In an era that sees smart watch sales surpass those of the classic Swiss made timepieces, we delve into the watch market and pick our top 5 from each side of the spectrum, the classics and the technology driven.


Analogue


Tank Solo
Cartier
£2,720

The modest, modern design of the Tank Solo watch made it a classic from the moment it first appeared in the Tank collection. This extra-large Tank Solo features a stainless steel case and silvered opaline dial with Roman numerals on a black alligator strap with double adjustable folding steel buckle. It has a self-winding mechanical movement with calibre Cartier 049, as is water-resistant to 3 bars (30 metres/100 feet). It honours the unique aesthetic that lies behind the collection’s success while reworking the model with a number of variations, adding gold, steel, a pink dial, and a panther or python motif – highly accessible variations which were rapturously received.


Nautilus 40th Anniversary Bubba Watson
Patek Philippe
£POA

The year 2016 saw Patek Philippe celebrate the 40th anniversary of its casually elegant Nautilus collection. For many aficionados and connoisseurs of classic watchmaking artistry, this is a memorable occasion as well. A look back to 1976 not only shows how quickly and dramatically the world has changed since then but also illustrates how well the Nautilus has remained relevant across four decades in terms of design, dependability, and popularity. With two limited-edition Nautilus 40th Anniversary models, the manufacture manifests its ability to keep pace with the times while preserving the key facets of a legend.


Oyster Perpetual Air-King
Rolex
£4,150

Rolex is introducing a new Oyster Perpetual Air-King, a watch that perpetuates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster. The new Air-King, with a 40 mm case in 904L steel, features a distinctive black dial with a combination of large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours and a prominent minute scale for navigational time readings. The dial bears the name Air-King in the same lettering that was designed specially for the model in the 1950s. The Air-King carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.


La Grande Classqiue
Longines
£690

Nothing states quality and heritage quite as well as the name Longines when it comes to luxury watches and this Longines La Grande Classique Gents Watch is no exception. Beautifully crafted in Switzerland this unquestionably and effortlessly classic watch features an understated white face with roman numeral dial and winged hourglass logo. Enclosed in a 33.5mm stainless steel case with contrasting black leather strap, sapphire crystal glass protects the dial which is powered by precision quartz movement for accurate timekeeping. This timepiece is perfect for the discerning gentleman who cares as much about classic style as they do about precision engineering and attention to detail in every aspect of their lives.


Super Avenger II
Breitling
£4,565

This chronograph timepiece combines a 48mm diameter with real wrist presence, making it effortlessly handsome and powerful. Its steel case is fully water-resistant to 300m, and can handle even the biggest physical challenges, thanks to its screwed-in pushpiece guards and solid screw-lock crown with non-slip grip. The self-winding chronograph movement is chronometer-certified by the COSC, the highest industry benchmark in terms of precision and reliability – and the only one based on an international norm. Since 1884, Breitling has been been a specialist in technical watches, and is today the official supplier to world aviation. Unusually for a large luxury watch manufacturer, all of Breitling’s watches are equipped with chronometer-certified movements. All mechanical chronograph parts are re-crafted in Breitling’s own workshops, and Breitling remains one of the last independent, family-run Swiss watchmakers.


Smart


Apple Watch, Hermès Edition
Apple/Hermés
£1,549

The culmination of a partnership based on parallel thinking, singular vision and mutual regard, Apple Watch Hermès is a unique timepiece designed with both utility and beauty in mind. The latest collection features finely handcrafted leather straps from Hermès and Apple-designed watch faces based on the iconic Clipper, Cape Cod and Espace Hermès watches. Its artful simplicity makes Apple Watch Hermès the ultimate tool for modern life — and an elegant way to live a better day.


Charge 2
Fitbit
£129.99

Fitbit specializes in accessible and easy to use fitness trackers, rather than more complicated running and fitness technology. The Fitbit Charge 2 is the first upgrade to the popular Charge range since the Charge HR, which appeared early in 2015. With built in PurePulse® heart rate, multi-sport modes, guided breathing sessions & interchangeable bands, the Charge 2 looks like a well-specced wearable that won’t break the bank.


fēnix 3 Sapphire HR
Garmin
£469

Fēnix 3 HR is designed to assist people during their sport activities and outdoor life. It supports performance sports like running, cycling, swimming, trail running, rowing, indoor training, cross country skiing as well as triathlon and recreational activities such as hiking, SUP, climbing and downhill skiing and more. It measures performance on the go, tracks activities for sharing and navigates the user back home at the end of an adventure. And it does not stop there, the new Connect IQ App support for fēnix 3 opens up the potential to develop many more functions and for all sorts of activities.


Smartwatch 3 SWR50
Sony
£99.95

Fill your SmartWatch 3 with music, then head out for a run. Powered by Android Wear, your favourite apps, including messaging, social media, news and music, will automatically sync with SmartWatch 3, and the two-day battery life lets you track activities and movements without worrying about charging. And when you get home, sync with a fitness app, like Lifelog.


Gear S3 Frontier
Samsung
£349

The Gear S3 has the aesthetics of a truly premium watch with advanced features built right into the watch design – that’s why it’s so easy and effortless to use. It’s also built for you to go days without needing to recharge. You get to feel free with the Gear S3.