Far more than just a pretty face

Timothy Barber
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Hampton Square Magnum Chrono, £5,395

Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier specialises in elegant modern timepieces, though this square watch is a step into something a bit more jazzy – a punchy, innovative stainless steel number that you can also get in rose gold.

Aquatimer Chronograph Galapagos edition, £4,250

All-black is a definite trend in the watches industry. This compact and striking diving watch from IWC has a depiction of a giant turtle on the back, a reference to the islands – and fine diving territory – it’s named after.

Monopusher Chronograph Automatic, £5,395

There were those who doubted the move by Montblanc – known for its exclusive pens – into the luxury watch market in the last couple of years, but the German company has proved them wrong with items like this sensational chronograph.

Perpetual Ardoise Platinum £24,700

Switzerland’s H Moser specialises in timepieces that are ineffably elegant. This beautiful, platinum-cased watch may seem classically simple from the outside, but inside it’s a maze of hand-assembled innovation, including a patented calendar system, and a seven day power reserve.

Norton watch, £3,850

Bremont, the English company behind a slew of classy, aviation-themed watches, has turned to motorbikes for its latest limited edition. Marking the return of the Norton motorcycle brand to British ownership, there are only 200 versions of this ruggedly old-fashioned beauty.