Luxury Watches

by SCMP

Luxury Watches

Bright and beautiful

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am

Spring has sprung, so we can say goodbye to being cold, grey skies and muted clothing. There's something unnatural about shivering in Hong Kong unless, of course, you are in a room, windows closed, with the air conditioning on full blast. Spring is undoubtedly the best season in these parts; warm and dry without all that un- sightly sweating and unbearable humidity. Best of all we can wear colours again, so it's time to think about all the cheerful accessories you want to unleash on an unsuspecting world.

When one thinks of spring one might think of lamb roasts. For the more poetic, and the meat averse among us, the green shoots of verdant nature might be closer to the mark, so what better way to ring in the new season than with the decidedly green Swatch Gent Lacquered watch (right). A snip at HK$600, the watch made its Hong Kong debut at the Swatch flagship store opening in Central this month. The inner mechanism of the timepiece is exposed, revealing cogs and innards daubed in a variety of other striking colours. The green transparent plastic case is 41mm and the wonderfully tactile strap is green silicon. The Gent Lacquered is a marriage of the youthful zest and fast fashion Swatch is famous for, allied with impressive technical achievements for a watch in this price band. Available in 10 fashion-forward colours, if the bold green isn't daring enough for you, there's always the red or orange.

For those who are a bit more conservative in their colour choices, the Triwa Blue Bird Nevil (below) might be more appealing. Exclusive to Lane Crawford and priced at HK$2,250, the braceleted Blue Bird Nevil is a departure for Swedish watch brand Triwa, which is known more for wraparound leather-strap watches. The case and chunky bracelet are made of navy blue acetate making it deceptively lightweight and although this watch is described as unisex, the 42mm case size and robust design skews more towards the masculine. The heavy duty build and acetate casing means this watch is easily water resistant to 50 metres. The polished navy sunray dial is one of the best features of this watch alongside the two well-designed white chronograph subdials counting minutes and hours with two push buttons on either side of the crown. The Triwa logo at the 12 o'clock position is bigger than it needs to be but the silver bezel is a nice finishing touch.

Rounding out our rainbow of watch options is the bright and sunny Nixon Rubber 42-20 Chrono (below left). Priced at HK$3,000, the watch is the most dynamic of the three, featuring a six-hand Japanese movement and three subdials indicating hours at the nine o'clock position, seconds at the 12 o'clock position and minutes at the three o'clock position, with the addition of a date window at the six o'clock position. The unique selling point of this watch is the hardened steel and silicone 42mm case with reinforced mineral crystal covering the dial that allows the Nixon Rubber 42-20 Chrono to plunge to depths of 200 metres. Somewhat strangely the push buttons and the crown have been placed on the more unorthodox left-hand side of the watch. However, the one-piece construction between the case and the silicone strap is another nice piece of rugged engineering. The Nixon Rubber 42-20 is also available in sky blue, white and black.