Luxury watches for every type of traveller

Top new watches to suit your style

For the blinged-out diva

Richard Mille RM51-02 Tourbillon Diamond Twister

Plenty of high-end watches feature a tourbillon. But this Richard Mille showstopper (pictured above) goes one step further: its entire design is inspired by one. The tourbillon, a complication once used to improve timekeeping precision, is surrounded by a spiral of diamonds swirling around the watch face. And to top it off, the case’s barrel shape is classically Richard Mille, with rows of diamonds paving its front, sides and crown.

For the undersea explorer

Tudor Pelagos

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Styling: Jowie Chan; Photo: Mike Pickles

Simple and timeless, this watch can easily transition from the sleeve of a scuba suit to that of a crisp dinner jacket. The ceramic dial and bezel are in matching matt blue, while the titanium bracelet has a classic look with a floating clasp that allows for size adjustments. The watch also comes with two rubber straps, one of normal length and one longer to fit the outside of a scuba suit. Guaranteed water resistant to a depth of 500 metres.

For the understated sophisticate

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase

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Styling: Jowie Chan; Photo: Mike Pickles

On first glance, it’s an elegant watch pairing a silvery face with a pink-gold bezel and a classic white strap. But the details make it so much more. This watch puts a twist on the brand’s most representative model, the wind-up Lange 1, which features an off-centre main dial, a large date and a power indicator. This women’s version is a little smaller and incorporates a moon phase dial rendered with gorgeous delicacy.

For the show-off

Franck Muller Vanguard Seven Days Skeleton

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Styling: Jowie Chan; Photo: Mike Pickles

Skeletalisation bares all the technical intricacy of watch movements. It also challenges watchmakers to make a beautiful watch with its exposed internal workings. This timepiece passes the test with aplomb. Seen through this watch’s crystal casing, the movement forms a beautiful architecture, with every piece polished to a high shine and a seconds counter sitting at the six o’clock position. The power reserve also lasts an impressive seven days.

For the action junkie

Tissot Quickster UCI

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Styling: Jowie Chan; Photo: Mike Pickles

Tissot is a luxury Swiss watch brand that can pull off a young, athletic look – like with this cycling-inspired watch. This limited edition commemorates this year’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which took place in Hong Kong in April. As the official timekeeper at the event, Tissot gave this watch a sporty edge, incorporating a stopwatch, date window and a red T on the second hand. A black nylon strap combines with a striped detail, a reference to the UCI racing organisation’s logo.

For the class act

Cartier Panthère de Cartier

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Styling: Jowie Chan; Photo: Mike Pickles

You might have seen this watch before, with its brick-lay bracelet and a square bezel held in place with tiny screws. This year Cartier brings back its Panthère de Cartier model, which was discontinued in the early 2000s. It comes in the elegant small size, shown here, as well as a medium size for cool, boyish appeal. Choose from nine finishes, including ones paved in diamonds – but our pick is the unmistakably classic yellow gold.

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