Along with the release of the hit rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians” comes a wave of issues and trends that has never seen this much spotlight before. Proper representation of Asian actors and filmmakers is one of them but the lavish lifestyle of the film’s ensemble characters also shone brighter than anything else.
With that in mind, we list down the ten wristwatch brands that these madly wealthy people might consider for their everyday style.
The French fashion powerhouse has recently released the latest incarnation of their signature “letter H” watches — this time dubbed Heure H Double Jeu. Reason for the nomenclature is obvious: the diamonds that fill the case and dial are set to differentiate its look into two contrasting black and white areas. The stones are set as character instead to merely accessorize. Brilliant. Priced from $6,200 – $9,000.
A brand mostly associated with flying watches, IWC surprised everyone when they also released a line of commemorative watches of their signature The Portugieser on their 150th anniversary. A total of five different Portugieser watches were released: from one with a double moon phase, one with constant force tourbillon, to one that simply being the most faithful to its 1939 original piece. Priced from $8,800 – $9,500; depending on its types, limited from 30 to 2,000 pieces.
A few months ago, Bulgari made the headlines when they released the latest addition to their Octo series with an all black Octo Ultranero. This variation comes in two types; the L’Originale Chronograph and the Finissimo Skeleton, both with distinct features that looked even better in darker monochromatic tones. Priced from $11,500 – $26,500.
Earlier this year, Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Reference 15202, which was unique, thanks to a combination of two different metals (titanium and platinum) but finished in the same tone. Famous for making watches from unusual materials, this limited edition also made the headlines. Priced at $34,800; limited to 250 pieces.
Probably one of the first men-sports watch and definitely the first pilot watch to ever been made, Cartier Santos is not only a legend, but also a heritage piece. This year, the iconic square undergone another incarnation – with the signature screw set bezel now tapered towards the top and bottom end of its case, as well as having their silhouette slimmed down quite drastically. Price from $6,250 – $60,000.
Known because of their revolutionary fluid powered movement technology, HYT made this super limited edition H0 Querétaro as a tribute to a city in Mexico that earned its name thanks to the same thing as they are: water. A nearly three century old aqueduct splits the city into two, and became the inspiration for the watch’s modern design. Priced at $42,000; limited to five pieces.
Probably 2018 is just the year of rebooting the iconic classics, but Patek Philippe has a solid nostalgic reasons when they re-release their signature Golden Ellipse; 2018 is their grand design’s 50th anniversary. With that comes two new edition of the series, one that carries its classic rose gold look and another is platinum cased that has hand engraved volute motif on its dial. Priced from $30,850 – $90,700; the platinum cased is limited to 100 pieces.
Speaking about Roger Dubuis, one cannot forget its legendary partnership with Lamborghini last year—a collaboration that has produced some sick looking watches. One of them is the Excalibur Aventador S. Taking inspiration in one of Lambo’s most popular cars, the watch boasts a similar movement with its namesake and using similar material as its engine as well. Priced at $195,000; limited to 88 pieces.
Action legend Sylvester Stallone collaborated with the Swiss watchmakers on designing this beautiful piece fit for any adventure junkie – the Richard Mille 25-01 Adventure Tourbillon Chronograph. It has a rotating compass bezel, five water purification tablets sealed inside, a power reserve of 72 hours and is water resistant to 100 metres, and has a Carbon TPT cover. Priced at $983,000; limited to 20 pieces.
The Swiss watchmakers have finally released the product of a five-year long project; the Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4. Claimed as the most complicated watch ever made, it features 36 complications, consists of nearly 1,500 components and has a millenia long calendar. And it looked really beautiful in its complexity as well – definitely a one of a kind. Priced at $2.7 million.
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