Watch List: Luxury Watches with Extraordinary Craftsmanship and Style

The Watch List: Luxury with Extraordinary Craftsmanship and Style

The undeniable appeal of a luxury timepiece can never be overstated. If there’s one fashion accessory that is guaranteed to stand the test of time it’s a piece of fine horology. Let’s take a deeper dive into the latest trends in watchmaking to help you find the perfect pairing for your next timepiece purchase.

Roger Dubuis: Excalibur Monobalancier

The case of this timepiece is crafted of MCF (Mineral Composite Fiber), a new white material in watchmaking which is 13 percent lighter than carbon and UV resistant to maintain its white color. Its skeleton caliber, manufactured in Geneva, has a star- shaped bridge which is the signature of the Excalibur Original collection.

Chanel: Red Edition Collection

Chanel’s Boy-Friend Skeleton Red Edition Watch (left) features an 18K beige gold case and a matching bezel set with 38 baguette-cut rubies. Its ruby alligator-pattern calfskin strap is accented with an 18K beige gold triple-folding buckle set with 23 baguette-cut rubies. The J12 X-Ray Red Edition Watch 3.1 (right) is crafted with a sapphire case and an 18K white gold fixed bezel set with 46 baguette-cut rubies.

Bvlgari: Serpenti Misteriosi Ref. 103559

This watch holds a secret. The head of the serpent opens to reveal Piccolissimo, one of the smallest mechanical movements to date and a true jewel of microtechnology. The timepiece’s rose gold case and bracelet coil sinuously around the wearer’s wrist. Two pear-cut diamonds serve as the serpent’s eyes and the dial is crafted of mother- of-pearl. When combined, these features put Bulgari’s decorative excellence and spectacular craftsmanship on full display.

Greubel Forsey: Double Balancier Convexe

The case of this limited-edition timepiece is crafted of titanium and it features a curved, synthetic sapphire crystal and a variable geometry-shaped bezel. The multi- level, open-worked center bridge is done in black with polished beveling. Choose a textured rubber strap or a titanium bracelet for this extraordinary timepiece.

Bell & Ross: 03-92 Diver White

Designed to endure the exploration of icy seas, polar oceans and frozen lakes, this timepiece is also chic and sporty enough to wear in the city. Waterproof and robust, the 03-92 Diver White meets the demanding specifications of the Swiss diving watch, complying with the ISO 6425 standard.

Girard-Perregaux: Three Gold Bridges Ruby Heart

This limited edition of just three timepieces was inspired by the romantic union of Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux. The refined finishing of this tourbillion timepiece includes an 18K pink gold case, 56 brilliant-cut diamonds and 18 brilliant-cut rubies and the crown is set with a ruby heart cabochon.

Blancpain: Traditional Chinese Calendar

Developed exclusively by Blancpain, this timepiece is profoundly rooted in Chinese tradition. On its dial, the hours, minutes and Gregorian calendar coexist with the main elements of the Chinese calendar, such as traditional double-hours, leap months, signs of the zodiac, the five elements, the ten celestial stems and the moon phases.

Bvlgari: Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie

This one-of-a-kind timepiece masterfully brings together the marvel of sound with the preciousness of gemstones. Fashioned of 18K white gold accented with a green alligator bracelet, the watch features a four-hammer Westminster chime. The case and dial of this jeweled timepiece are set entirely with baguette-cut diamonds and emeralds.

Ulysse Nardin: Blast Moonstruck

The team that created this astronomical- themed timepiece successfully took on the challenge of incorporating the moon’s rotation, the movement of the sun as we observe it from Earth and a tidal chart into its design. To create a 3D effect, a domed sapphire crystal protects the land masses that are micro-engraved inside.

Patek Philippe: Advanced Research Fortissimo

With its unique fortissimo “ff” sound amplification, this innovative timepiece will appeal to enthusiasts of minute repeaters. In this technical debut, the sound is transmitted through four openings in a titanium ring, so the case material doesn’t influence the sound. The pierced motif of the dial was inspired by the wheels of vintage automobiles.

Tudor: Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze

Named after the year in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch was introduced, this 39 mm Swiss- made chronometer is waterproof up to 200 meters and features a rotating bezel, domed dial and riveted bracelet done in bronze. A complimentary brown fabric strap is also included with this timepiece which is only available in selected TUDOR boutiques. Soccer pro and team owner David Beckham serves as brand ambassador for TUDOR to evoke the company’s “Born to Dare” spirit.

Panerai: Luminor Chronos

Panerai watches blend Italian design, Swiss technology and a passion for the sea. The Luminor Chrono is water resistant to 100 meters and features a brushed steel case, a polished steel bezel and a white dial with luminous numbers and hour markers. This luxury timepiece is accented with a black alligator strap with tone-on- tone stitching.

Chopard: Alpine Eagle XL Chrono

This chronometer was inspired by the majestic Alpine Eagle and its natural habitat. The sunburst pattern on the brass dial resembles the iris of an eagle and the second hand’s counterweight is shaped like an eagle’s feather. The crown is engraved with a compass rose to evoke the spirit of adventure.

Jaeger-LeCoultre: Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185

As the world’s first watch with four sides, the Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre is a true marvel of precision watchmaking. The first face is dedicated to providing an instantaneous perpetual calendar. The second face chimes the time with the aid of an innovative minute repeater. The third face is dedicated to the moon and provides three displays of lunar information and the fourth face represents phases of the moon in the Southern Hemisphere against a star-flecked sky.

About The Author

Karen Brost is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based writer who has been covering travel, lifestyle and business topics for over 15 years. A former Midwesterner, she traded her snow shovel for sun screen and never looked back. Like most writers, she has an inquisitive mind and her work has taken her on such diverse adventures as hiking to an active volcano in Hawaii, exploring the wonders of Petra in Jordan, hot air ballooning over the Rio Grande, sailing on an America's Cup yacht and donning a chef's coat to flip eggs in the kitchen of a five-diamond resort. Karen is always on the lookout for interesting story ideas and one of the things she enjoys most as a writer is interviewing people who are passionate about what they do. Among her assignments as a contributing writer for Jetset Magazine, Karen covers luxury travel destinations and develops profiles of top level executives. For editorial consideration please contact editor@jetsetmag(dot)com.

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