Best Watch Boxes and Cases: Who Makes Them and Which One is Right for Your Collection?
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Best Watch Boxes and Cases: Who Makes Them and Which One is Right for Your Collection?

The BEST Watch Tools & Accessories Every Watch Collector NEEDS To Own In 2022

Once you start building a watch collection, you're eventually going to want something to safely and securely store your timepieces and maybe even to show them off at the same time. Watch boxes, cases, and rolls enable you to access all or part of your collection without the need for frequent opening and closing of the watches' individual packaging, and they can provide a more compact method of transporting multiple watches while you travel. Who makes the best watch boxes on the market today? Here we spotlight 10 notable brands, as chosen by our team and our loyal followers on Instagram, and showcase a favorite item from each, with an emphasis on including options for various budgets and collections of any size. Most all of the makers listed here offer many other similar products in additions to the model featured, and all are worth exploring.

Wolf British Racing 10-Piece Watch Box 

Wolf Racing Green watch box

Founded in 1834 by German silversmith Philip Wolf, Los Angeles-based Wolf is now in its fifth generation of family ownership and continues the mission of its founder, who set out to make “fine quality cases” to protect precious possessions such as jewellery and timepieces. Perhaps at least as well known these days as one of the leading purveyors of high-tech watch winders, Wolf still produces an array of luxurious boxes and cases, holding as few as five watches and as many as 15, including this 10-piece British Racing cabinet with a quad-angled, paneled lid, gold hardware, suspended watch cushions, a smartwatch USB port, and a vegan leather exterior. 

Kross Studio Star Wars Watch Roll Collectors’ Set ($1,750)

Star Wars x Kross Studio Collectors Set

Swiss design firm Kross Studio, launched in 2020 by former Hublot product development head and Romain Jerome CEO Marco Tedeschi and his team, works with established purveyors of pop culture, such as Disney-owned DC Comics and Lucasfilm, to produce co-branded luxury items aimed at discerning collectors. Sci-fi fans will appreciate this colorful series of individual leather watch rolls paying homage to famous characters from the Star Wars franchise: Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, Yoda, Darth Vader, the Mandalorian, and an Imperial Storm Trooper. Each one comes in vegetal tanned leather with a soft polyester microfiber fabric interior. (https://kross-studio.ch/en)

Rapport Heritage Five-Watch Box ($725)

Rapport of London watch box 

Another multigenerational family firm, Rapport of London began In 1898 when 20-year-old Maurice A. Rapport built his first timepiece, establishing the company as a world-renowned leader in clockmaking. Today, four generations later, its accumulated knowledge and expertise in the fields of cabinetmaking, horology, and electrical engineering continues to produce quality watch winders as well as collector boxes and carrying cases for watches and jewelry. The Heritage model comes with a lustrous Burr Walnut or Macassar veneer finish, achieved with five layers of lacquer. The box closes with a gold-plated lock and key and features a sumptuous suede inner lining with adjustable cushions to fit any size of watch. (https://www.rapportlondon.com/)

Molequin Ultra-Slim 6 Hunter Green (GBP350.00)

Molequin Ultra Slim case 

Molequin, which was founded in 2016, is the passion project of “watch guy” Michael Luther and “leather guy” Sidney Grzclaczk, and is primarily known (and highly regarded) for its leather watch straps, all of which use skins sourced from French farms that adhere to sustainable methods and practices. Referring to itself as a “French-Belgian Affair” (the products are made at an atelier in France; the company is based in Brussels), Molequin applies the same environmental standards to its watch carrying cases like the one here, with a Hunter Green calfskin exterior, with tone-on-tone stitching, and an interior in Pecan Alcantara, a more durable alternative to suede. The six 12mm-deep recesses inside will fit watches up to 46mm in diameter, which are held by snap closures. (https://www.molequin.com/)

Shinola Watch Collector’s Box ($295)

Shinola Watch Collectors' Box

With a mission to revive manufacturing in the city of Detroit, Shinola hit the American watch scene in 2011 and quickly established itself as a major player in its price category. The company, launched by Fossil Watch co-founder Tom Kartsotis, quickly branched out into other items as well with an emphasis on “American Made” nostalgia appeal — bicycles, leather goods, eyewear, jewelry, wall and desk clocks, and knives, to name just a few. As one would expect, Shinola also makes handsome carrying and storage cases for its timepieces, including this Watch Collector’s Box, made of oak with a monogrammable leather insert and featuring four separated leather cushions that are ideal for just about any sized watches. (https://www.shinola.com/)

To The Hour Peli Watch Case Vault (GBP289.99)

To The Hour Vault case

If you’re looking for rugged robustness over luxurious presentation in your watch storage, consider one of the options from To The Hour, which sources its cases from Peli, a world-renowned producer of ultra-resilient carrying cases made from Copolymer Polypropylene with an open cell core and solid wall construction. Peli cases are waterproof, dustproof, crushproof, and virtually indestructible, utilizing elements like an O-ring seal to protect precious cargo from the elements, double-step latches that allow firm shutting as well as easy opening, and an automatic pressure release valve to keep the air inside the case flowing normally in the event of a change in external pressure, such as when you’re bringing your watches on a flight. The smallest model, the Enigma, holds a single watch, while the largest, the Vault, can accommodate up to 21. (https://tothehour.com/)

Holme & Hadfield The Watch Deck ($94.95)

Holme & Hadfield Watch Deck

U.K.-based Holme & Hadfield is relatively new to the scene, founded in 2018 by two school chums who apparently decided to quit their jobs and start a business “after one too many beers on a beach in Brazil.” The company’s signature Watch Deck is a stylish option for those who like to store their timepieces and show them off at the same time. Combining the features of a traditional watch organizer with those of a valet tray, its four round wooden posts hold your watches under a clear acrylic lid; with an added drawer below for other accessories, the entire ensemble makes for an attractive presentation as the centerpiece of any table or shelf top. (https://www.holmeandhadfield.com/)

Tawbury Bayswater 12 Slot Watch Box with Drawer ($189)

An Australian-based brand with strong British roots, Tawbury’s founder hails from a working-class coal mining town in the U.K. and credits his journeys to London as a young man with inspiring the designs and names of the company’s high-end watch storage units. The Bayswater, named for one of London’s most cosmopolitan areas, holds 12 watches in its soft velvet-lined interior and displays them under a clear glass window top. The box has a premium vegan leather-treated exterior with chrome-finished hardware and includes a lower drawer with dividers to hold additional accessories. (https://tawbury.com/)

Bosphorus Leather Galata Montana 01 Watch Roll ($389)

Bosphorus Leather Galata Watch Roll 

Before starting Bosphorus Leather, Adem Arslan worked with both his father and uncle at a leather shoe making factory in Istanbul. Since 2012, Arslan has been the head craftsman and team leader at Bosphorus, personally selecting all the high-quality leathers, dyes, and other materials for a selection of handmade products ranging from shoes to wallets to briefcases to watch rolls. The Galata Montana roll can accommodate up to four watches in its velvety suede interior with its snap-secured, easy-to-separate cushions. The exterior is Natural leather, with silvered brass snaps for opening and closing, and each roll can be individually customized with the owner's initials. (https://www.bosphorusleather.com/)

Innocente Watch Box 10 “Best of Both Worlds” ($670)

Innocente Watch Box

David Innocente and his wife Tania Ingerson established Innocente in Adelaide, South Australia, in 2006. The company’s handmade watch and jewelry boxes combine powder-coated sheet metal with rare timbers such as Huon Pine, English Elm, American Black Walnut, Californian Redwood, White Ash, Mahogany and Black Heart Sassafras. The interiors are velour and the hinges are chrome-plated brass. Each box — including the “Best of Both Worlds” edition showcased here, which combines California redwood with hand-rolled sheet metal and holds 10 watches — is individually numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. (https://www.innocente.com.au/)

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You seem to have overlooked Rothwell, which offers the best value in watch boxes and travel cases out of San Francisco:
https://www.rothwellsf.com/

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