Jewellery editor NATASHA SHERLING selects the best NEW WATCH styles to buy now …
“I don’t wear a Tank to tell time. In fact, I never wind it. I wear a Tank because it’s the watch to wear”. So said Andy Warhol in 1973, anyway. Fast forward to 2017; this iconic Cartier watch is celebrating its 100th birthday and is as desirable as ever. Rumour has it that when Jackie Kennedy’s was sold by Christie’s earlier this year (for a cool $380,000 including buyer’s premium), it was a certain Kim Kardashian that snapped it up, proving once and for all that this is a timepiece that transcends time, style and cultural trends.
The original Cartier tank is an embodiment of all that is elegant: slim case, elegant leather strap, beautifully proportioned. It is its appearance, as well as its movements, that have kept it atop many a wishlist for such a long time. And it got us thinking, with the impending changing of the clocks, about other timepieces – and notably, a move back by lots of watchmakers towards simple neat faces and elegant leather straps.
Here, five of our favourites to keep us ticking across those short winter days:
Cartier have made many iterations of the Tank, but the Louis Cartier is the original. With a gold case, sapphire cabochon winder and leather strap, it is discreet but chic. It is now also available with a quartz movement, for those who, like Mr. Warhol, couldn’t be bothered winding it on a daily basis!
New this season from Boodles is the Raindance watch; following their jewellery collection of the same name, bezel-set diamonds alluding to water droplets and the soft grey leather strap make this an ideal evening timepiece.
Gucci‘s Constance timepiece is named after the heroine in ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ and is a watch reimagined as a padlock, attached to a leather strap. The little lock can actually be removed, and attached to other jewellery; we think it would also look sweet swinging from a long necklace, or attached to a chunky charm bracelet.
Tiffany & Co’s Metro watch is another new release that features a slim case and elegant leather strap. The lacquered dial is a beauty unto itself; the sparkling diamonds around the case add an extra shot of glamour. It comes in a range of colours, but the burgundy and rose gold version feels spot-on for autumn.
Ansley are an Irish brand continuing to gain traction with their understated timepieces. The Three Rays collection is no-nonsense, with a clean, white dial and smart brown leather strap – the case is a little oversized too, for those who still like their watches a little larger.
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