Our Editors Picks Of They’re Favourite Watches
Strictly Limited Edition OMOLOGATO REIMS CHRONOGRAPH
This rose-colored Chronograph by Omologato was inspired by the founder, Shami Kalra, who is known for being more than a little enthusiastic about what he drives. This piece was inspired in part by the city of Reims, which has strong ties to the automobile industry. In fact, snagging one of these will aid in the preservation of the historic Circuit de Reims Gueux, which is steeped in the lore of the automobile racing world.
The trustworthy Miyota OS20 Japanese movement and the attractive French Navy indexes are a winning combination in our books. Besides wine, for what else is Reims famous? Champagne. The colour of this dial has been described as “rose champagne,” and to that we raise a glass. £395 (omologatowatches.com)
LIMITED EDITION FRANCK MULLER X BAMFORD WATCH DEPARTMENT POPEYE VANGUARD
Whether you’re a fan of spinach or cartoon characters with more muscle than Chris Hemsworth, this timepiece is right up your alley. Franck and George have previously worked together to create horological chaos and make dreams come true at the same time with the iconic Crazy Hours, and now they’ve done it again with the limited edition Popeye Vanguard. Popeye’s forearms serve as the hour and minute hands on this limited edition (only 25 were made in rose gold and 60 in this black steel) timepiece, so keep an eye out for him flexing at all hours, but the 6:35 mark might be the real prize.
Bamford watches are easily recognisable thanks to their distinctive shape and a fun easter egg hidden inside the packaging. As an additional precaution, I feel obligated to inform Popeye superfans that their favourite sailor has worked with both Moncler and Von Dutch this year. price: £12,500; bamfordwatchdepartment.com
SEIKO 5 SPORTS X ULTRASEVEN DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION
Have you heard of ultraseven? Japanese science fiction TV show Ultraguard inspired Seiko to redesign the “61-5D,” their first 5 Sports model, which debuted in 1968, as a nod to the uniforms worn by the show’s fictional Ultraguard (a defence force appearing in the Ultraseven series). In addition to being featured on the nato strap, the watch’s dial bears the Ultraguard TDF-UG logo, which can also be found at the 6 o’clock position.
The back of the display case features the Ultraseven silhouette logo. £380. seikoboutique.co.uk
ZENITH X WATCHES OF SWITZERLAND CHRONOMASTER ORIGINAL LIMITED EDITION
In conjunction with Watches of Switzerland on Regent Street, where Zenith has opened its first UK retail store, comes this handsome timepiece. The familiar 38mm brushed stainless steel case remains on the 100-piece limited-edition Chronomaster Original watch sold exclusively by the Watches of Switzerland Group, but the dial has been given a new colour scheme. The traditional overlapping chronograph subdials are now rendered in graduated grey tones against a matte white dial, with the outer rim of the dial featuring a blue 1/10th of a second scale for added visual interest.
The watch is driven by the Zenith El Primero calibre chronograph movement, which was the first high-frequency, fully integrated chronograph movement, beating at 36,000vph (5hz), when it was introduced in 1969. £8,300. watches-of-switzerland.co.uk
BAMFORD LONDON X SECONDE/SECONDE/ BAD FORM GMT
In 2020, watchmakers George Bamford of Bamford London and Romaric André of seconde/seconde/, both of France, collaborated for the first time to produce a truly one-of-a-kind timepiece. The “up yours” hand sign artwork from seconde/seconde/adorns the dial of this 316L grade stainless steel Automatic GMT watch, which also features the repositioned and altered Bamford’s logo to read “Bad Form.
” They’re back at it now. In his own words, Romaric André has made it something of a trademark to “play and distort” the logos and names of popular watch brands. The ‘Bad Form’ in Bamford tipped my world upside down. This distorted wrist gear is one of only 50 made, and it features a ball bearing self-winding mechanism with a 56-hour power reserve. Neat. Bamfordlondon.com (£1,300)