Every year we get stunned by the sheer variety of watches which get launched at Baselworld and SIHH. If one wants to admire watches one must realise that they do not operate in the same space. If some are proud to make the best movements, some others are proud for being the most trendy. Similarly, some watches are just timeless in their appeal, some others make outrageous statements. Finally, some offer the ultimate in luxury while some others are the final words on being sporty. Here is a selection of 37 brilliant watches, categorised in six groups with different appeals. Most watch brands overlap between these categories with different product offerings. However, we tried to keep it simple by putting them in categories where they fit the most. We want our readers to choose their own favourites from this list of amazing watches.
You cannot be labeled ‘prestige’ unless you have been offering the best over centuries. These watches are owned by many generations and are timeless in appeal.
BLANCPAIN Tourbillon Transparence
For the first time, the owner of a BLANCPAIN Tourbillon Transparence is treated to a view of both sides of the lovingly hand finished Calibre 6925A. The sapphire dial enables one to admire the bridges, plates and gear trains which are consistently distinguished by their meticulous finishing, but which generally remain hidden from view. A movement which, equipped with its tourbillon regulator, is considered to be one of the most complex of its kind, is certainly worthy of this noble tribute.
The Tourbillon Transparence houses a mechanical self-winding movement with a 7-day power reserve and comprising 307 parts. In addition to its remarkable flying tourbillon, this subtle mechanism drives a large date display at 6 o’clock, a 7-day power-reserve indication at 9 o’clock, as well as the hour and minute hands.
Water-resistant to 100 metres, the 38 mm diameter case of the Tourbillon Transparence is fashioned with 950 platinum. The watch comes in limited edition of 27 pieces only.
BREGUET Classique Grande Complication
This man’s wrist watch in platinum 950 comes with minute repeater and perpetual calendar. Its hand wound movement is entirely engraved by hand. The indicators are retrograde month at half-past ten, leap year in a sub dial at 8 o’ clock, day at 4 o’ clock, date at 6 o’ clock, age and phases of the moon at half past two. The watch comes with a power reserve of 40 hours.
PATEK PHILIPPE Split Second Chronograph
With a scant 2.25mm in height, the new Patek Philippe calibre CH R 27-525 PS is the thinnest split-seconds column-wheel chronograph ever made. It has six hands and two subsidiary dials, with centre hour and minute hands and subsidiary seconds at 9 o’clock. The watch comes with the Geneva seal and power reserve of 48 hours. This latest masterpiece is cased in an 8.5mm thin officer’s-style case made of platinum. Like all platinum watches of Patek Philippe, it features a small diamond between the lugs at 6 o’clock. The inaugural edition of this exceptional timepiece will comprise 10 pieces.
BOVET Fleurier 39mm
BOVET’S award-winning Fleurier design, adapted from its 19th century pocket-watches, appears with hundreds of different faces. This year, fancy Roman numerals on the black dial add distinction to an already distinctive watch. The men’s automatic in 39mm rose or white goldcase is powered by Bovet’s advanced 11BA08 self-winding calibre. Its double barrels give it a comfortable 55 hour power reserve and 28,800 v/h frequency ensures precision. Bovet’s hallmark of serpentine hand and the bow and crown with the sapphire cabochon at 12 o’clock are present in the watch.
A.LANGE & SOHNE The Lange 1 Time Zone
For more than 10 years, Lange 1 has been the most acclaimed watch from the house of A. Lange & Sohne. The watch houses a manually wound Lange movement, calibre L031.1. Home time (hours, minutes, small seconds with stop seconds) with day/night indicator and zone time (hours and minutes) with day/night indicator and city ring characterise this masterpiece. It comes with a power reserve of more than 72 hours and 41.9mm diameter dial. The watch comprises 417 parts in all.