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The one travel accessory you’re probably overlooking is, perhaps, one of the most important: a watch roll. After investing in a timepiece, the best thing you can do for it is to protect it from harmful external factors, like dust and hard surfaces, that quickly depreciate a watch’s value. Traveling is especially risky territory. Promising complete protection for your timepieces, watch rolls are available in a range of capacities and surprisingly, don’t have to be a big investment.
Most watch rolls, like those from Bennett Winch and Wolf, come in hard, leather cases that can be used at home or while traveling. Some of these cases are even impervious to water. Others, however, are more geared toward travel (see: Lorenzi Milano and Hodinkee). They’re typically made from supple leather or suede, making them more compact and accommodating to space restrictions in luggage. And while cases typically support three to four watches at a time, there are options with removable partitions (from brands like Rapport and Swiss Kubik) that can be repurposed for other trinkets such as cufflinks or jewelry. Even more, there are rolls that incorporate technological elements. North Carolina-based Orbita, for example, has created a roll that doubles as a watch winder. It not only protects the timepiece, but maintains its lifespan by sustaining the lubrication of the watch’s caliber.
Read on to decide for yourself which watch roll is best for you.
Bennett Winch’s hexagonal design is a refreshing interpretation of a watch roll. It’s also been engineered with a molded Kevlar lining, beneath Tuscan leather, for discrete water protection.
To buy: $770; bennettwinch.com
With Wolf’s Navigator roll, you can really show your patriotism. Aside from the United Kingdom, the roll is also available in Swiss, American, Canadian, Australian, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and Spanish flags.
To buy: $199; wolf1834.com
The Mara roll from Smythson, made from embossed crocodile print calf leather, makes for a minimal and chic travel accessory.
To buy: $515; smythson.com
This three-watch case from Louis Vuitton is available four of the brand’s signature materials: Monogram Eclipse (shown), Monogram Canvas, Damier Graphite Canvas, and Taiga Leather.
To buy: $875; louisvuitton.com
The Voyager by Orbita is a watch winder and roll in one, making it the perfect travel companion.
To buy: $395; orbita.com
Handmade from blue leather, Rapport’s watch roll is crafted for two watches, with a removable compartment for cufflinks, another watch, or other accessories.
To buy: $338; rapportlondon.com
A more artisanal option, this supple leather wrap by Lorenzi Milano was made in an Italian workshop, along with the rest of the brand’s products. It can hold two watches at a time.
To buy: $305; mrporter.com
Known for their watch winders, Swiss Kubik has created this recycled polymer Travelbox to protect your watch while traveling, and wind it once you’re on the ground.
To buy: $1,090; swisskubikus.com
Hodinkee’s camo roll is a great casual option for up to four watches—plus, it’s made here in the USA.
To buy: $160; hodinkee.com