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Watches for Winter - Our Top Picks

If you’re looking to refresh your look this winter, but aren’t sure yet what to go for, we’ve put together this list of our recommendations to help you make the right choice.

Spanning some of the World’s most prestigious brands - and all available from Global Watch Shop - we hope the timepieces here offer up some inspiration for your next watch choice. Whether it’s a classic Rolex, an ever-popular Cartier, or something new to see in the season, we’re sure you’ll find something perfect in this list.

Rolex Explorer II White Dial

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Built for adventurers and perfectly suited to tough winter conditions, this Rolex Explorer II, featuring a white dial is a rugged and classically-styled watch. Whether you’re skiing, caving, diving or otherwise, the Explorer II offers amazing visibility in low light conditions and features a luminous dial that can glow for up to 8 hrs. A 42mm case gives this piece a strong presence on the wrist, whilst the combination of a white dial and stainless steel case and bracelet works properly.

View the Rolex Explorer II here.

Rolex Explorer Baselworld 2016 edition

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Another watch from the Rolex Explorer range – developed from the Oyster Perpetual that Sir Edmund Hillary wore up Mount Everest – this men’s model features a sleek, stylish black dial, along with a 39mm stainless steel case and bracelet. Visibility in tough conditions is once again a priority with this modest looking Rolex. The timepiece boasts a luminescent display for enhanced legibility, as well as large 3, 6 and 9 o’clock numerals, filled with a blue-glowing luminescent material. The hour markers and hands are also filled with this material, whilst the hands are longer than on other models, again for improved visibility.

View the Rolex Explorer Baselworld 2016 edition here.

Panerai PAM619

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This fantastic men’s Panerai Radiomir 1940 is characterised by an uncluttered and stylish look, perfectly suited to an afternoon on the slopes. The model features a brushed titanium case, along with the signature Panerai lume for increased visibility. The automatic movements comes housed in a 45mm case - offering fantastic legibility - whilst its slim profile means it can comfortably be worn under winter cuffs. The bezel is made of a thin titanium and a brown leather strap completes the classic charm of this Panerai timepiece perfectly.

View the mens Panerai PAM619 here.

Rolex Datejust II Dark Rhodium Diamond Dial

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If you’re looking to mark this winter with a touch of class, the Rolex Datejust II Rhodium Diamond Dial could be the one for you. A stylish dark rhodium dial means the piece instantly stands out, whilst the sparkle of diamonds is perfectly suited to winter wear. When creating this luxurious model, Rolex spared no expense in the pursuit of style. An 18 carat white fluted bezel showcases the rhodium dial perfectly, with set stones in each hour position – with the exception of the 3 o’clock and 12 o’clock markers – giving an unmistakable sense of prestige.

View the Rolex Datejust II Dark Rhodium Diamond Dial here.

Rolex Daytona 50th Anniversary Platinum

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Arguably the most famous model produced, from arguably the most famous manufacturer of all time, the Rolex Daytona is a legend of luxury watchmaking. This model is a true heavyweight in platinum, with an ice blue dial and chestnut brown ceramic bezel. With its unique dial, a cool platinum bracelet and three subdials offering exceptional functionality – this is the epitome of a stylish watch for winter and beyond.

View our Rolex Daytona 50th Anniversary here.

IWC Portugieser

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When it comes to watches for casual winter evening wear, this timeless IWC Portugieser is a top pick. It’s stylish in leather, perfect for smart evening wear and ideal paired with a heavy winter jacket. With a purist dial, eye-catching 41mm case and fascinating history, the Portugieser is an icon in IWC’s range. With a crisp, precise feel and a striking white dial, the Portugieser Chrono is water resistant to 30 metres. A classic black leather strap finishes the look perfectly.

View the IWC Portugieser here.

IWC Aquatimer

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Famed for its uncluttered appearance, array of useful functions and hard-wearing build, this IWC Aquatimer is the perfect companion for a range of winter pursuits. Amongst the world’s most high-functionality diving watches, the Aquatimer is water resistant to an unbelievable 2000 metres and features baton hour markers for easy reading in low-visibility. Through the years, the Aquatimer has become popular way beyond diving circles, due to its distinctive style and build. A 46mm case means it’s a presence on the wrist, whilst a rubber bracelet ensures that it’s a wholly comfortable timepiece too.

View the IWC Aquatimer here.

Audemars Piguet Ladies Royal Oak Diamond Bezel

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If you’re looking for a classic ladies watch, this Audemars Piguet Ladies Royal Oak is a fantastic choice. With an icy diamond bezel in Audemars Piquet’s classic octagonal form – with 8 exposed screws - and the tapisserie dial eponymous with the Royal Oak, this timepiece perfectly fuses luxury and heritage. The case is a modest 37mm, whilst a reliable automatic movement and 50 meter water-resistance means it won’t let you down, whatever the weather throws your way.

View the Audemars Piguet Ladies Royal Oak here.

Cartier Ballon Bleu W6920071

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If you are looking to see in the winter with a little classic style, this Ballon Bleu model is perfect. Cartier are very much a ladies favourite in terms of luxury watchmaking, and this Ballon Bleu presents itself as a reinvented classic from the French jeweller. The watch is often described by Cartier as having a “floating” quality, like that of a balloon, with its small composition, thin bracelet and elegant lines. Roman numerals give this model an infinitely stylish aesthetic, whilst the inward-curving dial at the crown instantly distinguishes it as a pioneer.

View the Cartier Ballon Bleu here.

Rolex Lady Datejust Steel & Gold Champagne Diamond Dial

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Finally, this is a classic winter watch choice for those on the lookout for the very best in terms of style and functionality alike. A champagne coloured dial makes this piece instantly recognisable, whilst the pristine diamonds set at hour marks give a sense of cool winter luxury to this distinctive timepiece. Steel and Yellow Gold intertwine perfectly in the case and bracelet, whilst a yellow gold fluted bezel gives an extra mark of elegance. A fine choice for both work and eveningwear alike.

View the Rolex Lady Datejust Steel & Gold Champagne Diamond Dial here.

 

Whether its top functionality, timeless class or a luxurious twist that will set your winter watch choice apart this season, we hope that this post has offered up a few useful suggestions. You’ll find each watch featured above at a great price from the Global Watch Shop range, as well as a range of variations to each of these models available too. Why not continue your search by browsing our men’s or women’s ranges now?