Ron Smales, Smales’ Co-owner and Master Watchmaker, discusses his top five watches of 2014.

 

Rolex Sky-Dweller


Technically complex, simply stunning

 

Rolex introduced three new gold Sky-Dweller models at Baselworld 2014: An 18ct yellow gold with a brown alligator strap, an 18ct white gold with a black alligator leather strap, and a third in Rolex’s proprietary Everose gold with a matching Everose gold bracelet. 

The timepiece features a dual time zone and an annual calendar that automatically differentiates between 30- and 31-day months. It’s the first Rolex where these functions are operated by a rotating bezel.

This innovative annual calendar watch was first introduced at Baselworld 2012 and while it’s Rolex’s most technically complex watch, it’s very easy to use – perfect for regular travellers.

Aesthetically, the watch is simply stunning - a masterpiece and an exceptional example of Rolex craftsmanship.

 

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon 


The most stylish version yet of this iconic watch

 

The Speedmaster has been an icon ever since it became the first watch on the moon and was worn by Buzz Aldrin on the 1969 mission. It is Omega’s most well known watch.

The 2014 model is a limited edition featuring a high tech black case and dial, both made of zirconium dioxide ceramic, white-gold hands and the applied white-gold indexes, which are coated with Super-LumiNova. Along with a carbon fibre band, it might be considered the most stylish and sophisticated to date.

This is a watch for Omega collectors and professionals that are after a classic but unique look.

 

Tudor Heritage Ranger


Contemporary with a vintage edge

 

Inspired by the Rolex Explorer, the Tudor Heritage Ranger is simply a beautiful looking watch which blends the vintage with the contemporary by taking some of the design features of previous Rangers and updating them.

Features such as the domed dial and painted markers give the watch a very cool 1960s look.

This is a great watch for those first time buyers of luxury timepieces who are seeking a simple yet great-looking watch that they can take from sporty to casual to dressy by making use of the four woven, bracelet and leather strap options.

 

Cartier Tank Anglais


Classic Cartier with a twist

 

The Tank Anglaise joined Cartier’s iconic Tank collection in 2012 with a variation on the signature features of the Tank.

Following the Americaine and Francaise Tanks, the Anglais’ rectangular case is bulkier but rounded off and integrates the crown into the case. 

Three sizes are available in both the ladies and gents models.

This is the perfect timepiece for Cartier fans seeking the classic Cartier look with a twist. 

 

Rolex GMT II with Blue and Red Bezel


Finally, the return of a classic - a must-have for Rolex enthusiasts

 

It was pleasing to see the revival of the red and blue bezel on this iconic sports watch in 2014. The two tone ceramic bezel, a world first achieved by Rolex and launched in the 2013 GMT model, is even more impressive here given the use of the red – a notoriously difficult colour to produce in ceramic and never before seen on a commercial watch.

Another feature that sets this watch apart and places if firmly at the top end of the luxury watch market is that the 2014 version is availably exclusively in white gold - the 2013 version was also available in steel.

This is a sports watch elevated to another level - a must-have for Rolex enthusiasts and those seeking a classic Rolex with the exclusivity of a white gold watch.