Whether it’s the holiday season, valentine’s day, mother’s day, father’s day… There seems to be an endless amount of opportunities to gift that special someone with something that shows how much you truly care. Maybe there isn’t even really a special occasion to be celebrated, you just want them to know how much they mean to you. Either way, some things are timeless, and luxury timepieces (no pun intended), certainly fall in that category.
Discover bellow a selection of 12 luxury timepieces, that will impress even the most discerning watch aficionado.
Rolex Yacht-Master 42
Perfectly capturing the ethos of the Rolex brand, this luxury timepiece is emblematic of the company’s yachting culture with all the robustness, water resistance, and reliability that Rolex Professional watches are known for but enhanced with 18K white gold and ceramic for the collector who appreciates the finer details. A larger, sleeker version of the Everose gold Yacht-Master introduced in 2015, this is Rolex’s first 42mm time-and-date Yacht-Master. Launched late last year, it features a black dial and a bezel crafted with luxe 18K white gold and a striking matte-black Cerachrom insert with subtle markings. Inside is the calibre 3235, Rolex’s most advanced time-and-date movement, which uses the brand-developed Chronergy high-efficiency escapement regulated to ±2 seconds per day. As with every Rolex Professional watch, the Yacht-Master 42 offers extraordinary legibility in all light conditions and the Oysterflex rubber bracelet adds to its air of cool, casualness.
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding Chronograph
In the works for more than half a decade, Audemars Piguet’s entirely new family of watches, known as Code 11.59, was one of the most anticipated launches last year. A brave design departure from the house’s most iconic Royal Oak model, the Code 11.59 collection takes its name from the minute before midnight, a nod to the anticipation of a new day and an embrace of the future. The new luxury timepiece collection—which includes six models in all—introduces a completely new architecture with a round case that upon closer inspection reveals an embedded octagonal middle case, inherent to the brand’s DNA. A round extra-slim bezel and stylized arched lugs shine a light on its refined hand finishing. The deep-blue-lacquered dial of the self-winding chronograph is covered by a complex, double-curved sapphire crystal that plays with light and perspective to create a dazzling optical experience.
Piaget Polo Green
An icon in sports-luxe watches, Piaget’s Polo was first launched in 1979 by a Bond girl at a polo match in Florida. Now the luxury timepiece is getting a makeover with an eye-catching green dial. Crafted with a horizontal guilloche technique, the intricate geometric patterns are hand-engraved to add depth, vivacity, and shine. The elegant 42mm piece features an in-house Piaget 1110P automatic mechanical movement that sees 50 hours of power reserve and is ensconced on a handsome stainless-steel bracelet. The slate-grey finished oscillating weight can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case back. With just 888 pieces made, the hard-to-come-by vintage-inspired watch would look just as at home at a summer cocktail party as a polo match.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Moonbow
The appearance of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Moonbow is enriched with numerous baguette-cut gemstones, an aventurine dial and a flying tourbillon. Moreover, this luxury timepiece, consistent with every creation to leave the brand’s atelier, is imbued with a discernible quotient of technical merit, in-house expertise and first-rate finishing. The rainbow watch, encompassing numerous gems, has been a popular horological genre for some time.
Breguet Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887
Founder Abraham-Louis Breguet’s history with marine watches dates back to 1815 when the Swiss watchmaker was appointed the official chronometer maker of the Royal Navy. For the past few years, the high-end brand has been shining light on that history with its Marine collection. The new Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887 combines a bold, sporty aesthetic with a highly complicated movement and the refined hand decoration the brand is known for. The luxury timepiece combines a cutting-edge tourbillon with a perpetual calendar and an equation of time and is now available in rose gold with a slate-grey dial. Special, artful touches include a guilloche-peaked wave motif in the centre of the dial, a finely detailed depiction of a historic French Navy flag hand-carved across the bridges of the movement, and applied Roman numerals, as well as the Breguet moon-tipped hands in rose gold.
Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Astronomical Striking Grand Complication—Ode to Music
The pinnacle of discreet luxury, Vacheron Constantin is known for creating some of the most unusual and highly complex timepieces for the most passionate of watch collectors. For the man who is after the very best of the best, the most coveted yet hardest to acquire is the new Les Cabinotiers Astronomical Striking Grand Complication—Ode to Music. From Les Cabinotiers atelier studio, which produces the Swiss watchmaker’s most elite watches, it is part of a group of one-of-a-kind pieces collectively known as the “Musique du Temps.” With 19 complications, this feat of craftsmanship includes a perpetual calendar, minute repeater, numerous astronomical indications, sidereal time, and a sky chart of the northern hemisphere. The chiming mechanism was recorded by none other than London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.
Grand Seiko Soko special edition
A newly released luxury timepiece collection from the cult Japanese watch brand is named after “Soko,” the period on the lunar calendar when the temperature drops and the first frost comes around. The satin lines and green hands are inspired by the famous Arashiyama bamboo forest in Kyoto, while the choice of “shadow” or “light” dial versions represents the streams of sunlight that cut through the densely packed vegetation. Powering the new luxury timepiece is the Spring Drive 9R65 Caliber, which is a handmade movement crafted in the Shinshu Watch Studio in Japan. The 39mm watch includes 72 hours of power reserve, is water-resistant up to 100 meters, and is accurate up to ±1 second per day.
Cartier’s Maillon de Cartie
Cartier unveils its latest women’s jewellery watch collection, the Maillon de Cartier. Comprised of seven gold references in jewellery, high jewellery and limited editions, everything about this luxury timepiece collection denotes dynamic movement. From the sculptural offset link bracelet to the hexagonal bezel, every element is twisted and contorted to create a vibrant sense of motion that is an intrinsic feature of so many of the famous Parisian Maison’s watches. Cartier’s Maillon design, composed of chunky rounded rectangular links, has been used across the board in jewellery (wedding rings, bracelets and necklaces) and now makes its way into this new collection of luxury timepieces. From the hexagonal bezel to the sculptural link bracelet, everything has been twisted into a new shape.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic
While best known for its jewellery and accessories, the storied Italian Maison Bvlgari has been recently making a name for itself in the world of luxury timepieces, especially when it launched its integrated-bracelet sports watch, the Octo Finissimo Automatic Steel, a few years ago. A fusion of bold Italian design and masterful Swiss engineering, Octo combines a unique octagonal design that was inspired by the Roman Maxentius Basilica, which was built in A.D. 312. Particularly noteworthy are the avant-garde materials such as black carbon fibre and matte-grey sandblasted titanium.
Hermès Arceau L’Heure de la Lune
When Hermès debuted its playful Arceau L’Heure de la Lune just over a year ago at SIHH 2019, it caught the attention of the design and watch lovers alike, thanks to its combination of horological skill and artistic flair. This fall, the French Maison is releasing five new versions with stunning new dial options in Lapis Lazuli, Blue Pearl, Lunar meteorite, Black Sahara meteorite, and Martian meteorite. A wearable work of art, the luxury timepiece feature an Hermès in-house movement, as well as two disks that show the hours/minutes and date and spin over a dial with two mother-of-pearl moons, simultaneously displaying the moon phases in both the northern and southern hemispheres. While not available until the fall, it’s certainly worth adding that special someone’s name to the waitlist now.
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6007A-001
A brand-new commemorative limited-edition timepiece of 1,000 pieces has just been released from storied Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe to mark the opening of the new manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland. Crafted in steel, a rarity for the traditional brand, the new Calatrava Ref. 6007A-001 features a stunning blue dial with a crosshatched texture in grey-blue, with a date aperture at 3 o’clock and a set of lacquered, white-gold baton hands. Set within a 40mm, polished-steel case, the look is modern with a decidedly vintage appeal—a nod to the original Calatrava model from the 1930s. The luxury timepiece is powered by the automatic calibre 324 S C movement and comes with a blue calfskin leather strap.
Vacheron Constantin’s Égérie Moonphase
A few months ago, Vacheron Constantin launched a brand new women’s collection – Égérie. It was a re-creation of an old-line (with a very different look) but with a decidedly modern take. The new luxury timepiece collection was based on the designs of haute couture with each watch boasting refined details and decidedly “feminine” touches. As a follow up to the five references that debuted earlier this year, Vacheron has released the latest and last luxury timepiece for this collection for the time being – the Moon Phase Jewelry. It is basically the same as the Moon Phase, but it is entirely iced out with 1,345 diamonds that weigh approximately 11.95 ct. The case is still 37mm, and the movement is still the calibre 1088 L and exemplifies a new design that will hopefully push more women to invest in Vacheron’s exceptional watchmaking.
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