Watches to wear for black tie events
Winter is when Dubai is at its busiest. Gala dinners, the opera and as many swanky dinners as you can eat, it's the season when your formal wardrobe need to be on point.
With that in ming, if you’re heading to a special event, the perfect watch can make all the difference to your outfit. Having something stylish on your wrist, even a little understated and not too bling, can make more of a personal statement than your shoes or suit, as it tends to be more noticeable.
For most of us time-poor Dubai-dwellers, finding the right watch has just become a lot easier thanks to the opening of the new Rivoli store at Jumeirah’s City Walk. Recognised as one of the region’s largest luxury retailers, Rivoli carries many of the world’s top brands, with its newest location leaning towards men’s watches. That means the latest timepieces from Gucci, Tissot, Longines, Calvin Klein, Omega, Balmain, Certina, Rado, Hamilton and many more, plus pens, leather goods and accessories from Cartier or Montblanc.
For a watch that will make a great talking point, try the new Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon ‘Meteorite’ (below). The latest in the brand’s lunar-inspired series, this model has a dial made from a slice of actual meteorite – specifically, the Gibeon meteorite that was found in Namibia. Due to the manufacturing process, it also makes the pattern of each dial unique.
Or, rather than the depths of space, look back into the far reaches of time instead. Two of Longines’ current models are inspired by its vintage pieces of the past. The Heritage RailRoad (below), for example, echoes the items the brand made for the workers of various rail companies during the 1960s, complete with an inner dial displaying the time from 0 to 23. Then the Heritage 1918 takes its inspiration from almost a century ago, channelling a model with a white-lacquered polished dial, honey-coloured numbers, hands and alligator strap, plus a blued steel case.
Ironically, it would be very easy to lose track of time here, scouring the shelves of the Rivoli store to decide on just one watch.
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