Welder is the most recent watch brand to be launched from Italian designer Italo Fontana who is most famous for designing the range of U-Boat watches. These new Welder watches ooze strength and personality, and have undergone intrinsic attention to design detail. Each watch features the highest quality industrial styling combined with the latest and greatest functionality.
These watches are indeed pricey as Fontana is typically renowned for his expensive price tags! With the price however, comes the range of absolute must have watches that are crafted to the highest measures, distinctive and really make a style statement about the wearer. The Welder watch range is similar to the U-Boat range in the sense that they feature the same oversized cases, and trademark left position crown and contrasting colours, but what makes Welder different is that they use Japanese Quartz movement. This is partly what makes them so sought after by the fashion conscious and of course, fashion experts.
What injects the extra pzazz to this brand is the use of sharp dimensions and fluorescent colours which create contrast to the watches themselves. One of the most popular with the Welder watches collection is the K25 Data range which encompasses everything you will need in a watch including chronograph movement, a stainless steel IPB treatment case, and a superimposed black dial.
If you are looking for something really special, this is definitely the brand to go for. Sophisticated, sharp and the best quality you will find in a timepiece. Let’s hope a dedicated female range is next to come!
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Interior design buffs will be more than familiar with the name Philippe Starck. One of the most influential contemporary designers of the noughties era, Parisian-born artist Starck has wowed consumers with everything from super-sleek hotel designs to artefacts and interiors, and now he’s made his moved into the foray of watch-wear.
The son of an aircraft designer, Starck set up his first company in 1968 producing inflatable objects and since then, he’s continued to be influenced by the world of fashion and popular culture. To date, he’s created mineral-water bottles for Glacier, kitchen appliances for Alessi, luggage for Louis Vuitton and Samsonite and computer gadgets for Microscoft, as well as his most recent collaboration with Fossil watches.
Believing that all his products should be simple, efficient and durable – with stunning design and practicality, Starck’s watches are as far away from your traditional watch as you can get. Undeniably modernistic and striking to the eye, they all boast high-design features, but without taking anything away from the practicality of the watch, making them robust in both wear and stylishness. Offering men’s, women’s and unisex styles, choose from electroplated bracelet designs, cross shaped rubber cuff designs with digital time-telling and the O-Ring Digi watch to name a few. The latter, rather space-age style uses a see-through ring-shaped display, rather like a polo-mint to show the time with hours shown as numbers and minutes as segments. If a more standard-display watch tickles your fancy, there’s plenty of those too, although they still have one-off design elements guaranteeing your watch will still become the talk of the town.
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Michael Kors watches are incredibly refined, distinctive and offer a beautiful range for ladies. What makes the brand so exquisite is the ability to make the manufacturing of the timepieces as discreet as possible, meaning that the watches are fantastically crafted and look aesthetically stunning. The watches are styled in such as way that they are elegant, sophisticated and classy, as great emphasis and care has been placed on the construction.
The range offers some fantastic tortoiseshell styles which add a bit of spark to the collection and something that many other designer brands do not seem to focus on. Tortoiseshell is great for jazzing up a plainer outfit such as a work suit and injects a bit of individuality. There is also a beautiful and delicate bracelet style watch in the collection which is wonderfully feminine. The watches are coloured in creamy and brown tones meaning they are versatile yet very unique.
Michael Kors watches a favoured by some of the most elegant celebrities in the business; Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sigourney Weaver are all fans of the timepieces. These ladies are the perfect example of the type of female the watches are geared towards – classic, distinctive and confident in their own style.
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Ultra cool sports, skate and surf watch brand Nixon is certainly proving a sure favourite amongst celebrities. There is one cult show in particular where the cool and quirky watches seem to be popping up left right and centre. The characters in American action drama Heroes can’t seem to get enough of the Nixon watches – Hiro’s watch in one of the earlier episodes is a Nixon watch and following that, Peter Petrelli’s wrist is adorned with another sleek and sharp Nixon watch - The Player.
Nixon also released a limited collection of one-of-a-kind watches made from celebrity leather jackets and guitar straps with 100% of the proceeds going to MAP (Musicians Assistance Program). Milo Ventimiglia who plays Peter Petrelli in Heroes is one of the celebrities who donated personal items including the leather jacket he wore playing Jess on ‘Gilmore Girls’.
Milo Ventimiglia has been a fan of Nixon watches for many years and has been supporting the brand since the days when he worked in a skate-shop. He loves the sporty yet edgy vibe of the timepieces and was therefore keen to include them as part of his character on the show Heroes.
Nixon really does have a fantastically diverse range of watches – from funky and futuristic to functional and classic. The watches are consistently updated so there are always new designs to look out for. The hot new ones include The Sultan, The Banks Leather and The R1G1. Telling time has never been so attractive and that is probably why the range is so popular amongst the also attractive Heroes cast!
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Keep your eye on the time because DKNY are winding their watches forward and going all futuristic on us. Their latest release of Autumn / Winter wristwear certainly has the midas touch, effortlessly continuing the super-chic trend of mix and match metals. Pairing shiny silver with matte gold and vice versa, the glitzy designs are perfect for the party season.
Proving they’ve still got their fingers firmly on the fashion pulse, almost 14 years after Donna Karan and her hubby launched the brand, they’re still leading the way in the style stakes, with their accessories providing everyone with the ability to buy into the brand. Introduced onto the market at the start of the noughties DKNY watches have become firm favourites with stylish men and women all over the world, with the celebrity market tapping into the trends too.
Continuing to stamp her mark on the designs, the latest range (alongside the polished pieces) sees the letter D being used as a watch face – a subtle way for consumers to acknowledge they’re wearing a designer piece. However, if you prefer to be less discreet about showing off your designer credentials, you’ll be pleased to see that the winter accessories range has the brand detailing stamped all over it – literally. With logos emblazoned on high polished rings, bracelets and id-style neck-chains, no-one will ever forget where their bejewelled beauties are from. Chain-link pieces and silver charm bracelets complete the new collection – all of which would fit neatly inside Santa’s stocking, what a great excuse to start your gift-buying early.
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Dolce and Gabbana also known as D&G has been firmly established as a luxury fashion brand since 1985. In addition to clothing lines, D&G have also designed and created some of the most beautiful and exclusive watches and jewellery to date. One of the more classic designer favourites, D&G is always progressing and staying ahead of fashion but always remains true and consistent to its original style.
The wearers of D&G watches and jewellery like classic and timeless styles but always endeavour to be individual and use their sense of fashion, clothes and accessories as a way of expressing their own personality. Celebrity fans of the brand include Madonna, Victoria and David Beckham, Rhianna and Paris Hilton, and Rose McGowan (pictured above at the Dolce & Gabbana party in Cannes). The range of female watches ooze femininity with stainless steel bracelet style straps and crystal embellishments, whereas the male timepieces have a real sense of that gentlemanly charm. In addition to the classic styles, there are also a number of edgier contemporary watches that are suitable for daywear.
Similarly, the D&G jewellery range has something rather exquisite and desirable. With a high polish finish and sparkly stones, the range of necklaces, earrings and bracelets exuberate that A list, red carpet appeal! D&G really play with femininity in their jewellery with many pieces featuring girly, youthful charms. The dog tag necklaces are also a perfect way to add a bit of classy bling to your look!
D&G is a timeless brand and in addition to being renowned as luxurious, is favoured for its Mediterranean inspired design with contrasting features that perfectly complement one another. It will certainly be a favourite for years to come.
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We’ve been banging on about other brands for so long now we thought it high time we launched one of our own – so we did! Called Cube, these bright little beauties are the bee’s knees, even if we do say so ourselves. Following the craze for colourful accessories – Rayban Wayfarers anyone? – Cube are next on the hot-to-trot hit list. Available in styles for men, women and children you can even indulge in a ‘his and hers’ pair or why not go all out and get a matching family set?
Taking their inspiration from Toy watches – the make that celebs go doolally for, Cube watches radiate all the cool credentials of the big-boy brand but without the hefty price tag. With prices starting at just £27.50, there’s no excuse not to mix and match the spectrum of colours with your favourite outfits and even splash out on the latest trends for a fraction of the designer price. Available in red, yellow, orange, blue, black, white, pink and purple, there’s something to tickle everyone’s taste.
There’s also two different types of watch design to choose from – the ‘Classic Cube’ with a crystal clear polycarbonate bracelet strap, or the ‘Cube Vision’ which has a multitude of strap, face and bezel colours. Or if you fancy something totally bespoke, or want to buy someone special the perfect present, why not create your own work of watch art because as of next week, you’ll be able to design an exclusive timepiece, courtesy of Cube Creation.
From the straps to the packaging, you’ll be able to stamp your own individual style on every section of these fab n’ funky watches – and we just can’t get enough of them. Plus with guaranteed twenty-four hour delivery you can be wearing your one-off wonder the next day.