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Oracle Recommends: Watches for June 2023

Medini Celeritas, AED 1284 (approx. £280)

Medini Celeritas

Medini is a brand based in Dubai that believes in using components from across the world to create their watches. The Celeritas is a stylish bicompax chronograph model with black, gold or tuxedo (reverse panda) colourways. It features a combination of bar indexes and Arabic numerals as well as a peripheral tachymeter for measuring speed and distance. It’s relatively slim and houses the Seiko VK64 meca-quartz movement. An every day classic that’s as classy as it is accessible.

Available at Medini Watch Company.

Kienzle Flieger GMT, €428 (approx. £370)

Kienzle Flieger GMT

The latest Kienzle Flieger collection includes this GMT Automatic model that features a 39 mm brushed steel case with gunmetal grey finish, paired with a matte black dial, old radium lume indexes and hands. It’s also fairly robust for a pilots’ watch thanks to its screw caseback, screw down crown and sapphire crystal giving it 100m water resistance. Inside, it utilises the Seiko NH34 GMT automatic movement with 41-hour power reserve. The GMT model is available in three different colours; a black coated model with black dial and two steel finish models with either a silver-white dial or matte black dial.

Available at Kienzle.

Lilienthal Berlin Zeitgeist Automatik All Blue, £709

Lilienthal Berlin Zeitgeist Automatik All Blue

The Lilienthal Berlin Zeitgeist Automatik All Blue is a love letter to Berlin, featuring typography inspired by the city’s street signage and a crown shaped like the famous Berlin World Clock at Alexanderplatz. It’s a classy time and date model with central hours, minutes and seconds with the date window located at six o’clock. Housed within the blue 42.5mm steel case, below the sunray brushed dial, is the Sellita SW200 automatic movement with 38-hour power reserve. It’s presented on a steel mesh bracelet, also in blue.

Available at Lilienthal.

Monbrey MB1, £322

Monbrey MB1

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. The primary example of this concept in action that they cite is the Cybertruck, a hyper modern vehicle with a 1970s, angular, wedge-shaped design. Their MB1 wristwatch is designed with a similar design language and style, drawing on 70s inspiration for the 21st century. The result is a classy timepiece with a 38.5mm, angular case housing the Miyota 9039 automatic calibre.

Available for pre-order at Indiegogo.

BWG Bavarian Watch Isaria, €555 for first 50 buyers, €1,555 standard price (approx. £490/£1,375)

BWG Bavarian Watch Isaria

BWG Bavarian Watch are a German watchmaking brand who 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, modern 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, although this black model pays homage to the black mountains of Bavaria.

Available for pre-order at BWG.

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