The time is now: The 5 most coveted watches of 2015 for all budgets
Following the world’s biggest watch fair in Basel and the clocks having moved forward by an hour last month, I figured now was as a good a time as any to unveil some of the 5 finest luxury watches launched this year.
Whether you’re a serious collector or simply on the lookout for a new timepiece to mark a special occasion, purchasing a luxury watch is an investment, as much emotional as it is financial.
To ensure your investment is a sound one I spoke with the luxury watch retailer, Watches of Switzerland, to get some educated insight into the 5 watch models that would not only cater for all budgets, but for all individuals too.
Longines Saint-Imier Collection Chronograph
The Longines Saint-Imier Collection has been inspired by the very foundations the watchmaking brand has been built upon. The shape of the case is inspired by a model dating from 1945 and the sleek lines and distinctive lugs provide these new models with a subtle balance between a classic and contemporary design.
All the models in this collection are fitted with a transparent sapphire back cover with a choice of four case sizes (26 mm, 30 mm, 38.50 mm and 41 mm) including some set with diamonds. Reading the time is never a problem thanks to the Super-Luminova coating on the hands and the watches in this collection are fitted on either a black or brown alligator strap or a steel or steel and rose gold bracelet.
Best for: Men who want a modern timepiece with a classic appearance.
Prices from: £2,850
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 CarbotechTM
Every detail of the design of this watch is inspired by the history of the brand. The Luminor 1950 case (47 mm) was developed by Panerai in the late 1940s to be worn on the wrists of commandos of the Italian Navy. It has since been enhanced by a rotating bezel with markers consisting of small studs inspired by the model created by Panerai for the Egyptian Navy in 1956. This Panerai is an out and out divers watch in a brand new material called ‘Carbotech’.
The case is made of carbotech, a composite material based on carbon fibre, which has never before used in the world of watchmaking. It is lighter than ceramics and titanium and much more resistant to damage and is not subject to corrosion.
Best for: Men who prefer a large watch face with a distinctive appearance.
Clé de Cartier
Cartier has a rich history of creating innovative crowns and this is one of the most distinctive features of the Clé de Cartier. Clé in French means key and the crown’s resemblance to once is unmistakable. A new case shape from Cartier is always going to cause interest, so this 40mm gents 18k rose gold watch was a real talking point at SIHH.
A sapphire is inserted in the crown flush with the metal around it. There is also a new winding mechanism which has a system to push the crown back in place without the hand positions moving.
Best for: Men who want to own a unique and expensive looking watch.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz Chronograph
TAG Heuer offers some of the best high performance sport timepieces on the market today and this chronograph is no exception. Fitted with a bezel in black titanium carbide, it provides unbeatable scratch resistance and resilience.
This watch features 3 chronograph counters and regulates times using a quartz crystal. An electrical current causes the crystal to vibrate consistently at a very high frequency giving the movement near perfect precision.
Best for: Men with active lifestyles.
A.Lange & Sohne Saxonia
Their tireless pursuit of the perfect watch has inspired the discreet dial design refinements of three Saxonia models. Since it was launched 20 years ago, the Saxonia has been a permanent part of the manufactory’s repertoire and the slightly smaller case size is on trend and reflects the move away from the bigger, bolder models we’ve seen over recent years.
It has a second zone time, perfect for those individuals who frequently travel. The case is available in white gold or pink gold and one also has the choice between a hand-stitched alligator leather strap in black or red brown.
Best for: Men who prefer luxury watches to appear simple and elegant.
All watches featured are available to purchase from Watches of Switzerland. Visit their website for more information.
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