Watches for men nod to sporty design codes

You’ll see why we’re big on these sporty watches for men

Cartier watch
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Cartier Pasha de Cartier watch in steel with chronograph mechanical movement, £8,350,


The hypnotising circles that make up the Pasha de Cartier collection nod to the distinctive design of the original 1980s pieces, here rethought in stainless steel. Technically accomplished and athletically inclined, the rotating bezel and sprinkling of blue cabochon gemstones recall the traditional aesthetics of a diver’s sporty watch.


Hermès Carré H watch on a natural Barenia calf strap, £5,770,

hermes watch, featured among watches for men round-up

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The Carré H, created by furniture designer Marc Berthier in 2010, brings an architectural sensibility to the traditional curves of a classic watch face. Here, understated sporty touches are glimpsed in both the utilitarian forms of the numerals and in the natural Barenia calf of the refined strap.

Bell & Ross

Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT with integrated steel bracelet, £4,500,

bell and ross watch, one of the latest watches for men

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Bell & Ross has put functionality at the heart of its aviation-inspired watches since the brand’s inception in the early 1990s. This new piece stays faithful to the company’s established design codes – the square case and luminescent details are present and correct – but a stripped-back aesthetic and cool steel hues lend a modern edge of sports luxe.

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer Carrera with steel bracelet, £2,400,

tag watch

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The Carrera has epitomised classic motorsport design since its release half a century ago, and this new addition to the collection builds on this minimalist heritage with its clean dial and gleaming body of polished stainless steel. A streamlined silhouette brings an elegance to a traditionally sporty piece, with pared-back lugs ensuring a fluid loop between the case and strap.


Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope, Co-Axial Master Chronometer, £7,410,

steel watch on a purple background

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Among those looking for new watches for men, athletes or those are partial to a punt at a new personal best will appreciate the technically savvy timings of the new vintage-inspired Omega Speedmaster. The loops and whorls of the dial reveal three different measuring functions, from the tachymetre measuring speed, to the pulsometer recording your pulse, and a telemeter, which lets you know how far away you are from an event.


Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe in titanium, £9,600,

grey blancpain watch

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Blancpain’s diver’s watch collection, the Bathyscaphe, has been rethought in tough titanium, a material the brand originally used in a series of special models produced for the US Navy bomb disposal teams in the 1960s. Here, the satin-finished titanium makes a sleek foil for the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe’s anthracite-coloured dial.


A version of this article appears in the December 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*272), on newsstands and available to subscribers.

Hannah Silver is the Art, Culture, Watches & Jewellery Editor of Wallpaper*. Since joining in 2019, she has overseen offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, and written extensively across the worlds of culture and luxury. She enjoys meeting artists and designers, viewing exhibitions and conducting interviews on her frequent travels. 

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