Wearing a watch is more than a method of telling the time, it’s a statement of style expressing your personality without the need to use words. Every man should own a luxury watch at one point of his life, but until the day when you can afford to spend double your salary on a time piece, there are some stunning fashion pieces out there can keep your wrist warm until the time comes to graduate into the luxury market. Gone are the days of reaching into a dusty pocket to glare at your iPhone screen, today he modern gentleman knows it’s the height of etiquette to glance subtly at your watch instead. So, what are the top ten fashion watches for 2016?
There’s nothing like a bit of patriotism to start wit h, and all of Christopher Ward’s watches are designed right here in England, and manufactured in Switzerland, providing the best of both worlds for watch lovers. Christopher Ward was launched in 2004 and began as an online company selling straight from manufacture to the consumer allowing for reduced costs. Allowing for their early advertising slogan of “The Cheapest most Expensive Watches in the World” They have grown in prominence since then and were the only watch company to appear on the Sunday Times.
Since it’s nearly summer, we bet you need the perfect travel watch, and Christopher Ward has just that; The C60 Trident 300 Chronograph is a highly advanced diving timepiece watch yet that can withstand water up to 300m. Not only can you drop this steel and aluminium timepiece in the pool, but it will come out as accurate as it went in thanks to its superior quartz movement. And all for a respectable £299 – £360.
Not all fashion watches are newcomers, horology giants Festina have been around since the turn of the 20th century, originating in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland but today, their headquarters are in Barcelona, Spain. Their fashion timepiece movements are made exclusively by Japanese brand Citizen. Festina have been well known throughout the media due to their sponsorship of the doping scandal during the 1998 Tour De France which the company sponsored. Since then the brand have been promoting the fight against doping in sport.
This year, Gerard Butler is the brand’s ambassador and represents the “Time to Live” Chrono Bike collection, still inkeeping with the brands connection to the sport. The bezel design is influenced by a biker’s racing helmet with a design mimicking the pedals. This watch comes in at £250+.
The Dutch are not well known for their impact in the timepiece world, but father and son duo Jordy & Ton Cobelens of TW Steel are doing just that. This brand rose to prominence in 2005 and is famed for their oversized pieces. Much like Festina, this brand also uses Japanese Citizen Quartz movements, but uses only Swiss automatic movements. Throughout the years TW Steel have had brand ambassadors such as Kelly Rowland and David Coulthard. This sustainable piece will be a great addition to your fashion collection for years to come and can even be sent away for watch repair and servicing.
Their latest venture is two, one-off masterpiece named the “Son on Time” and is a collaboration with motorcycle giant Nambut. The watch comprises; automatic winding, 29 jewels, bi-directional timepiece, it will have a three-day power reserve with a cage speed of one revolution per minute. The timepiece is Swiss made and mounted by hand. Sadly these amazing works of genius are not available to the public, but it doesn’t mean we can’t at least enjoy their beauty.
This watch brand is the oldest on our list, founded way back in 1880 as a watch and jewellry shop in Japan, however their first watches were not crafted until 1924. Seiko is a great brand for those who want to enter the luxury watch market. The watches make the best entry price watches with high quality quartz and mechanical movements. What’s more the dials, straps and other extras are all of the same high quality.
Seiko’s latest creations don’t hut shops until 2017, but were unveiled at this year’s Baselworld, the infamous watch and jewellery trade show. The Seiko Prospex SRPA2 PADI have been popular with divers for years, and this model will prove no exception, launched in partnership with The Professional Association of Diving Instructors has a 45mm-wide steel case that is 13.4mm thick and is water resistant to 200 meters.
Dreyfuss & Co
This Swiss company is the legacy of master horologist René Dreyfuss who established the brand in 1925. Today, there is no other make of watch on the market today that offers Swiss hand-made quality at such affordable prices, and their original motto of “Quality watchmaking and good value” still holds true today. Dreyfuss & Co watches are made by hand and can each take up to three weeks to produce making them a truly desirable timepiece. For those who love adventuring, these watches are ideal, their themes mirror exploration and sea spirit and all come impervious to water.
Their most recent collections showcases the Swiss made 1953 Black Skeleto which includes a stainless steel case, black rubber strap, automatic movement, scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass, water resistant to 100 meters. This watch comes in at £575, not an outrageous price for a handmade Swiss timepiece of this caliber.
How do I Maintain my Timepiece?
So, now you’ve invested in your fashion watch for SS 16, it’s important it’s maintained in the same way you would maintain any other investment. Typically your watch should be serviced ever 3-5 years, but the manufacturer’s guidelines with outline your watches specific needs. Today our lives are busier than ever before so utilise reliable watch repair and servicing companies that operate by courier meaning there will be inconvenience to your schedule if your timepiece needs repair or a service. The beauty of each of these watches hold unique properties, that suit each of our personalities differently and can represent us in the simplest, yet most effective way.
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