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  • Words by Ms Caragh McKay

What makes a really nice watch? Well, if you ask someone from the valleys of Switzerland, they will tell you that a beautifully made movement is the component that sets your timepiece apart from another's. Pose the same question to a watch connoisseur and he is likely to start whispering about one oddly named defining detail after another. But ask almost anyone else and the response will be that they like their watch because it looks good. The proper answer, of course, is probably something that combines all three elements: expertly made, unique details, good looks.

Then there is the fact that these days, owning one watch is not enough, in the same way that owning just one pair of Gucci loafers won't do. So, our timepieces need to be reconsidered and updated every now and again and swapped around to suit changing looks. Yes, you'll need to invest to get the best but, choose well and your watch becomes a currency in its own right, and trading timepieces up and down is all part of the watch-lover's game. The good news is that there are so many beautifully made, expertly considered and downright handsome pieces to choose from these days that it's hard to know where to start. Here's an edit of some of the best...

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