It is no secret that steel timepieces are trending, which means the humblest metal in watchmaking is receiving all the perks. Here are the best picks from us that will simply uplift your style.
The makeover of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M continues with new chronograph models. The watches clean up nicely with a bi-compax configuration against laser-engraved waves. Their 44mm steel cases set a solid base for the ceramic bezel ring and pushers as well as Sedna gold detailing in the two-tone versions. Inwardly, the Master Chronometer update is par for the course
In addition to the date and day of the week, the Patek Philippe Ref. 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar also displays the week of the year. That is plenty of data to handle, but the Ref. 5212A deftly divides them across the dial and uses crisp handwritten typography for easy reading. Coupled with the rarity of a steel Patek Philippe, it is clear why this casual Calatrava is coveted.
Based on a 1960s prototype, the Tudor Black Bay P01 features an experimental design that includes positioning the crown at “4” and end-links that double as a locking mechanism for the rotating bezel. The watch is undeniably out-there but crafting it in steel grounds it with the practicality of a tool ticker.
People overlook the fact that Montblanc endows its steel watches with precious Minerva know-how. The 1858 Geosphere’s signature worldtime complication is engineered by watchmakers from the respected Villeret manufacture, powering twin rotating globes on the dial for visual spectacle. The bi-directional steel bezel with compass points completes the explorer theme.
The new TAG Heuer Autavia contains the latest technology from the brand in an affordable package. Pared down to just three-hand time-telling, the versatile watch in steel comes with a ceramic or matching steel bezel. It is complemented by a handsome smoked dial, interchangeable strap system, and proprietary carbon- composite hairspring indicated by the “Isograph” label.’
Words by Yong Wei Jian