In case you hadn't noticed, it is gift-giving season, so this week let's look at three rather nifty and modernist watches that would make perfect presents.
We start with Nomos, a brand I unashamedly love. I've convinced countless … OK, four people … to buy a Nomos and the reasons are obvious: the designs are clean and timeless, the watchmaker has the prestige of being from Glashutte, in Germany, and it makes all its own movements. I always recommend the Minimatik (bottom right), which, with its minimalist design, says a lot by saying very little. Sized at a positively vintage 35.5mm, the steel case comes with curved sapphire glass. The dial is clean although there are quite a few colours used for the hands, the logo and the indices. The Minimatik is priced at HK$29,800.
Like Nomos, Ressence is another brand that is popular on not only watch blogs but also design ones. Founded by Belgian industrial designer Benoît Mintiens, Ressence has all the elements of traditional watchmaking with a few significant modernist touches. Now I don't really have the room to explain the cleverness of the Ressence Type 1B (top right), so I recommend checking it out on YouTube. Very briefly, the design conveys 3D time telling as well as "movement", that is, when you move the case, the hours, minutes and hands adjust accordingly. And an ingenious way to set the watch means there's no need for a crown. Specs wise the case is 42mm and made of grade five titanium, so it's robust even though it looks delicate. The glass is domed sapphire, which is a counterpoint to the convex German silver dial. The movement is a patented Ressence Orbital Convex System and it has 36 hours of power reserve. Additional features include a day indication. The Ressence Type 1B is priced at HK$132,305.
Finally, we have something affordable enough that it could be a stocking filler. OK, HK$1,950 makes this quite an expensive stocking filler, but still. I've got to admit, I'm liking the new Squarestreet Aluminium (right centre) a lot. Leaning on minimalist Scandinavian design, the watch is clean, legible and neatly fits the 42mm case. Features are simple, with only a small seconds and a date window. The movement is a Swiss quartz from Rhonda, which is reliable and keeps the price down. This is a thin, sleek watch that will no doubt attract lots of approving glances.