Argos Watches Odyssey, PHP 17,999 (approx. £250)
Argos Watches are a young Filipino brand inspired by the concept that watches are meant to be lifelong companions. That’s why the brand itself and their flagship watch are named after one of the most popular stories in history, The Odyssey and Odysseus’ faithful dog Argos. They create utilitarian watches built to withstand the rigors of life. The Odyssey is a 38mm steel piece with a textured, quasi-sector dial in cream or blue, housing the Seiko NH35A automatic movement with a 41-hour power reserve.
Available at Argos Watches.
Manime La Fidele, EUR 550 (approx. £475)
Tapping into the 70s flavoured trend for integrated bracelets, Manime’s third-generation release is the kind of watch that will take you anywhere. The sleek look is handsome enough for the evening while the hardened stainless steel case is practical enough for the rigours of everyday life. Finished with a range of colourful dials – including this gorgeous coppery red – all of which were voted for by Manime’s horological community. Check out their kickstarter now for an even better price on the already accessible watch.
Available at Manime Watches.
Neotype LM01 Type D, £538
The LM01 Type D is the debut watch from French newcomer NEOTYPE following a successful Kickstarter in 2022. It has a 40mm steel case in diver’s watch style, boasting a 30 ATM water- resistance, a 3.5mm sapphire glass, a screw-down crown and a sandwich dial. There are a handful of versions such as this black dial, steel case edition, as well as gold and black PVD options. All LM01 Type D models are limited from 20 to 100 pieces and each watch is individually numbered.
Available at Neotype.
Monbrey MB1 L06, £316
Monbrey are a microbrand inspired by contemporary reinterpretations of retro designs. Exploring the ways in which we interact with the past and past trends by recontextualising them for modern tastes. Their MB1 wristwatch is designed with a 1970s wedge design language and style. The result is a classy timepiece with a 38.5mm, angular case housing the Miyota 9039 automatic calibre. This is the L06 edition with a painfully on-trend Tiffany blue dial with sunray brushed finishing, presented on a black Italian leather strap.
Pre-order at Indiegogo.
BWG Bavarian Watch Isaria, €555 for first 50 buyers, €1,555 standard price (approx. £490/£1,375)
BWG Bavarian Watch are a German watch brand which create watches inspired by the dual personality of Bavaria. On the one hand you have soaring castles and on the other, you have the bustling, modern city of Munich. As such, BWG watches tread a line between luxurious design and practical utility, which is exemplified in the Isaria model with its 42.2mm case with 200m water resistance and bold design. The name and colourway options come from the river Isar, which flows through Munich.
Pre-order at BWG.