6 Best Reimagined Classic Watches

These novelties bring the aesthetics of the past to the present.


Earlier this year, Cartier unveiled a new and modern interpretation of the Pasha de Cartier. The latest Pasha collection includes many models—with cases in steel, yellow gold, pink gold and set with diamonds—incorporating fine jewelry pieces and fine watchmaking creations with skeletonized versions.

It also comes with interchangeable straps, a sapphire crystal case-back and a new crown, which is particularly sophisticated in terms of watchmaking functions and design details. Aside to that, Cartier also unveiled a new customizable engraving that appears under the crown cover and is only revealed when the chained crown is unscrewed. All in all, the new Pasha the Cartier remains faithful to its roots but becomes even more sophisticated with its new features.

Case Size: 41mm
Case Material: 18K yellow gold case
Dial: Silver flinqué dial
Strap: Alligator-skin straps with “quickswitch” interchangeability system
Movement: Caliber 1847 MC
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water Resistance 100m


Audemars Piguet’s [Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph reinterprets one of the brand’s rare chronograph wristwatches using its latest technology and a dial design increasing legibility for the present day. Faithful to the original design language of pre-model 1533 from 1943, the [Re]master01 features the signature “Audemars Piguet & Co Genève” inscription on the dial, which is pretty similar to what appears on the 1943 model that inspired it.

On the flip side, this new watch is completed with a glare-proofed sapphire crystal caseback that reveals the beauty of the chronograph mechanism and the decorated oscillating weight with a “Clous de Paris” guilloché motif—a traditional decoration technique used since the 1950s at Audemars Piguet.

Case Size: 40mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial: Yellow gold-toned dial
Strap: Hand-stitched light brown calfskin strap
Movement: Selfwinding manufacture caliber 4409
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Water Resistance 20m


Longines revisits one of its iconic heritage pieces with a new version of The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935. As the name suggests, this chronograph is a reinterpretation of the Type A-7 model ordered by the U.S. Air Force back in 1935. Faithful to the original model, this new variation comes with a black dial shifted 40-degrees to the right. This particular orientation of the dial allowed pilots to read the indices without having to release the plane’s control yoke. Aside to that, the watch also adopts the specifications of the historic model with its “train track” chapter ring and matt black dial. If anything, this is truly a testimony to the brands historic ties with the world of aviation.

Case Size: 41mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial: Black dial
Strap: Brown alligator strap
Movement: Caliber 1788
Power Reserve: 54 hours
Water Resistance 30m


Back in 1953, Breitling launched the Ref. 765 AVI, a pilot’s watch known as the “Co-Pilot.” This year, Breitling honors the legacy of this classic chronograph with the AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition.

Most importantly, this watch is a carefully researched and crafted re-edition of the legendary Co-Pilot and is based on one of the early iterations from that year. For one, it features the same Arabic numerals as well as the bezel, which is secured by three screws that are placed in precisely the same positions as those on the watch from 1953. Available in two striking precious-metal versions, there is no question that vintage aficionados will be drawn in a chance to wear a piece of history on their wrists.

Case Size: 41mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial: All-black dial
Strap: Black vintage-inspired leather strap
Movement: Breitling manufacture caliber B09
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Water Resistance 30m


As part of its partnership with British designer fashion label Orlebar Brown, Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has introduced the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Orlebar Brown.” For this special watch, the stainless-steel case is complemented by a marine-blue dial and a co-branded side-fastener buckle, featuring white and red color accents, which are often used in Orlebar Brown’s products.

Driven by the IWC-manufactured calibre 89361 with fly-back function, the nautical chronograph is completed with elegant case proportions, which is worn on a blue rubber strap with textile inlay. Interestingly, in addition to this new watch, IWC and Orlebar Brown have also designed a nine-piece resort wear capsule collection.

Case Size: 45mm
Case Material: Microblasted and polished black ceramic
Dial: Saphhire crystal with camouflage decor
Strap: Black rubber with camouflage décor
Movement: Caliber Hublot HUB124
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Water Resistance 100m


Fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto’s iconic textiles and daring approach to motifs set the tone for Hublot’s Big Bang Camo Yohji Yamamoto, which is a limited edition of 200 pieces.

Its sapphire dial features superimposed outlines which form biomorphic patches in an echo of the artist’s camouflage motif, with his signature at 6 o’clock. Remarkably, the original construction of the camouflage motif extends onto the strap, where each of the constituent shapes
of the outline is cut out individually, assembled and then fused together using a vulcanization process.

More importantly, this is brand new technology for the watchmaking sector, reinforcing Hublot’s position as the first brand to use vulcanization in the creation of its straps.

Case Size: 44,6mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial: Blue dial with luminescence
Strap: Blue rubber strap with textile inlay
Movement: Breitling manufacture caliber B09
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Water Resistance 60m