Most people get through at least ten watches in their lifetime. This is perhaps because, unless you spend most of your days reclining on a chaise-longue, most watches just cannot take the pace of urban living. The most durable and practical we could find was at Obsessions in Covent Garden. This Divers' watch is the perfect timepiece for the oafs who cannot be bothered to take their watch off when they have a shower. A snip at pounds 30, you'll never have an excuse for being late again.

Obsessions, Seven Dials, 30 Monmouth St, Covent Garden, WC2. (071-379 1740). Mon-Wed 10.39am-6.30pm. Wed-Sat 11.00am-7.00pm.

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