Watches for Winter

Showcasing exquisite detailing from the world’s top timepiece manufacturers, here are five of 66’s picks for the best men’s watches this winter.

Bold, masculine and rugged.

These effortlessly stylish timepieces from iconic watchmaking houses such as Omega, Breitling and Patek Philippe incorporate all the functionality and field-proven reliability the modern watch wearer expects, backed by indelible histories and unimpeachable reputations at the forefront of fashion and performance.

Breitling Navitimer 1 Airline Editions 

The Breitling Navitimer 1 Airline Editions capsule collection celebrates the iconic brand’s important role in the golden era of aviation with colourway designs that pay homage to some of the most emblematic airlines of that time. The collection incorporates Swissair, Pan Am and TWA (pictured) editions; airlines whose aircraft were a familiar sight in the world’s skies during the formative years of long-distance civil aviation. 

Evoking the effortlessly cool style of the 1960s and 1970s, Breitling’s Navitimer 1 Airline Editions are powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. The inhouse mechanical chronograph movement has been acclaimed as one of the world’s finest and delivers both remarkable precision and a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. All models feature a bidirectional rotating bezel fitted with the famous circular slide rule, which serves to perform the entire range of calculations relating to airborne navigation. 

Tudor Black Bay Bronz

The Tudor Black Bay Bronze model features a dial inspired by Tudor divers’ watches produced during the 1950’s. The Black Bay line is the result of the subtle blend of traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking. Far from simply being an identical re-release of a classic, it brings together over 60 years of Tudor divers’ watches yet remains firmly anchored in the present. While it is neo-vintage in conception, its manufacturing techniques, reliability, robustness and the quality of its finish are consistent with today’s rigorous requirements. 

The Black Bay Bronze’s 43-millimetre bronze case is an aesthetic reference to the brass used in old ships and other diving equipment. This ‘living’ metal – a high-performance aluminium-copper alloy used in naval engineering – produces a subtle, unique patina on every watch case, based on the wearer’s habits. The overall visual effect is that of a rich, patinated object that might have sailed the globe on its wearer’s wrist for years at a time, looking like it was ‘made’ for the wearer and their lifestyle. 

Omega Seamaster Professional Diver 300M 

Since 1993, the Seamaster Professional Diver 300M has enjoyed a legendary following. Today’s modern collection has embraced that famous ocean heritage and updated it with Omega’s best innovation and design. 

This 44mm chronograph model is crafted from stainless steel and 18ct gold and includes a polished black ceramic bezel with a Ceragold diving scale. The pushers are also polished black ceramic, as well as the dial which features laser-engraved waves and a date window at six o’clock. The watch is presented on a black rubber strap and is driven by the Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 9900, which can be seen through the sapphire-crystal on the wave-edged caseback. 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

The Fifty Fathoms collection embodies Blancpain’s passion for the marine world, introduced for the first time in 1953 with the creation of the first modern diver’s watch. Ever since, Blancpain has worked alongside divers, scientists and underwater photographers in their exploration and discovery of the awe-inspiring beauty of the oceans, contributing in this way to the revelations of this fascinating world and the motivation to protect it. 

Every Blancpain Fifty Fathoms model bears the principal distinctive characteristics that forged the reputation of their legendary ancestor and established it as the archetypal diver’s watch. The same professionalism can be seen in the decisive choices, dictated by long experience of diving, its risks and its essential needs. 

Patek Philippe White Gold ‘Jumbo’ Aquanaut  

When launched in 1997, the Aquanaut created a sensation. It was young, modern and unexpected, boasting a rounded octagon case inspired by Patek Philippe’s famous Nautilus. The Aquanaut also sported a ‘Tropical’ strap, made of a new composite material ultra-resistant to wear, saltwater and UV radiation, which would become synonymous with the model. 

The very embodiment of modern, sporty chic, the men’s white gold ‘Jumbo’ Aquanaut (42.2mm) reasserts its dynamic style in an all-new khaki green design, which evokes a sense of adventure and far-off horizons. Powered by a caliber 324 S C self-winding movement (which can be admired through a sapphire crystal case back) the latest Aquanaut features a signature rounded octagonal case and bezel combining polished and satin finishes. 

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