The 50 Best watches

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From a vintage Rolex to a dependable G-Shock, Lee Holmes and Eliisa Maikin clock the finest timepieces for men and women

Ladies’ casual:

Timex

selfridges.com, £55

The Weekender slip-through watch is a modern classic and will look stylish for years to come. Unpretentious, comfortable and light, this is a great casual watch.

May 28th

urbanoutfitters.co.uk, £35

Keep your wrist on trend with this matte black plastic zig-zag design from May 28th. Monochrome patterns are in right now and at £35, it won’t matter if the trend doesn’t last.

Swatch

shop.swatch.com, £44

For a fun, bold statement watch, I love this sizable lime green design from Swatch. And if green isn’t for you, there are another 15 colours to choose from.

Mondaine

Independent Shop, £125

This Swiss railway watch is sleek, simple and punctual; perfect for those who appreciate a simple, precise timekeeper. A charming watch for wearing every day.

WeWood

wewoodwatches.co.uk, £88.99

Made entirely from maple wood, this is a stunning watch and one to feel proud of. It’s also available in other finishes. And for every watch sold, WeWood plants a tree.

Men’s casual:

Timex Weekender

selfridges.com, £55

A watch with a slip-through canvas strap is the ultimate in casual watches. And as simple as it may be, it can be worn with most things, proving it has great versatility.

Emporio Armani Titanium

watchshop.com, £316

Ideal for every day, with a brown-rubber strap fastening giving durability. It has a date window and is powered by a chronograph quartz movement.

Fossil

fossil.co.uk, £85

Casual watches don’t have to lack finesse, as this watch from Fossil successfully shows. The mock-croc brown-leather strap gives the watch an understated 1950’s feel.

Smart Turnout

smartturnout.co.uk, £162.40

The Heritage watch is a classic Swiss-made timepiece, with a cream face finished with the Smart Turnout lion logo. It can be worn with different coloured watch straps.

Skagen

thewatchhut.co.uk, £114

This Skagen watch features a black titanium bracelet strap and a midnight-blue watch face with a date-display box. It’s also water-resistant to a depth of 30 metres.

Ladies’ retro and vintage:

Casio

asos.com, £47.50

Designed in 1991, the classic digital Casio, complete with LED light and stopwatch, doesn’t show signs of losing popularity. Now available in brightly coloured plastics, gold, silver and rose gold.

Disney

asos.com, £35

I love this nostalgic red leather adult-sized Minnie Mouse watch. Practically unchanged from the design many of us owned as a child. It’s guaranteed to cheer you up every time you read the time. A brilliant gift.

Kojis: Vintage Hamilton

liberty.co.uk, £8,250

This pricey vintage number is as much a piece of jewellery as it is a timepiece. Crafted in 18 carat white gold with a brickwork-effect strap, bracelet fastening and cut diamonds around the face.

Rolex

vintagewatchcompany.com, £9,520

If you have £4-£10,000 to spare, check out a vintage Rolex. Look for a watch from the year you were born. I love this rare 1979 18 carat gold Oyster with wooden dial.

Seiko

americanapparel.co.uk, £196

This chic 1980’s wristwatch is from American Apparel’s never-worn, vintage Seiko range. Stock changes frequently so check back often to see what’s new. There are a few in this particular style.

Men’s vintage and retro:

Mondaine Automatic

thewatchhut.co.uk, £225

Retro-looking watch from Mondaine, the official timekeepers of the Swiss railway industry. The men’s version has an early 1980’s vibe and sleeker strap and clasp.

Swatch Wonder Zebra

shop.swatch.com, £44.50

This is a great attention-grabbing orange zebra-print watch from Swatch. It’s almost as striking as the real thing. It’s sure to turn heads.

Casio Retro

casio.co.uk, £50

The Casio Retro classic watch is now available in a flashy gold colour. Still water-resistant, it also includes the 1/100 second stopwatch and has an electro luminescent panel.

Adidas

thewatchhut.co.uk, £96

This Adidas gold digital bracelet watch has a hip-hop retro feel about it. It also features an alarm and is water-resistant to up to 50 metres.

O Clock Neon Watch

phixclothing.com, £34

If you’re looking to rock a piece of 1980’s-inspired neon on your wrist you’ll love this watch. The neon silicone strap means it will easily stretch over any wrist.

Ladies’ sport:

G-Shock

selfridges.com, £95

Designed to be resistant to shocks, the sporty G-Shock watch is hard-wearing and water-resistant. This all-white monotone version has a modern, minimalist look.

Breitling

watchgallery.co.uk, £2,220

The Breitling Colt sports watch has a glare-proof, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal case. It also has regulated battery temperature for extreme weather.

Hermes

hermes.com, £2,550

I love this chunky orange rubber-strapped Hermes Clipper diving watch. Bold and fun, it is also a serious sports watch with many of the usual high-end features.

Tag Heuer

tagheuer.com, £2,095

This glamorous Tag Heuer Formula 1 ladies’ steel and ceramic watch is encrusted with 97 diamonds. It is resistant to water, extreme temperatures and vibrations.

Triwa

triwa.com, £185

Fun, nautical, lightweight unisex design by Triwa. Water-resistant and sporty, it has a navy sunray dial with white chronograph sub-dials. A range of straps is available.

Men’s sport:

Emporio Armani Sportivo

watchwarehouse.co.uk, £329

This watch is part of Emporio Armani’s Sportivo collection. The black watch face is given a modern makeover with the bright orange rubber strap. It’s perfect for the gym.

Edifice Casio Red Bull Racing

edifice-watches.co.uk, £330

The official watch partner of the Red Bull F1 racing team. This has a daily alarm, stopwatch, is water-resistant and allegedly mirrors the technology of a racing car.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Black and Red

tagheuer.com, £1495

This super-tough watch is ideal for beach and gym. The second and hour counters on the face are perfect for timing yourself on your daily jog.

Bulova 98B172 Men’s Watch

thewatchhut.co.uk, £494

Fashion meets sporty with this Bulova watch. The black rubber strap holds a stainless steel face, which displays a myriad of functions. It’s also water-resistant to 300 metres.

Luminox Black OPS 8800

luminox.com, £270

Designed with the serious adventurer in mind. The watch face is scratch-resistant. It also has Luminox Light Technology so the face is visible even in the lowest light.

Ladies’ smart:

Marc by Marc Jacobs

selfridges.com, £229

I love the bold turquoise numbering on this simple Marc by Marc Jacobs rose gold-plated bracelet watch. It looks fantastic alongside colourful friendship bracelets, too.

Michael Kors

net-a-porter.com, £240

This chunky gold-tone and tortoiseshell watch looks great worn every day to add a touch of glamour. Works especially well alongside boyish tailoring.

Gucci

0845 674 8224, £635

This double-G design watch face by Gucci’s new creative director Frida Gianni manages to be sleek, classy and almost 1970’s in feel. It is available in a number of colours.

Nixon

my-wardrobe.com, £130

Tortoiseshell never fails to look classy. This chunky acetate ‘Time Teller’ watch by Nixon has a modern feel and makes a nice change to all of the metallic designs.

Rotary

rotarywatches.com, £135

Understated and cool, the rose gold-plated stainless steel lends a hint of femininity to an otherwise boyish design. A watch that will last you for years to come.

Men’s smart:

Tissot Powermatic 80

uk.tissotshop.com, £525

A timepiece that follows the usual approach that Tissot has to making watches – the Powermatic 80 can be worn for 80 hours before being wound up.

Calvin Klein Dart Watch

watchshop.com, £380

This has a stainless steel and black rubber finish. It also has a date function and timer. This quartz movement watch is also water-resistant to 100 metres.

Burberry

selfridges.com, £550

This Burberry chronograph watch will work on your wrist any time of the day whether it be day or night. The black face is off set with a stainless steel strap.

Guess

01604 678890, £89

A dapper-looking Guess watch with a brown leather strap and gold face, which gives it an antique feel. And it’s reasonably priced too so won’t break the bank.

Michael Kors

thewatchhut.co.uk, £229

The dark blue face of this smart-looking watch from Michael Kors is offset by its stainless steel body and bracelet. It has a classy and cool feel to it.

Ladies’ luxury:

Omega

mappinandwebb.com, £3,230

The Omega Constellation watch comes in numerous versions with various combinations of metals, some diamond free, others encrusted along the entire bracelet. A real investment.

Chanel

watchgallery.co.uk, £3,950

This particular version of Chanel’s J12 watch is crafted in futuristic black on black, with eight diamond-index markers for luck. Modern and sophisticated, it is a dream watch for any Chanel fan.

Cartier

thewatchgallery.co.uk, £5,575

The ultimate in understated luxury, it features an 18 carat gold yellow case on a brown alligator leather strap. I love the unexpected touch of the inky blue hands and winder. A really sophisticated watch.

Maurice Lacroix

thewatchgallery.co.uk, £1,440

Created from polished steel with 54 diamonds on the face, it is well priced and a nice alternative to many of the chunkier metal designs. Simple, elegant, and luxurious with a splash of sparkle.

Breitling

beaverbrooks.co.uk, £6,660

Breitling’s Galactic 36 watch is a classic combination of stainless steel and gold with a chunky bracelet strap and mother of pearl dial. Pile on a few gold chain bracelets and roll up your jacket sleeves.

Men’s luxury:

Patek Philippe

patek.com, £53,820

The rose-gold face is off-set by an alligator strap, giving it a retro feel. Water-resistant to 30 metres and with day, date and month apertures, this is a watch to dream about.

Omega Seamaster

omegawatches.com, £5,010

This steel watch comes with a domed scratch-resistant face that’s also anti-reflective. It also comes with a transparent back, making it possible to see the movement inside.

Bulgari Octo

bulgari.com, £6,350

Here’s a very modern-looking watch. The black lacquered polished dial has a traditional analogue display. The watch contains 28 jewels and is mounted on an alligator strap.

Hermes Arceau Skeleton

hermes.com, £15,400

This rose-gold watch from Hermes has a glare-proof sapphire-crystal face, through which you can see the intricate workings of the timepiece.

Ralph Lauren Safari

ralphlauren.co.uk, £6,000

This is a very classy watch. It has an olive-coloured canvas wristband that gives it an urban feel and the chrome roman-numeral face is covered with a tinted crystal case.

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