Glowing symbolism | With 157 ultra-thin and ultra-light elements, resembling three titanium bridges weighing not more than 0.2g, and a few components measuring not more than the thickness of a human hair, the Piaget Altiplano Flying Tourbillon Infinite Blue is a feat of engineering earlier than we even get to the case. Right here 276 diamonds (3.41 carats) define the bezel and the infinity/figure-eight symbols on the blue sunburst dial. $263,000.
Dive date | No, you may’t dive within the model’s famed Reverso, however Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Polaris Mariner Date is simply the factor, boasting ISO 6425 specs, an elevated depth score – from 200 to 300 metres, together with stylistic touches resembling a glossy built-in bracelet and see-through caseback. Inside is a self-winding motion however – better of all – it’s that luscious gradient blue dial that beckons. $17,400.
It’s goodbye rat | Vacheron Constantin farewells the 12 months of the rat and welcomes the ox with this limited-edition Métiers d’Artwork Chinese language Zodiac timepiece for 2021. A foliage motif primarily based on traditional Chinese language iconography is etched immediately onto the platinum dial which is given layers of grand feu enamel and topped with a platinum ox. A “hands-free” time show powered by a bespoke motion reveals the hours, minutes, day and date in 4 separate apertures, giving the ox loads of room to indicate who’s boss. $214,000.
Iconic makeover | IWC has lengthy been recognized for its bold-face pilot’s watches – first launched in 1940 – however it’s the Portugieser that appeared the 12 months earlier than with its (then) big measurement (43mm) and pocket watch motion that’s equally iconic. How one can clean up such a long-established favorite? By continuously upgrading the internals and, this 12 months, including the choice of dials in wealthy colors together with burgundy for the 41mm steel-cased chronograph proven right here. $11,500.
Ardour play | Nicely favored within the collector neighborhood, H. Moser & Cie manages to place a refreshingly modern face on conventional watchmaking abilities. The 42.8mm steel-cased Pioneer Centre Seconds Swiss Mad Pink is, properly, a living proof. Declaring that “crimson is synonymous with life, energy and keenness, a logo of pleasure and success” they’ve lavished it on the dial and saved every little thing else to a minimal. A properly adorned in-house motion with three days’ reserve might be admired by means of the sapphire crystal caseback. $22,800.
Color code | Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59, a polarising launch in 2019, is maturing into a spread of some distinction with contemporary problems and sunburst lacquer dials, right here in burgundy, including depth and attract. The white-gold case has an uncommon three-part building, and a double-curved crystal magnifies the dial element. The general end and self-winding internals are what you’d count on for $49,100.
Chanel-ing him | The Monsieur de Chanel oozes class due to a intelligent bespoke motion and features of uncommon simplicity. The time show contains a “leaping hour” in its personal little window at six o’clock (to not be confused with a date) whereas retrograde minutes are indicated by a devoted hand. Inordinate consideration has been paid to particulars from the bespoke typeface to the slim contours of the case – which on this restricted version (55 items solely) is available in white-gold with a dial and strap in matte blue. $63,800.
Bronzed legend | Probably the most profitable re-editions in recent times, Longines’ Legend Diver, will get a buddy that likewise guarantees to be a success. It comes cased in bronze and, like the unique re-edition, a sell-out, is uncluttered by a date window, the bane of purists. After that every one you want know is the dial underneath that domed crystal is inexperienced and inside is a recent motion with a silicon steadiness spring. The 42mm case is rated to 300 metres, and the opposite related determine is $4475.
Carbon unique | Only a few manufacturers are producing watches that look resolutely modern and Zenith is certainly one of them, as evidenced by this DEFY Traditional Carbon. It boasts a primary – a full carbon case and built-in carbon bracelet – providing you with power, seems to be and a weight of simply 65 grams. A technical feat, each hyperlink of the bracelet is a chunk of stable, milled carbon fibre and is “unexpectedly” silky and easy to the contact. An open-worked dial reveals the help act, a self-winding motion completed in darkish tones of ruthenium. $28,800.
Simple rider | For ladies Chopard has the Completely happy Diamonds vary, for blokes the Mille Miglia chronos, and for enjoyable? Right here’s the L.U.C Cranium One, a 100-piece limited-edition impressed by Mexico’s Day of the Lifeless. Good for carrying together with your leathers, the black dial has lacquered finishes and gold hour markers and the 40mm case is rendered in bead-blasted DLC (diamond-like carbon)-coated stainless-steel. Behind the dying masks lurks a high-end self-winding motion and the rig has an asking value of $14,300.
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Showstopper | The breathtaking – with a capital B – Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge is a show-stopping tour from the inventors of the tourbillon with ornamental prospers to match. Every thing is on show, advanced cogwork (738 components!) to intricate engraving. The prime view: a revolving mainplate flanked by twin tourbillons, the latter linked by an equalising differential with energy from a pair of mainspring barrels topped with a hand-worked bridge within the form of the Breguet “B.” No shock the value is near $1 million.
Neat numbers | This 2020 model of the Hermès Slim Quantieme Perpetuel provides the complete calendar watch a contemporary look, its 39.5mm case now in titanium topped with gold (or platinum) for the bezel, crown and pushers. Additional setting it aside – the bespoke typography and hour numbers and distinctly quirky association of the numerals within the second timezone sub-dial. Moon part and intercalary year shows full the image. $45,000 vary.
Completely happy returns | The identify of this good-looking looker – Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Jack Heuer 88th Birthday Gold Restricted Version – most likely tells you all you should know. Sure, it’s a numbered version of 188 watches, marking the current birthday of the model’s honorary chairman, great-grandson of its founder – and creator, in 1963, of the Carrera. The gold case, now 42mm, and opaline dial add contemporary gravitas to its acquainted strains whereas the internals are totally modern. As is the value, $26,700.
Historic enchantment | Impressed by a marine clock constructed by the Louis XV’s French chronometer maker Ferdinand Berthoud, it’s the expansive grand feu enamel dial of this traditional magnificence that instantly appeals. Past, although, lies an distinctive mechanism combining a fusee-and-chain transmission with a one-second remontoir d’egalite, the identify given to a torque regulation machine considered one of the crucial sophisticated in historical past. The 44mm case is in pink or white ethically mined gold. Simply 10 examples of every are on supply at about $320,000.
Sounds grand | Patek Philippe’s just-released Grande et Petite Sonnerie 6301P is charmingly described as “leveraging our abilities with respect to artisanship and uncommon handcrafts”. Absolutely an understatement for a watch that appears easy however homes one of the crucial difficult mechanisms of all, combining a grande sonnerie with a petite sonnerie and a minute repeater. The outcome – hours and quarters sounded in passing or on demand, the time chimed on demand. Twin barrels energy the strikework and motion. Cased in platinum with a lustrous enamel dial, you’re about $1.8 million.