Stylish mens watches 2017

  • A. Lange & Söhne

    If there’s one watch house that never disappoints when it comes to unveiling new models, it’s Germany’s A. Lange & Söhne. The brand’s offerings for 2016 ranged from a white-gold version of the existing Lange 1 to a Grand Lange 1 with a moon-phase display that glows in the dark and a reworked version of the Saxonia Thin, a simple-as-it-gets two-hand watch with an impeccable finish.
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    While all are covetable, our pick has to be the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds, an observation-style piece of exceptional precision. It features a “zero re-set” seconds hand, individual sub-dials for hours and minutes and a 39.9mm platinum case. Just 100 will be made, priced at €78,000 (£68,000).

  • Avi-8

    Love the pilot-watch look but not necessarily the price tag commonly involved? Then Avi-8 might just be the brand for you, with its fast-expanding range of vintage-look, aviation-inspired models starting at £110 and topping out at less than £600.
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    The new AV 4041 Hawker Hurricane Spinning Roundel seems rather spiffing. A one-fifth-of-a-second chronograph sub-dial sits behind an RAF-style roundel, there’s a chunky “onion” crown (also topped with a roundel) and the back of the 42mm case is nicely engraved with a depiction of a Hurricane.

  • Alpina

    The Alpina brand (whose owners, the Stas family, recently sold out to the Japanese) has gradually increased its UK presence to the point where its watches are now available in 12 outlets across the country, in addition to being sold at Harrods. These are good-value, well-conceived, well-made pieces that really are worth a look.
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    The Seastrong range of dive watches is impressive, with the focus on a contemporary, automatic model called the Diver 300, which offers 300m water resistance, a 44mm steel case and screw-down crown and case back. It’s well worth the £1,080 asking price, but you might feel inclined to spend £270 more and go for the lovely Heritage model, an upgraded version of a watch first seen in 1967.

  • Audemars Piguet

    After showing us “the most sonically considered minute repeater” ever made, in the form of a 2015 concept watch we couldn’t buy, AP has now pulled the wraps off the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie, a made-to-order production model with a state-of-the-art striking mechanism, a 478-part tourbillon chronograph movement – and a price tag of more than £400,000.

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    There’s a whole forest of new-look Royal Oaks this season, including an open-worked model with a double balance wheel and a line-up of £20,400, 42mm Offshore Diver Chronographs in fizzing orange, yellow and lime green. But nothing’s as good as gold, so we’re opting for the Seventies-tastic, 37mm Selfwinding Royal Oak with an 18-carat pink-gold case and matching bracelet.

  • Ball Watch Company

    The American-rooted, Swiss-made brand recently introduced a new customising technique called PaintPRINT, which enables buyers of Fireman and Engineer models to include an image of their choice behind a sapphire crystal case back. Just upload a photo of your wife/child/dog to the Ball website and they will convert it into an enamelled miniature.
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    The Trainmaster World Time is a great-looking, 41mm steel, chronometer-certified watch which combines day and date indications with a world-time function that shows the hour in 24 cities simultaneously. The dial and hands are illuminated by the signature Ball micro-gas tubes, which glow yellow, green and orange.

  • Baume & Mercier

    Baume & Mercier’s tie-up with US automotive tuning firm Shelby American highlighted in last year’s Watch Guide proved a resounding success – so much so that it has now been furthered with a pair of limited-edition chronographs based on one of the most successful racing Cobras of all, chassis number CSX2128, which first took to the track in 1963. Based on its colour scheme, the watches have gloss black dials, silvered chronograph counters and indicators highlighted in yellow.

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    The Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar might actually hold broader appeal. Offering a beautifully executed Fifties aesthetic, it combines classic blued steel hands with a moon-phase display and a full calendar showing the day and month in adjacent windows below 12 o’clock, while the dates are arranged around the edge of the dial and indicated by a red-tipped pointer.
    £3,500 (steel); £3,900 (rose-gold bezel).

  • Bell and Ross

    Best known for its aviation-inspired creations, Bell & Ross has now jumped on the car-watch bandwagon. Creative director Bruno Belamich recently realised a CGI design of a futuristic sports car called the AeroGT, which led to limited-edition watches, and the brand is also an official sponsor of Renault Sport F1: cue a range of BR-X1 skeleton watches featuring the team’s yellow livery.
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    The B&R for us is the traditional-looking BR123 Aeronavale chronograph. Its deep blue dial and bezel carry gold highlights and the watch is supplied on a waxed blue alligator strap. Due out around now, it should cost about £2,800, with the non-chronograph version at approx £2,000.

  • Blancpain

    Blancpain’s 2016 show-stopper at Baselworld was a one-off called The Great Wave, featuring a dial made from Mexican silver and topped with an oxidised gold, filigree interpretation of a Japanese woodblock print called The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. With the hand-wound, eight-day movement and a platinum case, it was up for grabs for £118,000.
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    Blancpain’s slim Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape dive watch gets a new case and bezel made from plasma grey ceramic, a lustrous blue dial, and luminous hands and hour markers so you can read it in the deepest oceans. Choose from a nylon strap or one made from sail canvas.

  • Boss

    Various brands have become linked with high-performance sailing of late, thanks to the build-up to the 2017 America’s Cup, but Hugo Boss has backed professional yachtsman Alex Thomson since 2004, during which time he’s taken his Boss-branded boats to top-three finishes in everything from the Vendée Globe to the (Rolex) Fastnet, breaking records along the way.
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    For looks, functionality and affordability, it has to be the Yachting Timer II, launched at Baselworld 2016. The 46mm case makes for a big, legible dial and easy use of the countdown function, the blackened steel case is supplied on a silicone strap with logo and the watch is water resistant to 100 metres.
    £399 (£449 on a bracelet).

  • Breguet

    The historical significance of the Breguet name was reinforced in 2016 with the sale of a gold 18th-century pocket watch that originally belonged to one of Napoleon’s generals, before being acquired by Charles-Louis Havas, founder of the Agence France-Presse news agency. The self-winding piece fetched over £2 million at Christie’s.
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    The superb new Type XXI flyback chronograph offers a slate-grey dial, buff markings and a calfskin strap that gives the watch a vintage look, while the well-finished movement can be seen through a sapphire-crystal case back (a first for a Breguet aviator watch).

  • Breitling

    The celebrated maker of aviation-inspired chronographs is now up and running with its Exospace B55 connected watch – but hasn’t forgotten what it does best, which is to produce modern interpretations of classic-looking pilot watches. The recent 250-piece Chronoliner Limited Edition, featuring a red-gold case, scratch-resistant bezel and rubber strap, is delicious.

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    Speaking of classics, the Navitimer 1884 has Breitling’s famous circular slide-rule bezel, a day and month aperture and a crescent-tipped date pointer based on a Forties design. Limited to 1,884 pieces, the 46mm steel-cased watch is £6,370 on a matching bracelet or £5,310 on a rubber strap patterned to look like an aircraft tyre.

  • Bremont

    Bremont’s big news surrounds the coup of being the official timing partner of the America’s Cup and of Oracle Team USA. This spawned a tranche of sailing watches, including the Oracle I (sporty three-hander), Oracle II (sporty GMT) and ACI and ACII (classic chronometer and chronograph).

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    Bremont may be plying the oceans, but its roots are in the sky. So the watch of the collection is the Boeing 100 special edition, which marks 2016’s centenary of the aircraft company. It features a dial inspired by early Boeing cockpits, and the firm’s totem pole logo and carbon fibre from a prototype Dreamliner are integrated into the crown. The watch will be limited to 300 pieces.

  • Bulgari

    The Italian brand has expanded its elegant Octo range with some impressive variations. They include stealthy, black-clad Ultranero models with pink-gold highlights in time-only, tourbillon and chronograph versions and – the pièce de résistance – the titanium Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater which, at 6.85mm, is the slimmest minute-repeating wrist watch ever made.

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    As fans of the Diagono Magnesium since its launch in 2015, we’re pleased to see a new chronograph version, which looks even better in its more adventurous hues, such as red and blue. The magnesium case is light and tough, making this a sports watch that’s practical and interesting.

  • Bulova

    Would you pay.6 million for a Bulova? Someone did when it turned up at auction in 2015, but only because it was the one astronaut Dave Scott wore for a moonwalk while commanding Apollo 15. Naturally, the brand has created a replica, for a more affordable £529. 
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    Without hesitation, we say it’s the new Curv, powered by the world’s first curved chronograph movement. A special version of the brand’s Accutron quartz crystal effort, it’s ultra slim and is claimed to be “three times as accurate” as a normal quartz movement. There are 12 in the collection, with a choice of case sizes and dress and sports versions.
    £449 to £699.

  • Burberry

    The fashion house famous for its trench coats took seriously to watchmaking in 2012, when it set out its stall at the Baselworld watch show. It continued to exhibit until 2015, but then pulled out – which is disappointing, as its keystone Britain models seemed to be developing nicely.
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    The Britain BBY1000 with its matte-finish, 47mm steel case and muted grey dial still looks good to us.

  • Cartier

    Not for nothing is Cartier the big daddy of the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva. This year it unveiled no fewer than 13 entirely new watchmaking creations and two new watch families, ranging from exquisite gem-set pieces to high-complication models such as the Astromystérieux, in which the escapement, gear train and barrel revolve, seemingly autonomously, around the transparent dial. Genius, or what?
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    The new Drive de Cartier is set to be a huge seller for the brand. More conventional than 2015’s Clé de Cartier (with “winding key” crown), the Drive is an elegant, cushion-cased watch which is available in various guises, ranging from a £65,500 pink-gold tourbillon down to the more accessible time and date model which is our “watch of the collection”. It’s handsome, understated and contains the in-house 1904 MC self-winding movement.

  • Casio

    The average Casio watch of today probably packs more processing power than Apollo 11. They’re ultra-accurate, self-correcting, powered by light, linked to your mobile, multi functional, inexpensive and tough (especially the G-Shock sub-brand).
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    The Edifice EQB-600D has a dual-dial time display, a day and date calendar and a three-dimensional globe which rotates once a day in sync with the earth and shows the time in the city of your choice. The watch also features a solar-powered movement, and the push of a button links it to your smartphone for automatic time correction anywhere in the world – all for £390.

  • Certina

    The Swatch-owned brand continues to maintain its profile on the world’s motorsport circuits as a backer of the FIA World Rally Championship, the Citroën-driving Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team and the ADAC GT Masters series – which all serve to promote its Podium sports watches.
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    The attractively retro DS-1 Powermatic 80 combines dress-watch looks with Certina ruggedness. The 80 refers to the hours’ power reserve, and the 40mm watch comes in standard form or as a special edition that pays tribute to a 1960 model given to the first team to successfully climb the Dhaulagiri
    in the Himalayas.
    From £495.

  • Chanel

    Chanel’s J12 watches have been unisex since their launch in 2000, but you don’t watches often see them on men. The time has come, then, for a Chanel watch designed for gents.
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    The aptly named Monsieur de Chanel took five years to develop. Powered by Chanel’s first in-house movement, it uses digital jumping hour and retrograde displays and will initially be available in an edition of 150 examples in beige gold and 150 in white, at £23,250 and £24,250 respectively.

  • Chaumet

    The Swiss-made, French-rooted jewellery house is refreshingly low key about its horological offering. Rarely does it shout about a new model, never does it make an outlandish claim and seldom does it demand attention – which makes its products all the more appealing to discerning types.
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    The Dandy, of course, just as it always has been. There are a few subtle variations on the theme in the latest additions – our favourite is the Large Dandy in a 38mm pink-gold case, with a hand-wound movement. The black dial is enhanced with engraved gold “bayadère” stripes.

  • Chopard

    In 2016, Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele celebrated 20 years of the high-end LUC manufacture he inaugurated with a staff of three – and which now employs 160. To mark the occasion, the firm has created the ultra-thin LUC XPS 1860, which pays homage to the first watch from the 1996 collection.
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    The brand’s long-running sponsorship of the Mille Miglia classic car rally results in a special new model each year. The Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition is the first MM watch to feature Chopard’s in-house, chronometer-certified chronograph movement, which can be seen through the transparent back of the 46mm case – this is the largest MM watch yet. It’s limited to 1,000 examples, each supplied with a weathered leather band based on the look of a car bonnet strap.

  • Christopher Ward

    The British-based brand upped its game when it merged with Biel-based movement maker Synergies Horlogères back in 2014. Since then, the direct-to-customer-selling firm has come to be taken rather more seriously by horophiles, leading to a recent re-branding and a new dial logo.
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    The first watch to carry the new, understated Christopher Ward signature is the C65 Trident Classic MKII, with a sleeker look and a higher standard of finish. As well as the 43mm Classic, there is also a 38mm Vintage model with a high-shouldered, glass-box crystal.

  • Citizen

    It’s 40 years since Citizen debuted its Eco Drive light-powered watches, and the brand has marked the occasion with a limited-edition celebration model called the Eco Drive One – the thinnest solar/light-powered watch ever made. The movement is a mere 1mm thick and the case 2.98mm – 800 examples with a Cermet ceramic case will be available worldwide, priced £4,250. Standard production models with steel cases and Cermet bezels are £1,495.

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    The new Promaster Navihawk GPS features the world’s fastest satellite signal reception – in as little as three seconds, it can automatically adjust to any of 40 locations around the world. You also get a perpetual calendar, a chronograph, a slide-rule bezel and power-reserve indication, all contained in a robust, 47mm steel or titanium case.
    £995 (steel); £1,395 (titanium).

  • Corum

    The Swiss brand famously revived by Severin Wunderman now belongs to the Hong Kong-based Citychamp group. This year, it furthered the 2015 revival of the famous Bubble design originally launched in 2000 and featuring a prominent, convex crystal. Each new model is limited to 88 examples. Hoping for interest from Asia, perhaps?
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    The Admiral’s Cup Legend 47 Worldtimer has an easy-to-set world time function – just turn the crown until your city of choice is displayed, press the button and the hour hand automatically adjusts to local time. It’s nifty and costs £8,400 in titanium, or £12,600 in gold.

  • Diesel

    Well, they don’t get any smaller. But Diesel watches continue to offer some striking designs – not least the…

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    This, we reckon, has to be the Ironside model, said to have been inspired by vintage motorcycle design. Measuring a vast 55mm by 48mm, it features a cool chronograph pusher arrangement – and we like the “shabby finish” steel case version on a canvas and leather strap, with a white dial and orange and olive-green touches.

  • Dietrich

    French designer Emmanuel Dietrich continues to produce variations on the theme of his Organic Time watches, which are now available in six different models – all of which can be supplied with a variety of strap options from the extensive Dietrich range.

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    The OTime-6 gives the watch a sporty, motoring-orientated twist through the use of orange hands, dial highlights and a perforated black leather strap with eye-catching orange stitching.

  • Dior

    Hedi Slimane left his role as creative director of Dior Homme almost a decade ago, but his horological legacy lives on in the asymmetrical-case Chiffre Rouge watches that he created during his tenure. They’re definitely different, and are powered by quality movements such as Zenith’s El Primero.

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    We still like the CO5, a two-time-zone model in a 38mm case with a crisp white dial featuring applied gold highlights. Easy setting of the GMT hand comes by way of the push button
    at 10 o’clock. The movement is Zenith’s Elite 682, and just 100 examples of the watch will be made.

  • Emporio Armani

    After Emporio Armani’s decision in 2014 to introduce a “Swiss-made” line, its horological offering has taken a giant leap forward in terms of fit, finish and design. With mechanical movements and complications such as moon-phase indicators, the line-up looks more tempting every year. Check out the limited-edition chronograph and the open balance wheel watches unveiled at Baselworld.

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    From the right distance, you could almost (well, not quite) be looking at a Vacheron Constantin when you see the new Tonneau Classic. The case gets a gold PVD finish, with a deep blue sunray dial and matching crocodile strap. And an open balance wheel makes it a bit more interesting.

  • Ebel

    “Watches carrying the Ebel signature are meeting the challenges of the new millennium with creations that are built to endure, and a pride in representing good taste...”

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    … is therefore the same as last year. The Wave with a blue dial is now offered in automatic and quartz versions.
    £895 (quartz).

  • FP Journe

    The fact is fast emerging that if you want your charity auction to go with a bang you should try to secure an FP Journe wristwatch. At a recent gala held in Paris to raise money for the ICM – which researches brain and spinal injury treatments – a one-off, platinum-cased Centigraphe Souverain soared to €120,000, all of which went to the cause.
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    We’re utterly taken by the Élégante 48mm, which launched earlier this year. It features a cushion-shaped titanium case measuring 48mm from lug tip to lug tip, and is powered by an electro-mechanical movement with a power reserve of eight to ten years. If the watch doesn’t sense motion for more than 30 minutes, the mechanical components go into “sleep” mode while a microprocessor keeps track of time – until the watch is moved again, at which point it resets itself.

  • Festina

    Festina is a watch giant based in Spain that makes a huge number of affordable quartz watches powered by movements supplied by Japan’s Citizen company.
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    The new 44mm Chrono Bike, finished in blue-coloured steel with a matching dial and bracelet, is eye-catching and comes with Festina’s two-year guarantee.

  • Fossil

    If there’s one thing Fossil would never claim to be, it’s exclusive – the American brand offers a huge range and, at the latest Baselworld show, the Fossil group declared it would roll out no fewer than 100 new smartwatches across its various dial names.
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    If it’s a Fossil-branded smartwatch you want, there are four new models in the analogue range to choose from: Q Mate, Q Crewmaster, Q Gazer and Q Tailor. Each one operates on non-rechargeable, internal batteries and connect via Bluetooth. Our favourite is the sailing-inspired, vintage-look Q Crewmaster.

  • Frédérique Constant

    While the recent downturn in watch-industry fortunes has made it necessary for some brands to realign their pricing structure, Frédérique Constant has been able to carry on as normal thanks to the fact that its entire business has always been based on offering value for money.
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    Is another absolute bargain. It’s called the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar and it’s everything the name says – a 42mm perpetual calendar watch with an in-house movement. Until now, the most affordable Swiss watch of its type was Montblanc’s £8,500 offering. But the FC starts at £7,200 in steel. There’s also a rose-gold model, limited to an edition of 50 and costing £12,000.

  • GC

    GC, the more luxurious arm of Guess watches, offers some interesting and well-made designs for reasonable money. This year, men’s sports watches get the treatment.
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    The GC-3 Sport, a shamelessly chunky, 44.5mm chronograph. There is a dodecagonal bezel and a grid- patterned dial with an inner tachymeter scale. Plus, there are various dial, strap and colour combinations to choose from.

  • Girard Perregaux

    British fans of Girard-Perregaux might wonder what happened since it came under Kering’s ownership. There are few retailers in the country and little new product to get excited about. We live in hope...

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    To mark the brand’s 225th anniversary, there’s a new version of 1975’s Laureato. The 41mm steel case contains a self-winding movement and a clous de Paris dial – 225 are available.

  • Glashütte Original

    If you’re after shock and awe, Germany’s Glashütte Original brand is probably not for you – but, if you’re more interested in superb quality, traditional design and remarkable attention to detail, this is where you’ll find it.
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    The Senator Chronometer. A 42mm with a white-gold case, the watch is certified by the German Calibration Service as being accurate to plus four/minus six seconds a week.

  • Gorg Jensen

    The 112-year-old Danish silver firm Georg Jensen carries on the Scandinavian love of minimalist design. Its first timepiece appeared in 1978, penned by silversmith Henning Koppel – and the look prevails today.

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    Take a look at last year’s Watch Guide and you’ll see the Koppel hand-wound. Here is the new Koppel Grand Date. That dial is beginning to look crazy busy, no?
    Steel, £2,360. Gold, £8,650.

  • Graff

    What Graff has achieved in the eight short years since it entered the watch game is nothing short of remarkable. From an initial line-up of five models in 2008, it now offers everything from the diamond-set MasterGraff GyroGraff tourbillon to the svelte Graffstar Slim Eclipse.

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    The GyroGraff World features a rose-gold dial laser-carved with an image of one of five continents and hand-finished with a tiny hammer and chisel. The rich blue ocean is achieved with layers of enamel and a 3-D moon, visible through both the front and the back, which accurately charts the waxing and waning of the real thing. Just five will be made.

  • Graham

    Time must pass extra fast in the world of watches, because it is difficult to believe that Graham’s distinctive “trigger-operated” Chronofighter has now been with us for 15 years – which, of course, gives the brand an excellent excuse to launch a “vintage” range.

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    We like the Chronofighter Vintage in a 44mm steel case with a black grained dial and the buff detailing that is so essential for an old-fashioned look. A blue dial is also available, as well as a UK limited edition featuring an RAF roundel sub-dial. 

  • De Grisogono

    De Grisogono founder Fawaz Gruosi put the cat among the pigeons at Baselworld by unveiling the world’s first high-jewellery smartwatch: the Samsung Gear S2 with a rotating bezel that gives access to an extensive library of smart functions, such as notifications and activity trackers. Will a men’s version follow shortly?

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    Until it does, the best choice remains the utterly covetable New Retro which is now available in five different variations. The design was inspired by the shape of Gruosi’s cigarette case.

  • Gucci

    Gucci has been enjoying impressive success with its recent sports models, not least the businesslike Gucci Dive, which has boosted the brand’s UK watch sales by 70 per cent. The new one gets a matte- black dial, a 45mm case and a bezel highlighted in the red, green and white of the Italian tricolore.

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    The new GG2570 was named by combining the favourite number of designer Alessandro Michele (25) with the “70” that marks the decade with which the brand is synonymous. It’s a cushion-cased number that looks best with a deep blue, sun-brushed dial and can be had on a bracelet or a nylon, military-style strap.

  • H Moser

    H Moser is becoming renowned for its left-field collections. The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue has no brand name, no dial markings and no seconds indicator - only a date window and a leaf-shaped third hand that indicates the month.

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    The limited-edition, 73-piece Venturer Small Seconds Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club features a midnight-blue dial, a subtle outline of the car marque's radiator grille in the seconds counter and a hand-wound movement engraved with the club's initials.

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton introduced a new and impressive auto chronograph movement for Baselworld 2016, which offers 60 hours of power reserve with a conventional time display, twin chronograph counters, a day-date function on the front, plus pulsometer, tachymeter and telemeter indications on the back. It debuts in the swivel-cased Jazzmaster Face 2 Face II.
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    During the Forties and Fifties, Hamilton supplied huge quantities of watches to the US military. One special model was made for the US Navy’s Underwater Demolition Teams who were known as the Frogmen. Now, the watch has been reincarnated as the Khaki Navy Frogman, complete with a canteen-style crown protection device first used by Hamilton in 1951. It is also a proper dive tool, offering up to 1,000m water resistance and a helium escape valve. There’s a 46mm titanium version or a 42mm model in steel.
    From £750.

  • Harry Winston

    2016 marks a decade since Harry Winston began using Zalium for its watch cases – a fact celebrated by the Z10, a 42mm piece inspired by the Manhattan Bridge that features a skeleton dial and a bi-retrograde Blancpain movement – 300 will be made.

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    The latest in the Histoire De Tourbillon series boasts not one but two tourbillons which each make a complete rotation in around 75 seconds. The watch contains more than 500 parts in a white gold case, with an anodised aluminium dial and will be made in 20 examples.

  • Hermès

    Those who know Hermès only for its leather and silk goods might be surprised to learn how serious it takes watches. It owns its production facilities and a useful chunk of movement-maker Vaucher, too.

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    The Slim d’Hermès was a hit in 2015 and is now available in various guises – the most delectable being this version with white enamel dial. The finish is achieved by coating a copper disc with a secret flammable liquid, dusting it with enamel powder and cooking it at 830C. This is repeated six times before the dial is hand-stamped.

  • Hublot

    It was difficult enough to keep pace with Hublot’s model range before – but it’s nigh-on impossible now, following the opening in late 2015 of a whole new production wing at its state-of-the-art manufacture in Nyon. All the same, the Big Bang Meca-10 with ten-day power reserve certainly caught our eye, as did the £48,000 All Black Unico Sapphire with a smoked-sapphire crystal case.

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    Our favourite new arrival is called the Classic Fusion Berluti Scritto, which was made in collaboration with the legendary bottier and has a “King Gold” case complemented by a tobacco-coloured leather dial and a matching strap incised with 18th-century style lettering. It costs £21,100, but there is also the ceramic-cased Classic Fusion Berluti All Black at £11,000, which offers a dial and strap made from nero grigio leather.

  • IWC

    IWC is in the habit of revamping one of its “families” per year, with the signature Pilot watch collection being the latest case for treatment. The result is a new entry-level offering in the form of the Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36, smaller-diameter versions of the ceramic Top Gun range and a reincarnation of the firm’s stonking 55mm diameter wartime model in the form of the new Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55.
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    It’s the ease of use offered by the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph that makes it our stand-out piece. Just push and twist the bezel and the hands instantly adjust to the time zone of your choice, without any loss of timekeeping accuracy.
    Ed’s note. The technology was devised by Mike Vogt, an independent maker who used it on his Vogard watches more than a decade ago before selling it to IWC, which has done a great job of refining it.

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Another year, another watch anniversary. And one of the most significant ones in 2016 was the 85th birthday of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s celebrated flip-case Reverso. It is a true classic, and a watch that has always been perfect for customising. Which is why JLC is rolling out its Atelier Reverso personalisation service at selected boutiques around the world.

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    Since this year is the Reverso’s year, the watch of the collection must surely be the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon which represents one of the most visually striking and technically impressive pieces ever to have emerged from the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture. It’s a true connoisseur’s watch, of which just 75 examples will be made – and one which may well prove a worthy investment.

  • Jorg Gray

    Jorg Gray was a fledgling maker of inexpensive watches until PR manna fell from heaven in 2007 when the then Senator Barack Obama was presented with a JG by members of his security team. The brand is now known around the world and offers a range of 30 different models in numerous configurations.

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    The JG6500 worn by President Obama is quartz-powered – but now Jorg Gray has upped its horological credentials by providing the option of a Japanese Miyota self-winding movement.

  • Junghans

    Germany’s largest watch maker? That’ll be Junghans, which, we’re pleased to say, is upping its game considerably here in the UK. Mechanical quartz, radio-controlled and solar-powered movements are offered in a wide range of styles and at decidedly fair prices.

    Watch of the collection
    There is no contest – it has to be the fabulously retro Meister Driver Hand-Wound which is said to hark back to the fact that Junghans made automotive dashboard clocks and speed meters during the early 1900s. A choice of 12-hour or 60-minute dials is available, each based on the design of a pre-war Maybach speedo. Choose the anthracite, cream and grey finish which was inspired by the paintwork on a 1932 Maybach DS8 Zeppelin.

  • Louis Vuitton

    Louis Vuitton’s watch chief Hamdi Chatti continues to elevate the brand’s watch offering towards the peaks of haute horlogerie, his latest effort being the remarkable Flying Tourbillon with its concealed mechanism in the inner edge of the case to enable a transparent look. The finish of the individual components is superlative enough to meet the strict criteria of the Geneva Seal.

    Watch of the collection
    It’s difficult not to be impressed by the groovy new Escale Spin Time which shows the time through a series of revolving cubes positioned around the dial. When not in use, they spin around to conceal the numbers and reveal a hand-printed, coloured flag design inspired by the old-fashioned blazons used to identify baggage on sea voyages.

  • Larsson & Jennings

    The idea behind four-year-old brand Larsson & Jennings is to meld understated Swedish design with British style – hence a recent cooperation with east London’s “weave-based” fashion brand Dashing Tweeds on a collection of woven straps.

    Watch of the collection
    The 39mm Saxon automatic with a simple, gloss black dial and gold-coloured case should serve you well as a sophisticated-looking dress watch.

  • Linde Werdelin

    The Danish-owned, Swiss-made and London-based independent reached its decade in 2016 – and introduced an in-house vintage service, which offers to verify early pieces and connect buyers with sellers. The pre-owned LW market is buoyant – a result of the brand only making limited editions.
    Watch of the collection
    To mark the decade anniversary, LW is inviting a select group of clients to apply for a commemorative timezone watch called the LW10-24, 96 of which will be made from carbon and 96 from gold. In either case, it’s an intriguing piece with a complex, industrial look.
    Gold, £36,000. Carbon, £25,200.

  • Links Of London

    Links Of London’s commitment to its horological offerings resulted in the opening of a dedicated watch store at the back end of 2015. The outlet, on London’s Regent Street, holds the entire selection from the 15 Links ranges.

    Watch of the collection
    The Driver Sport digi-analogue number offers alarm, stopwatch and date functions on top of the usual hours, minutes and seconds, and shows the time in both digital and analogue formats. The watch is also water-resistant to ten atmospheres – and looks best in black with blue dial highlights and strap stitching.

  • Longines

    If you’re interested in old watches as well as new ones, take a tip from us: buy good condition Longines chronographs from the Forties, Fifties and Sixties. Their excellence and collectability are finally being recognised and prices are on the up.
    Watch of the collection
    Is it our imagination, or are there more new vintage-inspired watches nowadays than contemporary-looking ones? Who knows, but we like the Heritage Railroad, which mimics a Sixties original designed for railway worker with its tough mechanical movement, shiny, black lacquered hands and 12- and 24- hour markings.

  • Louis Erard

    If you’ve been thinking of dipping a toe into the crocodile-infested pool of “proper” watches, then Louis Erard is well worth your attention as a genuine Swiss brand with an 85-year heritage.

    Watch of the collection
    Donning the new Louis Erard Excellence Regulator Power Reserve will give the impression that you know your horology. With a large, central minute hand working in conjunction with a small sub-dial to display the hours, it offers a classic regulator set-up, a power reserve and small seconds at six o’clock – behind it lives a Sellita movement.

  • Luminox

    Luminox ambassador Scott Cassell is one of those men who could quite easily make the rest of us feel more than a little inadequate. He trained in the arcane art of underwater welding as a teenager in California. He then joined the military where he served as a combat diver for 15 years – during which time he also operated as a sniper, anti-piracy consultant and
    scuba instructor.

    Watch of the collection
    The special-edition 44mm Scott Cassell 3059 FastStrap has a carbon reinforced case, an urgent yellow dial and a built-in compass. A proper dive tool, it’s water resistant to 660ft and glows in the dark thanks to its micro gas tubes. Buy one, and some of your money will go to Cassell’s ocean-saving Sea Wolves and Underwater Voyager Project charities.

  • MB&F

    Max Busser’s latest artistic collaborator is Badger, AKA James Thompson, who incorporated ultra-luminous AGT glow stone into MB&F’s HMX and Starfleet Machine models to make them glow blue, green or purple in the dark.

    Watch of the collection
    We like the new LM1 designed by Alain Silberstein, who is known for his use of primary colours and wacky dial details. LM1 combines such signatures with the haute horlogerie of MB&F – and it works.

  • Maurice Lacroix

    The specialist in affordable luxury introduces a new family of watches called Aikon, featuring a distinctive six-arm bezel design – although the idea’s not new at all. The look was first seen in 1990 on the brand’s Calypso models which, at one point, accounted for almost one third of Maurice Lacroix production.

    Watch of the collection
    That’s from the higher-end Masterpiece collection and it’s called the Chronograph Skeleton. Featuring an all-new movement in a 45mm case, it can be had in steel, steel with a gold bezel or – best of all – black PVD with red dial detailing.

  • Michael Kors

    The unstoppable US fashion brand offers an extensive range of low-cost watches in everything from dress styles to chronographs – and now it’s tackling the smartwatch sector.

    Watch of the collection
    The new Access smart watch runs Google’s Android Wear platform but works with iPhones, too. A swipe of the dial makes it possible to change the display from a digital tool-watch for when you’re at the gym to a more sophisticated look for evening wear, while the smart technology offers fitness tracking, social media, text, emails and voice-activated googling. It’s due out next month.

  • Mondaine

    Launched in 2014, Mondaine’s Helvetica watches are so called because of the use of the celebrated typeface both for the hour markers and (look closely) for the strap lugs – which are, ingeniously, based on the shape of the Helvetica number one.
    Watch of the collection
    This latest Bleu Marine variation is available in 26mm and 38mm case sizes and features a navy dial with hour and minute markings in contrasting white. A Swiss-made quartz movement keeps the case slim and the price low. A big Bleu Marine will set you back £255 and a small one, £220.

  • Montblanc

    To mark its 110th anniversary, Montblanc looked to the great ocean liners of the early 20th century and created eight complicated pocket watches together with a one-off piece called a Navigator Unique comprising a tourbillon watch paired with a gimbal-mounted, 15-day ship’s chronometer – the set being supplied in a granite-based housing weighing 120 kg, it costs £335,000.
    Watch of the collection
    The Twincounter Date, which features a revolving disc date display instead of a window arrangement, a crisp, white dial with contrasting gold markers and “blued” steel sub-dial hands.

  • Movado

    Movado is one of the more historic Swiss dial names to have embraced smartwatch tech, and its latest MotionX analogue collection comprises a variety of models with date subdials at six o’clock, which double as sleep and activity trackers. They offer two years’ battery life and cloud storage, too.
    Watch of the collection
    On a more traditional note, the historic Museum Watch gets an update thanks to industrial designer Yves Behar, who has updated Nathan Horwitt’s 1947 design with a textured, pie-crust edge dial and a sandblasted finish in grey, silver or blue with green or red hour hands. Time only and chronograph versions are available.

  • Nixon

    Anyone who is serious about skateboarding, snowboarding or skiing will know about California-based Nixon’s extensive range of affordable and ultra-rugged sporty wristwear – and now the brand has developed the first ultra-tough smart-watch.
    Watch of the collection
    The Mission offers 100m water resistance, the highest of any smartwatch currently available. Its apps include surf and snow conditions. You can also customise the watch via the Nixon website.

  • Nomos Glashütte

    Last year Nomos launched its brilliant DUW 3001 automatic movement which measures a mere 3.2mm thick and incorporates the maker’s innovative, bi-directional swing system of automatic winding. It’s now up and running, and powers...
    The watch of the collection
    ...The Tetra Neomatik. The 33mm, square case is as unusual as it is delightful and particularly suits the version of the watch with a dark blue dial and orange small seconds indicator.

  • Omega

    Omega reprised its role as the official timekeeper at the Rio Olympics this year, having been involved with the Games since 1932. These days, rather than the 30 stopwatches it originally supplied, equipment required to monitor the 300-plus events weighs in at 450 tonnes.
    Watch of the collection
    The Globemaster Annual Calendar features a lovely “pie pan” silvered dial with blue detailing and a fluted tungsten bezel.

  • Oris

    Following the launch of the Calibre 110 in 2014, and the Calibre 111 last year, Oris introduces a new movement each year – meaning the Calibre 112 is now available, with ten-day power reserve and day and night indicator.
    Watch of the collection
    The Carl Brashear limited edition pays tribute to the US Navy’s first African-American diver who qualified in 1970 – two years after losing the lower part of his left leg while salvaging a hydrogen bomb. The watch has a deep blue dial, engraved bronze case and is limited to 2,000 pieces.

  • Parmigiani Fleurier

    To mark its 20th year of production, independent maker Parmigiani Fleurier has created a covetable limited edition called the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, a split-seconds chronograph featuring a gold movement contained in a gold case – and priced accordingly at £98,500. Just 25 will be made.

    Watch of the collection
    How about the Tonda 1950 Titanium Abyss Meteorite, with a cut and polished meteoroid dial, which once travelled through space at 25,000mph? Acid treatment brings out the rock’s natural texture, and goes nicely with the Hermès strap.

  • Panerai

    Panerai waited until mid-2016 to introduce its most significant new pieces, including slim versions of its Luminor, called Due, and a thinner, lighter Luminor Marina 1950 automatic. But the biggest news was the unveiling of the most complex Panerai ever made. The Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT is powered by an in-house movement comprising 633 components and features a double minute repeater that enables the wearer to select whether the watch strikes home or local time. Available to order, it costs £305,000.
    Watch of the collection
    The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days automatic is named for the year the original was introduced – and the fact that it will run for three days between re-winds. The white dial serves as the perfect background for the lovely buff-coloured hands and hour dots, while an untreated leather strap enhances the old-school military look.

  • Patek Phillipe

    Arguably the world’s most prestigious watch brand once again demonstrates its superiority with a staggering line-up of 23 men’s watches for 2016. They range from the Grandmaster Chime Reference 6300G with a reversible case and a seven-figure price tag to a rose-gold version of the (relatively) more affordable Aquanaut Travel Time.

    Watch of the collection
    The Reference 5930 takes some beating. It’s a world time chronograph with a blue guilloche dial, inspired by a similar 1940 piece housed in the Patek Philippe Museum. That one is worth millions – making this £53,500 newcomer seem like a bargain.

  • Paul Smith

    Renowned polymath Sir Paul Smith’s interest in all sorts of “things” shines through in his latest watch collection, the contents of which have been inspired by everything from the atomic era of the Fifties to the designer’s own collection of vintage speedometers. Minimalists will love the Ma, while the chunky Block chrono should appeal to car watch fans.
    Watch of the collection
    The Atomic features a black ivory dial with contrasting black detailing and an orange seconds hand, which give it a vintage yet sporty character. The triple sub-dial arrangement provides 24-hour time, day and date indications.

  • Piaget

    Piaget can’t go a year without breaking a “thinnest” record. Its latest achievement is to create the world’s thinnest high-jewellery watch in the form of the Altiplano 900D which, with its 38mm diameter, is said to be appropriate for both men and women. The case serves as the movement mainplate, meaning the entire watch is a mere 5.6mm thick – despite carrying more than 300 diamonds.

    Watch of the collection
    The Emperador Coussin XL 700P immediately catches the eye thanks to its front-mounted micro-rotor and the small disc attached by a three-legged bridge between the one and two o’clock positions. The latter is a generator containing a quartz chip, which powers an electronic regulator. A mechanical watch that’s almost as accurate as a quartz one.

  • Porsche

    Porsche Design timepieces used to be made by Eterna until the former sold the latter to Chinese jewellery group Citychamp two years ago – at which point Porsche Design took responsibility in-house and set about creating a new range of watches partly inspired by past designs.

    Watch of the collection
    The 1919 Datetimer Eternity is the first model to hit the market. Based on the “form follows function” principle of Bauhaus design, the 42mm watch uses a Sellita automatic movement and can be had in pure or blackened titanium, with a choice of a rubber strap or titanium bracelet.

  • Rado

    The brand famous for making watches from “high-tech ceramic” has used the scratch-resistant material in conjunction with aluminium and titanium to create the HyperChrome Ultra Light, which tips the scales at a mere 56g. Its dark grey dial dispenses with hour or minute markers in favour of engraved concentric circles. Only 500 will be made.

    Watch of the collection
    With its whopping 46mm case made from specially hardened titanium, a vintage-looking dial and a gnarled leather strap, we’d say the new HyperChrome 1616 is one of the best-looking watches Rado’s ever made.

  • Ralph Lauren

    One of the most attractive and enticing stands at the annual SIHH watch show in Geneva in recent years has been that of Ralph Lauren – its Chesterfield sofas and gentlemen’s club atmosphere made for a nice place to relax. Not any more: the firm pulled out of the 2016 show and has no plans to exhibit there in the foreseeable future.

    Watch of the collection
    The 45mm Skeleton Steel from the Automotive collection is inspired by the great man’s Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic coupé. It sports an amboyna burl wood bezel, a hand-wound movement and a blackened steelcase.

  • Raymond Weil

    The late Raymond Weil established his eponymous watch company in 1976 during the height of the quartz crisis, basing it on the ethos of affordable luxury. To mark the brand’s 40th anniversary in 2016, it signed up with The Beatles.

    Watch of the collection
    Yeah, it’s a Beatles watch. Made in partnership with Apple Corps (the management company set up by the band in 1968), it features a white dial inscribed with the titles of all 13 Beatles albums. At four o’clock there’s an image of the silhouette the band used on the cover of Help!, and the logo is printed in the lower half and on the case back.

  • Richard Mille

    Ever avant-garde in his approach, Richard Mille’s latest wheeze to spice up the world of watch making was to let loose French graffiti artist Cyril “Kongo” Phan with an airbrush in order to work his magic on a movement. The result is the RM 68-01 Tourbillon, which took more than a year to perfect using specially made tools that applied the paint delicately enough so as not to ruin the mechanism. An edition of 30 will be made.

    Watch of the collection
    If you’re a private jet-setter, you probably need an RM 50-02 ACJ. Shaped like an Airbus cabin window, it draws on the aerospace industry’s need to combine strength with lightness by featuring titanium-alloy for the case and scratch-resistant, high-tech ceramic for the bezel. The screws holding it together are aviation-grade, and the radically “skeletonised” movement is treated with a coating commonly used to protect aircraft engine and chassis parts. Only 30 will be made.

  • Rolex

    Rolex may revel in its long-standing reputation as one of the most powerful brand names in the world, but for the Geneva-based brand revelling does not mean resting on laurels. Once again, it unveiled a swathe of covetable new models at Baselworld 2016, including a new take on legendary pieces such as the Cosmograph Daytona and the Explorer.

    Watch of the collection
    The all-new Air-King stood out for us. As well as a larger 40mm case, the watch gets some jazzy Rolex green detailing to the seconds hand and brand name – a look taken directly from the Rolex instruments fitted to Bloodhound SSC.Air-King, meanwhile, is written in the old Fifties font and the dial layout takes the form of a “three, six, nine” configuration with a prominent minute scale intended for navigational time readings.


  • Rotary

    The maker of sensibly priced watches has been Chinese-owned since 2014, when luxury goods giant China Haidan Holdings bought it from the founding family for £27 million as part of the larger Dreyfuss group. It now sits beneath the same umbrella as Corum and Eterna.

    Watch of the collection
    The Tradition automatic is a neat and simple dress watch with a concealed crown and a price tag of £550.

  • 88 Rue Du Rhone

    Regular readers will know that 88 Rue Du Rhone was established in 2012 by Elie and Pierre Bernheim, grandsons of the late Raymond Weil. Pierre now owns and flies the aircraft his grandfather owned, which inspired 88 RDR’s aviation pieces.

    Watch of the collection
    One for Brexit fans – a 45mm quartz chronograph in red, white and blue with a dial that hints at the Union Jack.

  • Seiko

    Mention Seiko and many people think only of quartz watches, due to the original and celebrated Astron. But the Japanese brand has been making excellent mechanical pieces ever since 1913 and created its first self-winding model 60 years ago.

    Watch of the collection
    To mark the anniversary, it has released a line of automatics under the name of Presage. Among them is this chronograph with a deep black dial finished in Urushi lacquer. Just 1,000 will be available, so move fast.

  • Scuderia Ferrari

    It might be logical to think that all Ferrari watches should be high-end and highly priced – but the Movado Group, which owns the licence to produce Scuderia Ferrari-branded watches, prefers to leave Hublot to target the wealthy few and focuses instead on selling affordable timepieces to the millions of prancing horse tifosi.

    Watch of the collection
    We rate the Aeroevo chronograph, a 46mm cushion-cased number with a carbon-look dial, yellow highlights and a Kevlar strap.

  • Shinola

    The young watch, bike, leather goods, stationery and pet accessories brand has enjoyed significant expansion since it was founded in 2011 with the promise of providing an employment fillip to down-at-heel Detroit – although it was recently ticked off by the Federal Trade Commission for slapping the patriotic “Where America Is Made” label on its watches, which use a large number of imported parts.

    Watch of the collection
    The new, 43mm Canfield holds appeal, with its coin-edge case that makes for a slim bezel affording a clear view of the dial, which comes in white, black, cream or green.

  • Skagen

    Although the Danish label adheres to a firmly functional aesthetic, it produces interesting watches that both look and feel as though they should be considerably more expensive than the selling price. This season, it has gone big on blue dials.

    Watch of the collection
    Practical and great looking, the Holst World Time And Alarm features three sub dials – an upper one to show the time in an alternative location and a lower one which is linked to an alarm.

  • Swatch

    One of the latest wheezes to emerge from the effervescent minds of the Swatch design team is the Pop collection - a range of watches with pop-out heads that, once freed from the constraints of their conventional straps, can be worn and used in a variety of ways. Pop accessories include pocket and neck chains and a magnifying table clock stand.

    Watch of the collection
    Doubtless you've got the houndstooth three-piece - so why not accessorise it with a houndstooth watch? The new Chicken Run Swatch is more or less monochrome - save for a single dab of blue, green, pink or yellow on its dial.

  • TAG Heuer

    With watch marketing genius Jean-Claude Biver at the helm, TAG Heuer is having a frantic time using its historic “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” slogan to reaffirm its position as a long-standing supporter of motorsport. The brand is now linked to the Formula E electric race series, the Goodwood Festival Of Speed, Red Bull Racing’s Formula One team, the Pikes Peak Hillclimb and much-missed racing drivers the late Ayrton Senna and James Hunt.

    Watch of the collection
    There’s much to choose from – but the latest, all-steel version of the originally blackened Carrera Heuer 01 takes the prize. Still the most affordable Swiss chronograph on the market to feature an entirely in-house, column-wheel movement, it also features a modular, 12-part case that offers myriad combinations of materials and colours for future models.

  • Tateossian

    The London-based jewellery brand didn’t enter the watch business until 2006, but has since introduced six styles from dress watches to sportier models priced between £160 and £595.

    Watch of the collection
    The Eclipse offers an affordable take on the traditional moon-phase watch. Within a month’s cycle the sun rises on the left of the dial before disappearing to be replaced by the moon for the remainder. Power comes from a Japanese quartz movement.

  • Thomas Earnshaw

    For those looking to sport one of the great names of horological history on their wrist, Thomas Earnshaw’s extensive range of 21st-century watches recognises the creations of the legendary chronometer maker of the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Watch of the collection
    The 43mm Admiral offers decent value for money, all in terms of looks, function and finish, with a power reserve display, small seconds indicator, rotating bezel and a transparent case back.

  • Thomas Sabo

    Affordable and well designed, the German jewellery brand’s watch collection was launched in 2009 and uses high-quality quartz movements from Japanese maker Miyota. Some of its more expensive models now feature cases made from scratch-resistant ceramic.

    Watch of the collection
    The 44mm Rebel chronograph offers a ceramic case, bezel insert and bracelet.

  • Tiffany & Co

    After its well-documented legal row with short-term partner the Swatch Group, Tiffany & Co returned to watchmaking in its own right in 2015 with the launch of the CT60 line comprising 34mm, 40mm and 42mm cases fitted with either chronograph or three-hand mechanical movements, a choice of dial colours and an entry price of £3,450.

    Watch of the collection
    The flagship model in its CT60 range – an annual calendar watch in a 40mm case with a delectable gloss black dial – is one of the best-looking retro watches of recent years. Horophiles will appreciate its four centrally driven hands: the usual three to indicate hours, minutes and seconds, the fourth serving as a pointer to the date numbers arranged around the outer edge.

  • Timex

    “Mine’s just a Timex” is what people sometimes say when they want to express the fact that they don’t really care about watches – but the American brand is an undoubted superstar of the industry. It majors on incredible value for money, and always has done. Back in 1959, it offered a 21-jewel mechanical dress watch called the Timex 21 for a mere.95.

    Watch of the collection
    We’ll go for the Waterbury Chronograph that takes its name from the 19th century Waterbury Clock company of Connecticut in which Timex has its roots. The watch features the Indiglo illumination system, a 42mm stainless steel case and costs £90.

  • Tissot

    Plenty of brands make sports watches – but few have quite so many connections with the sporting world as Tissot, which backs everything from basketball to superbike racing.
    It’s also the official timing partner of the Tour De France, for which it has produced a neat-looking chronograph called the PRC200.
    Watch of the collection
    The Heritage 1936 harks back to the early days of wristwatches being converted pocket watches, so it features wire-style lugs, a 45mm case and Breguet-style hands and numerals. A hand-wound movement, hinged case back and leather strap finishes the look.

  • Tommy Hilfiger

    If you like the idea of a big, bold, budget chronograph featuring design elements which might have been inspired by classics such as the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona or Omega Speedmaster, you could do worse than a Luke chronograph with a 46mm case, tachymeter bezel and panda dial.

    Watch of the collection
    Under the umbrella of parent company the Movado Group, the Tommy Hilfiger watch range is benefiting from a tie-in with HP, which has enabled the production of a new range of smartwatches to combine traditional looks with the latest tech.

  • Tudor

    Tudor continues to ride the crest of a wave thanks to the success of its brilliant Heritage Black Bay dive watches, which are now fitted with the brand’s own in-house movement. There’s also a new Dark model (black dial, case and bezel) and a Black Bay 36 with a smaller case and a gloss black dial with the all-important snowflake hands. All Black Bays
    are now supplied with two straps, too.

    Watch of the collection
    At 43mm, the Black Bay Bronze is two millimetres larger than the regular models and, as the name implies, has a bronze alloy case which will take on a unique patina with age – a look complemented by the two appropriately rustic straps supplied with the watch: one of gnarled leather, the other of woven Jacquard.

  • TW Steel

    Now eleven years old, the Dutch brand recently collaborated with Amsterdam-based motorcycle customiser Roderick Seibert’s Numbnut workshop on a project called Son Of Time that saw the creation of a one-off TW Steel/Yamaha bike to go with a unique and equally special tourbillon wristwatch.
    Watch of the collection
    The Yamaha Factory Racing Grandeur Sport chronograph reflects TW Steel’s partnership with the MotoGP team. Available in 42mm or 46mm sizes and with black or blue accents, the watch carries the YZR-M1 race bike name on its carbon fibre dial and the team logo on the case back.

  • U-Boat

    Horophiles may see Italo Fontana’s U-Boat brand as a maker of fashion watches, but it’s hard not to like the Chimera or last year’s Capsule.
    Watch of the collection
    The Chimera Skeleton Titanium, a self- winding chronograph in a 46mm titanium case with a pared-down Valjoux movement.

  • Ulysse Nardin

    With roots as a supplier of chronometers to navies around the world, Ulysse Nardin is a brand with long-standing maritime links – it’s a main sponsor of the Sweden-based Artemis Racing America’s Cup team.
    Watch of the collection
    Undoubtedly the Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon, which features a dial that’s been planked like the deck of a yacht and a fly-back minute display that takes the form of a boom and is based on the rigging of a tall ship. The watch will be made in 18 white-gold examples and 18 red-gold, each £195,000.

  • Urban Jürgensen

    Denmark might not be as famous for watchmaking as Switzerland, but the name of Urban Jürgensen is legendary in horological circles. Founded in Copenhagen in 1773, it was run by the Jürgensen family for almost 140 years before being acquired in 2014 by a group of Danish investors.
    Watch of the collection
    Traditional craftsmanship is the order of the day at Urban Jürgensen, where everything from the case to the hands is handmade. The latest Central Seconds model epitomises what the brand is all about.
    From £20,000.

  • Vacheron Constantin

    Vacheron Constantin has commissioned legendary Magnum photographer Steve McCurry to spend a year travelling around the world to capture remarkable locations in order to promote its revamped family of Overseas watches.
    Watch of the collection
    Of the five new Overseas models (from exquisitely thin time-only pieces to a robust-looking chronograph), the Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar model is our favourite. In common with the rest of the collection, it offers a soft iron inner case to enhance resistance to magnetism and a quick-change system that allows for easy interchangeability between leather or rubber straps or a metal bracelet.

  • Van Cleef & Arpels

    When it comes to dress watches, we still struggle to think of one that looks more elegant and sophisticated than VCA’s Pierre Arpels. Please, don’t change it.
    Watch of the collection
    Admittedly cleverer, however, is the Midnight Nuit Lumineuse featuring a night sky dial in which the stars light up. And there’s not a battery in sight, because the self-winding movement vibrates a ceramic strip to provide electrical stylish mens watches 2017 power to light the diamonds on the dial. Time keeping is taken care of by a single, retrograde hand and the 42mm case is made from white gold.

  • Victorinox

    Not content with its Inox watches being among the toughest timepieces on the market, Victorinox has now made one with a strap which is claimed to withstand attacks from water, salt, acid and flames.
    Watch of the collection
    The Professional Diver. As hardy as the ordinary Inox, but with a uni-directional dive time bezel and it’s water resistant to 200m. Black, yellow, red and blue dials are available.

  • Zenith

    In addition to expanding its range of high-end Academy watches, Zenith is embracing classic motorsport. It now backs America’s Sports Car Vintage Racing Association, former Formula One star Erik Comas and France’s Tour Auto.

    Watch of the collection
    To mark the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for cancer charities, Zenith has created a 45mm Heritage Pilot with an aged steel case, oiled leather strap and case back engraved with a motorcycle.


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