For the most part, we can all agree that 2016 has been something of an uneven year. If there was was one area in which it shone brighter than ever, though, it was in the world of horology. Below, you’ll find our discerning roundup of the year’s most essential timepieces.
Drive de Cartier
If your ideal weekend plans include driving gloves and a wooden steering wheel — whether or not you actually have either — this should be your weekend watch. With dial details reminiscent of a radiator grille and a crown shaped like an octagonal bolt, Cartier’s newest men’s timepiece calls to mind the golden age of motoring. Leather goggles are optional, but strongly encouraged. $11,100
VELVET JACKET ($800) AND VELVET BOWTIE ($95) BY HUGO; COTTON DRESS SHIRT ($180) BY STRELLSON.
Despite the fact that this is generally considered one of the coolest chronographs ever made, Rolex still finds a way to continually upgrade it without compromising its winning looks. This year it received a black ceramic “Cerachrom” bezel, a nod to the black Plexiglass ring that debuted on the 1965 edition. $14,250
WOOL COAT ($350) BY BEN SHERMAN; WOOL-MOHAIR SWEATER (PRICE UPON REQUEST) BY MICHAEL KORS MENS; ACETATE SUNGLASSES ($170) BY MICHAEL KORS.
Tiffany & Co.
CT60 Chronograph 42mm
This watch from the famed New York City jeweller will banish all thoughts of blue boxes and Audrey Hepburn from your mind. With time and date functions, a high-end mechanical Swiss movement, and a handsome, vintage-inspired dial, it’s got the same mix of straight-up frankness and old-school luxury as the Big Apple itself. $10,100
SUEDE JACKET ($8,000) BY BRUNELLO CUCINELLI, AT HARRY ROSEN; CASHMERE SWEATER ($1,400) BY BURBERRY; COTTON SHIRT ($70) BY PERRY ELLIS; LEATHER BAG ($520) BY COACH.
While the contrasting rose gold and black colour scheme would be fetching enough on its own, the real star of this Swiss-made piece is its skeletonized dial, which is cut away to reveal the complex mechanics of the automatic movement within. You knew that your timepiece was a mechanical marvel, now you can display the proof. $2,780
CASHMERE JACKET (PRICE UPON REQUEST) BY GIORGIO ARMANI; WOOL TURTLENECK ($200) BY STRELLSON.
Mille Miglia Zagato
The Mille Miglia is one of the world’s most prestigious classic car events, a 1,000-mile road rally with origins stretching back to 1926. Chopard commemorates the annual event with this namesake watch, whose unique tire tread strap and speedometer-inspired dial put you as close to the checkered flag as you’re ever likely to get. $9,830
MERINO SHEARLING COAT ($3,600) BY OFFICINE GÉNÉRALE, AT HOLT RENFREW; COTTON-POLYESTER SHIRT ($150) BY 18 WAITS.
There are few drivers as storied as the late Brazilian F1 champion Ayrton Senna and TAG Heuer, the racer’s for- mer official timepiece sponsor, honours his legacy with this new watch. With its combination of sporty looks and precision Swiss craftsmanship, it’s as formidable a competitor as Senna himself. $1,650
POLYESTER JACKET ($30) BY JOE FRESH; COTTON SWEATSHIRT ($140) BY TIGER OF SWEDEN; WOOL SCARF ($110) BY COACH.
Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound
The Portugieser, a timeless dress watch from one of the great Swiss brands, is the kind of timepiece you’d be forgiven for wanting to show off. Add a unique slate-coloured dial and a tourbillon (the highly complicated mechanism designed to counteract the effect of gravity) and you’ll be tempted to wear it over your shirt cuff. Resist this temptation. Price upon request, at Royal de Versailles