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The 6 Best Travel Watch Rolls to Buy in 2021

Best Watch Rolls for Adventuring 2021

If the call of adventure beckons, you’ll want a trusty timepiece or two in order to help you answer it. That means a way of getting them from A to B with as little fuss (and as much style) as possible. Keeping your watches safe is just as important as picking the right tool for the job, and these travel watch rolls are just as safe as they are stylish. That’s just as true if you’re just going on a business trip which, let’s be honest, feels as big an adventure as a mountain hike, these days. These travel watch rolls, all made from exceptional leathers by some of the finest craftsmen around, will not only keep your capsule collections safe but are the kind of pieces you’d be more than happy to show off on your hotel room dresser.

Smythson Mara Watch and Jewellery Roll, £410

Smythson Mara Watch and Jewellery Roll

British craftsmanship tends to go hand-in-hand with the understated and generally Smythson would fall into that camp with their signature grained leather in restrained colours. Well, not here. The Mara watch roll is about as visually luxurious as these things can possibly get with a glossy, crocodile printed finish of incredible depth and colour – in this case a magnificent mushroom.

The roll itself has room for a pair of watches as well as a compartment for jewellery, extra straps, cufflinks, and whatever else you need to complete your outfit, making it one of the more versatile watch rolls out there. Rigid dividers ensure it also offers genuine protection to your time pieces, though it is the kind of leather you’ll want to take care of.

Available at Smythson.

Ettinger Lifestyle Double Watch Roll, £290

Ettinger Lifestyle Double Watch Roll

Honestly, you only ever need two watches – a casual, everyday piece and a dressier number for the evening. This number from British leather specialist Ettinger houses whatever that pair maybe in style – and we do mean whatever. Where most watch rolls limit the size of the watches inside, the Lifestyle includes two different fasteners so that you can either keep your smaller pieces secure or let it out for a larger, chunkier watch.

It goes without saying that the leather used is immaculate. This is Ettinger, after all. But it also comes in seven distinctive colours, including a racing green and, our personal favourite, the bright red. It might be a bit eye-catching for some, but it works so well with the soft, glossy leather it’s hard not to love.

Available at Ettinger.

Farer Racing Green Watch Roll, £230

Farer Racing Green Watch Roll

British flair and exceptional use of colour have come to define British watch brand Farer – just check out our review of their latest Monopusher– so it’s no surprise that when they came to create a sumptuous watch roll, they’d opt for classic British racing green.

The roll itself is made by O’Rourke Coach trimmers over in West Sussex, who are best known for the restoration of beautiful classic car interiors. Farer’s three-watch roll uses that same leather, and finished to the exact same standards, meaning ultra-precise stitching and a lovely, tactile grain. Finished with a contrasting goatskin lining, it’s the perfect travel companion for a trio of British watches.

Available at Farer.

Carapaz Leather Watch Roll for 3 Watches, £249

Carapaz Leather Watch Roll

Swiss brand Carapaz’s leather watch rolls are an excellent example of how watches should be stored safely for travelling, with the introduction of a unique rail system for the watch cushions. Made from top-quality full grain leather, Carapaz watch rolls not only protect precious timepieces during travel but also provide a streamlined design that makes most watches look even better. A large part of that is these rolls feature a stand function, which allows you to display the watches at the best angle for exposure and viewing. 

Carapaz watch rolls are available in a variety of colours and come in different sizes, holding between one and eight watches. Cushions for smaller wrist sizes are also available. 

Available at Carapaz and TWS Accessories.

Bennett Winch Triple, £595

Bennett Winch Watch Roll

While the exterior of this London made watch roll might look like soft, buttery leather – and it is – Bennett Winch’s signature watch roll is far more protective than it appears. Secured between the top layer of leather and the inner lining of Alcantara suede are panels of Kevlar, flexible but hardwearing enough to stop a bullet.

When closed it creates a solid protective shell that’ll help even the most delicate timepieces survive the rigours of travel. Open, it fully folds out to become a display surface. Of course, this particular roll isn’t just about protection. The octagonal shape not only helps it stand on your dresser without running away, but makes the entire thing a perfect fit for whichever Royal Oak you just can’t travel without.

Available at Bennett Winch.

Visconti Milano Week Organiser Luxury Travel Accessory, €440 (Approx. £373.26)

Visconti Milano Week Organiser Watch Roll

Have a watch for every day of the week? Then this is the one for you. Rather than sticking to home shores, it would be impossible to discuss fine leather without mentioning Italy and, specifically, Visconti Milano. While we best know the brand for their custom watch straps, it would be remiss for them not to leverage that artisanal excellence to create a few accessories too.

Soft rather than a solid protective shell, the roll opens up to display seven slots embossed to mark the day of the week. It’s a novel approach and one that serious collectors – the kind that actually wear their collection– can appreciate. The only downside is that it’s not the most secure of watch rolls to travel with, but between the downright beautiful leather and ability to hold a week’s worth of watches, it’s a compromise we’re happy to sign up for.

Available at Visconti Milano.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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