10 Sleek Watch Picks For Dad
June 16, 2017 | BY Charlene Co
Give him the gift of time.
Gift shopping for men can be tricky, but there’s one present that seldom fails to elicit a happy response. Watches and timepieces have historically been the defining male accessory and, in our opinion, they're the only accessory that a man can truly wear every day.
So if you’re still searching for an unbeatable Father’s Day gift, click through below for our selection of new men’s watches that will make the perfect present for your deserving dad:
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel
Tudor’s much-loved Heritage Black Bay divers' watch is now available in an all-steel version, with the bezel insert in brushed steel. The lines and proportions of the original Black Bay are maintained, while the disc of the rotating bezel is machined from steel and circular satin-brushed to achieve a matt appearance. The piece is fitted with the manufacture movement with an added date function.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
Blancpain introduces a 38mm version of its vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, which was first presented in 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary Fifty Fathoms dive watch. This year’s three-hands version comes in “abyss blue”—its steel bezel features a blue ceramic insert, and its hour markers in blue Liquidmetal. Designed to accompany you on those deep dives, the piece is water resistant to 300 metres.
Hublot Big Bang Unico GMT
Thanks to the re-engineered Unico movement that now integrates a GMT function, reading the home and second time zone has been made even simpler with the Hublot Big Bang Unico GMT. The commanding piece comes with a 45mm case, but is light on the wrist as it’s made in either titanium or carbon fibre. Giving the watch a nice finish is its ribbed black and blue rubber strap.
Chopard Happy Ocean
Chopard enriches its wildly successful Happy Sport Collection with the Happy Ocean, a sporty but elegant watch that also happens to be a legitimate dive watch water resistant to 300 metres. Its 40mm steel case is fitted with a unidirectional two-toned rotating bezel of either blue and turquoise or blue and raspberry—its hues inspired by the skies and corals—complementing the dial’s deep blue tone.
Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph
The aesthetics of Zenith’s Pilot Extra Special Chronograph harken back to the golden age of aviation, with its aged bronze case, wide ratcheted crown, sandblasted black dial, oversized numerals in Superluminova, and khaki green oily nubuck leather strap. Driving this retro timepiece is the El Primero 4069 automatic movement, which promises an impressive 50 hours of power reserve.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon
Not quite content holding the world record for the thinnest tourbillon the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon has been reduced to its bare bones in a skeletonised version of the timepiece. Its 253-part movement measures a miniscule 32.60mm-wide and 1.95mm-thick, with a flying tourbillon that spins on ball bearings to reduce height and offer a secure, low-wear setting from the case back. What’s more, the timepiece guarantees an astounding 62 hours of power reserve.
Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matte Ceramic
The rebellious member of the Tag Heuer family has arrived. Going fully black, skeletonised, completely ceramic (save for the movement), and given a more modern design overall, this year’s version of the Carrera Heuer-01 is unlike any of its brethren. At the heart of this piece, however, is the same powerhouse movement—the TAG caliber 01, a self-winding chronograph with a 50-hour power reserve.
Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date
For those wanting a clean and classic timepiece, Glashütte Original’s Senator Excellence Panorama Date is the one to have. The softly rounded aperture that displays the date integrates the indication in an elegant manner, while its deep black printed numerals make the time completely legible against its ivory-coloured dial. Though meant to be a discreet piece, it’s hard not to stare at this beauty.
Breitling Colt Skyracer
Once more, Breitling has the full attention of true-blue aviators or those into extreme sports. Enter the Colt Skyracer, a tough timepiece that’s features the brand’s new Breitlight carbon case material that promises comfort, durability and lightness, and a thermo-compensated Superquartz movement that guarantees extreme accuracy, boasting a 10-second deviation per year versus up to 15 seconds per month for a standard quartz movement. And as if that wasn’t compelling enough, this rugged piece has a battery life of up to eight years.
Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph
The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph picks up from the Visionnaire DTZ, where the indications are displayed centrally, with concentric counters. It places the hour and minute hands along the circumference of the dial, and the complication in the centre. As a result, the time is very easy to read, in contrast to conventional chronographs where the seconds, minutes and hours are displayed in different spaces. Who says complications always need to be complicated?
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