A SELECTION OF THE HOTTEST MEN’S WATCHES FOR THIS SEASON
A New Golden Universe
One of the things Swiss watchmaker Omega is known for is its history of innovation. They developed some of the first watches designed to withstand the extreme conditions of deep sea diving, which later led to their watches being the first chosen to go on manned space missions. As part of its mission to always offer something new and unique to its customers, Omega recently introduced what they have dubbed Segna gold, an entirely new and exclusive alloy that blends three elements: gold, copper and palladium. Sedna’s unique rose color is a result of a precise proportion of copper, while the palladium content helps to ensure that the reddish hue will last long into the future. The Omega Constellation Sedna is the first watch to be crafted using 18K Sedna gold. The distinctive timepiece has a polished casebody with a brushed bezel emboldened by tone-in-tone Roman numerals. It has a luxurious silvery “pie-pan” dial inspired by that of the very first Constellation launched in 1952. The watch is equipped with the Omega Co-Axial calibre 8501, visible through a sapphire crystal caseback. The revolutionary Co-Axial technology, exclusive to Omega watches, ensures incredible mechanical precision with far less wear and tear, making this a watch that you can be confident in giving your grandchildren one day.
An Icon Reinvented
Since its beginning in 1868, Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has created a number of iconic designs, of which the Ingenieur might be the most famous. First introduced in the 1950s and then redesigned by the vaunted Gérald Génta in 1976, the Ingenieur had not seen a new design in several years until this year’s SIHH Watch Fair, at which IWC finally offered several new variations upon the iconic design. The most striking of which is, in our opinion, the IWC Ingenieur Automatic, which is based on the vintage Génta design. The watch is in line with modern men’s fashion trends which favour thinner, smaller watches. Crafted out of stainless steel, it is well suited to slimmer wrists. Despite its modest height of 10 millimetres, the watch still comes with a soft-iron inner cage for maximum protection against magnetic fields and water-resistance to 12 bar. The Ingenieur Automatic models reflect Génta’s design cues such as the conspicuous bores in the bezel. The designer placed the five functional holes directly on the bezel. The bores and screw heads, together with the stylised bolt of lightning, have become the hallmarks of the Ingenieur family. Like the solid metal hands, the rugged-looking crown protection underscores the impression that you are dealing here with a genuine strongbox. The classic Ingenieur is supplied with a silver-plated or black dial, while the model with a silver-plated dial has rhodium- or rose-gold-plated hands and appliqués, which attractively contrast with the black dial.