5 Brands That Tell A StoryPosted: Wed 22nd February 2017 05:53 PM
If you're looking for a timepiece with a little history behind it, choose a watch from one of these brands - all of which are old hands at watchmaking with a few good stories behind them.
Casio: Japanese precision and innovation
Casio wasn't always in the watch business, in fact, the Japanese company was building electronics before designing timepieces.
Back in the '40s and '50s, Casio was known best for creating calculators - it even designed the classic button layout we still use today. It was only in the 1970s when it decided to branch into wristwatches.
- Sporty and vintage
With a gold-plated face set against a black strap, a true-to-heritage Casio watch wouldn't be complete without its signature digital time display, which has changed little in over three decades.
As it's light, has an easy-to-read display, and doesn't cost the earth, it's a good option to wear for sport, while its range of sharp colour schemes ensures it looks on-point when worn for a night out.
Emporio Armani and Armani Exchange: Swathes of Italian style
With Armani being one of the key names in Italian fashion culture, Emporio Armani watches are as much of a fashion statement as they are useful.
As a company, creating industry-leading designs in jewellery, clothes, shoes, and more, Giorgio Armani has existed since the mid-1970s, hailing from the fashion capital of the world - Milan.
The Armani Exchange sub-brand launched in 1991 with the aim of producing street styles for those who love cutting-edge design.
- Simple but sparkly
This ladies' gold bracelet watch is beautiful, fresh, and modern. With its symmetrical, bold look striking a pose on your wrist, its sheer class allows it to stand out.
Its maker, Armani Exchange, is obvious, thanks to the 'AX' logo featuring prominently at the 12 marker, as well as the name being subtly patterned behind the hands. There's no mistaking this classy piece when it's on your wrist.
Cluse: Think watches; think France?
France is fast becoming recognised for its horological history thanks, in part, to the brand Cluse.
The Alpine commune of Cluses, in south-eastern France, had a clockmaking boom hundreds of years ago that ultimately made it famous for all things watch. Although not originating in the town, this is where Cluse takes its name.
Cluse watches are elegant, minimal and sophisticated, with all these traits being underpinned by quality materials.
- Bold and black
Staying true to Cluse's commitment to using quality materials, the La Boheme has an ion-plated steel casing and fastens with a sturdy leather strap.
DKNY: With love from New York
After establishing her now-famous fashion house back in 1985, Donna Karan launched the DKNY brand just four years later. Taking a small step away from the high-priced smart fashion lines, Karan's daughter inspired her to create more affordable items, which were no less stylish than her original brand.
Watch designs within the DKNY brand are varied, so it's almost a certainty you'll uncover a piece that matches your personal style.
- A jewellery and watch crossover
With a simple watch face that doesn't distract from the intricate strap, the Chambers watch is simple and minimalist in colour, but its classy effect stems from its modern and forward-thinking design.
Italian heritage: Diesel
Founded all the way back in the 1970s, Diesel was the brainchild of Renzo Rosso - a one-time textile hopeful who originally stitched and sold jeans to his friends for a small profit.
With stores dotted all over the globe, Diesel watches are a key piece of the brand, best known and loved for its bulky, oversized designs which challenge the norms of contemporary watch style.
- That Diesel glow
With a stainless steel bracelet and a handy water resistency of 100 metres, the Mega Chief is as tough as it looks, and thanks to its size, will certainly make an impact in any situation.
Behind every watch face lies a story, and behind every brand is a humble beginning waiting to be unearthed. These are our five top picks if you're looking for a timepiece with a real slice of history about it; go forth and feel the years of design inspiration right on your wrist from now on.
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