Three per­fect small-faced watches

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The big news in watches? They’re get­ting smaller. In a trend that was per­haps in­evitable, the pen­du­lum has swung the other way. Af­ter years of man­hole cover-sized div­ing watches on the one hand, and blinged-out chrono­graphs on the other, a dis­cernible di­rec­tion at this year’s Swiss watch fairs was to­wards smaller case sizes. It’s a throw­back that makes sense; his­tor­i­cally most watches mea­sured un­der 40mm in di­am­e­ter. The ben­e­fits are man­i­fold: a smaller watch is more ver­sa­tile, dressier, packs tons of charm and above all chimes with the times, where show­pieces don’t need to shout.

Grey melange linen blazer, £325; white cot­ton shirt, £110, both byGant Di­a­mond G Stain­less steel Big Crown Pointer Date 36mm au­to­matic, £1,550, by Oris

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