What Watch To Wear

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Choose the right occasion-appropriate watch.

Tom Ford said, “Dressing well is a form of good manners”. We totally agree – and would like to add that having the appropriate watch to finesse an ensemble is the definitive mark of sophistication.

Whether it’s an important board meeting, a regular day at the office, or time out with your buddies, if you’re ever going to own or run a Forbes-rated company (or if you do already), the right image is essential.

TO PROJECT AUTHORITY

If you're the head honcho, you need to look the part not just to impress clients but also to instil confidence in your employees.

The appropriately christened Fortis Tycoon perfectly encapsulates that look with a combination of retro styling and today's state of the art technology in a slim, elegant case.

 Fortis Tycoon
Fortis Tycoon 

Prefer the look of a dress watch? The Longines Elegant offers sophisticates a version in 18K pink gold with steel bracelet. Baton indexes and an unobtrusive date window at three o'clock keep the look clean.

Longines Elegant
Longines Elegant

We've all received that invitation card with the dreaded dress code, 'smart casual'. What exactly does that mean, right? Well for a horological answer, we'd suggest the Breguet Classique 7147, featuring a superb guilloche dial with a central 'Clou de Paris' hobnail motif and a cross weave pattern offsetting the seconds sub-dial. Breguet’s iconic blued hands are also instantly recognisable to watch connoisseurs who will also appreciate the Maison's famed extra-slim movement inside.

Breguet Classique 7147
Breguet Classique 7147

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TO BREAK A SWEAT

Whether or not you're working out, watches worn while breaking a sweat have come a long way from being merely functional pieces. Performance and style are now key factors for consideration with choices so stylish you'd want to keep them on even after the adrenaline has died down.

The robust-looking Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven reinterprets the pilot’s chronograph with a black steel case covered in a high resistance carbon-based coating. Not just an arresting feature, the orange inlaid numerals on the rotating bezel give it maximum legibility.

Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven
Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven  

Maurice Lacroix’s Pontos S combines high-tech materials with patented know-how and a colourful internal rotating elapsed-time bezel for decipherability even in the most challenging situations (like an intense outdoor hike or maybe that board presentation).

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S

FOR AFTER-HOURS

So the weekend's here but it doesn't mean you need to make style concessions. The trick is an effortlessly dashing piece like the Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Aeronavale which sports a striking metallic blue dial with rose gold-plated hands and hour markers. Loosely based on vintage French naval aviator chronographs, this handsome watch has an external bezel oriented for pilots with its 60-minute scale display.

Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Aeronavale
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Aeronavale

For a quirky touch, Corum’s Admiral's Cup Legend 42 bears an unusual yet iconic dodecagonal case which sets it apart. Accented by 12 coloured nautical pennants on the flange, this masculine watch houses an extraordinary CO395 movement that beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

Corum Admiral Cup Legend 42
Corum Admiral Cup Legend 42 

Hitting the club? You'll need a watch that's audacious and larger than life, and none is bolder than the hyperbolically named Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold, a supersized timepiece with an intriguing matte black skeletonised dial with a King Gold case.

Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold
Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold

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