For many discerning male buyers a timepiece is now part of the overall outfit. Essentially what they are trying to convey is a certain look or image. Whether it be a Saville Row tailor made suit or a trendy pair of Italian designer jeans the watch has to fit. Ingeniously brands have caught on to this and now promote a lot more lifestyle pictures on their website and via social media. Here are five stylish timepieces I feel will entice all fashion conscious aficionados.
Mazoni & Fils Canopus Weekplanner
Watchmaker A Manzoni & Fils derives its name from a historic watchmaking factory located in Lugano, Switzerland. Their first watch is called the Canopus Weekplanner and was designed by a Finland based designer and trained architect called Ilkka Suppanen. With an innovative cushion shaped case measuring 44mm x 10mm this watch is sure to make a bold statement. What makes this timepiece so special is the intricate dial pattern, which is inspired by the boulevard flooring of Copacabana, Brazil. At the heart of the watch is a 25 Jewel A10 Soprod Swiss mechanical automatic chronometer movement with an exclusively developed Dubois Dépraz module.
Alexander Shorokhoff Babylonian
Alexander Shorokhov is a Russian watchmaker and designer who now resides in Germany. His Babylonian watch was released a few years ago and is a great example of his work. Dimensionally the timepiece exudes masculine proportions and has a large 316L stainless steel case measuring 47mm x 11.5mm (excluding the crown). What makes this watch so appealing is the skillfully crafted three-dimensional dial. Other features include an inner chapter ring with signs of the zodiac and laser cut sun/moon motifs. Powering the watch is a hand decorated 17-jewel mechanical manual winding movement.
MB Watches Thunderbird
MB Watches are a small boutique brand situated in the heart of Morteau France. Dynamic designer Mikael Bourgeois is the owner and brainchild behind the business. In 2015 the company unveiled a new (reworked) version of the Thunderbird. The timepiece has a well-proportioned polished steel case measuring 43mm (excluding crowns and pushers). What makes this watch so enticing is the cool matt black dial with contrasting silver indexes and sporty chronograph counters. Other features include a fixed black bezel, day/date window (located at 3 o’clock) and a domed sapphire crystal lens. Beneath the durable exterior lies a 25-jewel Swiss made Valoux 7750 mechanical self-winding movement.
SuisseMecanica is a boutique watchmaker situated in the picturesque location of La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland. Progressive thinking designers François Renoult and Juliana Arbelaez Renoult are the creative force behind the company. The SM8 (in brushed steel) was unveiled a few years ago and is certainly one of their most distinctive models. With a generous case diameter measuring 48.50mm the watch is designed to make a bold statement. What makes this timepiece so striking is the cool black sporty dial with contrasting white markers and chronograph counters. Other features include a wonderful patented crown protection system and open worked hour minute hands. Powering the watch is a 27-jewel Swiss made mechanical self-winding movement.
Zeitwinkel 273° Saphir Fumé
Zeitwinkel is a small independent watchmaker situated in the idyllic location of St.-Imier (near La Chaux-de-Fonds), Switzerland. The company specializes in the production of high-end timepieces and is owned by Ivica Maksimovic and Peter Nikolaus. One of their latest and most exciting creations is the 273° Saphir Fumé. This model has a classically proportioned polished steel case measuring 42.5mm x 13.8mm. What makes this timepiece so enticing is the amazing skeletonized façade. The dial is constructed from tinted sapphire crystal and subtly exposes all the mechanical elements of the watch. Other features include a large date window (positioned at 10 o’clock) and retrograde power reserve indication. Beneath the elegant exterior lies a 49-jewel Swiss made self-winding movement.