The annual Watches & Wonders is a marvel of design, craftsmanship and opulence. Held every year in Switzerland, the luxurious showcase takes place over only a few packed days but manages to draw every notable watch brand in the world, each one vying to ensure its new styles are noticed and talked about. As you can imagine, the result is nothing less than spectacular. These were the standouts.
From Rolex’s luxurious new Day-Date 40 — rendered entirely in platinum — to Cartier’s sleek new Santos De Cartier, it would seem that watches with a bit more weight are coming to the fore. Putting a contemporary twist on styles of old, these timepieces are perfect for the modern gentleman.
Green with Envy
There’s nothing like a coloured dial for catching the eye. From IWC’s much-talked-about new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition (a militant, khaki affair) to Patek Philippe’s more opulent 7130R (a fresh update on the classic style), the trend towards green timepieces promises to turn heads, no matter how you wear it.
On the other hand, there is just something about watches like Tag Heuer’s limited-edition Monaco x Gulf Watch with its bold, charismatic dial and sporty appeal that ignites excitement. Requiring incredible craftsmanship to create, watches like this, and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 (with an exquisitely-detailed dial that boasts a world time complication) inspire creativity and remind us all of the artistry at play in this industry.
Keeping to the classics is always a good idea, particularly in the case of a watch to wear every day. Brands like Piaget and Grand Seiko produced distinctly simple styles that, despite their outward appearance, still concealed some of the most impressive watch-making in the world — proving the power of a pared-back dial and an elegant leather strap.