Timex Weekender Varsity
Timex's classic Weekender has been given a bit of a spruce up for spring, with a range of colourful, interchangable nylon NATO straps. The face is flanked by a polished silver rim, while the numbers glow for night time viewing.
£49.99 | Timex
Rue du Rhone Mad Men Special Edition
The swanky new limited edition watch features an iconic engraved image of Don Draper on the back of the case. 88 Rue du Rhone was founded in 2012 by the grandsons of pioneering Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil, so you're in safe hands with this 42mm Quartz watch.
£450 | 88 Rue du Rhone
Suunto Elementum Terra Negative Amber
Tough chronograph with a barometer, an altimeter that updates every ten seconds and a 3D compass.
£575 | Suunto
Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar
An hour in the sun is enough to keep this piece ticking for a year in darkness, also powering a compass, altitude reader, timer and barometer.
£675 | Tissot
Tag Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillion
With a complex face based on a Formula 1 engine, this hand assembled V4 is driven by precision ball bearings and four belts the thickness of a human hair. No wonder Tag puts all these workings on display.
£60,000 | Tag Heuer
Breitling Navitimer GMT
One for the home sick traveller, this complex chronograph has two sets of hands for telling the time in dual zones and a whopping 70-hour power reserve.
£5,000 | Breitling
Harry Winston Opus XIII
Fifty-nine pivoting minute hands and eleven rotating triangles marking the hours vanish and reappear to give you a vague sense time passing.
£225,900 | Harry Winston
Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave
A solar-powered watch that receives messages from space, with satellites orbiting 20,000km above Earth keep you bang on time.
£1,299 | Citizen
Casio G-Shock GA-1000
Now in a range of bright and exciting colours, this range update boasts a digital compass and tracker, thermometer, UV-LED lighting and timeserver signal reception. There are few watches techier than the G-Shock, but they also work as street style statements.
£260 | Casio
Nova Ora Latea
Like a lemon meringue pie on Masterchef this watch has been artfully deconstructed, with hands replaced by a large black dot marking the hour and a smaller one the minutes.
£108 | Nava Designs
Mondaine Pocket Watch
Clockmaker to Switzerland’s railway stations, Mondaine’s pocket watch version of those pieces is a beautiful slab of clean, modernist design. Apple bought a license to use it as a clock in iOS 6, no less.
£169 | Mondaine
Bell and Ross BR01
Designed to look like an aeroplane’s instrument panel, the super-macho BR01 is as comfortable in the air as it is in the sea, with a reinforced steel case letting it dive to 100m.
£3,200 | Bell Ross
Hublot MP=05 LA Ferrari
The movement has a definite racing feel, with swivelling anodised cylinders displaying the hours minutes and seconds. Only 50 will ever be made.
£179,000 | Hublot
HYT H1 Black DLC and pink gold
A piston and bellows are operated by the mechanical movement that pumps glowing yellow fluid around the bezel, highlighting the current hour.
£115,000 | Hytwatches
Long Distance 1.0
The minimalist clock faces, monochrome styling and calf leather strap make this smart without being too showy. Both dials can be set to different time zones for easy comparison, and it’s pretty tough too thanks to a solid stainless steel case topped with a hardened crystal lens.
£300 | Kitmenkeung
Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime
Of a limited edition of 20, this hand-painted face features 24 world locations, with the time picked out by three rotating dials.
£40,000 | Louis Vuitton
Seiko GPS Astron GPS Solar
Built-in GPS allows the Astron to correct itself to all time zones automatically. Its perpetual calendar is correct until 2100 and its dial converts sunlight to pure power.
£1,595 | Seiko
Shore Projects St.Ives
As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with a very nice watch. Inspired by various seaside towns, the clean-cut aesthetic of Shore’s design and interchangeable nato straps make them an easy everyday choice, free from all the random bits and bobs that crowd some watch faces.
£115 | Shore
Swatch Sistem 51
Ignore the space face for a second; the really clever bit of this is on the inside. The 51-piece mechanical movement is the simplest ever constructed for a wristwatch, and makes this marvel of mass production battery-free and ultra-reliable.
£108 | Swatch
The latest wrist candy from this reliably stylish marque has all manner of neat design touches, including minimalist concentric numbering and luminescent bars in the hands. With a reliable and accurate 2,115-piece Miyota movement, this is also the first VO3 to give you the date.
£135 | Void Watches
Uniform Wares 351 Series Edition
The London-based style duo’s tough but sleek latest has a PVD-coated ceramic bezel and a German made, chainmail like stainless steel strap.
£720 | Uniform
A. Lange & Sohne Perpetual Calendar Terraluna
The large 45.5mm diameter face fits three dials - the large minute dial dominates at the top, whilst the bottom right dial counts hours and the bottom left counts seconds. More impressively the small windows at 3 and 6 on the face display the day and month of the year thanks to the perpetual calendar motion, and there’s a beautiful moon phase display on the back too.
Price: $216,400 | A. Lange & Sohne
Piaget Altiplano 900P
Swiss watchmaker Piaget has been making ultra-thin watches since way back in 1957, but the Altiplano 900P is the thinnest of them all. Its 3.65mm thick, and still has room for 145 parts inside it - an incredible piece of engineering that puts Piaget on top once again.
Price: $20,000 | Piaget
Richard Mille RM63-01 Dizzy Hands
Richard Mille has built a reputation for pushing the boundaries of watchmaking, both technically and aesthetically. Dizzy Hands is in effect, a concept piece, based on a poem called ‘Le Temps’ by 19th century French poet Gérard de Nerval. Pressing down the centre of the crown causes the dial to rotate counter-clockwise… press it again, and the time will reset, accurate to the millisecond.
Price: $120,000 | Richard Mille
Greubel Forsey Platinum GMT
Greubel Forsey watches are always unique in the aesthetic department, and the Platinum GMT is no exception. The globe gives you a real-time picture of world time as the earth rotates, and is attached to a 24 hour disc at the back, which gives you time accurate to the hour for 24 different cities around the world.
Price: $600,000 | Greubel Forsey
Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater
At just 7.9mm thick, the Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater isn’t just ultra-thin - it’s the thinnest minute repeater ever made. Six entirely new patents make this watch possible, with Jaeger LeCoultre claiming that despite its size, this minute repeater is just as reliable and accurate as any of its other watches.
Price: TBC | Jaeger LeCoultre
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
We all thought chunky gold watches were consigned to the days of Kojak and Mr T, but this monster is alive and well in 2014. Audemars Piguet’s new Royal Oak Chronograph weighs over a pound and is made almost entirely of pure gold, comfortably making it the blingiest watch at SIHH 2014.
Price: $69,200 | Audemars Piguet
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor DLC Titanium
The Titanium look of Dubuis 2013 Excalibur Quatuor is limited to just 188 pieces, and to underline the popularity of the Quatuor, the 35-40 that will be produced this year have already been reserved. Four balance springs are connected by five differentials, so when the springs are in their worst isochronism the system balances the springs out to maintain perfect accuracy.
Price: £423,000 | Roger Dubuis
Elliot Brown Bloxworth
Built for the “active gentleman” the Elliot Brown says that the Bloxworth can be worn over a wetsuit, or with a dinner suit. The company has gone all out to protect the workings of this armoured chronograph, and the case is made from gunmetal for added strength. With a triple sealed crown, the Bloxworth is water-resistant to 200m and T3 even took it through the Tough Mudder challenge without so much as a scratch.
£600 | Elliot Brown
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
You’d think, if you’d shelled out thousands of pounds on a watch, that it wouldn’t shed seconds per day simply by being put near the magnetic clasp of an iPad Smart Cover. You would, however, be bang wrong unless said pricey chronograph were the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss. Rather than shielding the interior, Omega has taken a more fundamental approach, by entirely removing ferrous components. The result is a beautiful piece that is resistant to 1.5 Tesla of magnetic force – most supposedly anti-magnetic watches can handle no more than 0.1 Tesla.
Price: £4,800 | Omega
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute
This stunning watch is a tribute to Scot Carpenter, who orbited Earth in the Aurora 7 capsule. Stuck aboard a tin can hurtling around the world, it was impossible to distinguish between day and night, so his chronograph had a 24 hour graduation. As a tribute Breitling has commemorated the 1962 mission with its Navitimer Cosmonaute – constructed from from 1962 pieces. It also requires manual winding, and has the Aurora 7's insignia engraved on the case.
£4,800 | Breitling
U-Boat Classico 45 AS 1
With superb Italian decision, the theme of the U-Boat Classico 45 AS 1 precision, and with a high calibre U-77 movement, it's got it in abundance. Visually, it's bold, with an industrial design that's reminiscent of the stealthy killer subs it takes its name from. With 316L Steel – a higher grade metal than your average watch.
£1,650 | Jura Watches
Roger Dubuis Excalibur
This chronograph is packed with three self winding calibres, and boasts 36 jewels, which will offer better accuracy and longevity than your average wind-up. The look is bold and confident which won't suit everyone, but the minimalist 280 piece design makes this a solid watch, which will last a lifetime.
$13,000 | Roger Dubuis
Citizen Red Arrows SkyHawk A-T Titanium
Chocks away and tally-ho! This Citizen watch partners with the kings of the skies, Citizen says its watch embodies the professionalism of our daredevil Red Arrows. Certainly a watch for those who enjoy the busier styled face, the Skyhawk uses atomic timekeeping which will adjust automatically in 43 cities around the world. It's also water-resistant to 200m, in case you need to bail out over the sea.
£499 | Citizen
Seiko Atron GPS Solar watch
This Seiko number mixes insane tech with a modern, sophisticated look that will really get noticed. Firstly, it runs on solar power and packs a perpetual calendar, so you never need to adjust the date. However, inside is low-power GPS connectivity, which means it can adjust using Atomic Clock precision to exactly where you are in the world.
£1,995 | Seiko
Hamilton Jazzmaster Face 2 Face
If you need a watch for every occasion, the Jazzmaster has your back. It features two faces, a 'boy-racer' style – Hamilton's word's not ours – and a much more mature alternative. Each face occupies each side of the watch, but chronometer fans will rejoice in seeing the inside workings of the reverse side proudly displayed next to the time.
£4,640 | Hamilton Watches
Ball Trainmaster Officer
Stripped back and packed with class, this Ball classic watch is one of the most finely engineered watches you're likely to see. Ball has developed its own patented shock protection system, which is great for drummers and golfers alike, by all accounts. Special attention should be paid the gas tubes which offer vibrant light after dark, and it's also water-resistant to 50m.
£1930 | Ball Watches
Tag Heuer Carerra
No gimmicks here, just a precision piece with sweeping, easy-read dial, chronograph sub-dials,100m water resistance and an, if you will, “oscillating pinion action”, all recalling the heady glamour of 1950s motor racing.
Price: £3,195 | Tag Heuer
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Baselworld 2013: Nixon The Diplomat
Ideal for people who have to jump between countries for business on a regular basis, ‘The Diplomat’ is an anlogue watch that can display the time in two different regions at the same time. Built with a stainless steel bezel and domed hardened mineral crystal which has been given the anti-glare treatment, the four hand Swiss Made GMT watch can display the 24-hour time and is water-resistant to 200m.
Price: TBC | Nixon
Baselworld 2013: 4N Black Edition
Expressing digital time through traditional analogue mechanics, the 4N is made up of numbered discs that when combined display the hour and minutes. So 4 discs indicate the hour and 5 discs indicate the minutes. It is available in 18-carat white gold or platinum and the French watch-maker has only made 16 of these intricately looking timepieces.
Price: 150,000 Euros | 4-n.fr
Casio EDIFICE EQW-A1200
Blending its years of analogue expertise with modern tech smarts, the latest EDIFICE is a multi-functioning chronograph now equipped with a compass sensor so you can so you know exactly where you are going. The Multi-Mission Drive analogue system uses sensor technology to move the hands and the F1-inspired design means there’s a Smart Access System to record lap times and a vibration resistant gel used in the body which was requested by the Infiniti Red Bull racing team to withstand the impact of changing Vettel and Webber's tyres.
Price: TBC | Casio
Baselworld 2013: Breitling Bentley B06
If you can’t stretch to a Bentley you could wrap this expensive timepiece around your wrist instead which pays homage to the iconic automobile from the radiator grille-inspired bezel to wheel-rim style caseback. Water-resistant up to 100 metres and boasting a 70 hour power reserve, the B06 uses a 30 second chronograph system and a variable tachometer which is another car influenced feature and will allow the wearer to work out average speed, distance covered and speed reached.
Price: From £8,810 | Breitling for Bentley
Baselworld 2013: Bell & Ross BR 01 Heading Indicator
Continuing its line of aviation-inspired watches the Heading Indicator is modelled on an aircraft cockpit instrument and displays the WES (West, East and South) indicators with airplane and yellow markers as found on the original engraved under the sapphire glass. Three independent discs display hours and minutes on the 46mm diameter case and with an anti-glare finish should be easy to view out in the sunshine.
Price: TBC | BellRoss
Baselworld 2013: Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision Rubber
They make great pocket knives but also make some pretty useful watches if you get stranded out in the wilderness. The latest Night Vision which comes with a new brushed and polished steel case, features an LED dial illumination system with a LED torch and a beacon that flashes red in the darkness making to easier to get spotted by a rescue team.
Price: TBC | Victorinox.com
Baselworld 2013: Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave Air
Part of its Promaster series, the solar powered watch offers an improved satellite timekeeping system with a higher reception sensitivity to go with the more streamlined futuristic design. The full metal case is made from lightweight titanium and anti-glare glass and features include automatically calibrating to world time for 26 countries receiving time from navigation signals to make sure you are getting a precise reading.
Price: TBC | Citizen
Baselworld 2013: Casio G Shock Series 30th anniversary
Celebrating the birth of the tough, durable digital watch, Casio turns the clock back to revive the original G-Shock with an anniversary logo designed by graphic/graffiti artist Eric Haze embossed on the back of the mud and dirt resistant case. Mineral glass will stop the screen getting scratched and with a 200m water-resistance you can also take it out for a swim.
Price: £TBC | Casio.co.uk
Baselworld 2013: HYT H2
The sophisticated hydro mechanical watch complete with pistons forces liquid through a capillary beneath the domed sapphire crystal to display the hours while a temperature indicator letting you know when the fluorescent fluid is at the optimum warmth. It also uses traditional mechanical movement methods with 65 hours of power reserve when fully wound and you can choose from a black titanium or a more expensive red gold case.
Price: $45,000 (Titanium), £TBC (Red Gold) | HYT watches
Baselworld 2013: Issey Miyake VUE
Jambox and Ouya designer Yves Behar has been tapped by the Japanese fashion line to deliver a watch that only displays one single number at a time. Made from stainless steel and a glass top cylinder, the concept of the VUE that fading out the previous hour and replacing It with the current one is all about letting the mystery of time to be experienced and ‘living a new view (VUE) of time’. Well, we are not so sure we buy into that but it is a lovely looking watch.
Price: £365 | Issey Miyake
Baselworld 2013: Linde Werdelin Spidolite II Tech Green
A sports watch inspired by F1 car weight reduction technology the second generation Spidolite uses carbon and Alloy Linde Werdelin which is 50% lighter than titanium keeping the Spidolite II robust without adding extra bulk. Ceramic coating is used on the dials and the crown to give things a premium finish and with just 75, you are highly unlikely to bump into someone else wearing one.
Price: 13,000.00 Swiss Francs | Linde Werdelin
Baselworld 2013: Luminox Deep Dive Special Scott Casell No. 1525
Scott Cassell in case you were wondering is a counter-terrorism combat dive instructor who has turned up on TV and is on a one man mission to protect the ocean and its endangered species. This limited edition Luminox watch primed for deep sea diving is made from stainless steel with a bezel locking system and automatic helium release valve to deal with variants in pressure. Water-resistant to 500m and with a strap extender which means it should fit around your wetsuit, it also has a self powered illumination when the water starts getting murky.
Price: TBC | Luminox
Baselworld 2013: MB&F Horological Machine No4 Thunderbolt
Looking more like a pair of mini binoculars on a watch strap, the titanium and sapphire watch has a design inspired by an American warplane with the turbine-style faces hosting the time on one side and power reserve on the other. A sophisticated three-dimensional horological engine which has been in development for three years powers the innards, and you can take your pick of a calfskin, white gold or a red gold strap.
Price: Around 200,000 Euros | MBandF
Baselworld 2013: QLOCKTWO W
Beautifully simplistic in design, the stainless steel watch with a 24mm leather strap hosts a square face that swaps numbers for a 110 letters to spell out the time instead of the more traditional sense of telling you it's time to go home. There’s a calendar function, four dots at the bottom to let you know the precise minute and it can display In German, English or French.
Price: TBC | QLOCKTWO
Baselworld 2013: Tudor Pelagos
Owned by Rolex but breaking away to make its own distinctive line of watches, the Pelagos is part of Tudor’s diver collection that shares similarities with the Rolex Submariner but uniquely uses Swiss ETA movement. Built from tough titanium with a matte ceramic bezel and an adjustable strap, the 500m water resistant watch has a helium valve to cope with variations in pressure, luminous markers and the signature Snowflake watch hands.
Price: TBC | Tudor
Baselworld 2013: U-Boat U-42 VNICVM
U-Boat is building a reputation for making big, unique watches and the Italian watch-maker has served up this limited edition timepiece based on a designed inspired by Italo Fontana’s grandfather in 1942 for the Italian Navy. Only 99 pieces have been made all with a titanium bezel, sapphire glass and the choice of either a brass bronze or black case which has been treated to give it a more vintage feel. Addiontally, the strap is made from distressed calf leather to round of the aged look.
Price: TBC | U-Boat
Baselworld 2013: URWERK UR 110 PTH
The Swiss watch line from Thomas and Felix Baumgartner (no, not that one), introduces its latest extravagant-looking instalment which is made from a Grade 5 titanium case with a platinum bezel and comes in a red on black design. The fuel guage-inspired watch retains the revolving satellites that display hour and minutes with a Day/Night indicator amongst the features for this big, bold watch.
Price: TBC | URWERK
Baselworld 2013: Ventura SPARC Sigma MGS
Going from concept into a reality in just a few years, the flywheel powered digital watch has been given a more organic design compared to the previous SPARC MGS which should make it comfortable to wear for smaller-wristed folk. Hosting the top-mounted flywheel and an LCD display it’s made from a durable Durinox material and stainless steel. Using the scroll barrel, you can view two time zones at the same time, access a timer and there’s a 45 day power reserve to give you plenty of run time.
Price: $5,400 (£3,200) | Ventura
Tissot Luxury Automatic
If the standard 36 hours of power reserve doesn’t cut it, the Swiss made timepiece features new Powermatic 80 automatic movement which means 80 hours before it needs to be rewound. Made from stainless steel, the Automatic is also waterproof up to 50m, which is perfect for any impromptu diving excursions.
Price: Starting from £525 | Tissot
Fortis Mars 500 Chronograph
So tough it’s worn over the space suit, this is the official watch of the Mars 500 cosmonauts. It’s got a 42mm titanium case, automatic movement with 25 jewels and an Incabloc shock absorber. It’s also water-resistant to 200m, if you happen across a lake on your red planet travels.
Price: £2,980 | fortis-watches.com
Casio EDIFICE x Red Bull Racing EQW-A1110RB
Worn around the wrists of Mr Vettel and Webber, the F1 styled watch features times and measurements functions inspired by Red Bull cars and a built-in stopwatch that will memorise your best lap time. Smart Access and Radio Controlled tech is also on board to keep things running smoothly and with solar power display it should take care of your time-keeping for quite a while.
Price: £550 | Edifice Watches
Breitling Chronospace Automatic
This aeronautical timepiece’s star-shaped dial makes it particularly usable while wearing Brosnan-esque, Gestapo flavoured flying gloves and the rotating bezel means accurate handling of the aviation slide rule. It’s water-resistant to 200m and has a satin-brushed, steel mesh bracelet for added mid-air elegance.
Price: £5,110 | Breitling.com
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Commando
This black and grey, matt-finished mechanical watch has a 42mm steel case with a PVD finish – that’s “Physical Vapour Deposition”, Bond. Basically, it means it – and, in turn, you – can take a right beating. Elsewhere, there’s a photo-luminescent coating, anti-reflective sapphire glass and water resistance to 100m.
Price: £2,700 | Bellross.com
Dunhill Classic Crushed Black Diamond watch
Betting has never looked so swish, and if you blow it all on baccarat chemin-de-fer you can always use this fine watch as collateral. the black dial features crushed black diamonds in lacquer, while a Jaeger-leCoultre movement and black alligator strap round things off with suitable style.
Price: £5,500 | Dunhill.co.uk
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
Worn by Royal navy Commander (retired) James bond in fi lms since 1995, this luxe timepiece is water resistant to 600m and packs scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass on both front and back. It also boasts a helium escape valve for when your nemesis locks you in a deep-sea pressure chamber.
Price: £4,420 | Omega Watches
Graham Mercedes GP Trackmaster
Launched for the British Grand Prix earlier this year to celebrate the partnership between Graham and the Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, with the colours of the watch and team logos complimenting each other, the GP Trackmaster features a rubber tyre-detail strap, is water resistant to 100m, has an automatic movement, fixed bezel and delightfully chunky start/stop lever and reset buttons. An exquisite watch from centuries-old English watchmakers.
Price: £4,500 | Link: Graham London
The original incarnations of the Superocean were launched by Swiss watchmakers par excellence Breitling in 1957. Now, over half a century later, Breitling has again revamped their ultra tough maritime showpiece. Water resistant to 1,500 meters (a bends-inducing 5,000ft), the watch features sapphire crystal glare-proof casing and is available with black, silver, blue, red or yellow dials, either with the 'diver pro' rubber strap or 'ocean racer' steel.
Price: £2,000 (rubber); £2,300 | Link: Breitling
Diagono Chrono Watch
Designed with Italian style and put together with clinical Swiss engineering, the polished stainless steel folding buckle strap and elegant stainless steel case make this watch a great choice for black tie shindigs. Offering the choice of mechanical (with 42 hour power reserve) or automatic winding, the Diagono features the Roman numeral inspired 'BVLGARI' logo embossed around the 40mm dial.
Price: £4,450 | Link: Bulgari
Arnold and Son True Moon
When keeping track of the moon is as important as keeping track of your schedule, look no further than the Arnold and Son True Moon. With a separate movement tracking the moon's 29 day month, the moon's phases are displayed through 18 revolving moon-shaped discs at the bottom of the face - we don't know how we lived without this.
Price: £16,000 | Link: Arnold and Son
If you're popping off for a weekend jaunt into space, best be punctual about it. The Omega Speedmaster was the first watch on the moon, sported by the crew of Apollo 11 and of every NASA space flight since. In its fifty year career its had only minimal updates from the original steel-bodied Speedmaster, making this about as close as you're likely to get to your own small step for man.
Price: £2,000 | Link: Omega Watches
CWC British Army Quartz General Service Watch
With ownership generally restricted to members of HM armed forces, civvies wanting to sign up for a tour with the British Army's official timepiece have to go through its lone authorised retailer, Silvermans. As you'd expect from a watch that's seen action from Bosnia to Baghdad, it's pretty hardy, with an acrylic face, a steel body and a Swiss-made quartz movement.
Price: £115 | Link: Cabot Watch Company
Graham Swordfish Booster
If you're just a sucker for all things massive, look no further than the Swordfish Booster. Those over-sized dials on the front count 30 minutes and twelve hours separately from the main face, which is protected by steel and sapphire crystal, and the whole thing is held in place on the wrist by a rubber or crocodile leather strap.
Price: £7,150 | Link: Graham London
IWC Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth
Designed to master extreme situations, whether Arctic cold, Amazon humidity or Sahara heat, the Mission Earth is a rugged and reliable companion for those of you with a wild side. With an integrated shock absorber, water resistant to 12 bar and resistance to extreme magnetic fields, the watch is fitted with either a stainless steel bracelet or black rubber strap and uses anti-reflective sapphire glass.
Price: £4,850 (rubber), £5,550 (stainless steel) | Link: IWC
Hugo Boss Red Gold Chronograph
The smartest in Boss' fashion watch lineup, the Red Gold Chronograph houses a quartz movement inside a black steel casing with red gold accents. On the face, Boss has furnished us with three chronographs, and the strap is black leather.
Price: £399 | Link: Hugo Boss Watches
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Manufacture Squelette Ltd Edition
The Squelette's metallised sapphire crystal skeleton dial displays almost all of its movement's complex workings, while remaining waterproof to 100m. A crocodile and calfskin leather strap adds class. A limited run of just 250 adds exclusivity.
Price: £6,146 | Link: Maurice Lacroix
The watch so good they named it twice has an automatic chronograph sitting in a reassuringly weighty, 42mm steel housing engraved with the Bulgari name. The blue and rose gold dial looks reassuringly expensive and the look is completed with a crocodile leather strap.
Price: £3,840 | Link: Bulgari
Industrial North Design Britannic watch
Drawing on inspiration from the automotive industry this uber-engineered watch features screws that date back to the British Empire and can thank the Rolls-Royce accredited engineering house for its sleek case chassis.Only 15 units will go into production, so if you are looking for something unique, this could well do the trick.
Price: £4,000 | Link: Industrial North
BMW Automatic Watch
Crafted in Germany, home of the automobile manufacturer, this finely crafted automatic timepiece sports a watch face encased in sapphire crystal glass, individually designed hands and of course that all important BMW emblem.
Price: £848 | Link: BMW
Michael Kors Black Ion Plated Chronograph
Blacker as a particularly black night, the Black Ion Plated Chronograph is crafted entirely from black steel, from the bezel to the strap. There's also three chronographs lurking behind the mineral crystal face - some squinting may be required.
Price: £200 | Link: Michael Kors
Audi Chronograph Big Date
A classic quartz chronograph with bold white numbers on a black face. Also boasts a tachymeter, water resistance to 5atm and a black leather strap.
Price: £185 | Link: Audi
Bell and Ross BR01
No complicated bells and whistles here; the Bell and Ross BR01 has its roots in aviation, a heritage the folks at B&R have clearly channelled into the BR01's straightforward, seconds-minutes-hours design. Now happily available to those of us without our wings, the BR01 packs a sapphire crystal face and a hard-wearing rubber strap.
Price: £2,300 | Link: Bell and Ross
Franck Muller Chronograph Conquistador Grand Prix
For the price you could be picking up a Rolex or a Tag, but Franck Muller's watches have that special something other luxury watches don't: madness. Available in a range of colours (but we like the slightly saucy red and black number above), the Conquistador Grand Prix packs two chronographs and hand-stitched croc leather strap into its delightfully gaudy package.
Link: Franck Muller
Mondaine Railway Evo
Inspired by the full-sized clocks in Swiss railway stations, the Mondaine Railway Evo is as minimalist a watch as you can get without removing the hands. Powered by a quartz movement, the iconic black-on-white design and red second hand has graced the London Design Museum and New York's Museum of Modern Art, and now your wrist.
Price: £110 | Link: Mondaine Watches
Oris Bob Dylan Limited Edition
Limited to just 3000 pieces, Oris' Bob Dylan tribute watch offers a stainless steel square case and a sapphire crystal front covering the silver signature of the man himself. But that's not all: as an extra incentive, Oris will also throw Bob Dylan's signature instrument - a Hohner Marine Band harmonica.
Price: £1,325 | Link: Oris Watches
Paul Smith General Classification Watch
Powered by the sun's rays (the face is one big solar panel), the guru of Brit style Paul Smith reportedly took inspiration from bicycle spokes to come up with this latest word in horological design. Comes with a red and black rubber strap and - of course - the Paul Smith signature on the face.
Price: £195 | Link: Paul Smith Watches
Porsche Design P'6530
Hewn from solid titanium, Porsche's traditionally understated design is all present and correct on its P'6530 chronograph. As sleek as it is hardy (the face is, of course, sapphire crystal), it's water resistant to 60m, but would-be owners will have to get in quick - Porsche are releasing just 911 pieces, in honour of the original Porsche chronograph's 30th anniversary.
Link: Porsche Design
Pioneering the current fashion for ceramics in watch design, the Rado Ceramica is ceramic right down to the strap. Rock-hard construction aside, there's three chronographs on the face and the strap and back are specially treated for comfort on the wrist.
Price: £1220 | Link: Rado Ceramica
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner
Before Omega started looking into sending watches into space, the bods at Rolex had a more humble goal: to create the first water resistant watch. Invented in 1926, Brit swimmer Mercedes Gleitze swam the channel in ten hours wearing a Rolex Oyster in 1927, and it's been the darling of big business types and shady internet resellers ever since.
Price: £4,400 | Link: Rolex Watches
Rotary Gent's Gold Plated Pocket Watch
Straps are so modern and vulgar. Unleash your inner Victorian gentleman with a proper gold pocket fob, complete with Roman numerals and visible, moving cogs. Caution: Does not include waistcoat, gold chain.
Price: £159 | Link: Rotary Watches
Tag Heuer Carrera
The classic Tag timepiece, the Tag Heuer Carrera was created in 1964 as a tribute to the Carrera Panamerica, or Mexian Road Race, of the fifties, at which the day's most balls-out drivers raced 2000 miles across Mexico at full speed. Today's Carrera Calbire 1887 offers three chronographs and silver hands, protected behind a sapphire crystal face.
Price: £3200 | Link: Tag Heuer
If the CWC British Army watch is altogether too peacetime for you, why not step up and consider the Traser H3 - longserving time keeper to the SAS and the Navy Seals. Earning its stripes in the first Gulf War, the H3 uses gaseous Tritium in lieu of luminescent paint for increased brightness at night, and its steel casing means its tough as the chaps who carry it, to boot.
Price: £290 | Link: Traser
Put together by the same industrious Swiss tinkerers who make the army knives, you'd be right to expect some engineering creativity in the Victorinox ST-5000. As if a titanium shell and hardened crystal face didn't make it out-doorsy enough for you, Victorinox's engineers have tacked on a digital compass around the face and a string of LEDs which light up when you're heading in the right direction.
Price: £650 | Link: G Shock
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
The self-winding Aquatimer has 12-bar waterproofing, meaning you can take it scuba diving without incurring damage. The display is framed by a luminescent mechanical bezel and treated with an anti-reflective coating to limit glare. A durable and stylish watch.
Price: £3,950 | Link: IWC
Bulova Spaceview Limited Edition
Bulova's landmark tuning fork movement (used in the panel clocks and timing mechanisms in NASA's moon mission crafts) and exhibition dial of the 1960s is here recreated for a classy 50th anniversary limited edition timepiece. Stainless steel, curved sapphire crystal, four-screw caseback, luminous hands, alligator strap and water resistance to 30m together make a watch that make you look like management material.
Price: £3,000 | Link: Bulova
Christopher Ward C600 Tri-Tech Diver Elite
The C600 includes a helium release valve that acts like a decompression chamber, allowing the watch to function at great depths. It also includes super-bright GTLS luminescence and a diamond hard PVD finish; all high-end, cutting-edge features at a more than reasonable price.
Price: £399 | Link: Christopher Ward
Oris RAID Chronograph Ltd Edition
The RAID was created to mark the 20th vintage car rally from Suisse to Paris. The watch's dial resembles the rev counter on the dashboard of the 1952 Jaguar XK 120, which won the RAID rally in 2009. Only 500 of this model have been made.
Price: £2,950 | Link: Oris
Tag Heuer Monaco 24 Concept
The most impressive of Tag's rugged Monaco remakes sports a stout PVD-coated case housing a Calibre 36 movement, built to resemble the cockpit cage of a 24-hour race car. The stripes on the watch face match the colours worn by Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans.
Price: £7,900 | Link: Tag Heuer
Zenith Elite 681 Ultra Thin
The Ultra Thin is so named for a reason: the stainless steel or 18kt rose gold casing is only 7.6mm thick. Inside that svelte frame, the Tungsten rotor and movement is made up of 128 moving parts. Like your watches exclusive? Only 250 of these exist.
Price: £6,895 | Link: Zenith Watches
Montblanc Timewalker Extreme Chronograph DLC
Montblanc’s beautiful new Timewalker features all the hallmarks you’d expect from the collection in its 10th year. Narrow bezel and arabic numerals give the face its signature clean look, whilst the diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating makes the watch tough as nails.
Price: €5,000 | Montblanc