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Oracle Recommends: Watches for February 2024

Namica Okami, $429 (approx. £340)

Namica Okami

Following the success of their first timepiece, Namica are set to debut their second watch with a new Kickstarter campaign starting on Tuesday 6th February 2024. The new watch is the Okami (Japanese for wolf), a cool, urban watch with a TV-shaped design inspired by retro watches from 1970s and ‘80s. It measures 39mm x 35mm x 10.7mm in grade 2 titanium, featuring a combination of brushed and sandblasted finishing, and is powered by the Miyota Calibre 9039 automatic movement.

Available at Namica.

Riley Watch Co. Howard Hughes Chronograph HH01, £129

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.

Batavi Atelier, €479 (Early Bird), €578 (RRP)

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.

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.

Clemence Munro, from £499

Clemence Munro Black and White

Clemence are an independent brand based in Edinburgh that create a range of accessible tool watches with dials inspired by the Scottish Highlands. Their latest watch is the Munro, a 37.5mm field watch that’s a versatile timepiece ideal for daily wear. The vintage style proportions make it comfortable on the wrist and with 150m water resistance it’s well equipped to tackle everyday challenges. The initial pre-order was a huge success and a re-stock is expected in the spring.

Available at Clemence.

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