The Watch List: The Superwatch Class is Alive and Ticking

Breguet: The Marine Collection

Breguet’s Marine collection symbolizes the spirit of adventure and conquest. It is inspired by the timepieces of yesteryear that were used as scientific instruments, particularly in maritime navigation. In 2021, Breguet adds to this line new variations in rose gold with a slate-gray dial, and in titanium with a blue dial.

The variations in rose gold of the Marine models feature a type of guillochage specially designed for the collection that mirrors its original inspiration. The gold dial, like a ship’s porthole revealing a glimpse of the sea in motion, incorporates a guillochage pattern in the form of waves. This piece of craftsmanship, which has always adorned Breguet timepieces, adds an extra touch of character to these watches, thanks to the expertise of the engine-turning artisans trained at the House of Breguet.

Hublot & Berluti: Big Bang Unico Berluti Cold Brown

The collaboration between men’s fashion house Berluti and watchmaker Hublot has given life to a series of monumental watches. Bringing together the former’s legendary Venezia leather with Hublot’s art of horology, this model is based for the first time on the iconic Big Bang Unico chronograph. A construction encases the leather between two pieces of sapphire glass, cut out for the first time to allow the wearer to admire the gears of the Unico movement.

Cartier: Santos de Cartier

Cartier introduces multiple new variants of the Santos de Cartier. The iconic design remains unchanged but is now available with ADLC finish. The two new references are only available in the LM size: one model featuring a black dial with a full ADLC finish on the case while the other features a grey dial and an ADLC finish on the bezel.

Christophe Claret: Napoleon Westminster Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon

To reward his bravest soldiers, Napoleon created, from the start of his reign, the Legion of Honor and his famous medal. Christophe Claret decided to put the exceptional symbol on the tourbillon cage of this timepiece. This tribute is further embodied by a Westminster flying tourbillon minute repeater provided with a jacquemart automata featuring Napoleon with his soldiers. The back of the watch allows a view of the mechanism of the Westminster minute repeater as well as a memorable epitaph.

Blancpain: Villeret Women Date

The Villeret collection has benefited from the results of Blancpain’s latest research into movement production. Correctors beneath the horns, protected calendar and moon-phase mechanisms, prodigious power reserves, everything is brought into play to add value to exceptional timepieces.

Patek Philippe: Twenty~4 Collection

Versatility was top of mind when Patek Philippe designed the Twenty~4. The goal was to achieve “a beautiful expression of today’s contemporary woman” by creating a watch that can keep up with busy women. By cleverly combining rectangular shapes, Patek Philippe struck the perfect balance between jewelry and horology, giving the timepiece an instantly recognizable profile.

Van Cleef & Arpels: Lady Arpels Soleil Féerique

Simply darling doesn’t begin to cover it. Designed as miniature works of art, these numbered, limited-edition timepieces embody the maison’s savoir-faire. The sun shines through the dial, composed of a light dome adorned with honeycomb-set yellow sapphires and diamonds. Sunbeams gleaming in yellow gold alternate with white gold rays adorned with plique-à-jour enamel for subtle transparency.

Bovet: Miss Audrey Sweet Art

This new coveted Bovet uses a completely new material and a new process to create a dial that has never been seen before in watchmaking. One made from pure sugar. First, sugar crystals are prepared so their structure will not change when exposed to light or heat. Prized crystals are selected for size, then combined with special paints and hand-applied to the dial.

Louis Vuitton: Tambour Carpe Diem

The structure of the Tambour Carpe Diem looks nothing like you’d expect from a traditional watch, brimming with incredibly vivid Calavera imagery. With a press of the snake, the watch whirrs to life as the skull on the dial begins to reveal the words Carpe Diem inside its mouth, while the Louis Vuitton logo inside its eye morphs in shape.

The De Bethune: DB28 Grand Sport Yellow Submarine

De Bethune decided to warm up the case of the DB28GS with a more fiery, yellow color palette. Conceived as a sports watch, legibility is key in low light or underwater. Instead of just splashing on loads of lume, De Bethune came up with an ingenious, on-demand lighting system from inside the watch. Running at 28,800 vibrations per hour and storing 5 days of energy, it incorporates many of the brand’s best innovations.

Vacheron Constantin: Égérie Self-Winding Diamond Pavé

Thriving at the intersection of high horlogerie and haute couture, the Égérie collection hits a high note with the new Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé model. Think chic and classic allure, tinged with a hint of whimsy, styled in a sparkling robe of light, while maintaining signature asymmetrical displays. These new models, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, highlight the maison’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.

Rolex: Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31

Aesthetically, the Datejust has spanned eras, while retaining the enduring motifs that make it one of the most recognizable of Rolex watches. Its distinctive aubergine dial features a large VI set with diamonds. The light reflections highlight the sleek profile of the case, fitted with a sublime diamond-set bezel. The sunray finish is obtained using masterful brushing techniques that create grooves from the center of the dial.

Chopard: L’Heure du Diamant Petite Oval

L’Heure du Diamant unveils two pillars of Chopard’s strong suit: watchmaking and gem-setting in one unique collection. A stunning prong-setting pays homage to the most illustrious stone in the world, the diamond.

Greubel Forsey: GMT Quadruple Tourbillon

By uniting the Quadruple Tourbillon and the GMT mechanism, Greubel Forsey not only accomplished a major technical feat that led to the creation of a new hand-wound caliber comprising of 805 parts, including three fast-rotating barrels. The watchmakers also tackled this challenge from an architectural vantage point to create a timepiece in which the three-dimensional approach is fully explored.

Tonino Lamborghini: The Spyder Watch

This is a timepiece designed and conceived for a man who likes to emphasize the smallest details of his unique and inimitable style. The Spyder watch was created as a homage to the shield that encloses the famous “Miura raging bull” in the brand’s logo. During the years, this timepiece has seen several evolutions of color and shape variations. The latest version of the new collection presents a unique dial with a double pattern: carbon fiber in the upper half and côte de Genève in the lower one.

Parmigiani Fleurier: Tondagraph GT with Bicolor Dials

Parmigiani Fleurier brought the elegance and fine craftsmanship of its timepieces into a new and sportier echelon of luxury. The new Tonda GT features a bicolor silvered dial with a clou triangulaire guilloché motif and a trio of black subdials. The juxtaposition of these two colors brings a further purity of design and a fresh, stylish execution.

Chanel: J12 Electro Dream

Chanel’s signature all-ceramic watch – stunningly executed in transparent sapphire crystal – receives the rainbow treatment for Watches & Wonders 2021. Inspired by the 1990s electronic dance music scene, the J12 Electro collection is made up of a variety of models, along with a one-of-a-kind, 12-piece set.

About The Author

Si Si Penaloza

Si Si Penaloza's first brush with unbridled luxury came when she was 18 months old, when she toddled from the lobby of Hôtel Ritz Paris into the adjacent Bar Hemingway – only to be busted 15 minutes later. After cutting her teeth as a curator, arts editor and cultural critic, she fell down the rabbit hole of luxury travel. A natural born flâneur, she thrives as a professional lounger – jetting to the world’s top destinations to review hotels and spas for top international outlets. Amid bouts of horizontal hedonism, she’s not immune to the lure of stunt journalism – interviewing Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the cast of Ocean's Thirteen in Cannes, reporting from Prince Harry’s Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Caribbean or racing the Top Gear team through the vineyards of Stellenbosch. She’s also been known to trek the Himalayas in seersucker pajamas, track baby kiwi birds at Cape Kidnappers, observe octopus at 80 feet below in Curaçao and frolic with frisky penguins on Cape Town's Boulder Beach. For editorial consideration please contact [email protected](dot)com.

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