Trend for functionality emerging for watches

First published: 03-05-2012

The latest watches to emerge on to the market this year are seeing a shift towards devices that have complex designs as well as attractive looks.

Assessing the watches that had been put on display for the Baselworld event earlier this year, the National stated there had been a definite shift in the styles and designs being created.

It noted that while 2009 and 2010 had been about watches with simple and pared-down designs, this year saw a shift towards timepiece that had interesting functions.

This shift toward functionality is seeing devices like world timers and hi-tech material casings become more popular for some of the biggest watch companies. 

In addition, watches that have designs with a vintage or retro look to them are now becoming increasingly popular.

Choosing a watch with a classic design could prove to be a good investment for many, as Julien Seux, executive editor of PresentWatch.com, suggested pieces that transcend current trends can retain their value well. 

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