Over the past couple of decades, designer fashion brands watches have caught onto the joys of a decently crafted Swiss timepiece in a big way. Nowadays, most of them boast a solid collection of Swiss-made timepieces driven by mechanical automatic movements – and some are even making their own complicated contraptions themselves. Snobs begone: the fashion set are getting respectably handy with a pair of tweezers, and here's how.
The price below isn't simply reasonable for an Armani, it's reasonable for any Swiss watch boasting a precision automatic movement – one whose ticking balance wheel you and your admirers can admire equally through a dial window. This shows a newfound maturity in the designer brand's watches offering, dressed in suitably sleek lounge-lizard-worthy midnight-blue dial and rose-gold coating.
Earlier this year, a one-off steel-cased 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” designer brand watches became the most expensive A Lange & Söhne ever sold when it was hammered down for more than £672,000 at Phillips Geneva. Walter Lange died in 2017 at the age of 92 having rebuilt his family firm following the reunification of Germany. Limited-edition versions are now on general sale.Watch of the collection The brilliant Triple Split can measure split times for seconds, minutes and hours. Its mind-bogglingly complex mechanism contains 567 components. Just 100 examples will be made and, despite the price tag, we think it’s a bargain.