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Tag: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Art as Watches, Watches as Art

February is positively crowded with events. It’s not just the month where people around the world ring in the Lunar New Year or celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner with their loved one, but in the Philippines, it is also a month that celebrates art in all its forms.

In honor of National Arts Month, we rounded up a few watches that may well fall into the category. Whether they’re collaborations with renowned artists or borne in-house from the minds and skills of each manufacture’s talented watchmakers, the pieces on this list are undeniable works of wearable art.

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Blue Ceramic luxury watch

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu

In collaboration with Maxime Büchi, founder and creative director of the design studio Sang Bleu, Hublot released the limited edition Big Bang Sang Bleu. Two of Maxime Büchi’s passions are tattoos and watches. These coalesced into this eye-catching design that puts the artistic virtue of symmetry front and center.

Figuring out how to tell time with this watch can prove hard at first; after all, the hands have been replaced by polished octagons. But one can clearly see that within the octagons, there are filled-in triangles with luminescent material. The outermost ring of octagons point to the hours and the middle ring points to the minutes. The  innermost ring mysteriously depicts the ticking of seconds, as it’s not clearly shown in the watch what exact second it is. The geometric lines appear once again, engraved, on the blue ceramic lugs, and continue perfectly onto the rubber and leather strap.

Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski luxury watch

Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski

Like the previous piece, this Hublot was also created in collaboration with an artist, in this case, with contemporary French artist, Richard Orlinski, renowned for his brightly-colored, multi-faceted sculptures such as the Wild Kong. The artist designed these watches to appear like his own works of art, and this partnership did not disappoint.

This specific watch in his collection comes in a striking shade of red, enhanced by the polished ceramic material the case is made out of. The hands and the details are just as bold as the case, standing out against the gray, self-winding skeleton movement. Matched with a smooth rubber strap, this chronograph is a testament to art married with technical achievement. Feel red is too strong a statement? It also comes in subtler shades: black, green, blue, and titanium.

JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel – Alfons Mucha, Spring

Icons of the Art Noveau period, Alfons Mucha’s works of art serve as inspiration even a century after their creation—inspiring even Jaeger-LeCoultre. Part of a collection inspired by Mucha’s The Seasons series, this particular model depicts Spring.

This timepiece is named and fashioned after the aforementioned painting, which features a woman in a flowing, white dress standing under a tree, surrounded by flowers. A beautiful rendering is placed on the caseback of the Reverso, created through incredibly complicated Grand Feu enameling process that took 70 hours of work. Around the miniature is a hand-engraved frame, done after the enameling. On its light gold, hand-guilloché dial, the color of the front of the watch is enhanced with the same Grand Feu enameling.

JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel - Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa luxury watch JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel - Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa luxury watch

JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel – Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Another iconic painting is The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. This woodblock print is so prominent in our culture that it even inspired its very own emoji. Jaeger-LeCoultre released a Reverso with this painting on its caseback in a series that includes Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Xu Beihong’s stunning horses.

The master enameller and the artisans at Jaeger-LeCoultre captured every single detail of the painting—every bit of foam and the delicate lines of the waves are pictured in perfect motion—and put it into the miniscule space provided by the Reverso. The front doesn’t want for elaborate details either: The dial carries a guillochéd wave pattern covered with an ocean blue, translucent enamel, hue matching with the underside of the wave on the reverse.

Chopard LUC XP Urushi Ref. 161902-5045 luxury watch

Chopard LUC XP Urushi Ref. 161902-5045

If you’re familiar with East Asian culture, you might have heard of the qilin (Chinese) or kirin (Japanese), a benevolent, mythical creature that is a symbol of good omens. Though they are commonly depicted with one horn, much like the western unicorn, they are also sometimes depicted with two horns. While in Chinese culture they look more like stalwart horses with the scales of dragons, in Japanese culture they take a more deer-like appearance.

On this dial is Japanese artist and national living treasure Kiichiro Masamura’s interpretation of the kirin. Graceful as they prance among the clouds, under the watchful gaze of the moon, this scene of two kirin was made with the Japanese lacquering techniques using urushi, the sap of the eponymous urushi tree. These techniques utilize layers upon layers of lacquer, some iridescent mother-of-pearl, and a little bit of gold powder to create a lush, luxurious finish unlike any other.

Vacheron Constantin Métier d’Art collection – Copernicus Hand-Engraving 2640 RT Ref. 7600U/000G-B211

Have an affinity for all things celestial? This timepiece from Vacheron Constantin features all 12 of the beautifully hand-engraved zodiac signs on its dial around the Earth, which in turn revolves around the sun. That’s right: this watch not only tells time with the small, golden hours and minutes hands, but it also depicts the Earth’s rotation on its own axis, taking a day, and its revolution around the golden sun, taking a year.

It’s aptly named as well. Nicolaus Copernicus is the person who made the theory of heliocentrism famous and eventually widely accepted, with his book “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres”. There are two other models under this the Copernicus celestial spheres collection with accomplished with different techniques: One made with Grand Feu enamel and the other with laser-engraved sapphire disks, with all of them framed by a white-gold case.

Patek Philippe 5177G-012 “Chart of the Carribbean”

Cartography, we believe, is an art form, and this piece takes it to a whole new level. On what would be a traditional Calatrava wristwatch appears a map that looks like it was transported from the old Age of Discovery. With the sea creature at 10 o’clock, a piece of land from 11 to 2 o’clock, and the caravel at the forefront, it’s a taste of adventure on the high seas, all outlined with gold wire. The Patek Philippe name and “Genève” are also set on the map in gold, harking to centuries-old cartographic aesthetics.

The fading colors only help enhance the feel of a bygone era. These hues could only be achieved with the method of Grand Feu enameling, utilizing opaque and semi-opaque enamels tinted in 25 different colors across the dial. The white-gold bezel doesn’t let itself be outshined either, guillochéd by hand in a hobnail pattern.

Breguet Reine de Naples Ref. 8958BB/51/974/D00D

Are you familiar with cameos? No, not the ones Stan Lee used to make in Marvel movies; the jewelry pieces made from carving into gems, stones, or shells is what we’re talking about. Where cameos have traditionally been worn on the neck with a choker, Breguet puts cameos on your wrist with this watch.

Cameos are more popularly known as carved, raised relief profiles. This cameo in particular features sunflowers hand-engraved onto a single seashell. With the many layers accessed through carefully scraping off little bits and pieces, various tones can be achieved depending on the material used. This beautiful cameo is surrounded by a diamond-encrusted bezel, encased in 18-carat white gold and accompanied with a white alligator strap.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-wound Ref. 77247OR.ZZ.A812CR.01

‘Tis the season for love and romance, meaning there are balloons, flowers, chocolates—or all of the above—displayed and sold left and right. Another inescapable symbol of the season? Hearts, brandished on everything from storefronts and advertisements to the proverbial sleeve.

Inspired by this iconic image, we decided to round up some of our favorite pieces that put a timepiece’s movement—its heart, so to speak—front and center: open heart watches. Allowing us to appreciate the beating mechanisms of the watch’s movements, which operate much like an actual heart, these pieces are technical showpieces we could stare at all day.

Below are some of our open-heart picks, and a few bonus surprises perfect for your inner romantic.

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open Ref. 03.2040.4061/69.C496

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open Ref. 03.2040.4061/69.C496

Dressed in the colors of the historical El Primero, this timepiece has a lot to offer, both inside and out. Its COSC-certified El Primero 4061 movement can be appreciated from the front or through the transparent caseback; through the opening on the dial, one can clearly see the iridescent purple lever and the shiny blue escape-wheel that has the Zenith star on it. Both made out of silicone, this material allows for more time between trips back to the service center—up to 5 years!—as it doesn’t need to be oiled.

Equipped with a chronograph and a tachymetric scale, the beauty and usefulness of this watch would stop at its dial. At 36,000 VpH (5 Hz), this movement beats more than one in your average watch, while maintaining an impressive power reserve of 50 hours. And did we mention its water resistance holds up to 100 meters, and is luminous in low light?

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe (pink gold) Ref. 6012421

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe (pink gold) Ref. 6012421

Is it just us, or does the face of the watch look like an actual, smiling face? Whatever this Rorschach test of a watch looks to you, it still remains that it’s an interesting timepiece. The two main dials each sport a separate tone for their details, which cleverly persists through the rest of the watch: rose gold for civil time, and dark blue for the hours and minutes chronograph. Beneath them is the jumping seconds subdial, with the blue hand measuring the 1/6th of a second.

Aside from the dials, the face of the watch is certainly unique, with the exposed nickel silver-bridges and -mainplate. Above them are the power reserve indicators, whose hands are, of course, in tones matching the function they serve. There are also the second hands in the center, both of which can function concurrently (rare in chronograph watches!), and are also colored accordingly.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-wound Ref. 77247OR.ZZ.A812CR.01

Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-wound Ref. 77247OR.ZZ.A812CR.01

“Shining, shimmering, splendid,” is the phrase we’d use to describe this watch. While the Millenary is no Diamond Outrage or Sapphire Orbe, it gleams and glimmers all the same—a piece for the more subtle lady, so to speak. From the powder-pink gold printed Roman numerals, the pink gold hands, the 116 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and lugs, right to the glittering brown alligator strap, it’s certainly an eye-catching timepiece.

But even without all the flash, there’s still a lot to look at. The off-centered, mother-of-pearl dial and seconds subdial allow us a look into the watch’s calibre 5201 movement. All of this is housed within an unconventional but not unwelcome elliptical case. Topping it all off is the crown, set with a pink cabochon sapphire.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon 43mm Ref. 99115-21-431-21A

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon 43mm Ref. 99115-21-431-21A

At first glance, this watch looks much simpler than the previous pieces, but in reality, it is equipped with one of horology’s most sophisticated functions: the tourbillon. Visible through the opening at 6 o’ clock, the tourbillon comes with a bridge that is connected to arrow heads at both ends.

The manufacture has exercised restraint throughout the rest of the watch’s design, making the tourbillon the true star of this exceptional piece. The slate gray dial with the Clous de Paris hobnail pattern complements the white gold and titanium case. At 45mm, this piece makes for strong presence on the wrist without the need for loud colors or wild patterns.

Chopard Happy Hearts 36 Ref. 278582-3005

Chopard Happy Hearts 36 Ref. 278582-3005

Chopard certainly makes a clear statement with this Happy Hearts 36 watch. A melding of their Happy Sports watch collection and their Happy Hearts jewelry collection, this piece includes three diamonds as well as two big hearts that dance across the dial. One of the latter is diamond-studded—matching the Happy Sports theme—and the other made out of red stone—matching the Happy Hearts theme; both twinkle and twirl across the dial with the manufacture’s signature gems. The red stone heart ties in nicely with the glossy, red alligator strap, making it pop on the wrist.

Breguet Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9085

Breguet Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9085

Breguet is more subtle in the implementation of the heart shape in their watch—it masquerades as a pink, mother-of-pearl cloud in the watch’s moonphase function at 6 o’ clock—but we adore it all the same. This timepiece was limited to 14 pieces in celebration of last year’s Valentine’s day, but that’s not a reason to hold off on appreciating its beauty.

The rest of the dial is also made of iridescent mother-of-pearl: Its fluted rings match beautifully with the fluted caseband. The bezel and lugs aren’t only encrusted with sapphires and diamonds, but the gems also sport a subtle gradient from white to light pink, from top to bottom. The pink hue continues onto the satin-finished alligator strap.

 

Ah, February. The season for roses, candies, and copious bottles of fine wine to celebrate romance. And while those traditional symbols of Valentine’s Day are wonderful in their own right, we also believe that the deepest, most lasting, most meaningful relationships should be commemorated with something as enduring as your love.

Here, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite pairings— so this season, you can wear your heart on your sleeve, and on your wrist.

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The Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the Year of the Earth Pig. Looking for a dose of luck? Traditionally, its recommended that we wear colors associated with the elements of fire and metal to reap the benefits of earth.

For the unitiated, the rationale lies in how fire creates earth—in the way that fire creates ash—and earth bears metal.

Traditionally, the colors for fire are tones of red, orange, and pink, while for metal, it’s the more straightforward white and gold.

Even if you aren’t a believer in the idea of wearing “lucky” colors, it’s undeniable that certain colors have specific effects on us. What colors we choose to wear or surround ourselves with can affect our emotions and our behavior, which, in turn, can affect our daily lives.

So whether you’re feeling lucky, or don’t even believe in the concept of luck, here’s a list of beautiful watches in these recommended hues.

Red

Red has long been associated with Chinese culture and regarded as a symbol of happiness and prosperity. It’s the color of the iconic lanterns during Chinese New Year and other big celebrations, the color of ampao envelopes containing money given during holidays, as well as the color of the couple’s clothes on their wedding day. It’s also the color most closely associated with the fire element.

  • Breguet
  • Chopard
  • Hublot
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Rolex
  • Breguet Marie-Antoinette “Dentelle” Ref. GJE16BB20.8924R01

    Establish yourself as a red queen with this watch in the Marie Antoinette jewelry set. Its red strap accentuates the singular ruby set among its diamonds.

  • Chopard Imperiale 40mm Ref. 384240-5002

    Prefer the baguette cut for your jewels? This watch features it in spades with rubies on the bezel and diamonds on the dial.

  • Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic

    As a material, ceramic lends itself to even the most intense shade of red, making this new piece the perfect addition to the Big Bang—and your—collection.

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial Ref. 3482560

    We know it isn’t the same 12 zodiac signs, but it’s in red and has the constellations of the Northern hemisphere on it and we just couldn’t resist.

  • Rolex Day-Date 36 Ref. 118139

    If you’re looking for a subtler statement, then this model’s subdued cherry dial with a matching leather strap is the pick for you.

Pink

The color pink isn’t as significant in Chinese culture as red is, but as a shade of red, it is still associated with fire. If you’re looking for something a little less vibrant and forward as red is, pink is the way to go. (Valentine’s Day is also coming up, a celebration in which pink is pretty crucial, though that’s a story for another time.)

  • Omega
  • Patek Philippe
  • Roger Dubuis
  • Rolex
  • Omega Constellation Co-Axial 27mm 123.25.27.20.57.004

    Channel your inner wild side with this piece’s iconic “Griffes” or claws on the bezel and the coral mother-of-pearl dial resembling fur.

  • Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 4899/900G

    Have an avian fascination? This bejewelled Calatrava’s perfect for you. A feather motif is engraved on the mother-of-pearl dial as well as the hands, and is joined by staggered-set diamonds and pink sapphires.

  • Roger Dubuis Blossom Velvet Pink

    Pablo Neruda once wrote, “I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries / the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,” but this watch certainly doesn’t hide its flowers, and for that, we love it.

  • Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126715CHNR

    The GMT-Master II in Everose gold with the two-tone brown and black bezel takes two neutrals and meshes it in an iconic model… perfect for the man who prefers rootbeer to Pepsi, so to speak.

Orange

Another color that is tied to the element of fire is orange. The image of the mandarin orange is also a symbol of good fortune, exchanged between family and friends or displayed to invite luck into your environs. So while you might not want to carry a literal orange around with you, a predominantly orange watch just might do the trick.

  • Audemars Piguet
  • Ball
  • Chopard
  • Zenith
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26231ST.ZZ.D070CA.01

    Perceived as young, loud, and impactful, orange has always been viewed as a more difficult color to style. But Audemars Piguet takes this hue, integrates it into an appropriately sporty watch, and turns it into a statement for your wrist.

  • Ball Engineer Master II Diver TMT Ref. DT1020A-P1-BEORF

    Always wondered why mechanical dive watches never had thermometers? Wonder no more with this cool, glow-in-the-dark watch.

  • Omega Planet Ocean 600M GMT Ref. 232.93.44.22.99.001

    This limited edition timepiece sports a ceramic bezel in an orange so vibrant you can almost taste the citrus.

  • Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Swizz Beatz Ref. 49.9003.9004/76.R591

    If you happen to follow the music industry, specifically that of rappers’, this particular watch is a rare treat. Bonus points if you love diamonds and orange.

White

White is the main color associated with the metal element in the Five Elements theory, and represents the yang force in Chinese philosophy. Besides symbolizing brightness, purity, and fulfilment, white is a color that can work with virtually anything.

  • Audemars Piguet
  • Baume et Mercier
  • Girard-Perregaux
  • Maurice Lacroix
  • Omega
  • Patek Philippe
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz Ref. 67652BC.ZZ.1265BC.01

    This watch has a more than a thousand hundred brilliant-cut diamonds that’ll shine during even the darkest of nights.

  • Baume et Mercier Petite Promesse Ref. 10289

    Looking for a watch that’s a little different? This timepiece, with a classic mother-of-pearl dial surrounded by a diamond-set bezel switches it up with a wraparound stainless steel bracelet.

  • Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom Ref. 80484D11A701-HK7A

    This watch has us grinning like Cheshire cats, with the seconds hand appearing as a charming plum blossom.

  • Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Ref. AI6008-SS002-130-1

    The silver sun-brushed Clous de Paris dial with the Rhodium-plated, white SLN indexes and hands is perfect for a simple, everyday look.

  • Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch White Side of the Moon

    Carry the radiant moon on your wrist with this white ceramic watch.

  • Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-011

    The Nautilus has always been known for its more iconic version with the blue dial, but we think the version with the white dial is just as handsome.

Gold

Last but most definitely not the least is the metal that makes the world go round: gold. It doesn’t matter which culture you’re more familiar with, because this metal universally represents riches, fortune, and good luck. It’s often paired with red in Chinese New Year. Of course, too much gold can be a little bit of, erm, a statement— so here are a few of our favorite, tasteful watches.

  • Audemars Piguet
  • Breitling
  • Chopard
  • Louis Erard
  • Omega
  • Patek Philippe
  • Rolex
  • Vacheron Constantin
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin Ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02

    If you love bling, this yellow gold-on-gold watch will prove to be a great addition to your collection.

  • Breitling Chronomat 44 Steel & Gold – Golden Sun Ref. CB0110121H1C1

    This watch, aptly named the Golden Sun, shines brightly. You’ll even see it glinting during deep dives, down to an impressive 500m.

  • Chopard Happy Diamonds Icons Watch Ref. 209421-5001

    Encased in transparent sapphire crystal, five diamonds dance around the guilloché dial in this charming watch.

  • Louis Erard 01811PR11.BMA84

    This watch utilizes the PVD (physical vapor deposition) process, making the rose gold coating on the watch last years and years and years.

  • Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph 41.5mm Ref. 331.50.42.51.02.001

    Feeling nostalgic? This watch comes from a collection that’s been reimagined as an even better version of the 1957 original.

  • Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Ref. 7300/1200R-010

    Fit for the woman-on-the-go, this rose gold watch features a silver dial with a finish that resembles wild shantung silk.

  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 Ref. 126333

    Feel opulent with this watch’s champagne-colored dial and its use of Yellow Rolesor, a combination of Oystersteel and 18 carat yellow gold.

  • Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Small Model Ref. 25557/Q01R-9277

    At 30mm, this watch is for the tiniest of wrists. Like they always say, the best things in life come in small packages.

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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.

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

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  • 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.

 

 

No matter your age, a watch will always be a part of your life: telling time with an (analog) clock is one of the first lessons you were taught in kindergarten, peppered through lessons about the ABCs and 123s; children’s book series always have that one title called “What Time is It?” or something equally charming; and we all remember having that one (probably plastic) watch with our favorite cartoon character emblazoned on the dial.

In this day and age of the smartwatch and the inescapable mobile phone, however, the number of people who live their days by the hour and minute hands on their wrists is slowly getting smaller and smaller.

Admittedly, a working knowledge and fondness for watches is slowly becoming less and less common, but there is a growing group of young watch enthusiasts who have embraced the joys of this art. For their part, watch brands are studying and riding the wave of trends to remain relevant, and this resurgence amongst a younger audience is something we’re ardently championing.

Here’s a selection of timepieces that are up to par with the trends of the new generation.

Panerai Luminor Base Logo millenials

Panerai Luminor Base Logo

With its sleek design and larger cases, Panerai is undoubtedly king of the oversize watch trend. The brand offers timepieces that are more accessible for the young watch enthusiast, so If you’re an aspiring Paneristi, you can’t go wrong with the Luminor Base Logo. It embodies all of brand’s iconic aesthetics: the cushion case, crown bridge and dial all scream Panerai.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII millenials

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII

This flieger style watch has a long-running history, with the first iteration of this watch developed in 1948 for the British Royal Air Force. Aesthetically, the design didn’t go through too many drastic changes, a testament to its timelesness. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is perfect for the wearer who appreciates a sleek take on a historically inspired timepiece from a world renowned brand.

Tudor Black Bay GMT millenials

Tudor Black Bay GMT

Tudor is probably the first brand to be introduced for the purpose of being more accessible to a wider market, positioned as a more affordable option to its sister brand, Rolex. Tudor’s vintage styling, however, allows the brand to step out of its parent company’s shadow. Their most recent release is the Black Bay GMT. Although similar to a vintage Rolex GMT Master, it still features original design cues, like the split bezel color inspired by two iconic Black Bay models from the past.

Longines L2.759.4.78.3 millenials

Longines L2.759.4.78.3

Founded in 1832, Longines is one of the world’s oldest watch brands. Since its acquisition by the The Swatch Group, pioneers in promoting watches to literal children, Longines’ approach has evolved from merely targeting an older, more established audience to creating watches specially designed for young professionals. Their Master Collection, for example, embodies the manufacture’s technical prowess while aesthetically catering to a more youthful market.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris millenials

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris

When you think of Jaeger LeCoultre, the first thing that comes to mind are the classic Reverso watches, more associated with the the older, polo-playing set—or vintage design enthusiasts. With the release of the new Polaris line, however, Jaeger-LeCoultre has rounded out its offerings with a collection ideal for the modern lifestyles. Equal parts sporty and elegant, the Polaris line also has the distinction of being inspired by original designs from 1968.

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