Cartier Tank Francaise
Created in 1917 by the brand’s founder, Louis Cartier, the Tank is one of the most timeless watches around. Its minimalist yet highly original looks derive from its case, which boasts distinctive ‘brancards’ along two sides, inspired by the Renault military tanks that Cartier saw in use during World War One. The original Francaise version arrived in 1996 and has since been joined by several other iterations, including this recent model with a date window.Shop now
Having been in production for over 70 years, the Datejust has a special place in Rolex’s illustrious history. It was the first automatic watch to feature an easy-to-read date window at 3 o’clock and its sporty yet classic looks make it one of the most versatile models in the Rolex line-up. Choose from two-tone or steel, plain dial or patterned, and with a Jubilee or Oyster bracelet—all are quintessentially Rolex.
Patek Philippe Calatrava
These days the classic Calatrava is the epitome of the modern dress watch—an elegant, pared-down timepiece with no additional complications and a dial that borders on the austere. Launched in 1932, it was heavily influenced by the German Bauhaus movement, the philosophy of which proposed that ‘form should always be dictated by function.’ The Calatrava upholds that mantra perfectly.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
When the Royal Oak was unveiled in 1972 it ushered in an entirely new category of timepiece: the luxury steel sports watch. The brainchild of legendary designer Gerald Genta, it was made from stainless-steel yet its hefty price suggested otherwise. With its porthole-shaped bezel, eight visible screw heads and a distinctive integrated bracelet, it’s one of the world’s most recognisable watches and the brand’s flagship model.