Day & Night Xerxes, $179 (approx. £145)
Day & Night believe in pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and putting in the work to get to where you want to go in life. That’s why their collection of watches bear the names of iconic leaders from history such as Xerxes, Thutmoses and more, it’s all about aspiration. Which is also why their watches are inspired by one of the most famous watch designs of all time, created by Gerald Genta. Specifically, the Xerxes has a 42mm stainless steel case with a chunky octagonal bezel, which surrounds a striking black and white dial. It houses a Miyota quartz movement.
Available at Day & Night Watches.
Möels & Co. 528, £946
The Möels & Co. 528 is an award winning watch for good reason. Designed by 21-year-old Betina Menescal, it features an unusual TV-shaped case design in stainless steel with an asymmetrical display inspired by the golden ratio. It rides the line between dress and sports watch thanks to its refined aesthetic, influenced by mid-century design and surprisingly robust 100m water resistance and large 45mm x 33mm proportions. Ultimately, that makes it ideal for virtually all occasions. It’s powered by the Sellita SW200-1 movement.
Available at Moels & Co.
Schaumburg Steampunk Re-Creation, €1,860 (approx. £1,625)
Sometimes you just want a watch to be bonkers and by bonkers, we mean Schaumburg. They’re a German watchmaker who specialise in extreme watches on both technical and visual levels, from werewolf themed moonphases to this, the Steampunk Re-Creation. It’s technically a skeleton watch with the SW-07.1 automatic movement serving as the dial, it’s been browned by hand using heating to give it a worn appearance. The calibre has a 46-hour power reserve and it’s housed in a 42mm case.
Available at Schaumburg Watch.
BWG Bavarian Watch Isaria, €555 (For the First 50 Buyers) or €1,555 (Standard Price) (approx. £490/£1,375)
Bwg Bavarian Watch are a German watchmaking brand that create watches inspired by the dual personality of Bavaria. On the one hand you have grand, soaring castles with Romantic designs and on the other, you have the bustling, city of Munich. As such, BWG watches tread a line between luxurious design and practical utility, both of which are exemplified in the new Isaria model with its 42.2mm case with 200m water resistance and bold facetted design. The name and colourway options are inspired by the river Isar, which flows through Munich.
Pre-order at Bavarian Watch.
Tolentino Undici/11, €999 (approx. £885)
While Tolentino was founded in Italy, near Naples, they are committed to producing accessible Swiss Made diving watches for all occasions. Their flagship Undici/11 certainly lives up to that expectation. It has a 40mm stainless steel case with 200m water resistance and features a classic dive watch aesthetic, right down to the unidirectional rotating bezel. Importantly, the bezel features a ceramic insert, a high tech material that’s uncommon among microbrands. It’s powered by the Sellita SW200-1 automatic calibre.
More details at Tolentino.