chronograph from Glashütte Original can make those dreams a reality.
So, if you have a would-be Jacques Cousteau on your gift list, Watchonista has assembled this kit of fun and useful gear to give them this holiday season.
About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. Water is essential and sacred, and even if you are more of a desk diver than SCUBA diver, you can always build a better relationship with our oceans, lakes, and rivers. That’s what makes the new Glashütte Original SeaQ Chronograph so cool.
The company calls it the “Time Writer” because it is the ideal companion for telling new stories about adventure. And with water resistance up to 30 bar (300 m), and anti-magnetic silicon balance spring, and a flyback function, this chronograph is ready for any action, whether you are exploring coral reefs or kayaking along the coast.
The Latest Cool Yacht Toy
Snow toys are fun. But if the constant buzzing of Ski-Doos is beginning to get obnoxious, we have an excellent alternative, the Manta5 Hydrofoiler SL3.
Designed in New Zealand, this sleek water cycle provides all the cardio benefits of a bike without you having to navigate traffic or bumpy off-road trails. And with the company’s switch over to a hybrid pedal-powered and eBike model, this vehicle is free of the emissions and noise of traditional combustion engine watercrafts. The Manta5 Hydrofoiler SL3 is expected to be delivered in 2023 at a price of about $7,000 to $9,000.
Breaking the Waves
We had the opportunity to take out a SEABOB last spring, and boy-oh-boy, was it exhilarating!
In a nutshell, it’s an electrically-powered diving scooter that lets you crash along and through the surface of the water. It moves along at a decent speed (the maximum is 22 km/h) and can dive up to 40 meters deep. So you never feel totally out of control. You pilot the machine from a prone position, so one is never in danger of toppling over. It’s an investment, but if you’re lucky, the person you buy it for will let you play with it too!
Plenty of Fish
For some, the relationship with water is about sustenance. If you are shopping for someone who loves spearfishing, there’s no better tribute to their prowess than a Maohi Custom Speargun from Neptonics.
Handcrafted by Jake Wong in the countryside of South Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, these custom spearguns are used by top spearos all over the world. Prices vary, but they come with a lifetime warranty, whether it is with the original owner or a second or third generation.
Going with the Flow
The waterways of British Columbia offer many premium paddling experiences. But the most deluxe adventure is The Flow’s five-day Kayaking Retreat in the Discovery Islands – a sparsely populated archipelago in the Discovery Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia.
The experience begins with a cruise through the Discovery Islands before being dropped off at the luxury base camp on Maurelle Island. Not an experienced kayaker? No problem; each retreat is limited to only nine guests, so the guides offer hands-on instruction. The whole week is designed to help you immerse yourself in BC’s supernatural beauty.
Each day you will become one with inlets, fjords, mountains, and wildlife. And every night, you can relax with a hot tub, hammock time, and a locally sourced, gourmet meal served on the seaside patio. The Flow also provides private cabin accommodation with fresh linens and cozy duvets – it’s the ultimate glamping experience!
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)