In the the era of smartphones, you could reasonably argue that watches are a relic of the past. Why worry about anything more when you can check the clock in twenty different time zones, set an alarm, and time yourself to do mundane activities in one place?
A counter argument, though – wouldn’t it be nice to know how long you have to get to work without having to take your phone out of your pocket or fish it out of the bottom of your oversized tote bag? And isn’t a watch a wonderful accessory, purely based on aesthetics?
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Watches were once a miracle of human know-how, and the care and skill it takes to make them is truly a marvel. There’s a reason they’re often passed down from generation to generation, tinged with sentimentality and history.
While all the internals of watches often come from the smart folks at Swiss or Japan, there are also talented watchmakers in Australia and New Zealand creating ticking works of art. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites below.
5e Watches are meant to fit seamlessly into contemporary wardrobes, offering clean, modern designs with plenty of variety. True to its name, the brand offers new limited edition models in small series on the 5th of each month. Each of these models is only available for five days, which makes the perfect find even more special.
Operating in Brisbane for over 50 years, Adina began as the dream of a single watchmaker and businessman. Today, the brand prides itself on being particularly popular in regional Australia, due to the ability of its watches to withstand harsh conditions. However, they are just as suitable for everyday city life, with a huge range of designs on offer.
Sydney-based brand The Horse may have started out making shoes, but their expansion into timing has really caught the internet’s attention. Prioritizing a clean, minimal aesthetic for those looking for an everyday watch that’s both versatile and modern, the brand works with everything from rich, classic leather to sorbet-colored resin. Keep an eye out for limited-edition releases too, playing around with styling details like tortoiseshell cases or color-blocked straps to really keep things interesting.
Status Anxiety is a bit of an icon in the league of homegrown accessory brands, known for their expert leatherwork and minimalist designs. The brand’s watches contribute to this heritage, offering oversized faces with clean details and interchangeable leather straps. Swiss movement and Italian leather meet a uniquely fuss-free Australian aesthetic.