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How do i choose a men’s watch ?

How do i choose a men’s watch ?

1) Swiss brands are usually the safest bet

If the movement in your automatic or mechanical timepiece is built in-house by a major Swiss marque, it’ll most likely be of a better quality than one which has been mass-produced externally.

2) Check the lugs for sharp edges

If the lugs or case of your watch feature any sharp edges, the watch hasn’t been finished properly and is a wider sign of poor manufacture.

3) Make sure you can swim with it

Always opt for a watch which is – at the very least – water resistant to 50 meters. This doesn’t mean you can take your watch to a depth of 50 meters, but rather that you can swim with it normally.

4) Invest in scratch-resistant glass

Try and opt for a watch finished with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass. Anything less and the slightest bash will leave your watch in a very bad way indeed.

A Lange & Söhne

Earlier this year, a one-off steel-cased 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” watch became the most expensive A Lange & Söhne ever sold when it was hammered down for more than £672,000 at Phillips Geneva. Walter Lange died in 2017 at the age of 92 having rebuilt his family firm following the reunification of Germany. Limited-edition versions are now on general sale.

Watch of the collection
The brilliant Triple Split can measure split times for seconds, minutes and hours. Its mind-bogglingly complex mechanism contains 567 components. Just 100 examples will be made and, despite the price tag, we think it’s a bargain.

£125,000. alange-soehne.com

 

Boss

 

A long-standing sponsor of GQ’s Men Of The Year Awards, Hugo Boss also enjoys an on-going partnership with the “hole-in-one club”, H1. Anyone who has played the magic shot and registers online with H1 gets a free golf-inspired Boss watch.

Watch of the collection
The racy Grand Prix chronograph offers triple sub-dials, a tachymeter scale for speed and distance calculations and a funky strap in perforated white leather.

£299. bosswatches.co.uk

 

Blancpain

 

This year, Blancpain extended its pledge to help protect the seas by launching the third of its limited-edition “Ocean Commitment” watches. For each of the 250 Fifty Fathoms “specials” sold, the brand will donate £900 to marine conservation projects. The watch costs £12,490.

Watch of the collection
Another take on the Fifty Fathoms, the Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s recalls the rectangular indices, Arabic numerals and graduated grey dial that first appeared on a similar model more than 40 years ago. The 43mm watch is available with a choice of antiqued leather, sail canvas or “Nato-style” straps or a steel bracelet. Just 500 will be available.

From £9,290. blancpain.com

 

Bell & Ross

 

Not to be outdone by Hublot and Richard Mille, Bell & Ross has produced a range of watches with transparent cases made entirely from sapphire crystal, including two BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire watches.

Watch of the collection
Bell & Ross cofounder Bruno Belamich has returned to the brand’s aviation roots by creating a high-performance concept plane for the Reno Air Races. In turn, the BR-Bird inspired new watches in the form of the BRV1-92 Racing Bird three-hander and the BRV1-94 chronograph. The former is our watch of the collection thanks to its crisp white-and-blue dial and blue leather, orange-lined strap.

£1,900. bellross.com

 

Baume & Mercier

 

True innovation is becoming rare in the watch business, but Richemont’s entry-tier dial name demonstrated it at this year’s SIHH in Geneva with the launch of the rather brilliant Clifton Baumatic that uses an all-new movement that costs a more-than-fair £2,290.

Watch of the collection
There’s something charming about the Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute chronograph, which commemorates a speed record set at Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967 when Burt Munro achieved 183.58mph on a bike from the Indian Motorcycle Company, with which Baume & Mercier has established a long-term partnership.

£3,250. baume-et-mercier.com

 

Baume

 

No, we haven’t forgotten to finish the name. Baume is Richemont’s all-new watch brand that, we are assured, has absolutely nothing to do with Baume & Mercier. Its mission is to attract millennials with a range of affordable watches made from ecofriendly materials that can be customised to taste and ordered via the net.

Watch of the collection
The 41mm Small Second is both sleek and quirky, thanks to its top-mounted winding crown and stirrup lugs. Vegans will appreciate its animal-friendly cork strap.

£430. baumewatches.com

 

Ball Watch Co

 

Like many brands, Ball Watch Co no longer feels the need to exhibit at Baselworld, preferring to spread the word about new launches via social media. This autumn, for example, it revealed its new, limited-edition Fireman Night Train II on Facebook. Those who preordered could have the dial and “lume” in their choice of colours.

Watch of the collection
The Engineer Master II Diver TMT is one of our favourite underwater watches of 2018, thanks to its urgent orange dial markings and rubber strap. The “TMT” refers to the thermometer sub-dial that, surely, is more useful for showing the temperature of the wearer than the atmosphere?

£3,010. ballwatch.com

 

Avi-8

 

If you’re after a well-made pilot-style watch that doesn’t cost the earth, Avi-8 should be on your radar. Its watches look the part, are nicely detailed and contain good-quality Japanese quartz or mechanical movements.

Watch of the collection

The Flyboy Centenary 1920S replicates the look of early field wristwatches converted from pocket models using soldered wire lugs. The 42mm steel case has a domed crystal housing a Miyota mechanical movement visible through a transparent back, while the military vibe is enhanced by an RAF-style roundel on the crown and a luminous dial wit. A gnarled buffalo-hide strap completes the picture.

£249. avi-8.co.uk

 

Audemars Piguet

There are now 107 variations on the Royal Oak – the world’s first steel-cased luxury sports watch launched in 1972 – which account for the majority of the brand’s 40,000 or so annual sales. The mighty Oak’s success has enabled AP to sponsor top golfers, support the international arts scene and nature conservation and keep some aside for its museum in the Valleé de Joux.

Watch of the collection
In 1993, a young designer called Emmanuel Gueit was charged with upsizing the Royal Oak. The result was the 42mm “Offshore” chronograph, which is revisited in the new steel-cased Offshore that, not coincidentally, arrives exactly 25 years on.

£28,200. audemarspiguet.com

 

Breitling

 

It’s been all go at Breitling since former IWC boss Georges Kern took over in 2017. Out with the old sexist marketing, in with new celebrity ambassadors, ranging from Brad Pitt to David de Rothschild, on with a drive for sales in Asia, up with the range of model families (air, land and sea) and down with the variations therein.

Watch of the collection
The Navitimer 8 Super 8 B20 is based on a wartime watch that bomber pilots strapped to their thighs. The “pie pan” unidirectional bezel overhangs the main case by 2mm for an overall diameter of 50mm and the numerals are filled with lume for those tricky night ops. Prices have yet to be set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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