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The 5 hottest luxury watch brands to look out for in 2016

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Jaquet Droz

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Jaquet Droz

Your watch may already be brimming with super accurate chronometers from Omega and classic black tie watches from Rolex but if you really wanted a well-rounded collection you’ll need something new and fresh to put on your wrist. From the specialist sister brands of well known names to the niche labels creating unique timepieces, here are the hottest watch brands to know about for 2016.

Jaquet Droz
The brand: While not exactly new – it’s been creating exceptional timepieces since 1738 – Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz has remained something of a connoisseur’s secret. Until now, that is. After taking the top spot in the Mechanical Exception category at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2015 for its beautiful Charming Bird timepiece, next year will almost certainly see a Jaquet Droz timepiece become a must-have.

What to buy: For technical perfection the Charming Bird can’t be beaten but if you’re after style stick with the avian theme and opt for the stunning Bird Repeater Geneva (pictured)

Website:jaquet-droz.com

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Junghans

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Junghans

The brand: If you’re feeling brave enough to step away from the Swiss watch tradition then Junghans may be the brand to put at the top of your wish list. Despite having 150 years of watchmaking experience under its belt, Junghans remains relatively unknown thanks to a less popular German heritage – its watches are manufactured in Schramberg – and a penchant for looking to America rather than Switzerland for horological innovations. Despite this, Junghans’ designs are sleek and sporty without skipping on technical expertise and at a price point ideal for newcomers to the luxury watch market.

What to buy: The vintage styling of the Meister Telemeter has an unbeatable retro charm

Website:junghans.de

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JeanRichard

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JeanRichard

The brand: An old world name with a modern outlook, the JeanRichard brand was originally founded by legendary watchmaker Daniel Jeanrichard in the 17th century but, after languishing for years, was relaunched in 2012 as the sister brand of Girard-Perregaux. Presenting a more youthful take on the traditional codes of Swiss watchmaking, JeanRichard watches are prized for their modern design, mechanical capabilities and ability to withstand whatever their owner can throw at them.

What to buy: For luxury yacht owners the Aquascope White Dial is the clear winner

Website:jeanrichard.com

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