Montblanc Star Chronograph UTC
Swiss luxury watchmaker Montblanc has produced something subtle and elegant with the Chronograph UTC. The standard build comes with a black alligator leather strap, silver stainless steel case and silver Guilloché patterned dial. The design is a classic look that reflects the history and skill of watch-making in the Jura Valley, home to many well-known watchmakers.
To round off the design, there is a subtle addition of rose gold to the hands and numbers, which works beautifully with the minimal silver-and-black design of the watch. Aside from the simple movement, there is a second-time zone, date display, and the watch is water-resistant to 30m.
Georg Jensen Vivianna
George Jensen Vivianna combines watches and jewelry with simple, functional ease. Designed in 1968 by Swedish jewelry designer Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe, the watch has changed little over the years.
The minimalist design has allowed the watch to remain timeless, contributing to its continued production. The watch face is relatively small at 27mm, with the dial being made of mirrored silver to match the bracelet aspect of the watch. Sapphire crystal glass cover the face to increase durability and remain in line with the minimal approach to design.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
One of the first waterproof and dustproof watches developed, the Rolex Oyster was released in 1926 and featured a sealed case to maximize protection of the movement. A year after its release, Mercedes Gleitze – the first person to swim the straights of Gibraltar and the first British women to swim the channel – wore the prototype around her neck as a test of its capabilities on her now-famous channel swim.
The Oyster is still a staple of the Rolex brand with a sleek and distinctive Art Deco design. A smooth and sealed silver watch case encompasses a traditional brown face with blocked silver hour indicators.
Released in 1931, this watch was designed especially for the British polo-playing elite. It featured a watchcase that could swivel around in order to protect the watch glass from cracks caused high the high-impact sport. Another Art Deco design on this list, the watch was met with immediate approval and is still highly sought after today.
Much like the Tank, it is characterized by a silver square bezel that can rotate. The face is pearl-colored, allowing the bold blue hands to stand out.