What’s the time? Time you got a watch…
Whether you’re gifting someone or treating yourself, a watch is an investment piece designed to last a lifetime. Bringing you the best in luxury wrist-wear, our menswear buyers have handpicked a selection of the world’s finest timepieces, bringing you something for every lifestyle. From the opulent, jewel-encrusted Rolex to the performance-enhancing Suunto, it’s time to discover your next heirloom…
The kings of customization, MAD Paris take classic Rolexes and push them one step further with some uniquely crafted luxurious additions. Their version of the Rolex Daytona is dipped in rose gold-tone stainless steel and features an embossed floral design across the strap and behind the face. The original driver’s watch is made in Switzerland and features a sparkling ruby sapphire set bezel with 5 ATM sealing and a glossy customised dial.
First released in 1972, the Royal Oak watch from Audemars Piguet has had a regal update courtesy of MAD Paris. The classic steel case has been engraved with an all-over ‘Grande Fleur’ pattern, accentuated by a classic black dial. The signature octagonal bezel also takes on the floral pattern and sits alongside the ‘tapisserie’ dial and integrated bracelet.
The only watch brand to use fluidic technology, HYT the Hydro Mechanical Horologists display the time using a coloured fluid to mark the hours. The HYT HO watch also features an all-black stainless steel construction with a bright green fluid marker on the bezel. The sapphire crystal face protects this unique technology, which activates via a piston, driving bellows that control the movement of the liquid back and forth.
Celebrated for their highly conceptual watches, RJ Watches have used everything from moon dust to steel from the Titanic to create their masterpieces. As part of RJ Watches’ ARRAW men’s collection comes a new collaboration with comic giants Marvel and DC. The ‘Two-Face’ watch is inspired by DC’s villain Harvey Dent, aka. Two-Face, and evokes the personality of the character through its design. One side of the watch features a clear polished face and strap, whereas the other shows the skeleton of the dial mechanism and a distressed face and strap. Other features include light-up hour markers and a rotating coin to display the seconds.
Gucci’s newest watch, The Grip, takes inspiration from skateboarding culture, hugging the wrist the same way a skater’s sneakers grip to a board. This minimal, streamlined design displays the time similarly to a pair of scales, with three windows displaying the hour, minutes and date. Using gold-tone stainless steel, this Swiss-made Gucci watch features interlocking GG all-over logo engraving, a Ronda quartz movement and is even water-resistant up to 100 ft.
A modern approach to luxury design, L&Jr watches are the creation of Philippe Cros, Jorg Hysek Jr. and Lionel Ladoire, all of whom spent many years in the luxury horology world. Using their combined skills, L&Jr watches are Swiss-made and utilise all the elements of their luxury counterparts at a contemporary price. The S1303 model features a black mock croc leather strap, sapphire glass, and date display.
A watch designed to accompany you on your most extreme expeditions, the Suunto 9 Baro is a durable multisport GPS watch with a high altitude barometer. With a 25-hour battery life, it can record up to 120 hours of GPS tracking and has over 80 sports modes. Taking a more modern design approach to the classic sports watch, the Suunto 9 Baro features a black silicone strap with copper bezel and sapphire glass to protect its digital face.
A smartwatch that’s in sync with your exercise regime, the Garmin fēnix 5S can monitor your fitness level with built-in GPS tracking. A smaller multisport watch it features Elevate wrist heart rate technology. With a battery life of up to 9 days and preloaded sports apps to give you some much-needed inspiration, the Garmin watch is the ticket to upping your fitness game in the New Year.
3rd December 2019
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