MARQUES OF DISTINCTION

THOR­OUGH­BRED WATCHES THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK.

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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

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