Clockwise FROM TOP: Pendulum £POA BY TAG Heuer; Tagheuer.com. The Pendulum, still a prototype, removes the hairspring around which the balance wheel usually oscillates and replaces it with two circumferential magnets that bat the wheel back and forth. This is ironic, given that magnetism is usually the downfall of the delicate hairspring. One of the most audacious watches out there.
Heritage 1954 £1,190 BY Longines; Longines.com. This ‘Heritage 1954’ chronograph ticks all the right old-school boxes — its austere monochrome and retro-futuristic brushed-steel angles make it perfect for the office and cocktail hour alike. Mad Men’s Don Draper would be proud to wear this.
Luminor 1950 Ceramica 10-Days GMT £12,000 by Panerai; Panerai.com. Totally on-trend in stylish carbon black with huge proportions, Panerai has been innovating at a rate of knots since establishing its own Swiss ‘manufacture’ in Neuchâtel in 2005, but the 10-Days GMT chosen here, packaged in a ceramic version, is the original and best.
U2 BlacK £2,995 by Bremont; Bremont.com. One of the coolest watches of 2010. Not only does it have a precision Swiss movement and an aerospace-grade case hardened in a secret factory near Cambridge, but it has also been tested at 70,000ft.