Trending Now: Fabric Straps And DialsWritten by Melissa Kong
It doesn’t need to be steel or leather all the time.
Hublot Classic Fusion Italia Independent
When you think about matching your timepiece to your outfit, it’s usually along the lines of dress-watch-gala-dinner, steel-bracelet-client-meeting, and so on. But Hublot takes it a step further, allowing you to match your timepiece to the specific material or print on your three-piece suit.
No stranger to collaborating with fashion insiders, Hublot embarked on its third project with Italia Independent and its founder, Lapo Elkann, to create sartorially dapper pieces for modern gents. This time round, they worked with famed Italian tailor, Rubinacci, to present the Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent in three variations. Each comes with two fabric designs to choose from—the titanium version is available in houndstooth or Prince of Wales checks, while the ceramic and King Gold models both come in tartan or Prince of Wales checks.
Hamilton Ventura Classic
Launched in 1957, the Ventura made history as the world's first electrical battery-powered watch. The innovative movement and triangular design attracted numerous fans, the most famous of whom was probably Elvis Presley who wore it in the 1961 film, Blue Hawaii.
To commemorate the Ventura collection’s 60th anniversary, Hamilton rolled out a number of tribute pieces, including this denim-clad edition, in a nod to the hardwearing fabric that gained popularity in the 1950s. The fabric is used on the strap, while the look is replicated with a jean-patterned 3-D print on the dial.
Patek Philippe Ref. 4947
Known for their expertise in crafting some of the finest perpetual calendars around (more here), Patek Philippe’s timekeeping know-how also extends to automatic calendars like this gorgeous Ref. 4947 for ladies. While the shiny hand-stitched peacock blue alligator strap is certainly an attention-grabber, take your eyes off that for a moment and stare instead at the delicately crafted dial which has been finished to resemble the appearance of Shantung silk. Combined with a white gold diamond-set case, the watch is a picture of elegance and sophistication.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono
The newest member of the Black Bay family (and its first ever chrono) has already won plenty of hearts with its sporty aesthetic and rugged appeal. It’s price point—from S$6,480 or RM13,320—is also extremely attractive for an in-house column wheel chronograph (more on the watch here) and it’s no surprise the watch has been flying off shelves.
Available in both a steel bracelet or leather strap, the watch also comes with a complimentary twill-patterned fabric strap that’s casual but exudes the right amount of flash and stylish machismo.
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Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".