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WOTY2013: Karl Lagerfeld Karl Zip


Earlier this year WatchPro unveiled its Watches of the Year 2013, made up of 10 winning timepieces and 90 highly commended watches that we felt boasted commercial appeal, innovation and had wowed consumers and retailers alike over the past 12 months.

The winner of the WatchPro Fashion Watch of the Year 2013 was the Karl Lagerfeld Karl Zip.

The moment the Fossil Group teamed up with iconic fashion designer and Chanel artistic director Karl Lagerfeld to launch a range of watches, they had this fashion watch category in the bag.


Pretty much every fashion trend on the market has, in one way or another, been influenced by the German fashion designer and his first foray into watch design is already turning heads.

Each of the initial seven models in the launch collection is a captivating fashion fix in its own right but the hero piece is undoubtedly the Karl Zip. This is the watch that the designer himself has claimed as his favourite, embodying his signature “unexpected function”.

This half bracelet, half watch’s style is edgy, making it the obvious choice for fashion-forward wearers. The unisex watch is made of three leather straps held together by working zips alongside a pallet of nine studs, with the central stud swapped out for a small watch face. The zip element allows the wearer to determine the thickness of the watch strap by unzipping some of the leather straps.

Not only is it a fashion statement of a watch but the fact the wearer can personalise the style in which it is worn has already made the Karl Zip a fashion-pack favourite.


To read a digital version of the WatchPro Watches of the Year 2013 edition click here.

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