With delicate Guilloché engraving on the face complemented by a classic black alligator strap, the sportswear svengalis at Ralph Lauren have engineered a timepiece that feels solid without being hulking. Its extra gadgets are understated and functional, and the watch’s stainless-steel guts are manufactured by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Keep an eye on their movement through the sapphire crystal case back.
A tachymeter that measures average speed makes this watch essential equipment for motor-racing enthusiasts. In fact, TAG Heuer have created a bit of a master-watch: it’s got three counters for running seconds, chrono minutes and hours, tells you the date, and can even measure times of up to 12 hours with the accuracy of 1/8th of a second. Careful, your ipad’s jealous.
The glamour of aviation is invoked in this impressive timepiece. Inspired by the designs worn by air pilots of the 1940s and 1950s, in true Breitling fashion this watch is both a technical and stylistic accomplishment. It features a slide rule for pilots, along with chronographs designed for flying. And as 2,000 will be made in steel, 200 in red gold, ownership makes you part of a very exclusive club.
This watch is clever. Very clever. Measuring time on your wrist to a scientific degree of accuracy, this Chopard precision instrument features a chronograph able to calculate intermediate or ‘split’ times. This is hardware with attention to detail built in to every rivet. And an 18-carat rose gold casing ensures that it’s got beauty as well as brains.
Omega distills the luxury and power of the yacht, right down to the “Teak Concept” dial that brings to mind the vertical wooden grooves of decking. Refined and elegant design on the outside with fiendishly complex workings in the engine room, this is a machine that won’t leave you high and dry. Plus it can’t hurt to make a good impression at the boat club.
Stay aerodynamic with an Audemars Piguet Extra-thin watch. Razor-like proportions are enhanced by classic styling and super-luxe materials, including 18-carat gold and sapphire crystal. Only the work of extreme detail by knowledgeable craftsmen can produce a piece this slender, whose width measures up at a size zero 6.7mm. With that kind of distinction powering its hands, no wonder this watch carries an air of quiet confidence.