MARQUES OF DISTINCTION
THOROUGHBRED WATCHES THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK.
FIBERGLASS ‘SEASTRONG HOROLOGICAL’ SMARTWATCH BY ALPINA
This piece makes a strong case for being the bestlooking connected watch yet, despite, or perhaps in spite of the fact, it’s not immediately recognisable as a smartwatch. With a 60-minute unidirectional bezel, super legible dial, and luminous hands, indexes and markers, it’s, first and foremost, a proper diver’s watch. Yet while the sixties-inspired piece comfortably descends to 100 metres, it’s also capable of receiving call and email notifications, tracking your activity throughout the day, monitoring sleep patterns and automatically updating the time and date. A smartwatch whose face, at least, is proven to stand the test of time. $995; alpinawatches.com
ROSE GOLD-PLATED STAINLESS STEEL ‘FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH MANUFACTURE’ BY FRÉDÉRIQUE CONSTANT
Named to evoke the old guard of Swiss watchmaking, Frédérique Constant was in fact only formed in 1988. Three decades later, the brand remains true to the spirit in which it was established, manufacturing mechanically sound timepieces at value -for-money prices, like the ‘Flyback Chronograph Manufacture’. You can restart it without stopping and resetting, which is useful for timing laps. And though it’s one of the most difficult complications for a brand to develop inhouse, after six years of R&D, Frédérique Constant has done just that. POA; frederiqueconstant.com
STAINLESS STEEL ‘MASTERPIECE CHRONOGRAPH SKELETON’ BY MAURICE LACROIX
Opt for a mechanical timepiece over a watch powered by a battery and it stands to reason that you might like to view the cogs and gears for which you’ve just paid a premium. Thus the raison d’être for skeleton watches. The trouble is, openwork timepieces are far less elegant when all they do is magnify the unsightly hairs on the wrist beneath. With the 45mm, manually-wound, supercontemporary ‘Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton’, Maurice Lacroix addresses this issue by partially tinting the watch’s sapphire crystal-case back. For 2017, Maurice Lacroix has sandblasted the piece with a black-pvd coating. Stealthy. POA; mauricelacroix.com