The weekend before last Her Majesty had her moment, this weekend is a celebration a little closer to home - one for the fathers out there! Gents - this one is for you! I can see you at the back with your hand in the air - you, Sir!
Here are 8 watches currently in our line-up that we think, you (or the family) - should be thinking about for dad this weekend!
First up, a classic. The Speedmaster from Omega - it needs no intro. And before I have to state it - this is not the Swatch version! but rather the full fat, no holds barred mechanical variation! much loved by the community, its a fail safe icon.
Zenith may not be everybody's first choice - mainly because they tend to fly a little under the radar as brands go. But with a rich history (think el Primero movement for Rolex!) and a growing fan base, this dressy classic is always going to be an elegant choice. It’s an awful lot of watch for the money.
No doubt you will have seen Top Gun over the last week or so (if you’ve not - what have you been doing!). All the cast (bar Tom) are rocking IWC. This double chrono is a classic in-house development from the Swiss German maker. Time both the school run and spaghetti at once with this pilot on the wrist!
The Tank Francais was first imagined by Louis Cartier in 1917 and was driven by his creativity and taste for minimalism. This is a 2000’s Cartier Tank Francaise Chronoflex in a stainless steel case with the signature Cartier stone crown and on a stainless steel bracelet. A twist on a classic - you can’t go wrong.
Introduced by the brand in 1978. Bigger, bolder, two-tone, and on a bracelet, it was everything the original Santos-Dumont never was, and never could be. The Santos is Cartier reminding Audemars Piguet that Gerald Genta took that idea to put screws in the bezels from somewhere and that if Cartier did it first in1904 they’ll damn well do it again if they want to in 1978.
In 1967, IWC released its first dive watch, the Aquatimer, and another model to accompany it, the Yacht Club. Released right before the Quartz Crisis in the early 1970s, the IWC Yacht Club is one of the last representations of the ‘Golden Age’ of mechanical watchmaking that came before the mechanical watch sector suffered after quartz came around. It is perfectly proportioned, capturing that old school age of exploration perfectly!
Few watch designs bridge the gap between work and play quite like the Panerai Luminor 1950. The storied tool watch past, combined with the classic Panerai sandwich dial and crown protector works from beach break to boardroom seamlessly.
Is he a motorsport lover? Car tinkerer? Supercar snapper? There is no better choice than a Heuer Carrera - especially a vintage one! At 36mm, hand wound calibre and perfectly balanced dial - it ticks all the boxes.
There you have it folks, 8 watches, all very different, in fact - they would all sit rather nicely next to one another in a watch box at home! You would certainly have most bases covered! Have a cracking Father's Day - fathers out there! Oh - and make the most of it! It is only one day a year after all.