One of the great joys of watch-collecting is the ability to appreciate and invest in timepieces that are vastly different from each other. The sheer variety on offer, each with their own heritage and purpose, means you’re never tied down to one specific genre or niche. Perhaps you enjoy the timeless-yet-purposeful sophistication afforded by simplistic field and flight-inspired watches such as the IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII. Or maybe you’re a fan of examples that push the boundaries of convention, by blending other passions into their design. The rule-book is practically non-existent, making each of these expressions of your personality as exciting as the next.
IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII
The “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” is the 12th special edition IWC Schaffhausen launched to support the Laureus Foundation – a charitable organisation to use sport to drive social change in around 40 countries. Limited to 1500 numbered pieces, it is housed in black ceramic, has a midnight blue dial and luminescent black hands. The movement is protected against magnetic fields by a soft-iron inner case, and the glass resists sudden pressure changes. On the titanium case back is the engraving of the drawing by 11-year-old Ana Claudia from Brazil – “Time to be healthy”.
IW324703; LKR1,277,000; Chatham Luxury Watches
CASIO Edifice EX224
The Edifice collection of watches is becoming quite the common sight here, and for a good reason – an absolute plethora of watches ranging from downright tacky, to some gorgeous examples. This example from the 500 series is one of the latter. Tastefully done gold accents on a black ion-plated timepiece… Classy.
EFR-543BK-1A9VUDF; LKR33,100; Blink
Tag Heuer Autavia Chrono-Flyback
What’s special about this watch over your typical, as if there is such a thing, Tag Heuer? That would be its Flyback chronometer, which means the Chrono doesn’t need to be stopped before resetting it, which could be handy. All packaged in a luxurious black ceramic and 18ct red gold timepiece.
CBE5150.FC8280; LKR1,300,000; Colombo Jewellery Stores
Tissot T-Bike Tour De France
The T-Race collection of watches is by no means new hat, but for fans of the Tour De France, take a peek at this. Standout features include pushers that look like brake levers, engraved sprocket set on the case back as well as chain link impressions on the rear of the rubber strap.
LKR89,500: CCC Galleria