Watchmaking has quite a few celebratory stories worth telling this year. The momentous pieces ahead share glimpses into the histories and evolution of various notable collections.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 50th Anniversary
Audemars Piguet kicked off the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary earlier this year by introducing the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon— the manufacture’s first-ever flying tourbillon housed in a 39mm extra-thin “Jumbo” case. The watch plays with the Royal Oak’s original codes, resulting in a stainless-steel case that is complemented with a Petite Tapisserie dial in the iconic Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 hue and a printed Audemars Piguet signature at 12 o’clock.
Breitling Navitimer 70th Anniversary
Breitling’s legendary timepiece turns 70 this year and the brand has redesigned this collection with bold colors and enhanced styling. They are still unmistakably Navitimers with the collection’s iconic circular slide rule, baton indexes, trio of chronograph counters and notched bezel for easy grip, but all of them now are complemented by a flattened slide rule and a domed crystal which create the illusion of a more compact profile.
Longines Master Collection 190th Anniversary
To mark its 190th anniversary, Longines presented a series of exclusive timepieces from a line
emblematic of its rich heritage: The Longines Master Collection. Available in stainless steel and gold, these new timepiece stands out aesthetically through its meticulous workmanship on every detail, like the sandblasted silver dial which is distinguished by its unique finish.
TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary
TAG Heuer pays tribute to a legendary collection created in 1962: the Autavia. This time around, the Swiss brand debuts two flyback chronograph models, with one of them showcasing the direct link to TAG Heuer’s military pieces of the past with its black dial and DLC-coated case. The watch is further completed with distinctive chronograph pushers and an extra-large crown—both inspired by historic TAG Heuer dashboard timers.
Rado DiaStar Original 60-Year Anniversary Edition
Rado launched the next chapter in the DiaStar’s success story with the DiaStar Original 60-Year Anniversary Edition. This unique piece has been created in collaboration with Swiss designer Alfredo Häberli and it comes in one of Rado’s preferred materials: Ceramos. This innovative composite material offers the hardness of ceramics along with the luster and resistance of a metal alloy.
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