We saw, we liked, we dreamed to put it on our wrist. These are nine of the latest watches we find worthy to be in our wish list these days.
1. Louis Vuitton Tambour Damier Graphite Race
Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Damier Graphite Race combines modern design and watchmaking know-how. First and foremost, it comes with an architectural dial that features a V for Vuitton against a Graphite Damier patterned background. Furthermore, the polished indexes and the fluorescent green accents is a reference to the strikingly intense color palette of Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh. Meanwhile, a smoked-grey sapphire glass case-back subtly reveals the watch’s traditional mechanism. Finally, thanks to an exclusive Louis Vuitton-patented interchangeable strap system common to all Tambour watches, it is available with a black or fluorescent green rubber strap that can be switched on a whim.
2. Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic
Bvlgari once again demonstrates its determination to rewrite the rules, as well as to shift the paradigm of modern-day watchmaking, with its latest and sixth world record-breaking design. In particular, with the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic, the Roman jeweler clinched its sixth world record in six years, this time for the world’s thinnest tourbillon chronograph. The watch highlights a combination between an automatic winding mechanical manufacture ultra-thin skeleton movement, a single- pusher chronograph and a tourbillon with a total thickness of just 7.40mm. Driven by excellence and artistry, fueled by passion and also faithful to Bvlgari’s status as the Jeweler of Time, this timepiece is a work of horological ingenuity and art.
3. TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Jack Heuer Birthday Gold Limited Edition
TAG Heuer has just released a 188-piece 18K rose gold limited edition of a redesigned vintage Heuer Carrera to mark Jack Heuer’s birthday and pay tribute to his visionary contribution to the brand’s longevity of 160 years. With its sleek design and highly legible dial, the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Jack Heuer Birthday Gold Limited Edition celebrates to the Heuer style, as well as Jack Heuer’s love of detail and precision. More importantly, this new watch features Jack Heuer’s motto—“Time never stops, why should we?”—on the oscillating mass of its in-house manufacture Heuer 02 movement, and bears the double symbol of infinity on the dial and Heuer’s signature on the strap.
4. Cartier Tank Asymétrique
The Cartier Privé collection highlights the design of the maison’s legendary watches and this time, it is the Tank Asymétrique’s turn to enter the exclusive circle of this connoisseurs’ club. In particular, on the Tank Asymétrique skeleton watch, the 9623 MC skeleton movement appears at the center of a bare structure, punctuated by the 12 and the 6. Remarkably, the integration of this specially developed calibre within an asymmetric watch also fulfils the mission of the Cartier Privé collection, which is to apply technology to the service of design. As a final touch, the watch is available in pink gold on a brown or gray strap, in platinum on a blue or black strap and in a gem-set platinum version on a black or glossy blue strap.
5. Bell & Ross BR 05 Chronograph
Bell & Ross extends its new BR 05 collection with a chronograph of style and technical complexity that fits perfectly in a resolutely urban setting. The lines of this 42mm case is a combination of round and square—the basic geometric shapes which form the identity of the brand. Another signature of its personality, the dial on the BR 05 Chronograph ensures optimal legibility thanks to its graphics and contrasts. Midway between round and square, there’s another subtle reference to the 1970s in the shape of its two snailed counters—the chronograph minute counter at 9 o’clock and small seconds at 3 o’clock—that certainly gives the new BR05 a neo-retro look which in no way diminishes its modernity.
6. Grand Seiko Kintaro Hattori 160th Anniversary Limited Edition
Grand Seiko proudly celebrates the life and achievements of Kintaro Hattori—Seiko’s founder who was born in central Tokyo in 1860—with the Kintaro Hattori 160th Anniversary Limited Edition. This special watch comes with an intricate pattern on the dial, which is made possible by processing techniques that create a delicate dial surface with varying depths. Moreover, a star mark located at 6 o’clock denotes that the indexes are of solid gold, which has been a tradition since the 1960s. To make it even more special, the watch is powered by the Caliber 9R02—which is assembled, adjusted and finished by hand by the craftsmen and women of the brand’s Micro Artist Studio—that delivers a power reserve of 84 hours.
7. H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue
After the success of its Chronograph Flyback Automatic with a gray fumé dial and its three-hands model, H. Moser & Cie. unveils the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue. As with all models in the Streamliner collection, this chronograph has perfectly rounded curves, evoking the very first high-speed trains from the 1920s and 1930s whose name it adopts. Up front, the 60 numeral dominates the dial, harking back to the stopwatches of the aforementioned eras, when legibility and functionality were key. Overall, this new model certainly brings together harmonious proportions, fluid forms and high-end finishes, presided over by the Funky Blue color which has become an iconic part of the brand.
8. Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day & Date
Montblanc introduced the Star Legacy Chronograph Day & Date earlier this year in a 43mm stainless steel case with a domed sapphire crystal on the front and a sapphire crystal on the back, allowing the wearer to admire the MB 25.07 automatic chronograph movement beneath. Appearance wise, the watch is available with two dial colors: Ivory with a silvery-white flange and counters that feature 18K rose gold-coated Roman numerals and also anthracite with black rhodium-coated Roman numerals. Fitted with a brown or gray Sfumato strap or—optionally—a stainless steel bracelet, this timepiece definitely offers very useful indications and provides the perfect mix of classical watchmaking along with a stylish, yet casual look.
9. Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown
Breitling has just launched the Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown, which is its third watch created in collaboration with Outerknown, the sustainable apparel brand co-founded by surfing legend Kelly Slater. Visually, this modern-retro sea watch expresses the cool, laid-back lifestyle associated with the surfing scene in Southern California and Hawaii back in the 1950s and 1960s with its bronze-colored dial and Outerknown ECONYL yarn—a material sourced from repurposed nylon waste—NATO strap. Available with a classic stainless-steel case or as a 500 limited-edition model with an 18K red gold bezel, this watch is not only a tribute to the memorable surfing scene, but is also focused on the very real challenges faced by our planet and on the people who are looking for ways to drive positive change.
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