Men’s Luxury Watches 2018

Men’s Luxury Watches 2018

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Hiren Kumar Bose on the best of haute horlogerie for the menfolk

BREGUET Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367
At 3mm high, the watch houses one of the thinnest automatic tourbillon watches and comes with a sleek enamel dial. The power-reserve indication has been removed, so that the eye is irresistibly drawn towards the tourbillon and its hand-bevelled bar, topped with a spinel. Until now, Breguet’s Grandes Complications collection was missing a Grand Feu enamel dial – a gap now filled by this 42mm watch.

TAG HEUER Carrera Heuer 02 GMT
A sports timer this watch has witnessed several technical innovations and this year marks its 55th anniversary. For this special anniversary year, it returns with the new in-house 02 chronograph movement inside a 43mm modular case. There is a tachymeter scale around the bezel and a 3-6-9 layout for the counters on the skeleton dial.

PANERAI L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT Titanio
The L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 is the brand’s first timepiece with the moonphases indication. The hand-wound P.2005/GLS calibre features a tourbillon escapement visible from the front, as well as the back of the watch, thanks to the skeletonised dial.

AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its iconic Royal Oak Offshore collection, Audemars Piguet unveiled two limited edition hand-wound timepieces, rendered in either stainless steel (50 pieces ) or 18-ct pink gold (also 50 pieces). The movement has been redesigned to adopt a more avant-garde look.

RICHARD MILLE 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough
Limited to 30 pieces, the watch features an innovative case rendered in laminated sapphire crystal and Carbon TPT. The sapphire crystal, designed to endure harsh conditions of polo games, is basically bulletproof as a thin sheet of vinyl is placed between two layers of the sapphire crystal.

A LANGE & SÖHNE Triple Split
Called Triple Split, it’s the first mechanical split-seconds chronograph in the world that allows multi-hour comparative time measurements. The additional rattrapante hands on the minute and hour totalisers make it possible to stop lap and reference times of events that last as long as 12 hours. The new L132.1 calibre boasts 567 movement parts. The power reserve lasts up to 55 hours when fully wound.

GREUBEL FORSEY Différentiel d’Egalité
Featuring dead-beat seconds, the timepiece available in a limited edition of 33 pieces enables steady distribution of power from the mainspring barrel to the regulating organ. This maintains a constant balance amplitude during the 60 hours of the power reserve.

ULYSSE NARDIN Freak Vision
It’s the maiden watch in a 45mm diameter platinum case which fuses silicium with solid nickel elements for an ultra-light balance wheel. The 3D carved upper bridge, inspired by a boat’s hull as well as the “flying carousel” rotating around its own axis, create a statement dial design that is unmistakably Ulysse Nardin.

IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition ‘150 Years’
A rare IWC reference, it features digital hours and minute display as shown on the Pallweber pocket watch in about 1884. It also happens to be the brand’s first to feature jumping numerals in a digital display. The watch comes in a 45mm-diameter red gold case, with lacquer-finished white dial and a blued seconds hand. Limited to 250 pieces.

HERMÈS Carré H Designed By Marc Berthier
Designed in collaboration with French architect and designer Marc Berthier, the watch features a square case with curved edges echoing Hermès’ famous Carré H scarves. The timepiece, first unveiled in 2010, is now updated with a new dial design. The piece is available in steel with either the dark grey or black dial.

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