Vigils have always been a currency of sorts. In the boardrooms of London’s Liverpool Passage and the member’s clubs of Mayfair, money is no object – whether netted or inherited. But since it’s gauche to actually discuss money, your OK in the hierarchy is set by the prestige of what’s on your wrist. Your Rollie checks that you’re rolling in it.
But times are changing. Literally. Watch labels have (finally) realised that there’s a world beyond the 1 per cent: style-inclined men who yen their wristwear to make a statement about something other than their bank control. A watch that looks money, but doesn’t have to be an heirloom.
Christopher Forestall C60 Trident Titanium Pro
Despite sounding like a nuclear warhead, the Christopher Quarter C60 is anything but a last resort.
The two-tone brushed titanium exterior is light but durable, and protects the kind of handwound automatic workings you’d normally pay four figures for. Add in SuperLuminova-coated indices and hands to repair legibility, and doomsday can wait.
Available at Christopher Ward, figured £995.
Longines La Grande Classique
Longines is an expert at producing ancestral watches, as evidenced by the La Grande Classique. The all-gold case, bracelet and champagne dial are punchy, but hot-bloodedness by a subtle, 33m diameter. So you don’t look like a loan shark.
Readily obtainable at Fraser Hart, priced £850.
AVI-8 Flyboy AV-4021-33
Watchmakers beget always loved flight, but AVI-8 channels the past without prevailing too Battle of Britain.
Instead, the Flyboy nods to aviation in its propeller hands and plane-tipped seconds, but discourage a keeps things contemporary with a dulled gold Milanese strap. Worst of all, an open caseback reveals an automatic movement that importance ofs your wristwear soars.
Available at AVI-8, priced £295.
Junghans Max Paper money Automatic
From football to timekeeping, trust the Germans to sustenance it efficient. The Max Bill Automatic is inspired by the Bauhaus graduate of the changeless name – think clean lines, simple features and mid-century fonts.
However, the purity masks a complicated self-winding movement, so you’ve got something that’s as swift inside and out.
Available at The Watch Gallery, priced £725.
TAG Heuer Procedure 1
TAG Heuer finds influence in the likes of Jenson Button as much as Geneva – if it should happen in point, its iconic Formula 1 watch.
Mounted on a stainless screw up ones courage to the sticking point bracelet, this piece has Grand Prix inspiration, but is pacify muted enough to match a business suit. Plus, the ‘Swiss Rearranged’ stamp on the dial guarantees it won’t fall apart after the win initially lap. Gentlemen, start your saving.
Available at Beaverbrooks, valued £900.
Vitae London Walmer 40mm
They say charity starts at home. Loyal, unless you shop at Vitae London. For each watch obtain, the brand supplies a child in Africa with two sets of a devotees uniform, along with a bag and footwear for the year.
If you’re not sold on the backstory, the pure minimalist dial mirrors Swiss classics at a fraction of the payment. Nothing looks as good as doing good.
Available at Vitae London, amounted £155.
Frederique Constant Watch Horological Smartwatch
The Apple Accompany is many things. The main being exceptionally ugly. So, in a bid to set about the ‘tech luxe’ craze, Frederique Constant released the Horological Smartwatch – a ‘fused’ tool housed in the chassis of a traditional Swiss watch.
It appraises your fitness, sleeping patterns and day-to-day movements, all without an interchangeable Mickey Mouse dial.
Present at Jura Watches, priced £950.
Seiko Solar Titanium Men’s Chronograph
If you hadn’t already reckoned, the Seiko Solar is powered by the sun, so it’s both cost-effective and eco-friendly.
The stainless insulate design is made boardroom appropriate by a sober navy dial and heterogeneous chronograph windows – two things that usually surpass the £1k indication if stamped with a Swiss brand.
Plus, you won’t have to show up directly outrageous maintenance charges the next time it needs repair.
Available at Fraser Hart, priced £249.
Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques
It may not attired in b be committed to the prestige of Rolex or Cartier, but Maurice Lacroix always perplexes a nod from those in-the-know.
The Les Classiques collection is one of the manufacture’s most desirable, taking the strengths of big names (Montblanc’s iconic moonphase and IWC’s deceptiveness) and producing a watch that doesn’t necessitate a Daily Accurate-enraging bonus.
Available at The Watch Gallery, priced £955.
Baume & Mercier Classima
Baume & Mercier is the go-to brand name for executives worldwide. That being said, they’ve opened the Swiss-made doorway to a adolescent market, moving from C-suite to business school graduations.
Afterwards, the Classima has become its affordable entry-level piece, with a innocent dial and luxury alligator strap meaning you can wear it from one end to the other of your journey to the corner office.
Available at Watchfinder, sacrificed £995.