So, like, random For every About time column, I try to come up with a theme; you know, some kind of link between three watches. Sometimes these links are obvious - three chronographs, for example, or three minute-repeaters. More often than not, however, the link is tenuous. In fact, I pick the themes out of a hat (a velvet fedora, if you must know) and try to shoehorn in three good watches that could, if you tried really hard, fit the schema. Watches to wear while sailing the Riviera? Done that one. The perfect watch to wear when closing a million-dollar deal? Maybe next week. Watches to wear to a bankruptcy hearing? Still working on that. This week, I'm throwing the hat out of the window (not literally, it's a vintage piece of headwear) and going with three watches I just like, and to hell with an overarching theme. So there.
First up, we have a new twist on one of my favourite fashion watches, the Givenchy Seventeen (above). The tweak here is that the brand has added a touch more luxury to the proceedings with a satin, not steel, finished titanium case and a Swiss automatic mechanical movement, doing away with the quartz. While this version is lighter and more robust, the highlight is still the military-inspired case, which is sturdy but not overpowering on the wrist. The mechanical movement is a clear sign of how Givenchy wants to establish its watch unit, and ETA 2892 has become enormously popularity for its accuracy and reliability. The other major plus point is that each watch comes with two, interchangeable straps - nylon and calfskin. The Givenchy Seventeen Titanium Automatic Edition is priced at HK$19,600.
Next we have the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Chronograph Telemeter (right), a watch that couldn't be more different from the Givenchy. Now, it pains me to talk about Tag Heuer these days because, if we're honest, the brand is rapidly losing its lustre as it churns out dozens of watches each year that no one cares about and, more importantly, can understand. Furthermore, Tag Heuer isn't quite super luxury but isn't cheap, either, so the brand is torn between two markets while not satisfying either. That said, Tag Heuer has a great archive and the Calibre 18 Chronograph Telemeter is a nod to the brand's glorious past. First off, the design is perfect, with the vintage Heuer logo, the simple racy two sub-dial configuration, vintage-style pushers, a telemeter instead of a tachymeter scale and a perforated leather racing strap. Most important is its size - a pleasing 39mm. The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Chronograph Telemeter is priced at HK$49,400.
Finally in this round-up of randomness, we have the JeanRichard Chrono Carbon (right), a 200-piece limited-edition watch priced at a tempting HK$66,800. The 44mm case is carbon fibre, which makes it light and gives it a wonderful colour and texture. The carbon-fibre theme continues with the unidirectional bezel and pushers. Inside is an in-house JR66 movement that pumps out a respectable 42 hours of power. Features include a black rubber strap, 100 metres of water resistance and a chronograph, so it's a great all rounder.