There was a time when an expensive, elaborate watch was the ultimate statement of achievement and status, but, for many, these are subtler times; topping an outfit with a sparkling metallic number just feels passé.

Several watch brands have picked up on this change in mood, designing high-end utility-focused pieces in understated palettes for a younger, more conscious audience. Re-centring horology often means taking it back to its roots in aviation and diving, with many of the newer styles drawing inspiration from retro expedition kit – beautiful even in its original form, in its simplicity and functionality.

Chunky link straps make way for soft leather; buffed gold steps aside for matte black and midnight blue. These are watches to wear to around the clock, helpfully all available to buy from Goldsmiths.