Right On Time: The Best Watches To Get Dad This Father’s Day

Watch out — Father’s Day is fast approaching and you don’t want to be left empty handed.

By Tanisha Angel 04/08/2023

While it’s difficult to adequately compensate dad for the years of advice (both solicited and unsolicited), banter, sporting commentary, and unconditional love, Father’s Day provides the ideal opportunity to level the playing field. In Australia, Father’s Day falls on the first Sunday of September; with it taking place on the 3rd of September this year.

Men are often deemed difficult to shop for, however it’s hard to go wrong with a thoughtfully chosen timepiece. So, with just under a month until Father’s Day, we’ve put together the best watches for every type of dad. From stainless steel sports watches for zeitgeist-following papas to elevated icons for dressy dads, there’s something for every paternal figure this Father’s Day.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

It’s hard to go wrong with a Moonwatch. The steadfast Speedmaster has become one of the most covetable timepieces of late — while it’s spawned several riffs in the form of precious metals and statement dials, the classic is a classic for a reason. Powered by the in-house calibre 3861, it features a tricompax layout that houses small seconds, 30-minute recorder, and 12-hour recorder subdials. It’s only water resistant to 50 metres — but hey, it can go to the moon!

$11,225; omegawatches.com

Bremont Supernova

Everyone wants a stainless steel sports watch—and Bremont’s entrant is set to be a key player. Marking the British manufacture’s first—and welcome—foray into the stainless steel integrated bracelet game, this offering from Bremont is a masterclass in rugged appeal. The debut sees Bremont’s signature three-piece case construction ergonomically translated into the covetable genus. The black and white dial is complemented by touches of red, while the calibre ENG375 can be viewed through the exhibition caseback.

$12,995; au.bremont.com

Grand Seiko SBGJ271

An ode to the interplay between nature and culture, the dial of the Grand Seiko SBGJ271 is designed to emulate the lacquered floors of a traditional Japanese home reflecting the soft white snow (poetic, we know). Equipped with a GMT function, it’s the ideal play for the contemplative traveller.

$10,600; grandseikoboutique.com.au

Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Black Ceramic

The Royal Oak Offshore celebrates its 30th anniversary this year — mark it with a fresh black ceramic take on the instantly recognisable style. Accented with yellow gold, the 43mm timepiece strikes the right balance between laidback and sophisticated. A twist on an icon.

$89,400; audemarspiguet.com

Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Heure d’Ici & Heure d’Ailleurs Watch

Often dismissed as ‘just’ a jewellery house, Van Cleef & Arpels has long been making some of the most complex creations in the haute horology space. Here, the maison showcases the vision of masculine elegance proposed by Pierre Arpels in 1949. A masterclass in restraint, the atypical dial format sees the time displayed on one side of the dial, with a jumping hours and retrograde minutes function displaying a second time zone.

$44,800; vancleefarpels.com

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Oceana

A continuation of the IWC’s elite Top Gun series (itself an extension of the manufacture’s Pilot’s Watch collection), the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Oceana deviates from the nature-inspired theme posited by the ‘Woodland’ and ‘Lake Tahoe’ iterations before it. Here, the blue overalls worn by pilots serve as inspiration for the monochromatic timepiece, with the 41.9mm ceramic case presented on a colour-matched rubber strap.

$17,300; iwc.com

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

For dads who love adventure and leisure in equal measure. A refined take on the classic dive watch, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback is crafted from rose gold and features a sunburst blue dial. Striking the ideal balance between practicality and elegance, the 43mm timepiece is water resistant to 300 metres, though its rose gold construction means its just as at home under a suit cuff.

$45,900; blancpain.com

Hublot Classic Fusion

The genesis of Hublot as we know it today, the Classic Fusion nods to the 1980s timepiece created by Carlo Crocco—ostensibly inspired by the porthole of a ship, but bearing more than a little resemblance to another timepiece with a screwed-down bezel. Notably, it represented the first time yellow gold was paired (or fused!) with natural rubber. The Hublot Classic Fusion retains the design codes of Crocco’s original, and comes in 42mm, 38mm, and 33mm formats, with the three-hand iteration exuding pared-back style.

$30,900; hublot.com

Chanel J12

Don’t call it a ‘fashion watch’. A timepiece ahead of its time, the Chanel J12 is finally getting the industry respect it deserves. Representing the unity of high fashion and haute horology, the stainless steel and ceramic timepiece reconciles masculine traits with feminine. Opt for the blacked-out version; accented with hints of stainless steel courtesy of the applied Arabic numerals and elegant openworked hands. Its hardwearing ceramic construction means it can take a beating, though its sophisticated aesthetics recommend it to more refined pursuits.

$12,500; chanel.com

Breguet Type XX

The ultimate timepiece for high-flying fathers, the Breguet Type XX is inspired by a 1957 model from the archives and coalesces heritage appeal with contemporary aesthetics. Its legible dial features oversized Arabic numerals with a tricompax layout playing host to a ‘big eye’ subdial. A sand-toned luminescent coating adds a classic touch to the numerals and hands.

$26,200; breguet.com

Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT

A timepiece defined by dualities, the Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT sits at the intersection of sporty and dressy. The Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT Sky Blue sees the optimistic shade feature on a sun-brushed dial, sitting within the angular 41mm satin-brushed ‘round within a square’ steel case. Ideal for the adventurous dads out there, the Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT is equally at home under a dress shirt cuff as it is on the field, however retains a rugged sensibility wherever it goes.

$8200; bellandross.com

Lange & Söhne Odysseus Chronograph

Reconciling the sporty stainless steel aesthetic with A. Lange & Söhne’s elegant signatures, the Odysseus Chronograph represents the German manufacture’s first selfwinding chronograph. Set within a wearable 42.5mm case and water resistant to 125 metres, it features brushed surfaces and chamfered edges, resulting in a timepiece that seamlessly flits from soiree to sporting arena and back again.

$POA; watchswiss.com

Chopard Alpine Eagle 41

A modern rendition of the Chopard St Moritz, designed in 1980 by the manufacture’s current co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the Alpine Eagle represents the unity of past and present. The epitome of sporty chic, its textured dial derives inspiration from the iris of an eagle, while the brushed and polished three-link bracelet and screw-down bezel nod to the original timepiece.

Approx. $21,500; chopard.com

Baume & Mercier Rivera 10715

An underrated timepiece from the angular bezel craze that dominated the 1970s, the Baume & Mercier Rivera debuted in 1973. Representing the ultimate value proposition, the ref. 10715 was introduced this year to mark the piece’s half-century and features slimmed-down proportions. With a five-day power reserve and eight-year warranty, Baume & Mercier continues to punch above its price point.

$5800; baume-et-merciet.com

Patek Philippe ref. 5905/1A-001

Because a Nautilus is too obvious. Complicated yet understated, the Patek Philippe ref. 5905/1A-001 sees the lauded manufacture team a self-winding flyback chronograph and annual calendar with stainless steel for the first time. The sunburst olive dial houses a central subdial at 6 o’clock for the chronograph seconds, which can also be used as a running seconds display thanks to the vertical disk-type clutch. The patented annual calendar function automatically takes account of 30- and 31-day months, requiring a single correction per year, on the 1st of March. Watch it work through the exhibition caseback.

$97,850; jfarrenprice.com.au

Longines Spirit Zulu Time

A downsized version of the family introduced last year, the Longines Spirit Zulu Time pays homage to the manufacture’s history of exploration. Available in three iterations, we’re particularly enchanted with the sandblasted anthracite dial encircled by a chocolate brown ceramic bezel, complemented by lashes of yellow gold. Its 39mm proportions make it suitable for every wrist, while its stainless steel case and bracelet retain the rugged design codes that made Longines’ creations the favoured timepieces of pioneers and explorers the world round.

$6850; longines.com

Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph ‘Glassbox’

Perhaps the most prestigious release by the Swiss manufacture in the past few years, the Glassbox showcases Tag Heuer’s desire to position itself among the major players. Looking to the archives, the Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph ‘Glassbox’ references the reverse-panda dial of the 2447 NS, while the eponymous domed sapphire crystal elegantly encasing the tricompax dial and sloped tachymeter scale recalls models of the 1970s. the in-house Heuer 02 calibre features an oscillation movement that winds in two directions rather than one, visible through the exhibition caseback.

$9350; tagheuer.com


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Timeless Glamour & Music Aboard The Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Lose yourself in a luxury journey, aboard an Art Deco train from Paris

By Belinda Aucott 03/11/2023

Watching the unseen corners of Europe unfold gently outside your train, window can be thirsty work, right? That’s why Belmond Hotels is once again staging a culinary train journey from Paris to Venice, aboard the glittering Art Deco carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express.

To celebrate diversity and inclusion in the LBTQ+ community, another unforgettable train ride is slated for 2 November.

On the journey, ample servings of decadent cuisine will be served and live entertainment will play looooong into the night. Trans-DJ Honey Dijon and Dresden’s Purple Disco Machine are both part of the disco-house line-up.

Passengers are encouraged to dress in black-tie or cocktail attire, before they head to the bar and dining carriages to enjoy their night, where they are promised ‘unapologetic extravagance’,.

Negronis, martinis, spritzes and sours will all be on offer as the sunlight fades.

So-hot-right-now French chef Jean Imbert is also in the kitchen rattling the pans for guests.

Imber puts a garden-green-goodness twist on Gallic traditions. He regularly cooks for the who’s-who. Imbert recently co-created a food concept for Dior in Paris, worked with Pharrell Williams to present a dinner in Miami, and he’s even been invited to Cheval Blanc St-Barth to cater luxe LVMH-owned property.

The young chef is vowing to create no less than ‘culinary perfection’ in motion with his own passion for fresh seasonal produce. There’ll be plenty of Beluga caviar, seared scallops, and lobster vol-au-vents.

“I want to create beautiful moments which complement the train, which is the true star,” says Imbert of his hands-on approach to delectable pastries and twists on elegant Euro classics.

“Its unique legacy is something we take pride in respecting, while evolving a new sense of style and purpose that will captivate a new generation.”

Check the timetable for the itinerary of lush inclusions here.

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First Drive: The Porsche 911 S/T Is a Feral Beast That Handles the Road Like an Olympic Bobsledder

The commemorative model borrows underpinnings from the GT3 RS and includes a 518 hp engine.

By Basem Wasef 23/10/2023

The soul of any sports car comes down to the alchemy of its tuning—how the engine, suspension, and chassis blend into a chorus of sensations. The secret sauce of the new Porsche 911 S/T, developed as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the brand’s flagship model, is more potent than most; in fact, it makes a serious case for being the most driver-focused 911 of all time.

Sharing the S/T designation with the homologation special from the 1960s, the (mostly) innocuously styled commemorative model borrows underpinnings from the more visually extroverted GT3 RS. Yet what the S/T, starting at $290,000, lacks in fender cutouts and massive spoilers it makes up for in directness: a flat-six power plant that revs to 9,000 rpm, a motorsport-derived double-wishbone suspension, and a manual gearbox. It’s a delightfully feral combination.

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Whereas the automatic-transmission GT3 RS is ruthlessly configured for maximum downforce and minimum lap times, the S/T is dialed in for the road—particularly the Southern Italian ones on which we’re testing the car, which happen to be the very same used by product manager Uwe Braun, Andreas Preuninger, head of Porsche’s GT line, and racing legend Walter Röhrl to finalize its calibration. The car reacts to throttle pressure with eerie deftness, spinning its 518 hp engine with thrilling immediacy, thanks to shorter gear ratios.

The steering response is similarly transparent, as direct as an unfiltered Marlboro, and the body follows with the agility of an Olympic bobsledder. Some of that purity of feeling is the result of addition through subtraction: Power-sapping elements including a hydraulic clutch and rear-axle steering were ditched, which also enabled the battery to be downsized for even more weight savings. The final result, with its carbon-fiber body panels, thinner glass, magnesium wheels, and reduced sound deadening, is the lightest 992-series variant on record, with roughly the same mass as the esteemed 911 R from 2016.

Driver engagement is further bolstered by the astounding crispness of the short-throw gearbox. The S/T fits hand in glove with narrow twisties and epic sweepers, or really any stretch that rewards mechanical grip and the ability to juke through hairpin corners. The cabin experience is slightly less raucous than the 911 R, but more raw than the wingless 911 GT3 Touring, with an intrusive clatter at idle due to the single-mass flywheel and featherlight clutch. Porsche cognoscenti will no doubt view the disturbance in the same way that hardcore Ducatisti revere the tambourine-like rattle of a traditional dry clutch: as an analog badge of honor.

The main bragging right, though, may just be owning one. In a nod to the year the 911 debuted, only 1,963 examples of the S/T will be built. Considering the seven-year-old 911 R started life at$295,000 and has since fetched upwards of $790,000, this new lightweight could bring proportionately heavy returns—if you can be pried from behind the wheel long enough to sell it, that is.

Images by Rossen Gargolov

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Gentlemanly Restraint 

Art and science collide in the the newly released BR03A watch collection by Bell & Ross.

By Belinda Aucott 02/11/2023

In keeping with the brand’s design salute to aviation and military equipment, the pared-back face of the Bell & Ross BR03 Automatic takes its cue from the instrumentation in cockpits. It’s unabashedly minimal and confidently masculine style is set to make it a future classic.

Faithful to the codes that underpin the brand’s identity, the new utilitarian offerings sit within a smaller 41-mm case (a slight departure from the original at 42 mm Diver, Chrono or GMT.) and has a reduced lug width and slimmer hands. The changes extend to the watch movement, which has been updated with a BR-CAL.302 calibre. The watch is waterproof to 300 metres and offers a power reserve of 54 hours.

While the new collection offers an elegant sufficiency of colourways, from a stealthy black to more decorative bronze face with a tan strap, each is a faithful rendition of the stylish “rounded square, four-screw” motif that is Bell & Ross’s calling card.



For extra slickness, the all-black Phantom and Nightlum models have a stealthy, secret-agent appeal, offering up a new take on masculine restraint.

Yet even the more decorative styles, like the black face with contrasting army-green band, feel eminently versatile and easy to wear. The 60’s simplicity and legibility of the face is what makes it so distinctive and functional.

For example, the BR 03-92 Nightlum, with its black matte case and dial, and bright green indices and hands, offers a great contrast during the day and emits useful luminosity at night.

A watch that begs to be read, the the BR03-A stands up to scrutiny, and looks just as good next to a crisp, white cuff as it does at the end of a matte, black wetsuit.

That’s a claim not many watch collections can make. 

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From Electric Surfboards to Biodegradable Golf Balls: 8 Eco-Conscious Yacht Toys for Green and Clean Fun

Just add water and forget the eco-guilt.

By Gemma Harris 18/10/2023

Without toys, yachts would be kind of sedentary. There’s nothing wrong with an alfresco meal, sunsets on the flybridge and daily massages. But toys add zest to life on board, while creating a deeper connection with the water. These days, there are a growing number of options for eco-friendly gadgets and equipment that deliver a greener way to play. These eight toys range from do-it-yourself-propulsion (waterborne fitness bikes) to electric foiling boards, from kayaks made of 100 percent recycled plastics to non-toxic, biodegradable golf balls with fish food inside. Your on-water adrenaline rushes don’t always have to be about noise and gas fumes. They can be fun, silent, and eco-conscious.

A game of golf isn’t just for land. Guests can play their best handicap from the deck with Albus Golf’s eco-friendly golf balls. The ecological and biodegradable golf balls are 100 percent safe for marine flora and fauna, and manufactured with non-contaminating materials. The balls will biodegrade within 48 hours after hitting the ocean and release the fish food contained in their core. For a complete golfing experience, add a floating FunAir green. From $3100 (FunAir Yacht Golf) and $315 a box (golf balls). funair.com

Fliteboard Series 2.0

The future of surf is electric, and Fliteboard offers an emissions-free and environmentally friendly electric hydrofoil. Flying over the water has never been as efficient and low impact, using new technologies with less than 750 watts of electric power. This second series boasts various performance factors for all riding styles. It also features an increased trigger range from 20 to 40 degrees for more precision and control. Fliteboard designed this series for every possible foiling ability, from newbies to wave-carvers. From $22,000. fliteboard.com

Manta 5 Hydrofoiler XE-1

Hailing from New Zealand and using America’s Cup technology, Manta 5 offers the first hydrofoil bike. The Hydrofoiler XE-1 replicates the cycling experience on the water. Powered by fitness-level pedaling and assisted by the onboard battery, top speeds can reach up to 19 km per hour. The two hydrofoils are carbon fibre, and the frame is aircraft-grade aluminium. The onboard Garmin computer will relay all the stats. The effortless gliding sensation will accompany you through a workout, exploration or just circling the boat. From $950. manta5.com

Mo-Jet’s Jet Board

Imagine five toys in one: The Mo Jet delivers just that. From jet surfing, bodyboarding, and e-foiling to scooter diving. This versatile, German-built toy is perfect for those who cannot decide. The Mo-jet uses a cool modular system allowing you to switch between activities. Whether you want to stand, be dragged around or dive, you can have it all. It even has a life-saving module and a 2.8m rescue electric surfboard. Made from environmentally friendly and recyclable polyethene, it also ticks the eco-conscious boxes. Complete with an 11kW electric water jet, it charges in 75 mins, offering up to 30 mins of fun. Adrenaline junkies will also not be disappointed, since speed surges from 0 to 27 knots in 3 seconds. From $18,000. mo-jet.com

Silent Yachts Tender ST400

Driven by innovation and solar energy, Silent Yachts recently launched its first electric tender, the ST400. The 13-footer has clean-cut lines and is built with either an electric jet drive or a conventional electric outboard engine. The ST400 reaches speeds above 20 knots. From $110,000. silent-yachts.com

Osiris Outdoor ‘Reprisal’ Kayak

Kayaks are ideal for preserving and protecting nature, but they’re usually manufactured with materials that will last decades longer than we will and therefore not too eco-friendly. Founded by US outdoor enthusiasts, Osiris Outdoor has created a new type of personal boat. “The Reprisal” kayak is manufactured in the US entirely from recycled plastics (around 27 kgs) that are purchased from recycling facilities. The sustainable manufacturing process isn’t its only selling point; the lightweight Reprisals have spacious storage compartments, rod holders and a watertight hatch for gadgets. Complete with a matte-black finish for a stylish look. From $1100. osirisoutdoor.com

The Fanatic Ray Eco SUP Paddleboard

Declared as the most sustainable SUP, the Ray Eco is the brainchild of the Zero Emissions Project and BoardLab, supported by Fanatic. Glass and carbon fibre have been replaced with sustainable Kiri tree wood. And you can forget toxic varnishes and resins; organic linseed oil has been used to seal the board and maintain its durability. This fast, light, and stable board is truly one of a kind, not available off the rack. This craftsman’s love for detail and preservation is another first-class quality of the board. From $10,000 boardlab.de

Northern Light Composite X Clean Sailors EcoOptimist

One of the most popular, single-handed dinghies in sailing’s history, the tiny Optimist has undergone a sustainable revival. Northern Light Composites and not-for-profit Clean Sailors have teamed up to launch the first sustainable and recyclable Optimist. Using natural fibres and eco-sustainable resins, The EcoOptimist supports a new circular economy in yachting. OneSail also produces the sail with a low-carbon-footprint manufacturing process. From $6000. ecooptisailing.com

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The 50 Best Cocktail Bars in the World, According to a New Ranking

The World’s 50 Best organisation gave the Spanish bar Sips top honours during an awards ceremony in Singapore.

By Tori Latham 18/10/2023

If you’re looking for the best bar in the world, you better head to Barcelona.
Sips, from the industry luminaries Simone Caporale and Marc Álvarez, was named the No. 1 bar on the planet in the latest World’s 50 Best Bars ranking. The organisation held its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday in Singapore, the first time it hosted the gathering in Asia. Sips, which only opened two years ago, moved up to the top spot from No. 3 last year.
“Sips was destined for greatness even before it rocketed into the list at No. 37 just a few short months after opening in 2021,” William Drew, the director of content for 50 Best, said in a statement.
“The bar seamlessly translates contemporary innovation and technical precision into a playful cocktail programme, accompanied by the warmest hospitality, making it a worthy winner of The World’s Best Bar 2023 title.”
Coming in second was North America’s best bar: New York City’s Double Chicken Please. The top five was rounded out by Mexico City’s Handshake Speakeasy, Barcelona’s Paradiso (last year’s No. 1), and London’s Connaught Bar. The highest new entry was Seoul’s Zest at No. 18, while the highest climber was Oslo’s Himkok, which moved up to No. 10 from No. 43 last year.
Barcelona may be home to two of the top five bars, but London has cemented its status as the cocktail capital of the world: The English city had five bars make the list, more than any other town represented. Along with Connaught Bar in the top five, Tayēr + Elementary came in at No. 8, and Satan’s Whiskers (No. 28), A Bar With Shapes for a Name (No. 35), and Scarfes Bar (No. 41) all made the grade too.
The United States similarly had a good showing this year. New York City, in particular, is home to a number of the best bars: Overstory (No. 17) and Katana Kitten (No. 27) joined Double Chicken Please on the list.
Elsewhere, Miami’s Café La Trova hit No. 24 and New Orleans’s Jewel of the South snuck in at No. 49, bringing the Big Easy back to the ranking for the first time since 2014.
To celebrate their accomplishments, all of this year’s winners deserve a drink—made by somebody else at least just this once.
Check out the full list of the 50 best bars in the world below.
1. Sips, Barcelona
2. Double Chicken Please, New York
3. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
4. Paradiso, Barcelona
5. Connaught Bar, London
6. Little Red Door, Paris
7. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
8. Tayēr + Elementary, London
9. Alquímico, Cartagena
10. Himkok, Oslo
11. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires
12. Line, Athens
13. BKK Social Club, Bangkok
14. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
15. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
16. Salmon Guru, Madrid
17. Overstory, New York
18. Zest, Seoul
19. Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar, Bangkok
20. Coa, Hong Kong
21. Drink Kong, Rome
22. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
23. Caretaker’s Cottage, Melbourne
24. Café La Trova, Miami
25. Baba au Rum, Athens
26. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires
27. Katana Kitten, New York
28. Satan’s Whiskers, London
29. Wax On, Berlin
30. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
31. Röda Huset, Stockholm
32. Sago House, Singapore
33. Freni e Frizioni, Rome
34. Argo, Hong Kong
35. A Bar With Shapes for a Name, London
36. The SG Club, Tokyo
37. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
38. The Cambridge Public House, Paris
39. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
40. Mimi Kakushi, Dubai
41. Scarfes Bar, London
42. 1930, Milan
43. Carnaval, Lima
44. L’Antiquario, Naples
45. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
46. Locale Firenze, Florence
47. The Clumsies, Athens
48. Atlas, Singapore
49. Jewel of the South, New Orleans
50. Galaxy Bar, Dubai

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