The 10 Best Mens Winter Watches

What's ticking the boxes for AW16

As Ned Stark never said, "Winter is coming… so a new watch wouldn't go amiss would it lad?" Well, with autumn well and truly here and the icy months not far away, there's no end of choice filling up the vitrines of Bond Street. For, like the fashion world, watch launches are now decoupling themselves from the industry calendar's trade fixtures at the start of the year, trickle-feeding the newness throughout, with product almost immediately available to buy. True, the big technical innovations are still reserved for the two big trade fairs in January and March, but as you can see here, there's plenty going on, from materials experimentation to fun with coloured dials and some particularly tasty archive revivals.

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Bremont ALT1-C Watch Gallery Limited Edition

The Watch Gallery has proved itself to be a hugely progressive retailer, helping to crystallise the integrity of online luxury sales, as well as champion exciting new brands. Brands such as Bremont in fact, the British watchmaker who found an early adopter in them back in the late Noughties – a long-term relationship celebrated this month with the The Watch Gallery's latest limited edition, rendered beautifully in its house blue.

£4,895

Christopher Ward C8 World Timer

The affordable Mr Ward recently underwent something of a brand overhaul, doing the decent thing and releasing a host of new watches in order to sport the classy new logo. This is our favourite: a multi-time-zoner inspired by the Smiths cockpit clock in the Spitfire, with an added "UTC" or Universal Time Co-Ordinated hand to distinguish between night and day.

£950

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Farer Automatic Beagle

The third British success story of our round-up is Farer. Its contemporary take on the Fifties "explorer" style won hearts instantly, so much so that Farer has already stepped its game up to bona fide, Swiss-made mechanical territory, for less than a grand no less.

£875

Grand Seiko Hi Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition

Seiko's top-notch Grand Seiko imprint is still shamefully under-appreciated. Crafted in the same traditional and exacting manner as Switzerland's finest brands, Japan's finest watches are even made in an atelier that overlook similar scenery to the Jura mountains. It is Mount Iwate, on the northern island, that has inspired the sumptuous dial colour of this fine specimen.

£5,800

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black

The watch that Darth Vader would wear, if his helmet had SCUBA built in. But aside from the sinister black looks, the bigger story here is that it's a 600-metre-water-resistant watch made of ceramic. Diving watches with that sort of depth rating need case sections machined to ultra-microscopic tolerances for a perfectly sealed fit-together and ceramic is notoriously difficult to machine with such precision.

£7,900

Oris Divers Sixty Five Green

Everyone's favourite retro reissue of 2015 has been blessed with a rainbow of new colourways this year. And just when we thought Oris had worn out its Pantone swatch book, out came this verdant beauty in early September. Its deep, glossy dial is the colour of rampant sea kelp, and nicely complements the sepia-tinted lume of the hour markers.

£1,300

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Piaget Polo S

It has Ryan Reynolds as an ambassador, the glitzy launch was in Manhattan, complete with hashtags and Snapchats, and it's a Piaget in steel for under ten grand. The venerable Swiss haute horloger is definitely going after a younger, funkier customer with this breezy slice of sporty chic. And why not? The original Eighties Polo was all about the Riviera jet set, all leopard printed clutching high balls chinking with ice. This is ice cool, too.

£8,650

Swatch Sistem51 Irony

It's 100% Swiss-made, it's an automatic rather than quartz, it's in steel rather than Swatch's usual plastic fantastic… and yet it's just £139.50. How do they do it? Well, the Sistem51 comprises just 51 parts for a start (just like the placky 1983 original) and it's entirely assembled by robots. Collect them all! Because you can actually afford to!

£139.50

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TAG Heuer Calibre 17 "Panda Dial"

While TAG Heuer continues to rediscover its youthful, more "accessible" heyday of the Eighties by signing up the likes of Delevingne and Guetta and rebooting its entry-level Formula 1 range, the sans-"TAG", "Heuer"-badged vintage throwbacks are also reminding us of the brand's importance during the Sixties as a sports chronograph pioneer. The return of the so-called "Panda" dial has been as slow but as warmly welcome as its titular bamboo enthusiast.

£4,100

Breitling Navitimer GMT Aurora Blue

Bremont, Piaget, Swatch and now Breitling: all visions in blue this winter, which hopefully isn't a sign of icy weather to come. The simple fact remains though - it's an extremely flattering colour, no matter what the dial, the wearer, or what else is being worn. It's especially appropriate here, given the Navitimer's near-monopoly of wrists at the controls of sky machines ever since its qualification as official timepiece for professional pilots in the Fifties. No need for that circular slide rule these days, but it does look dashed splendid wouldn't you say? Chocks away!

£6,870