Bavarian Watch Royal Blue Bavarian, €160 (approx. £135)
Germany has a rich watchmaking history, especially around Glashütte, but Bavaria isn’t to be discounted from the conversation either. Bavarian Watch has been singing the watchmaking praises of the region since 2018 and create a variety of stylish dials and straps for their timepiece available through Kickstarter. The 40mm stainless steel watch stands out for its large lugs, which looks great on powerful wrists without overwhelming thinner ones. We particularly like the Royal Bavarian Blue piece combined with Summer Sunset strap.
More information at Bavarian Watch.
Artem Sailcloth Watch Strap, £63
It’s an old adage that if you can’t find the thing you’re looking for, build it yourself. This is the philosophy that led to the creation of Artem Straps when the founders were thwarted in their search for high quality sailcloth watch straps. Sailcloth, whether it’s made from genuine cloth or synthetic and leather alternatives, can be stiff and uncomfortable – making Artem’s focus for their straps flexibility and comfort, a mission they have more than succeeded at.
Available at Artem Straps.
Carapaz Three-Watch Case, £242
Carapaz is a specialised Swiss leather design company based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the home of many top watchmakers. Their watch cases have helped to reinvent the way watches can be stored safely for travelling with the introduction of a unique rail system a few years ago, which holds the precious timepieces in place. The integrated rail technology and stand feature make them the ideal cases for travel, storage, or display, with models that can hold between one and eight watches. They’re available in a variety of colours in high-quality soft leather.
ZENEA Watches ULA Diver Japanese Garden Blue, £581
We more often hear about the beautiful wilderness of Canada than Canadian watch companies, but Canadian watch brand ZENEA have shown enough attitude to make it work, launching their brand in the midst of the global pandemic in late 2020. The Canadian designs draw on classic watchmaking influences and are executed with Swiss-made precision, just look at the ULA Diver Japanese Garden Blue. Its 41m diameter stainless steel case is as sporty as they come and with exceptional finishing, the blue dial and sword hands compliment the diving aesthetic perfectly. They offer free worldwide shipping on all watches as well!
Available at Zenea Watches.
CuleM Lights GMT Blue, £995
Everyone needs to play a part in protecting the environment and the watchmaker CuleM has already embraced their role – planting over 15,000 trees in Madagascar with a pledge to plant 100 more for every timepiece they sell. Their watches are designed to capture their global outlook, with all of them being GMT timers depicting a vision of the world. The Lights GMT reinforces our global community by depicting an image of the world which, at night, lights up with pinpoints of light signifying the major cities of the world.
Available at CuleM.