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LIFESTYLE WATCHES


new Rolex Explorer 2. This fabulously robust timepiece has a new ‘chromalight’ display on the watch face, which emits a constant blue glow for a period of up to eight hours – nearly twice as long as luminescent materials used in other watches. The dial is as clearly legible at night by its luminous blue night glow, as it is by day. Nothing is compromised – especially not style. Indeed, on the black- dial version, the black hands seem to float around the display. The watch harks back to the company’s 1971 model, satisfying the heritage trend this season too.


Out of the ordinary… There are a whole host of neon, sporty, polyurethane pieces out there this season – a far cry from the black plastic digitals of the 1980s with their back-lit screens. Check out Nixon’s Rubber Re-Run watch with its sleek efficient face and simple strap. It comes in every colour of the neon rainbow (as well as black and white). While the obvious advantage of being waterproof and made of polyurethane makes you think of reaching for your beach gear and hitting the surf – and


Chanel’s Ceramic Titanium J12


Big and beautiful Watch manufacturers have wholeheartedly embraced the oversize trend this season, but Piaget’s Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic is one of the biggest of the lot at 43mm wide, yet a mere 10.2mm in depth. It is the world’s thinnest tourbillon and with a micro-rotar placed just in front of the dial it’s a very stylish timepiece that is truly state-of-the- art. However, at a staggering $190,000, you may tremble at the thought of actually strapping it to your wrist. Hot on the heels of the J12 Marine


launched at the start of this year, Chanel’s new Ceramic Titanium J12 watch is much chunkier and more masculine. Steely grey in colour with an automatic mechanical movement, its parts are made of – you guessed it – ceramic and titanium. Chanel have chosen ceramic as a material because it is renowned for maintaining its beautiful glossiness and for being hard to scratch. It gives the watch’s surface a hardness close to sapphire in quality.


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With a range of model sizes up to 41mm, it is a bona fide contender for the oversized crown. What’s more, if you really wanted to push the boat out, you can get a diamond-encrusted version set in 18k white gold.


Armed forces The opposite to the classically designed watch is the military style, yet these can still feel steeped in heritage. Often with a 24-hour format and clean, clear numbers, military styles are precise timekeepers and can cope with extreme conditions. Most come with a host of extras, such as lights and calculators, as well as a second time- zone function. Best left out of the office and kept for leisure time, they are perfect for coasteering round the islands. Even Burberry has released a military


style watch with a black face, clear white numbers and hands. Teamed with its black NATO-style strap it’s certainly very ‘up to the minute’. The ultimate military- style watch, however, has got to be the


Nixon’s Rubber Re-Run


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