The notion of wearing a watch is still seen as an ‘event’ to many; a treasured piece that we pull out for any big occasion – be it that important presentation, a suited and booted birthday or meet the parents dinner. But alas, as mankind progresses with a wider sartorial understanding, a watch is necessary in most if not all situations. It’s one of the safest and easiest ways a man can accessorise.
Yet traditional and safe is not for everyone. Although classic rose gold, steel and gold watches will continue to be popular for generations to come, brands have started producing more contemporary options for modern style-conscious gents who consider themselves fashion-forward, rather than timeless.
Case in point: the all-black watch. Effortlessly cool and undeniably masculine, this style has been trending for a number of years now – with nearly every brand, from mass-market to high-end, now making at least one black-on-black model.
Here we hand-pick our favourite ‘murdered out’ timepieces on the current market.
Although at the lower end of the price spectrum, both Shore Projects and Larsson & Jennings prove that horology is no longer the sole reserve of the over forties or those with big bank balances.
Shore Projects’ Falmouth model clocks in at just £135 with a respectable Miyota quartz movement and a black mesh Milanese metal strap. The dial is simply decorated with contrast indices and hour markets with imprint branding – enough to add a point of difference but subtle enough to remain versatile:
Alternatively, the Svart from Larsson & Jennings goes even harder on the minimalist front. At £215, it costs slightly more than the Falmouth but comes complete with a Swiss-made movement – making the additional outlay worthwhile:
Although considered ‘middle of the road’ in terms of watch prices, many would deem an all-black everyday timepiece well into the hundreds as too expensive. But fear not – the likes of Uniform Wares and Seven Friday manage to combine trend-led design and high quality craftsmanship without the usual high-end price tag.
Coming in at £680, the M42 by Uniform Wares offers a Swiss-made movement with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, a now standard feature amongst upper-tier watches.
The lugless case adds a minimal feel which is bolstered with full chronograph functionality – perfectly simple but still offering the added benefits of a sports watch:
SevenFriday, often seen as the new kid on the block, has been a runaway success thanks in no small part to its P Range. Grand mechanics deviate from the typical realm of ‘understated’ with a black skeleton dial adding an extra utilitarian edge.
Refreshingly unapologetic and brilliantly bold, the P Range packs plenty of features for its £825 price tag: Japanese technology, a black leather strap, water resistance to 30m and a 24-hour display:
Luxury watches are often considered a trophy piece and rightly so; prestige brands can offer centuries worth of expertise and act as an emblem of craftsmanship.
The Bremont Kingsman DLC was seen in Kingsman: The Secret Service as a covert take on the classic rose gold watch. To match the gadget-focused ethos of the film, the DLC packs everything but the kitchen sink: a 42-hour power reserve, modified BE-54AE Swiss-made calibre comprised of 25 jewels, and UTC and World Time Zone functions.
Plus, coming in an all-black design with red markers and white branding, the DLC looks undeniably sharp. It’s priced at £4,395 and on a limited production run of just 500:
Alternatively, and another step up at £7,600, the Hublot Classic Fusion packs a mightier punch to the wrist. A ‘Black Magic Ceramic’ design offers a statement foil to more reserved counterparts thanks to a sizeable 45mm diameter that includes 63 components and 21 jewels. Hublot is a brand renowned for iconic sports-led pieces, and as evidenced by the Classic Fusion, doesn’t do things by halves.
Also includes an open caseback for movement visibility and a 42-hour power reserve:
What do you think to our rundown? Any mighty monochromes you’d include?
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