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Author: Angelica Gutierrez

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 1988

Quiz: Which Luxury Watch Are You?

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Vacheron Constantin Year of the Pig Cover

Vacheron Constantin Year of the Pig Cover

It’s Chinese New Year once again, and with the start of the year comes a slew of special edition watches. This year’s zodiac sign is the Pig, and while that may carry some negative connotations in the West, the Chinese take a very different view: pigs are seen as fun-loving, generous, sincere, hard-working, loyal, and intelligent. So if you were born in the Year of the Pig, go ahead and wear your zodiac sign with pride. Here are some of our favorite Year of the Pig watches.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Pig

We love Vacheron Constantin’s penchant for creating animals who look like they’re about to walk off the dial, and their Year of the Pig watch is no exception. Available in platinum or pink gold, its hands-free time display allows your porcine friend to take center stage.

Vacheron Constantin Zodiac Chinese Year of the Pig 2019

The pig is hand-engraved and delicately applied to the dial, which features a foliage motif based on classic Chinese iconography. This pattern is etched directly onto the gold base to make it appear as if the vegetation is floating over the dial, and its blue or bronze tone is achieved through Grand Feu enamelling. Its self-winding Calibre 2460 G4 bears the Hallmark of Geneva, and has approximately 40 hours of power reserve.

Panerai Luminor Sealand (PAM00859) Year of the Pig

Pam00859 Panerai Luminor Sealand Year of the Pig

For a sportier alternative, check out the Luminor Sealand. Unlike other Chinese New Year editions, Panerai places their zodiac design on a special cover. The pig and surrounding decorations are depicted in a style inspired by traditional Chinese iconography and engraved by master craftsmen using an ancient Italian technique called sparsello.

Underneath the cover is a grey dial with Arabic numerals, linear hour markers, and luminous dots. It has a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and displays the date at 3 o’clock. Its P.9010 automatic movement has a power reserve of 3 days.

Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Pig

Chopard continues their tradition of celebrating Chinese New Year with the ancient Japanese art of urushi. Over the past few years, Chopard has collaborated with Japanese Living National Treasure Master Kiichiro Masamura and Yamada Heiando Company’s Urushi grand master Minori Koizumi to produce their Chinese zodiac timepieces. If that isn’t impressive enough, Yamada Heiando is the official purveyor to the Japanese imperial family as well.

The dial of this year’s timepiece is imbued with auspicious symbols: the pig is rendered in gold to represent abundance, with a protruding stomach as a sign of joviality. Its case is made from ethical 18-carat rose gold, and houses an ultra-thin self-winding L.U.C 9.6.17-L calibre, which can be viewed through a sapphire crystal caseback.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Chinese Zodiac

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If you weren’t born in the Year of the Pig, or just want to go for something more subtle, check out this one-of-a-kind timepiece. It depicts all 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac on the sides of its 18-carat ethical rose gold case and lugs using the champlevé engraving technique. For example, you’ll find the tiger’s head on the crown, and the dragon and snake in the spaces between the lugs. It took one of Chopard’s artisans 210 hours to decorate the case alone.

The solid gold dial and bezel are hand-engraved with traditional ornamental motifs found in Chinese temples. Its complications include a perpetual calendar and tourbillon powered by a hand-wound L.U.C 02.15-L calibre with a 9-day power reserve. It’s both C.O.S.C and Poinçon de Genève-certified to boot. Better hurry if you want this particular watch—it’s limited to one piece, and exclusively available in Chopard boutiques.

 

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IWC’s SIHH 2019 presentation is all about pilot’s watches in innovative materials. Especially designed for life in the cockpit, these timepieces will have you feeling like an elite jet pilot.

Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium (IW371815)

IW371815 Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium
This model takes its name from the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, which provides the best Navy pilots with flying and tactical training. As such, it’s designed for the rigors of life on an aircraft carrier. Made from a special material called Ceratanium, its case is as lightweight and robust as titanium and as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic.

Its matte black case ensures that pilots are not distracted by sunlight, and it can withstand extreme G-forces. The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium is also corrosion-resistant—a great feature when your watch is constantly exposed to humid, salty sea air. Its chronograph includes an integrated split-seconds hand mechanism for simultaneously measuring two periods of time.

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert” (IW389103)

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This is the first watch made from sand-colored ceramic, and its hue perfectly matches the uniforms of navy pilots at the U.S. Naval Air Weapons Station in—you guessed it—the Mojave Desert. Available in a limited edition of 500 pieces, it runs on a 69380 calibre with a day-date function and a 46-hour power reserve.

Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” (IW395501)

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This model was designed especially for pilots Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones, who are undertaking a round-the-world flight in a Spitfire. It includes IWC’s patented Timezoner mechanism, which allows you to change time zones simply by rotating the bezel. This automatically sets the hour hand, 24-hour display, and date to your current location. The Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” runs on a self-winding Caliber 82760 with a 60-hour power reserve.

Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition “MJ271” (IW327101)

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If you prefer a dual time watch, this is the model for you. Named “MJ271” after the original call sign of the Silver Spitfire during its time of service, this is the first model to integrate a Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) function with an IWC-manufactured calibre. You can set the local and home time using the crown, then read the home time via the curved UTC display. The bronze case, green dial, and brown calf leather strap make a particularly attractive combination, and the case develops a special patina over time.

Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” (IW590303)

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This is IWC’s first pilot’s watch with a constant force tourbillon, so it stands to reason they’d give this feature a prominent place at 9 o’clock. Its case is made from hard gold, which is five to ten times harder and more wear-resistant than red gold. The Little Prince fans will be tickled to see the “Petit Prince” himself standing on the moon in the perpetual lunar phase display.

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From artisanal timepieces to show-stopping innovations, Vacheron Constantin shows us why it belongs in the Holy Trinity of watchmakers. Here are some of our favorite SIHH 2019 novelties from the manufacture.

Traditionelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar

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This timepiece represents a real horological feat: for the first time, you can switch the frequency of your watch to conserve its power when not in use. In “Active” mode, the Traditionelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar beats at 5 Hz and has a 4-day power reserve; in “Standby” mode, it changes to a much lower frequency of 1.2 Hz with a whopping 65-day power reserve. If that isn’t impressive, we don’t know what is.

Les Cabinotiers “Mécaniques Savages” Majestic Tiger

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The master craftsmen of Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers department combine traditional ornament engraving and wood marquetry to bring these fierce felines to life. Peripheral time and date displays allow the art to take center stage, and we love how these big cats look like they’re ready to pounce off the dial.

Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date

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The blue dial trend shows no signs of dying, and deep blue and pink gold make an unerringly elegant combination. Vacheron Constantin adds three new blue dial models to its Patrimony collection, and we’re particularly taken with the Retrograde Day-Date. At just 9.7 mm thick, it makes for a sleek watch, and a single crown controls all functions so as not to break the clean lines of its classic round case.

Overseas Tourbillon

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This timepiece represents another first for Vacheron Constantin: it’s the first tourbillon in the Overseas collection. Housed in a stainless steel case with a sunray blue dial, its ultra-thin self-winding movement has a power reserve of 80 hours. We especially like how its 22k gold peripheral rotor gives you an unobstructed view of the movement.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre has certainly started 2019 with a bang. Their gyrotourbillon Westminster perpetual calendar has generated a lot of excitement among watch journalists and enthusiasts, and their Ultra Thin Enamel series proves that the blue dial trend is here to stay. Their new offerings show a certain fascination with the cosmos as well, with several new moon phase watches making their debut. Here are our picks from their new collections.

Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel

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One of the most talked-about pieces at SIHH 2019, this model showcases Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expertise in creating high-precision tourbillons. It’s the first watch to combine a constant force multi-axis tourbillon with a Westminster minute repeater—so named after the chime of the famed Big Ben clock tower in London—and a perpetual calendar. The manufacture has managed to reduce the size of the tourbillon to make a more wearable watch without sacrificing its accuracy. When you have such a sophisticated timepiece, you’ll definitely want to be able to see all the action within the movement, and Jaeger-LeCoultre obliges with an openworked dial. Keeping the customer’s convenience in mind, Jaeger-LeCoultre has also designed a perpetual calendar that can be wound both forwards and backwards without damaging the movement.  It will be issued in a limited series of 18 pieces.

 

Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Enamel

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Jaeger-LeCoultre is renowned for their skill in producing slim movements. This year, they’ve created three new additions to their Master Ultra Thin Line in a captivating shade of blue, and we’re especially taken with the Perpetual Enamel. Its translucent dial is hand-guilloched, resulting in a luminous sunray-effect. Slender hour markers add to its air of refinement. Its complications include a day display at 3 o’clock, date at 9 o’clock, month and year at 12 o’clock, and moon phase at 6 o’clock. This model will be available in a limited series of 100 pieces.

 

Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel

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Jaeger-LeCoultre is particularly proud of their new moon displays, and with good reason. This model’s lunar phase is housed in a date circle at 6 o’clock, with hand-guilloched clouds keeping it in harmony with the rest of the dial. A beautifully polished moon disk shines against a starry midnight blue sky. The Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel will be available in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

Rendez-Vous Moon Jewellery

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The first thing one notices about this timepiece are the glittering rows of diamonds adorning its bezel, lugs, and inner circle. A gorgeous new prong setting allows each diamond to stand out in all its glory, bringing out its full radiance and shine. A mother-of-pearl moon set against a midnight blue aventurine sky peeks out from behind translucent guilloched clouds, complemented by a mother-of-pearl dial that resembles the face of the moon itself.

Rendez-Vous Moon Night & Day Jewellery

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If moon phases aren’t your speed, you might prefer the Night & Day Jewellery watch instead. It features a night and day function at 6 o’clock, and comes in white gold with a blue alligator leather strap or pink gold with a taupe alligator leather strap.

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What do you get for the person who has everything? After all, anything they want, they can afford to buy themselves. However, there are some luxury Swiss watches so rare and so coveted that even men and women of means have difficulty procuring them—and they aren’t necessarily grand complications with million-dollar price tags. If you manage to get one of these timepieces for your loved ones, you’ll have not only their gratitude, but their esteem and admiration as well.

IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

 

 

 

 

IWC Tribute to Pallweber "150 Years" IW505002
The IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” has been procured in very limited quantities: just 25 pieces for the platinum model, 250 pieces in red gold, and 500 in stainless steel.

Back in 1884, IWC introduced a groundbreaking innovation to their pocket watches: a digital hours and minutes display. The time was shown through hour and minute windows, with the numbers placed on rotating discs. This year, IWC celebrated their 150th anniversary by incorporating this historic display into a wristwatch for the very first time. The result is an eye-catching  that manages to exude both modern appeal and retro charm at the same time.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400 comes in a variety of colors and finishes to suit any connoisseur’s taste.

The word “iconic” gets bandied about quite a lot by watch guys, but the Royal Oak is one of those models that truly deserves this accolade. At a time when Swiss watchmakers were struggling to respond to the quartz crisis, Audemars Piguet commissioned legendary designer Gerald Genta to come up with something drastically different: a luxury watch made of stainless steel, rather than the usual precious metals like platinum or gold.

Released in 1972, the watch’s distinctive octagonal bezel, visible hexagonal screws, “tapisserie” dial, and integrated bracelet were a clear departure from the design codes of the time. In fact, the Royal Oak is widely considered the first luxury sports watch.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A is an immensely popular model, with its stainless steel case and black-blue dial.

In 1976, Gerald Genta came up with another classic, this time for Patek Philippe. If the Royal Oak’s design was inspired by a deep sea diver’s helmet, the Nautilus took its design cues from boats. Its rounded hexagonal bezel is inspired by portholes, while its horizontally embossed dial is reminiscent of teak wood boat decks.

Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic

Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic
The Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic is available in various colors and finishes, making it appropriate for any occasion.

There’s a growing number of women who are just as passionate about mechanical watches as men, and Patek Philippe has responded to this development by updating their Twenty~4 line with 5 new models. The Twenty~4 Automatic’s self-winding caliber 324 S C features Spiromax balance spring in Silinvar and bears the Patek Philippe Seal—a hallmark of quality that supposedly has more stringent requirements than the COSC and Geneva Seal put together.

Unlike previous Twenty~4 models, this new iteration features a round case and Arabic numeral in a font reminiscent of a Pilot’s watch. The result is a timepiece that appeals to today’s modern, go-getting women.

Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126710BLRO

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The GMT-Master II’s red and blue Cerachrom bezel is a nod to the original GMT-Master, which was released in 1955 and featured the same colors.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Professional steel models have become notoriously hard to obtain over the past few years, and the new GMT-Master II is no exception. The latest iteration of Rolex’s beloved travel watch has become an instant hit, thanks to its iconic “Pepsi” dial which was combined with an Oystersteel case and Jubilee bracelet for the first time in the manufacture’s history. The GMT-Master II houses a new Calibre 3285, which features the Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116500 LN

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
The Cosmograph Daytona’s iconic two-tone dial appeals to novices and experts alike, and looks especially fetching in white and black.

Even if you happen to be too young to know who Paul Newman is, you’ve definitely heard of his watch. The actor and race car driver’s timepiece fetched a record-breaking 17.75 million dollars at auction last year, and another “Paul Newman” Daytona Ref. 6263 made a much-talked-about cameo in the film Crazy Rich Asians. While the Cosmograph Daytona met a negative reception when it was released in 1963, it has since turned into one of the world’s most desirable watches, especially when it comes to steel models like the Ref. 116500.

Make your loved ones’ days merry and bright with gifts that will last a lifetime. We’ve put together a list of luxury timepieces that are sure to delight anyone, from the novice enthusiast to the seasoned collector.

For Him

  • Tudor
  • Omega
  • Baume et Mercier
  • IWC
  • Breitling
  • Louis Erard
  • Maurice Lacroix
  • Longines
  • Tudor Pelagos Ref. M25600TB-0001

    ₱203,500

    The perfect present for scuba divers. Its bracelet features a nifty auto-adjustable spring mechanism that allows it to contract when one’s wet-suit sleeve compresses at greater depths, and expand when one returns to the surface. The Tudor Pelagos also features a helium escape valve and is waterproof up to 500 meters. Its COSC-certified Tudor Manufacture Calibre MT5612 comes with a 72-hour power reserve. It comes with a left-handed version, too.

  • Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ref. 231.10.39.21.02.002
    ₱233,750

    Sailing enthusiasts are sure to appreciate this watch, whose design transitions easily from the boat to the boardroom. Its lacquered silvery dial decorated with a vertical Teak Concept pattern is an eye-catching reference to the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. The Seamaster Aqua Terra’s COSC-certified movement is anti-magnetic, meaning it’s resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. It’s water resistant to 15 bar, and has a 60-hour power reserve.

  • Baume et Mercier Clifton Baumatic Ref. 10436
    ₱159,600

    The Clifton Baumatic made waves earlier this year as Baume et Mercier’s first watch equipped with an in-house movement—as such, it’s a timepiece that any budding watch collector would be proud to wear on his wrist. It contains a COSC-certified movement equipped with a silicon balance spring, escape wheel, and lever, and offers magnetic resistance 25 times higher than the current standard. The Clifton Baumatic features an impressive 120-hour power reserve, and is water resistant up to about 50 meters.

  • IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Ref. IW327009
    ₱217,600

    This timepiece takes inspiration from the iconic Mark XI, which was commissioned by the British Ministry of Defense after World War II and used by the Royal Air Force. Since then, watch enthusiasts have loved the Mark series for its utilitarian design and focus on legibility. Its luminescent hands and large, rounded Arabic numerals stand out against the matte black dial. It features a soft inner iron case for protection against magnetic fields, a crystal secured against sudden drops in air pressure, a 42-hour power reserve, and water resistance up to 3 bar. Get it for the man who dreams of life in the cockpit.

  • Breitling Premier Automatic Day & Date 40 Ref. A45340211G1X3
    ₱237,200

    He’ll never have to ask what day it is with this beauty—it displays the day and date at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively. The Breitling Premier Automatic Day & Date channels casual elegance with its white dial, gold hour, minute, and seconds hands, and brown nubuck leather strap. It runs on a Breitling caliber 45 chronometer movement with a 38-hour power reserve and water resistance of 100 meters.

  • Louis Erard Excellence Regulator Ref. 54230AA01.BDC02
    ₱133,000

    This minimalist timepiece makes an appropriate gift for someone who’s into horological history. Its regulator dial features separate hour, minute, and second displays: a central minute hand, an upper subdial for hours, and a lower subdial for seconds. This distinctive design harks back to when watchmakers used regulator clocks to “regulate” the watches they were working on. This manual-winding movement features a useful power reserve display as well, and is water resistant to 5 bar.

  • Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Moonphase Ref. LC6168-SS001-122-1
    ₱131,000

    It’s not everyday you see a beautiful automatic moonphase watch at such a reasonable price point, and the contrasting finishes and colors for the silver minute, hour, and date circles make for a very legible dial. At the center is the moonphase indicator blending into a starry night sky. The Les Classiques Moonphase runs on an automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve and is water resistant up to 50 meters.

  • Longines Heritage 1945 Ref. L2.813.4.66.0
    ₱102,800

    This timepiece is sure to delight anyone who’s into vintage designs. As its name suggests, it’s inspired by a Longines model that dates back to 1945. It features a beautiful brushed copper dial, which goes beautifully with the trademark Longines blue hands and distressed beige leather strap. It houses an automatic L609 caliber, and has a 42-hour power reserve.

For Her

  • Chopard
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Baume et Mercier
  • Omega
  • Longines
  • Chopard Happy Sport 30mm Quartz Ref. 278590-3001
    ₱233,000

    She’ll definitely be happy watching three diamonds “dancing” around the dial of this sporty, feminine timepiece, which comes with interchangeable white and black rubber straps.

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Réédition Ref. 3258470
    ₱238,000

    Malaysia Tatler once compared this watch to the “perfect Little Black Dress” thanks to its timeless, elegant design. It features a black opaline dial with Arabic numerals, and runs on a quartz movement. Turn this timepiece into a gift she’ll cherish forever by engraving its caseback with a personal message.

  • Baume et Mercier Classima Ref. 10629
    ₱212,000

    If your loved one has a preference for rose gold, you can’t go wrong with this sophisticated timepiece. It features an 18K rose gold bezel and matching gilt Roman numerals on a white dial with sunray guilloché. Its self-winding mechanical movement is water resistant up to 50 meters, and has a 42-hour power reserve.

  • Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 32.7 mm Ref. 424.10.33.20.52.002
    ₱187,000

    Blackened hands, diamond holders, and Roman numerals, along with a distinctive silk-like dial pattern add a modern edge to this timepiece. A round date window integrates nicely with the rest of the diamond hour markers. The De Ville Prestige features a self-winding chronometer movement with a 48-hour power reserve and water resistance of 3 bar.

  • Longines Record 30mm Automatic Chronometer L2.321.0.87.6
    ₱231,000

    If she’s got a penchant for gems (honestly, who doesn’t?), she’ll love this piece from the Longines Record collection, which features a bezel set with 60 Wesselton VVS diamonds and diamond hour markers. Its blued steel hands stand out against a mother-of-pearl dial which displays the date at 3 o’clock. This timepiece runs on a COSC-certified automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve and water resistance of 30 meters.

Minimalism may be in, but watchmakers will always take pride in showing off their artistry through visually striking pieces. From hand engraving and sculpting to unique jewelry settings and enamel art, artisans apply all kinds of techniques to turn timepieces into wearable works of art. These are the watches for people who aren’t afraid to make a statement.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table III

 

Arthurian legend meets 21st century art in this stunning piece from Roger Dubuis. King Arthur’s valiant knights come to life as pink-gold low poly figurines who point their glistening swords at an Avalon-inspired table sculpted from solid blue enamel blocks. This scene is framed by an imposing pink-gold case with a fluted bezel.

The Excalibur Knights of the Round Table III houses a self-winding Calibre RD 821 with a 48-hour power reserve.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial

 

 

Astrology lovers and New Age romantics will love this timepiece, which features a celestial map tracking the constellations’ movements across a hand-painted lapis lazuli sky. Its deep blue and purple hues take inspiration from the aurora borealis, and are complemented by a bezel set with gorgeous sapphires and diamonds. A star running along the circumference of the dial acts as a rendez-vous indicator—just use the crown to set it to the appointed hour of your meeting.

The Rendez-Vous Celestial runs on a Jaeger-LeCoultre 809/1 automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve.

 

 

Patek Philippe 5077/101 “Birds and Clouds”

 

Birds take flight against a backdrop of white gold clouds and a blue lacquer sky in this piece from Patek Philippe’s latest Rare Handcrafts collection. A guilloché sunburst radiating from 6 o’clock adds depth to the dial, while hand-engraved feathers adorn rose gold dauphin hands. Diamond indices complement the bejeweled bezel and lugs.

One can admire the caliber 240 ultra-thin self-winding movement through the sapphire-crystal case back. The movement has a power reserve of at least 48 hours.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in Everose Gold

The Rolex “Rainbow” Daytona has been much coveted since it was revealed at Baselworld 2018. Apart from its eye-catching sapphire-encrusted bezel, its dial features 11 baguette-cut sapphire hour markers to match. Its lugs and crown guard are set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds as well, and its case and bracelet are made of 18 ct Everose gold. We particularly like the unique finish on the pink gold crystal chronograph counters.

Like any other Rolex, this timepiece isn’t just about looks: its Oyster case is guaranteed waterproof up to 100 meters or 330 feet, ands its winding crown is fitted with a Triplock triple waterproofness system. The Rainbow Daytona runs on a Calibre 4130 self-winding mechanical chronograph movement with a 72-hour power reserve.

 

 

Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art Les Aerostiers Bagnols 1785

 

Long before the Wright Brothers invented the first successful airplane, the people of France dreamed of flight. Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Aérostiers collection celebrates five historical hot air balloon flights undertaken in France in the 1780s. Our favorite? The Bagnols 1785, which features an ornate hot air balloon hand-engraved and microsculpted from yellow and white gold. It appears to float against a whimsical plique-à-jour enamel dial in various shades of blue.

Its disc displays include hours, minutes, day of the week, and date, all run by the self-winding Manufacture Calibre 2460 G4/1. It has approximately 40 hours of power reserve and is water resistant to 3 bar or 30 meters.

 

 

Hublot Big Bang Mr. Brainwash

 

Not all maximalist watches need to be covered in glittering jewels. In 2015, street artist Mr. Brainwash (also known as Thierry Guetta) worked his magic on a Hublot Big Bang Unico 45, resulting in an acrylic paint-splattered timepiece that was literally a wearable work of art. Needless to say, we don’t recommend you do the same to your watches.

Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage


Nothing says maximalist like a cuff watch that looks like it could cut you. The third and final piece in Audemars Piguet’s Haute Joaillerie trilogy, Diamond Outrage is for the fabulous woman who is not to be messed with. Its bracelet is adorned with striking diamond-encrusted spikes of varying sizes, resulting in an explosion of glittering stalactites on the wrist.

Its quartz movement is housed in an 18-carat white gold bracelet entirely set with diamonds, with a mirror polished dial and blackened gold hands.

 

 

Breguet Be Crazy

 

As the house that created the very first wristwatch for the Queen of Naples in 1810, and counted Marie Antoinette, Empress Josephine, and Queen Victoria among its clientele, it’s no surprise that Breguet continues to produce watches fit for royalty. Case in point: the Breguet Be Crazy wrist watch, which features over 70 carats of baguette diamonds. Here’s the breakdown: Over 1,000 mobile diamonds set into the caseband, 57 diamonds in the flange, 133 diamonds in the dial, and over 200 diamonds set into the bracelet.

The case, dial, and bracelet are made of 18-carat white gold. With such an impressive watch, Breguet could easily have gotten away with using a quartz movement. However, the Be Crazy watch houses a self-winding Breguet Cal. 586/1, which has a 38-hour power reserve and can be viewed through a sapphire-crystal caseback.

 

 

Chopard may be famous for fine jewelry, but watch enthusiasts in the know admire the brand for its well-made timepieces—particularly those in its L.U.C collection. Named after founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard, this line is composed of limited-edition watches that have been manufactured entirely in their ateliers in Fleurier, Switzerland. This is where Chopard pulls out all the stops and shows off their ability to create complicated watches—each piece is COSC-certified, with either a Qualité Fleurier or Poinçon de Genève certification as well.

Such exceptional timepieces deserve to be promoted in an unconventional way, and that’s where Chopard’s “Gentleman’s Way” series jumps in. Each cheeky short—featuring a very dapper gent, of course—spoofs a conventional code of conduct. After all, what is a gentleman if not a master of wit and humor? Here’s a rundown of some of the style lessons we’ve learned from these videos, and the gorgeous watches featured in each.

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

This old maxim is certainly as true as ever, and it takes a very ambitious man to pull off a bowler hat.

 

 

 

The Watch: L.U.C Lunar One

Chopard L.U.C Lunar One

If you’re reaching for the moon, you might as well wear a beautiful moon phase watch while doing so. The L.U.C Lunar One stands out with its stunning moon phase display, in which the moon and stars revolve around the axis of the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock.

Its perpetual calendar is displayed through a large twin-date aperture at 12 o’clock. It also features a month and leap year subdial at 3 o’clock, and a day and 24-hour indicator at 9 o’clock. That’s a whole lot of information on just one watch, but the Lunar One manages to display everything legibly on a blue sunburst satin-brushed dial. Its platinum case contains a self-winding L.U.C Calibre 96.13-L with a 65-hour power reserve.

Commit to your look.

The Chopard gentleman apparently loves his suits. Whether he’s playing football, riding a motorcycle, or being chauffeured by his dog, he does it in style with a suit that fits like a glove.

 

 

 

The Watch: L.U.C Perpetual Twin

This model’s L.U.C Twin Technology (two stacked mainspring barrels), together with its micro-rotor, allows it to run on a reliable 58-hour power reserve. Subtle touches make for a very legible watch: a silver-toned dial with matte subdials and polished applied Roman numerals, along with a black and white color scheme. Its perpetual calendar is displayed at 12 o’clock, while its three subdials indicate seconds, days, months, and leap-years. Its 96.22-L calibre is housed in an stainless steel case. With its unassuming yet elegant design, it’s a watch that you could wear pretty much anywhere, whether you’re headed to the office or a formal event.

Know how to roll up your sleeves.

There will always be occasions when you need roll up your sleeves, whether it’s feeding your toddler or adding a casual touch to a somewhat formal outfit. Being able to fold them up without wrinkling them is always a useful skill.

 

 

The Watch: L.U.C XP

Chopard L.U.C XP

The Chopard XP manages to be both casual and classy at the same time, with its blue cashmere strap complemented by blued steel hands and hour markers on a silver toned, dacron-finished dial. It may be the most minimalist watch in the L.U.C range, and it’s definitely for the gent who likes to keep things clean and simple. Its ultra-thin Calibre L.U.C 96.53-L is self-wound using a tungsten micro-rotor, and has a 58-hour power reserve.

Know your sizes.

A big part of dressing well is making sure your clothes and accessories have the right fit. After all, even the most well-made clothes can look sloppy if they’re the wrong size for your frame, and the same applies to watches. Whether you’re into tonneau, round, or square watches, make sure they’re the correct size for your wrist and fit comfortably underneath your cuff.

 

 

The Watch: L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru

Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru

With a 7.7 mm-thick case, the L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru slips easily under one’s cuff. Its unusual tonneau shape, together with its 18-karat rose gold case and bold Roman numerals give it a certain air of elegance, authority, and old-world charm. Its porcelain-type dial features a minute track and small seconds sub-dial with a date window at 6 o’clock.

Its in-house L.U.C Calibre 97.1-L automatic movement is powered by a beautiful 18-karat gold micro-rotor, and has a 65-hour power reserve.

If you find yourself underdressed, just power through.

Showing up to an event in less-than-appropriate attire can be pretty mortifying, but you can get through anything by laughing it off and carrying yourself with confidence.

 

 

 

The Watch: L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer

We love this model’s guillochéd honeycomb motif, which is echoed on its officer-type caseback. The caseback opens to reveal an engraving of Chopard’s old 1990s logo,featuring the words “Chopard Manufacture” surrounding a beehive, along with an ultra-thin L.U.C 96.01-L movement. The L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer features an 18-karat white gold case, and has a 65-hour power reserve.

Photos courtesy of Chopard.

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