See the most desirable releases from this year’s Watches & Wonders

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.   

Heavy Metal

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.

From the left: OYSTER PERPETUAL DAY-DATE 40 from Rolex. breitling NAVITIMER B01 from partridge jewellers. cartier SANTOS DE CARTIER WATCH from partridge jewellers. OCTO FINISSIMO WATCH from Bulgari.

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.  

from the left: IWC PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH TOP GUN EDITION “WOODLAND” from Partridge jewellers. GMT-MASTER II watch from Rolex. Patek philippe 7130R watch from Partridge Jewellers. Breitling NAVITIMER B01 Partridge Jewellers.

Face Value

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. 

From the left: Tag heuer MONACO X GULF watch from Partridge Jewellers. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 from Partridge Jewellers. Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Precious watch from Partridge Jewellers. ESCALE SPIN TIME watch from Louis Vuitton.

Timeless

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.  


Grand seiko SBGW283 watch from Partridge Jewellers. Jaeger-LeCoultre MASTER ULTRA THIN
SMALL SECONDS watch from Partridge Jewellers. piaget Altiplano watch from Partridge Jewellers. Pierre Arpels Heure d’Ici & Heure d’Ailleurs Watch from Van Cleef & Arpels.

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