Versatile timepieces for the everyday, from the refined to the sports inspired, are proving quieter styles can make a big impact. Here, we profile some of our top picks for the season.
Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Automatic
There are 238 components in the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic’s movement, with some wheels measuring just 0.12mm thick. The watch itself is 4.3mm thick.
Developed with help from Nest founder Tony Fadell, the e-Crown connects traditional watchmaking mechanics with digital technology via Bluetooth to automatically set the time and maintain its accuracy.
Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture
Behind the Hybrid Manufacture’s trad 42mm dial lies an automatic mechanical movement with an integrated battery-powered digital module for activity and sleep tracking, fitness coaching, a world timer, and more, all controlled via an app. Case: Stainless steel, rose-gold- plated stainless steel. Movement: FC-750 Manufacture Hybrid Calibre.
Dark straps are sophisticated and modern – here are some of our favorites.
L.U.C. Full Strike Watch in 18ct white gold with alligator strap
Clifton Baumatic watch with alligator strap
Classique watch in 18ct white gold with self-winding movement
Roma Solotempo watch with stainless steel case
Emperador Cushion watch in 18ct white gold
Midnight Moon Phase automatic watch in 18ct rose gold
Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “150 Years” in 18ct red gold
Calibre de Cartier diver watch in steel
Photography: Lydia Whitmore
Set design: Vicky Lees
Compiled by: Danica Zivkovic