Pure and sim­ple

Business Traveller - - WATCHES -

When you need to look your best, less is al­ways more. These el­e­gant dress watches are the epit­ome of suave so­phis­ti­ca­tion

Cartier Drive Ex­tra-Flat

Reg­u­lar read­ers may re­call that Cartier launched the Drive last year, in a num­ber of forms – but now we see that it was merely pep­per­ing the tar­get be­fore land­ing the bulls­eye that is the Drive Ex­tra-Flat. Stripped of the overly baroque en­graved di­als and un­en­cum­bered by com­pli­cated ex­tras in favour of a sim­ple satin fin­ish and only hour and minute hands, this is a slice of pure el­e­gance.

With the “cush­ion” case shape, it’s dis­tinc­tive enough to stand out, but the Ro­man nu­mer­als and sim­ple minute track re­as­sure you that this is still clas­sic Cartier. In­side is a man­u­ally wound move­ment, one rea­son why the watch can be so thin (only 6.6mm). It’s not too wide ei­ther, at 39mm – a sig­nif­i­cant step down from last year’s 42mm Drive. For this year at least, the Ex­tra-Flat is avail­able only in rose or lim­it­ededi­tion white gold (only 200 cre­ations), but we wouldn’t bet against a steel ver­sion mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in 2018. Rose gold £12,500, white gold £13,400; cartier.co.uk

Chopard LUC XPS Twist Fairmined

The LUC range is Chopard’s premier line and home to some true beau­ties. The XPS Twist (named for its quirky dial lay­out) now comes in Chopard’s eth­i­cally sourced Fairmined gold. £14,500; chopard.com

Breguet 7787

No­body does high-end so­phis­ti­ca­tion quite like Breguet. The enamel dial with blued-steel nee­dle-thin hands bal­ances a power re­serve in­di­ca­tor and clas­si­cal moon­phase, all in a 39mm gold case. £22,700; breguet.com

Zenith Elite Clas­sic

The new Elite Clas­sic is even sim­pler and smarter than be­fore – the kind of unim­peach­able choice that could see you get through life with just one watch... £8,200; zenith-watches.com

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