3 Filipino Watch Brands You Should Start Supporting

Hooray for Filipino time.

What do these brands have in common? They’re all owned by Filipino watch enthusiasts who are passionate about producing world-class timepieces. Whether you’re an avid collector or looking to purchase your first luxury watch, these pieces are definitely worth considering. 

Ibarra Manila

These dress watches wouldn’t look out of place on your great-grandfather’s wrist, but they’re just as fashionable today. Inspired by the intelligent, sophisticated character from Noli Me Tangere, this brand is about all about Filipino pride. On top of naming their models after national heroes, they have their watches assembled locally by Filipino technicians.

We’re particularly intrigued by the Plaridel, which is the brand’s first automatic watch. It’s water resistant up to 50 meters, it’s run by a custom Miyota movement, and its classic Arabic numeral markers contribute to its old-fashioned appeal. 


Time Master

From the logo to their signature trident hour hand, Time Master takes its cue from the Greek god of the sea. Their Poseidon collection features quartz watches that come equipped with a dive bezel and can withstand depths of up to 100 meters. And despite having just launched, Time Master is already giving back: part of every purchase goes to MovEd, a charity that sends less fortunate children to school.


Check out the Metal Ore, which comes with a silver strap; Vintage, which has a leather strap; or NATO, which comes with straps of different colors.


This brand aims to make timepieces that are as human as the people who buy them by injecting as much character, warmth, and soul as possible into every model. This means producing models in small batches, using parts that are all custom-made, never off-the-shelf, and valuing craftsmanship and style over fashion. And judging from their stunning and unique designs, it looks as if they’ve succeeded.

The Uriel features a stretched cushion case, guilloche dial, and padded Italian calf leather strap. The Mephisto practically pops with its multi-layered, sunburst dial, embossed even-numbered markers and cutout odd-numbered markers.  Both models are powered by an automatic Japanese movement with a customized rotor, and are water resistant up to 50 meters.


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