Thanks to their sleek lines and classic looks these four watches made it to our list as archetypal timepieces, writes Hiren Kumar Bose
BAUME & MERCIER Clifton Baumatic COSC
An interesting release, the COSC certified self-winding chronometer with a five-day power reserve and a design that makes it a versatile watch. It features a silicon escapement and balance wheel, which gives it some superlative specs for a watch in its price range: a five-day power reserve, COSC-level accuracy, magnetic resistance to 1,500 gauss meaning you don’t worry about it running fast due to magnetism and an extended service interval (over the industry standard of five years).
CARTIER Drive Extra-Flat In Yellow Gold
Earlier launched in pink and white gold, it’s now in both steel and yellow gold. With an amazing thin profile at a mere 6.6 mm it’s a kind of watch which can rest on comfortably in all type of wrist. The 38mm high and 39mm wide cushion-shaped watch is imbued with a unique character without being flashy. The little design elements are just perfect like the beautiful hands in blue and dark roman numerals. The crown features the brand’s signature design.
VACHERON CONSTANTIN FiftySix Self-Winding Steel
The 40mm dressy watch can be comfortably worn day in and day out. It is water-resistant and shares a number of characteristics with the 1950s Collection watches. It employs the distinctively shaped box-type sapphire crystal that rises above the bezel. The polished and satin-brushed 22-ct openworked rotor bears a Maltese Cross applique and a frosted, snailed finish, serving as a signature feature of the Collection. The three-handed self-winding watch, in steel or pink gold, houses a brand-new mechanical self-winding movement, Calibre 1326, endowed with a 48-hour power reserve. It provides hours, minutes, central seconds and an aperture-type date indication are equipped with a stop-seconds device. The monochrome dial – grey on the steel version and silver-toned on the pink gold version – exhibits a sunburst effect, and the baton-type gold hours and minutes hands and hour-markers are coated with a luminescent material.
IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years”
A good looking watch and surprisingly flat despite its complication, the 41 mm watch gets the anniversary treatment, glossily lacquered dials in either dark blue or white. The white dial is visually appealing. The anniversary chronograph is powered by the Caliber 69355, a “manufacture” movement in a classic column-wheel design, made up of 194 individual parts. The bidirectional pawl-winding system reliably builds up a power reserve of 46 hours. The see-through sapphire-glass back provides a view of the decorated movement. Limited to 2000 watches, the 41mm watch features a stainless steel case, a white dial with a lacquered finish, and blued hands.