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9 OF THE BEST LUXURY TIMEPIECE BRANDS
OUR TOP PICK MEN'S WATCHES OF AUTUMN 2015
A popular men’s accessory is the watch. It’s something men should take their time on when investing because not only is it a practical accessory, but it’s also something that can completely make an outfit. So whether you want something for day-to-day or for dress occasions, there are many brands which offer models to suit both - here is our top nine right now.
Sleek, masculine and bold. Corniche watches are a traditional style watch with a modern twist. With mysterious black faces and minimal features on the dials these watches make for both day and night. Or if black is too serious for you, they have rose gold and white face options complete with contrasting azzuro blue dauphine hands inspired by the Cote d’Azur of the French Riveria.
A slightly newer of the more established brands, having launched their first watches in 1997. Their designs are sophisticated with a high class sense of style, and since they are Swiss made they're reliable with high performance quality. Their style is rather classic with a modern flair. Then on the other end of the spectrum they have a Sport range which is suited those energetic guys who are always on the go.
Zenith’s story is that of an interesting one, they take a lot of inspiration from stories of past achievers e.g. their Captain and Pilot ranges are based on those who have left a legacy from their past voyages. The watches have more dials than usual which would have been perfect for those on Marine or Aviation travel. Their El Primeo range has one of the most accurate mechanical movements that a timepiece can have - Zenith is a true luxury watch.
A brand with one of the most unique designs in the industry. Bovet’s designs today are still somewhat inspired by the heritage of the pocket watch. Not only do they pay close attention to detail, they are handmade by female artisans which is rare in the watch manufacturing business. They're known for not only their high quality enamel but also their ‘miniature painting’ designs where you find precise pictures created colour by colour - the work is incredible.
One of the older watchmakers, established in 1860 in Florence, Italy. The brand prides itself on Italian and Swiss made watches inspired by the sea and the Italian Navy. So, if you've seen their designs you’ll notice they are military inspired with blue, green and brown leather straps with a combination of square and circular faces with bold numbers. An elegant and durable watch made with precision.
A more traditional style of watch which is great for those who desire something that can be worn time and time again and won’t date. Their designs are very graceful and sophisticated, which ties in nicely with the brand’s slogan ‘Elegance is an attitude’. With classic designs and attention to accuracy they have been a long household name in the watch industry. From designs with a clean simple face in their elegant range with stainless steel straps to the bolder more detailed styles for the ‘man on the go’ where they have paid attention to details in the crown and links.
H Moser & Cie
On the more rare side of the market, H Moser & Cie are a little harder to find. However, if you are a man who likes a simple design with a clean finish this is a good place to start. A small independent family run business currently make a very small number of these watches. A unique design to their collection is their Endeavour Moon watch with a black strap and a blue face creating a midnight-esque aesthetic.
Hublot were the official time keeper of the Fifa World Cup in both 2010 and 2014 so you can be guaranteed the precision of time will keep you on time for not only work but during those important football games too. They have also been popular amongst many sporting greats such as Usain Bold and Pele. With a sporty flair their designs they are bold, masculine, amd perfect for day-to-day wear. With a Swiss mechanism you can be sure these are durable and powerful with a combination of complex dials.
The last family owned watch business in Geneva. Patek Phillipe have always been known for their high quality timepieces and are considered one of the finest maufacturers in the world. Where every detail is important, even the president tests their minute repeaters. Patek Phillipe have strong craftsmanship and high performance which maintains the brands rarity.