The “breakaway” concept behind the Christian Paul fashion watch brand that Timothy Caruana founded in Australia two years ago has a dual meaning: “The watch breaks apart”—into a case, strap, and buckle that customers can choose separately—“and it’s about breaking away from the norm,” Caruana explains. “What looks like 30 watches can make 500.” The collection, which debuted to the American market at JCK Las Vegas in June, is designed to answer customers’ increasing calls for personalization. Add in Christian Paul’s cool, minimalist aesthetic, and the quartz timepieces—which range in retail price from $139 to $195—are guaranteed to be millennial magnets.
(From top) Raw Collection watch in 43 mm silver-tone case with white enamel dial and detachable leather band, $139, Luxe Collection watch in 35 mm rose gold–tone case and dial with Austrian crystal indexes, shown with detachable leather band, $179; Christian Paul; 718-784-0700; christianpaul.com
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What do you get when you combine Italian design with Swiss watchmaking? If your first thought was something expensive, think again. The Quantum “mechani-quartz” chronograph from DeNovo, a new watch brand designed in Pesaro, Italy, by the artist and goldsmith Giacomo Soriani, is a serious contender in the affordable luxury segment. “Our main challenge was to keep the target price without any compromise in quality or the look and feel of the final product,” says Yanir Gvirtzman, DeNovo’s U.S. distributor. “It took three years to find the right materials, the right suppliers, and the right combination to reach our goal.” Cha-ching!
Quantum mechani-quartz chronograph in 46 mm gunmetal PVD case on engraved rubber strap; $1,275; denovoswiss.com