There is a plethora of timepieces to choose from within the world of horology, and a wide range of different colours and styles. It can often be a difficult choice if you don’t have a particular piece in mind, and we regularly put together guides on how to choose your new watch. We help to highlight some of the key movements and trends within horology, as well as across our brands. In this article, we discuss bracelet watches, and their popularity within the watch world.
When timepieces were first created for the wrist, they were fashioned from leather and worn by soldiers in the war. They were robust, functional and served their purpose. However it wasn’t long before these unique and practical pieces were fashioned into something a little more elaborate and decorative, and ‘bracelet watches’ were worn as statement from as early as the 18th century. They were dubbed as such as they were akin to jewellery and made from similar metals. The movement on the wrist was just as comfortable as jewellery, and often links of this type of strap merged with the casing, creating a bracelet effect, although this is not true for all.
This trend filtered into men’s timepieces, and bracelet watches become hugely popular, and have remained so. Their design is intricate, and as you can imagine, the production for bracelet watches are often more challenging than that of fabric or material straps as the components are carefully joined together, often with small screws, clasps or spring bars.
We’ve highlighted below some of our favourite bracelet watches from our luxury brands.
OMEGA Seamaster 007-Edition
OMEGA is famously known for their involvement in the James Bond films, and have provided the character’s timepieces since 1995. The newly released OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 007-Edition timepiece is identical to 007’s watch in No Time To Die and is every bit as sophisticated as you would expect the spy to wear. The piece is presented on a sleek titanium mesh bracelet, with an innovative adjustable buckle, ensuring a comfortable yet snug fit. The case is also made from titanium, ensuring it is robust and hard-wearing.
The unique brown aluminium dial is an interesting addition, as the colour will develop a vintage brown hue overtime, and the sword-shaped hands provide a complementary aesthetic. To the back of the watch, you will find a series of engraved numbers, 0552 for the code number specified for Navy personnel, 923 7697 indicating a diver’s watch, 007 referring to James Bond’s agent number, and finally the number 62 which represents the year of the very first James Bond film Dr No. Water-resistant up to an impressive 300 metres, this diving accessory is driven by a Master Chronometer 8806 Calibre, self-winding movement, achieving the highest of industry standards. This exceptional timepiece also provides magnetic resistance to fields reaching 15,000 gauss.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph
TAG Heuer Formula 1 watches are inspired by the driving heroes and technological innovators of the Formula 1 world, making them ideal for those with a fast-paced lifestyle. The extreme demands of a 200mph sport, plus the endless quest for precise timekeeping, have produced the iconic TAG F1 watches – a range of tough, contemporary timepieces.
The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph Mens Watch features a 43mm stainless steel case, showcasing a black dial and sapphire crystal glass. Powered by a quartz movement, this stunning watch also showcases a stainless steel bracelet finished with a folding clasp for added security. This timepiece is water resistant to 200 Meters and is also available with a black rubber strap as an alternative to the stainless steel bracelet.
Hublot Big Bang Integral Titanium
In 2005, Hublot launched their Big Bang timepiece at Baselworld. It was a mixture of steel, ceramic and rubber, and introduced the brands’ Art Of Fusion philosophy in which they create pieces manufactured from multiple materials, and blend innovative technology. The Big Bang was a big success, and to celebrate the 15 year anniversary, the brand have released an updated version for 2020.
This year’s Big Bang model is made from a cool satin-finished and polished Grade 5 Titanium, a material that is extensively used by Hublot due to its lightweight and resistant properties. Another key design component to this time piece is the integrated bracelet. The first tailored integrated metal bracelet with the first link infused case sits perfectly against the skin.Its sharp style, polished satin-finished surfaces and the bevelling and chamfering of the links create the same effect of depth and contrast between the case and the bezel lug.
IWC Portugeiser Yacht Club
For a decade, the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronographs have combined timeless elegance with ruggedness. An extremely versatile timepiece with a water resistance of 60 metres, the sportiest sibling of the Portugieser family welcomes three new editions for 2020. Each equipped with a contrasting matte brushed and polished link bracelet, the elegant proportions of the satin and polished 44.6mm case house IWC’s caliber 89361 12 hour fly back chronograph movement and feature a 68-hour power reserve. The dial has undergone several changes including the move of the date window from 3 o’clock to inside the small seconds at 6 o’clock, the Yacht club inscription is now at 9 o’clock and IWC Schaffhausen has been moved from left to right.