There’s a time for everything. Time to whip out the big guns, that elegant ticker from your daddy’s daddy, for dinners at the Pen or parties with your boss. And time to put on something less precious, more laid back.
The following timepieces from uncommmon and maybe overlooked watch companies are perfect for the latter. Endowed with distinct flourishes, they soften the stress of the passing of a second (late for work), a minute (gone over a deadline), or an hour (missed your flight).
Wear these on the weekend or, really, anytime you wish to untether yourself from the rigors of the clock. They will set the pace for diversions that make you forget about, well, the time.
1| Tsovet SMT-LS47
Born in California, smack-dab in the middle of the aerospace industry, Tsovet fuses the spirit of sunshine (a camel leather band) with avionics details (a gunmetal case that recalls a cockpit gauge) to create what feels like a worn-in favorite piece.
Watch by Tsovet at Rustan’s; shirt and bracelets by H.E. by Mango; bag by Tumi
2| Savoy Icon Midway
Hard-edged hardware and a rubber strap toughen the glint of gold.
Watch by Savoy; sport jacket by Perry Ellis; shirt and tie by H.E. by Mango
3| Bell & Ross BR 03-94
Rough-and-tumble military style is recreated with the pairing of black and tan and the antique finishing of case and band.
Watch by Bell & Ross at Lucerne; shirt by H.E. by Mango
4| Hublot Classic Fusion
Shadowy layers of black—satin finish on the case, matte on the dial, polished on the hands—give weight to the smaller footprint of this watch.
Watch by Hublot at Lucerne; jacket and bracelet by H.E. by Mango; shirt by Perry Ellis; sunglasses at Ideal Vision
5| Swatch Irony Chrono
The only time when being blue in the face is a good thing is when it lights up your wrist.
Watch by Swatch; shirt by Perry Ellis; trousers by H.E. by Mango
6| Sevenfriday P3-1
Viewed from a robust screen, the undisguised movements of discs, dials, and hands make reading time a spectator sport.
Watch by Sevenfriday; shirt by H.E. by Mango
Photographs by Maan Palmiery • Styling by Clifford Olanday assisted by Anton Miranda • Art direction by Edric dela Rosa