It might have been subverted for a while, but the Burberry Check is back. From April 2015, limited edition watches that take their design cues from the lining of the famous trench coat launched in the 1920s will be available in shops. Chief Executive and Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey himself has taken on the mantel of the design, and the results will delight fashionistas.
The men’s version, set on an elegant black alligator strap, features a 45mm diamond-Like Carbon-coated titanium case which cradles a skeleton dial – check-shaped, naturally – and mechanical movement beneath. An anthracite grid overlaid forms the dial and replicates the weave of a check fabric with a swaging effect and satin finish, the grid showing a hint of the manually wound movement beyond a smoked sapphire crystal. Like it? You’ll have to be quick as the run is limited to twenty pieces. Meanwhile the made-to-order women’s piece is likely to set even more hearts aflutter. Issued in the colour du jour, rose gold, it is the first to use the STP3-13 movement. The dial is set with handset with an interwoven pattern of mother-of-pearl and 245 diamonds, while the bezel too twinkles with a further 124 cut sparklers pavé-set into the design. It’s likely to be handbags at dawn.