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Watches & Jewellery

9 Watches That'll Keep You Ahead of the Pack

From a Showgirl number to something puny (read, the dial is smaller than a 20 cent coin), these watches will keep you ahead of the wrist game this year. 

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FENDI MY WAY  A chic round-faced watch with a removable plume of fox fur the same shade as its grained calf leather strap (there’s black, white, red, yellow and orange). Slide on the “pouf” and voila, instant showgirl. From $1,350

 

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PIAGET ALTIPLANO 900P  It’s the watch to break all the brand’s records for world’s thinnest watch: 3.65mm, thanks to the ingenious idea of making the backing case double as the movement’s baseplate. Take that, Apple. From $37,400  

 

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ROMAIN JEROME SPACE INVADERS RELOADED  This is for all the ’80s geeks/hipsters. The go-to for clever, pop culture-inspired luxury watches brings back their pixelated rubber watch inspired by the iconic Japanese video game – and it’s cooler than the original from 2012. Each of the five styles holds spare parts from the Apollo 11 spacecraft and is limited to eight pieces. $24,600, L’Atelier by The Hour Glass

 

9 Watches You Need Now 5IWC PORTOFINO MIDSIZE  The Swiss brand’s tag line is “Engineered for Men”. For the first time in ages (no official word on how long exactly), it’s created a more women-friendly style by downsizing its handsome Portofino by at least three mm to the present 37mm, and adding to selected versions the likes of diamonds and mother-of-pearl for a more refined look. From $8,150

 

9 Watches You Need Now 6OMEGA SPEEDMASTER APOLLO 11 45TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION  Even if you don’t know the Speedmaster (it’s the brand’s signature chronograph) or its Apollo 11 connection (Buzz Aldrin wore it when he walked on the moon), this limited edition number is still a standout for its burnished brown nylon strap and matte PVD dial accented with reddish Sedna gold hands – a chic and modern take on the military look. $9,950

 

9 Watches You Need Now 7HERMES FAUBOURG  Small watches are huge this year and at 15.5mm wide on a slimmer-than-usual strap in gold or leather, this is one of the daintiest and most elegant around. From $9,130

 

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CARTIER TANK MC CHRONO  If you’re one of those who like the Tank MC for its more solid, masculine take on the brand’s signature Tank, you’ll like the latest update even more: It’s chrono (read: looks a little brawnier) and boasts the in-house 1904 movement known for its reliability. From $13,700

 

9 Watches You Need Now 9TAG HEUER MONACO V4 TOURBILLON  Horology fans would geek out at the technology: the world’s first tourbillon with the brand’s patented belt-driven movement. If that totally flew past your head, just know it looks seriously badass in a futuristic Transformers kind of way. $218,000

 

9 Watches You Need Now 10BULGARI SERPENTI SPIGA  The Italian jeweller’s ’80s-esque coiled watch comes for the first time in ceramic (choose from black or white) combined with steel or rose gold, and has never looked more modern. From $8,090