Edited - June 6, 2016
From sleek and sophisticated to cool and contemporary, our men’s and women’s watch collections exude statement-making style. But with so many options available, it’s not just about choosing a leather or metal strap, or whether you prefer a gold or silver setting, but which standout feature you should be sporting. So if you’re deciding which watch to choose, take time out to explore our breakdown of the different types of investment timepieces.
Function & Form
In simple terms, a chronograph combines the additional feature of a stopwatch within a display watch and is capable of measuring two different times independently of one another.
With function and precision at the heart of its design, the chronograph features stop, start and reset push buttons on the side of its face to control the timer element.
Stemming from the Greek for ‘time writer’ the chronograph function was first invented in 1816 and originally used in aviation, horse racing and even medicine.
In the Driver's Seat
Inspired by motor sports in the sixties, the driver was originally dedicated to the world of car racing.
Modern-day designs of driver watches continue to boast a sporty appearance that is often reminiscent of a dashboard with an easy-to-read face and push-buttons that are large enough to manipulate when wearing gloves.
The stand-out feature of a driver watch is the particular function of the lugs – the metal ring that joins the watch face to the straps – which allows you to wear the watch on the side of your wrist so that you can tell the time while your hands remain firmly on the wheel.
Like leather is to Italy and champagne is to France, Swiss-made watches have become synonymous with quality, style and excellence.
Having dominated the luxury watch market for nearly 200 years, the Swiss have simply perfected the production of the timepiece ensuring precision craftsmanship, absolute accuracy and a refined finish.
In order for a watch to be recognised as Swiss made, it must meet three requirements:
1. Have a Swiss movement
2. Be cased in Switzerland
3. A manufacturer of Swiss origin.