Watches & Wonders sure had it all this year: from the elegant and sophisticated to the downright chunky.

The past week has been a whirlwind of an experience with Watches & Wonders showcasing the latest timepieces from high-end familiar brands. As the industry’s biggest watch event, nearly every luxe brand has debuted its important releases for the world to see and rave about. Even for us, we’ve rounded up the best watches we’ve seen that are perfectly made for the explorers, the classy and most elegant, and lastly, specifically designed for the collectors. Scroll down to see the best timepieces (in our opinion) that made it on our list.

[Hero image credit: Rolex; Featured image credit: H. Moser & Cie]

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Rolex

You can never go wrong with a classic, and Rolex is back to make you fall in love with its new-gen Oyster Perpetual Explorer. At 36mm, with a calibre 3230 and releasing in a yellow Rolesor version (combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold), the black dial is lacquered to perfection with an impressive Chromalight display. On the dial, the hour markers and hands glow in the dark with the luminescent material. You’ll be glad to know that this timepiece is made for your day-to-day errands and as your trusty companion on adventures, as it’s waterproof up to 330 feet and equipped with scratch-proof sapphire – how can you not love having this in your collection?

Image Credit: H. Moser & Cie

H. Moser & Cie

To blend class and simplicity, H. Moser & Cie’s Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye is a timepiece worth raving about. What makes it so special are the flying tourbillon with a semi-precious stone on the dial that shines with you wherever you go. With two range to choose from grey-blue to golden reddish-brown, you’ll have a choice to pick between the Falcon’s Eye and Ox’s Eye, that’ll wrap nicely with an elegant alligator leather strap. Fun fact: A Tiger’s Eye stone is believed to grant protection and is a symbolism of self-confidence. 

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Hermès

Here’s something for the ladies. The Faubourg Polka model exudes a certain kind of class that’ll go well with your glam to casual looks. If you’re not into bulkiness, this Hermès timepiece is designed for someone who’s into the quintessential design of it all. With a mother-of-pearl dial; framed by a 15.5mm dainty round case, sprinkles of diamonds surround the case, strap, crown and dial for a subtle shine. Available in rose gold and white gold, this is the right kind of jewellery watch to wear out and about if you’re not into bracelets or chunky rings as an accessory. 

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Ulysse Nardin

It’s the best of both worlds: Ulysse Nardin has merged the Diver X and Skeleton X to create the Diver X Skeleton timepiece. This cutting-edge 44mm piece brings the sporty design of a Diver with technical abilities from the Executive Skeleton. Just like the Divers, the uniqueness of this timepiece could withstand the fatal pressures at a depth of 200 meters. The best part? The hours, minutes and seconds hands are coated with Superluminova, so it’s easier to read time underwater. Pick between the orange or blue strap, it’s entirely up to you but we guarantee this to be an investment worth looking into for the explorers. 

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Montblanc

A watch dedicated to the connoisseurs who love the outdoors and a vintage feel, this Montblanc 1858 (Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18) is made for you. With inspirations from the archives, this timepiece pays tribute to the historical military Minerva heritage. Covered in 18K gold alloy in Lime Gold, the contrast between the gold-coloured dial with green elements exudes a perfect harmony between the shades for a sophisticated feel. Flip the watch over, and it’ll reveal the manufactured mono-pusher chronograph calibre MR M16.31; taking inspiration from the original Minvera calibre. It’s truly a work of art. 

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Hublot

Feeling gloomy? Take Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic out for a spin and watch it shine bright against your neutral-coloured wardrobe. Just like a ray of sunshine, this 42mm case and its bezel shine vividly in this yellow ceramic – along with its minute and seconds counter, Arabic numerals, and hands too. However, the yellow polished ceramic contrasts well against the black hue, making this Yellow Magic timepiece the right dose of radiance-meets-sporty design for anyone that’s a fan of this silhouette.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.

Amalina Anuar
Senior Writer
A writer by day and spin instructor by night. Amalina fuels her day with anything that’s covered in chocolate and breaking a sweat in the spin studio. With fashion and music as inspiration, you can find her obsessing over her favourite artist's music videos or swaying to funky tunes at live gigs.