The word iconic is one of the most overused and abused words in the watch industry, however, I bet everyone agrees that the Royal Oak actually IS a true design icon. One that defined the modern luxury sport watch. In 1972, Audemars Piguet and Gerald Genta created an archetype; match a sporty but clearly expensively-crafted steel watch with an integrated steel bracelet and an automatic, ultra-thin movement. Et voila, there’s the luxury sports watch, an archetype that has never seemed more relevant than today, as demand for such watches is higher, much higher, than availability.
A unique piece for Only Watch 2019, Frederique Constant presents a version of its Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar featuring a dial fashioned out of a meteorite found in Namibia. Standing out with its unique texture, the blue openwork dial echoes the colour of 8th edition of the biennial charity auction.
Here it is… The multi-million watch, potential record-breaker as the most expensive watch to be auctioned by Only Watch – remember the 5208T from 2017 (sold for CHF 6,200,000) and the 5016A from 2015 (sold for CHF 7,300,000)? What you’re looking at here is a unique example of an extremely rare piece, Patek’s most complicated […]
In 2004, an Austrian couple, Maria and Richard Habring, embarked on a surprising but successful horological journey by creating their own brand named Habring². Fifteen years is a relatively short period of time but has proved enough to accomplish their goal: to become a true Austrian watch manufacture, respected and capable of producing great watches. […]
Last year, at the SIHH 2018, Audemars Piguet presented a case study, a concept watch made to show the brand’s savoir-faire in terms of watchmaking: the Royal Oak #RD2, also known as the world’s thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar. Impressively complex inside and very familiar outside (clearly it had all the traits of a Royal Oak […]
Following up with its exclusive collection of blue-coloured watches, the Bucherer “Blue Editions”, which include some pretty cool watches such as this Oris Chronograph or this Breguet Marine, major Swiss watch retailer Bucherer continues to expand its line-up with a high-end piece, this time in a limited edition, with various evolutions compared to the standard […]
Back in 2017, Audemars Piguet showed an innovative spirit by presenting its first full ceramic watch (bracelet included), the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in black. Needless to say, this watch is one of the hottest editions in the collection, with its unique stealth look and its complex movement. Based on this concept, Audemars […]
In 2016, when IWC decided to revamp its iconic Ingenieur collection, this came as a surprise. Gone was the robust “Genta-esque” case, the brand came back to the original design of the 1960s models. Among the inaugural models were some 3-hands watches and mostly some chronographs. And on top of the range was the complex Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, combining a QP and a flyback chronograph. This watch, available until now only in gold with a white dial, comes today in a new, lighter, more casual version with a grey dial and titanium case under ref. IW381802.
Jaeger-LeCoultre certainly is famous for its minimalistic and Art-Deco watch, the Reverso, or for its elegant Master collection. However, this would be reductive considering everything else the Grande Maison can achieve: métiers d’art, complex movements, superb designs. This year, at the SIHH, the brand introduced both an incredible masterpiece, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster, as well as a new design for its high-end Master watches. Combining these two is another impressive piece, with innovative chiming mechanism (and more). Here’s the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Repetition Minutes Perpetuelle.
As most of you might know, the perpetual calendar is among the most complex mechanism that can be implemented in a watch. It is the most advanced type of calendar available, the one that needs no adjustments, even during leap years… Having one in collection is sort of a must for any brand that wants to be qualified as “Haute Horlogerie”. But then again, among these watches, all were not born equal. And when it comes to Glashütte Original, and perpetual calendar that celebrates its 20th anniversary, it is indeed special.