When it comes to finding the perfect everyday watch, versatility should always be a key consideration. You want a watch that will look good in just about any situation, and can comfortably transition from daywear to nightwear. You also want it to be practical, functional and of course, attractive. There’s a lot to consider, we know, which is why we have done the hard work for you and put together a selection of our favourite everyday watches from this year.
Kicking things off is the inimitable Rolex Datejust 41, available for the first time in white Rolesor — a Rolex signature material that combines the lustre of white gold and the strength of steel — complete with gorgeous blue dial. This bold move opens the brand’s best-selling collection to an even wider audience, and continues a tradition of everyday excellence established by the collection all the way back in 1945. Powered by the in-house, self-winding Calibre 3235, this is the ideal watch for daily wear as it pairs well with everything from a smart casual look to sportswear.
Adding a twist to its dressier Clifton collection, Baume et Mercier introduced the Clifton Club at the beginning of the year to tap into the sports watch market. With five different models on offer and a range of strap and bracelet variations, the Clifton Club provides sport watch fans with a stylish take on a dive watch. All models are made from stainless steel and are sized at 42mm, however, the curved lug design means that the watch sits close to the wrist for a slimmer and more discreet fit. Available in a variety of dial and bezel colours that include black, blue, and white — all with orange highlights — the Clifton Club is the perfect everyday partner.
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of its famed dive watch, the Superocean, this year Breitling launched the Superocean Héritage II. Available in three colours (black, blue, and bronze) in both a chronograph and non-chronograph version, this timepiece takes its design cues from the original 1950s model, however, inside it is powered by the new Breitling Calibre B20. The range of dial colours also means a variety of strap and bracelet choices, resulting in a watch suited for all occasions, whether you’re planning to wear it at the office, on the golf course, or at sea.
Unmissable on the wrist, Cartier’s Tank Solo sports a short rectangular design in an 18k pink gold and steel case with a cabochon-shaped, spinel-set crown. Available in two sizes, the XL is sized at 31mm wide and boasts a mechanical movement with hour, minute, seconds, and date functionality, while the Large is sized at 27.4mm wide and contains a quartz movement. Both versions feature a lightly silvered opaline dial with blued-steel, sword-shaped hands and black Roman numerals to encapsulate that classic, refined look. Paired with a round-scale alligator skin strap and closed with an ardillon buckle in 18 ct pink gold, this is the definitive watch for the man of discerning, yet restrained taste.
For watch aficionados that want to go digital, whilst still having the option to have a mechanical instrument on their wrist some days, TAG Heuer has the perfect solution. The Connected Modular 45 allows the wearer to choose between a digital module and an automatic piece at will. The digital component is powered by Intel’s Atom processor Z34XX series running Android Wear 2.0, and offers smart watch functions like in-built Voice Command, Maps, Google Fit and notifications direct from your phone, while the mechanical module is driven by TAG’s automatic Calibre 5, which offers time and date functionality. The first smart watch to ever be awarded “Swiss Made” certification, it offers a stunning high-definition AMOLED display as well as a NFC payment sensor, so you can pay for things with your watch. Available in a plethora of colours, with endless strap and bracelet combinations, TAG Heuer are tackling the technology game with prestige.
Continuing to demonstrate the versatility of Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay range, the new Steel and Gold (S&G) version offers a slightly more traditional take on this vintage-inspired collection. Sized at 41mm, this dive watch offers up a steel case with a black bezel and dial, paired with a two-toned bracelet in steel and 18ct yellow gold for that touch of flair. Picking up on the gold colouration, the watch face also features lume-filled gold hour markers and hands, while the bezel is adorned with a 60-minute graduated track in gold. Introducing the date function for the first time to the Black Bay family, the watch is powered by the Manufacture Calibre MT5612, which offers extreme precision and sturdiness, in addition to a 70-hour power reserve.