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Fashion Journal

In a world ruled by digital technology, we’re all for preserving a little bit of the old world. At least, that is, when it comes to our wrists.

We’ve pulled together the best of the best when it comes to watch makers. 

The Horse

Everything about The Horse is clean and contemporary. These timepieces keep things simple, magnifying the essential elements to form the perfect watch for daily wear. If you’re looking for something classic, The Horse’s dark leather straps and gold faces make for a traditional winter combination. For those who opt for more neutral accessories, the label’s range of dusty pink and pale peach straps team nicely with rose gold detailing. Or you could just lay them across your succulents at home. It’s all good. 


Junior Watches 

Ask Junior Watches to describe their product and they’ll come back with three words: Damn Good Watches. It’s not hard to see why. Aside from nailing the balance between traditional and contemporary elements, Junior Watches also know it should be quality over quantity. Accordingly, each style is limited in run, with watches individually numbered on the back of the face.Which is big,by the way.Faces span a diameter of 48mm,far bigger than the standard 40mm. And if you’re not totally happy with your purchase (why?) Junior Watches will also offer a full refund. Not that you’ll need it.


Fossil Watches

Fossil has just released its latest range of watches, meaning it really is time to get a watch. Stainless steel and high quality leathers are used, with colours contrasting in all the right places. Rose gold frames are paired with slate grey bands, while matte white dials and hints of red inform traditional American designs. If customising is your thing, visit Fossil’s in-store watch bar or click through the online shop to make something that’s allllll you. There’s thick, thin, vintage and boyfriend (yep, we’re still talking about watches).



WeWood makes watches that are as natural and kind as the wrist that wears them. The brand uses state-of-the-art technology to create wooden timepieces that are handsome, earth-friendly and splash-proof. They also leave a positive environmental footprint. For each watch purchased, a tree is planted, and all styles are free from any artificial or toxic materials. Instead, they’re crafted from recycled and reclaimed timber sourced from offcuts from furniture factories. Now experimenting with new styles and materials, WeWood has just released a brand new collection. Sign up to their mailing list, to score VIP access to limited releases.


Simple Watch Co.

Simple Watch Co. understands the role of a watch is not only to be functional, but also to be an expression of your unique style. Like a timeless jacket or iconic pair of jeans, your watch is a subtle gesture that says a lot about you. Simple Watch Co. takes these philosophies and turns them into beautiful design, premium materials and precise workmanship. Once these elements are integrated, a practical and unique timepiece is born. Each watch is unisex, and there’s a new collection out September 16. It’s the perfect time to grab one. Pun intended.


Melbourne Watch Company

Melbourne Watch Company has one goal: to create premium-quality timepieces for all. Drawing influences from our home city, it takes a modern approach to classic styles. With names like Hawthorn, Parkville and Flinders, these watches reflect all aspects of Melbourne culture, from the busy billing district to the vibrant laneways. Each piece is handcrafted with quality materials like surgical-grade stainless steel, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, ceramic dials, high grade leather and precision Japanese movements. Melbourne Watch Company considers its timepieces ‘attainable luxury,’meaning you won’t need to stretch the budget to get one.


Marc Bale

A watch is an investment piece, so when you buy one for yourself, you want it to pair with current trends, yet still be timeless. Marc Bale is all about creating quality modern, stylish and versatile timepieces that will add that extra layer of sophistication to your outfit. Sister brand of Melbourne based retailer, ThePeachBox, Marc Bale’s watches come in both classic and contemporary styles. Highlights of the offering include the modern crystal mesh watch, which is available in rose gold and the new addition of silver. For those looking for something a little more traditional, the black and gold face with a black leather band will definitely take your fancy.



The story of JDRT begins with two mates from Sydney. Joel Davis and Rhys Thomas decided to embark on a watch-making journey after leaving unfulfilling corporate careers. Taking inspiration from their hometown’s environment, the boys formed JDRT. These watches feature sapphire crystal, scratch-resistant faces, high-grade stainless steel, Japanese movements and are 100m water resistant. You’ll also get two bands with every watch because, you know, fashion. Aside from aesthetics, these boys know what’s important, so every material used in product or packaging is 100 per cent recycled, recyclable or biodegradable.


This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 159. You can read it here.

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