The Dark Age

As black timepieces increasingly dictate the order of the day, we’re celebrating a return to the Dark Age (minus the disease, general cultural deterioration and wife-snatching barbarians). Gents, get ready to black out this eve with The Watch Gallery.

There’s always been something deeply impactful about an all-black watch; be it the versatility, the style-led approach or the statement design, a murdered out timepiece can be paired with almost every ensemble imaginable. Daily suit and tie flex? Check. Jeans and a tee on a weekend? Check. Every piece of clothing in between? Check check check. For those looking for a more economical investment, an all-black watch makes the most sense in that you’ll get plenty of wear out of it – what’s the point in dropping two grand on something that sees the light of day once a year? The Dark Age is most certainly upon us and we for one couldn’t be more thrilled.


Alpina has found a nice place in the Swiss watch market – not too pricey but still offering the finest in craftsmanship. A relatively classic dial keeps things simple whilst chronograph functions add a sporting touch – a sharp choice for the watch Neophyte.

Key Features:
Swiss made, 44mm diameter, stainless steel design, automatic movement, anti-scratch sapphire crystal glass, 100m water resistance.

Perfect For: Integrating a sports watch into a suit-and-tie formula.

Price: £2,340



The Les Classiques family by Maurice Lacroix lends a sartorial hand to any wrist. Clean, concise and classic (obviously), its an accessible point of luxury at a doable price – win, win, win.

Key Features:
Swiss made, 40mm diameter, stainless steel, quartz movement, sapphire crystal glass, 30m water resistance, date aperture at 8 o’clock.

Perfect For: The gent channelling a D&G ad – black suit, white shirt, black tie.

Price: £955



As an example of brilliantly brash production, the U-Boat Classico is the ultimate wrist trophy thanks to a hefty diameter, iconic branding and a Dark Age dial. Spot on.

Key Features:
Italian manufacture, Swiss automatic movement, sizeable 48mm diameter, ceramic case, scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass, 100m water resistance. 

Perfect For: Those that require a statement within their watch.

Price: £3,450



Combining heritage and modernity is no easy cocktail yet Bell & Ross make it look easy: enter the BR 03-92 Phantom. Perfect for the Tom Clancy reader that never made the cut for MI5, an all-black design only bolsters the covert aesthetic.

Key Features:
Swiss made, automatic movement, 42mm black PVD finished steel case, index and hands covered in a sand-coloured photo-luminescent coating, scratch resistant sapphire glass and 50m water resistance.

Perfect For: Adding a military kick to the wrist.

Price: £2,700



‘If it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ – an age old mantra that 88 Rue du Rhone most certainly live by. The Double Origin maximises upon a simplistic design whilst an all-black approach, stainless steel case and classic strap keep the Double Origin a timeless option.

Key Features:
Swiss made, stainless steel design, date aperture at 3 o’clock, black leather strap, quartz movement, 42mm diameter.

Perfect For: A first Swiss watch.

Price: £315