As Ned Stark never said, “Winter is coming… so a new watch wouldn’t go amiss would it lad?” Well, with autumn well and truly here and the icy months not far away, there’s no end of choice filling up the vitrines of Bond Street. For, like the fashion world, watch launches are now decoupling themselves from the industry calendar’s trade fixtures at the start of the year, trickle-feeding the newness throughout, with product almost immediately available to buy. True, the big technical innovations are still reserved for the two big trade fairs in January and March, but as you can see here, there’s plenty going on, from materials experimentation to fun with coloured dials and some particularly tasty archive revivals.
BREMONT ALT1-C WATCH GALLERY LIMITED EDITION
The Watch Gallery has proved itself to be a hugely progressive retailer, helping to crystallise the integrity of online luxury sales, as well as champion exciting new brands. Brands such as Bremont in fact, the British watchmaker who found an early adopter in them back in the late Noughties – a long-term relationship celebrated this month with the The Watch Gallery’s latest limited edition, rendered beautifully in its house blue.
CHRISTOPHER WARD C8 WORLD TIMER
The affordable Mr Ward recently underwent something of a brand overhaul, doing the decent thing and releasing a host of new watches in order to sport the classy new logo. This is our favourite: a multi-time-zoner inspired by the Smiths cockpit clock in the Spitfire, with an added “UTC” or Universal Time Co-Ordinated hand to distinguish between night and day.