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Oracle Recommends: Watches for December 2023

Riley Watch Co. Howard Hughes Chronograph HH01, £149

Riley Watch Co Howard Hughes Chronograph HH01

The Howard Hughes Chronograph HH01 is inspired by an iconic plane in the history of aviation, the Hughes H-1 Racer, which broke the world speed record in 1935. The watch commemorates this historic occasion with its retro style bi-compax chronograph display and curved square case – a shape commonly referred to as squircle. There are several variations available including this sage green and white variant which is very elegant and calming to look at. It’s powered by the Seiko VK64 Meca-Quartz movement.

Available at Riley Watch.

Draco Stellar 3-Hand, £310

Draco Stellar 3-Hand

The Draco Stellar 3-Hand is a lovely 36mm dress watch with a salmon dial, Breguet numerals and sleek steel case. The time-only display makes it incredibly elegant with the leaf shaped hands sweeping around the peripheral minute track and grained hour scale. The case itself is also refined and elegant with polished finishing, a smooth, sloping bezel, a relatively slim crown and lugs that curve naturally towards the leather strap. It’s powered by an automatic movement.

More details at Draco.

Batavi Atelier, €479 (early bird price), €578 (standard price)

Batavi Atelier

Sports watches and guilloche style dials might seem like unlikely bedfellows yet the Batavi Atelier proves that they work together surprisingly well. The 39mm stainless steel case has a field watch aesthetic that provides a contrast to the patterning of the vibrant fish scale dial. There are multiple colourways available including dark black/purple, blue and a grey/beige tone. Powering the piece is the Miyota calibre 9039 with 44-hour power reserve which combined with the case and dial means that this is a lot of watch for the money.

Available at Batavi.

BWG Bavarian Watch ISARIA, First 50 customers before December €555, standard price €1,555

BWG Bavarian Watch ISARIA

BWG Bavarian Watch are a German watch brand that designs robust watches inspired by the stylish landscapes and culture of Bavaria. BWG watches fit perfectly into today’s everyday life from meetings to sports, something which is particularly true of the ISARIA. The BWG ISARIA is a watch waterproof to 200m with a rotating bezel and Super Luminova on the hands and dial, equipped with a Swiss L24 Manufacture automatic movement. ISARIA is available in slate black, Isar green and sky blue.

Available at BWG.

Via Mon Coronagraph VM22 Comet, $399.63

Via Mon Coronagraph VM22 Comet

The story behind Via Mon is a classic one in the watch industry, a trio of partners who have come together to breathe life into the watch they envisioned wearing themselves. Thus was the Coronagraph VM22 created, a 38.4mm chronograph with a wide, rectangular design and a modern dial inspired by space. The grained texture of the dial designed to look like the surface of an asteroid, hence the collections names of Comet, Gravel and Void for the silver, grey and black variants.

Available at Via Mon.

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