Editor’s Picks of 2019

A selection of watches to cherish for generations

Cherished and passed down through generations, a classic watch becomes so much more than a functional accessory. It is a piece of machinery, but it’s not cold; it’s been warmed by the emotions and stories it has witnessed. It’s a piece of family history and legacy. Choosing a watch with timeless character will make it an heirloom that will only grow more precious over the years.

Patek Philippe

Grand Complications Self-Winding 
Ref: 5078G-010

Premiered at this year’s Baselworld watch exhibition, Patek Phillipe’s 5078 series highlights the brand’s trademark handcrafted minute repeater. A minute repeater that chimes on two classic gongs is activated with a slider on the left of the case. The sophisticated design features a black enamel dial with scroll motifs enhanced by the play between matte and glossy finishes. The dial is accented with white-gold hour markers and set with leaf-shaped, white-gold hands.

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel Watch
Ref: 13635E1

Few combinations are more timeless than navy blue and white gold. A polished moon shines on the starry sky backdrop in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel, showcasing an entirely handcrafted blue guilloché enamel dial, precise moon phase, and an engraved date counter. Jaeger-LeCoultre is a master of the ultra-thin watch; it produces some of the thinnest watches in the world. It was this quest for a combination of watch technology with sleek and refined design that first united the company’s founding partners, Edmond Jaeger and Jacques-David LeCoultre, in 1903.

Breguet

Tourbillon Extra-Plat 5367
Ref: 5367BR/29/9WU

Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the tourbillon, the mechanism in a watch that helps balance out the effects of gravity on its functioning. The watch parts most sensitive to gravity are built inside a mobile carriage that performs a complete rotation each minute. In this watch, the tourbillon’s masterful complexity takes the spotlight with titanium carriage and small seconds on its axis. Its dial is grand feu enamel. That means the enamel was created layer by layer by covering a plate with enamel powder and putting it into the fire. This process creates dials of great durability and refined colour, but it is risky, since each firing could crack the dial. Many are discarded, leaving only the best.

Chopard

Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic 
Ref: 274808-5010

The moving diamonds inside this watch case are Chopard’s signature Happy Diamonds. Chopard designer Ronald Kurowski was on a walk in Germany’s Black Forest when he was struck with the inspiration for Happy Diamonds — a multitude of tiny water droplets burst forth from a waterfall, reflecting the sunlight in a sparkling rainbow. That was more than 40 years ago, and Happy Diamonds have been floating around in Chopard creations ever since. In this 36 mm limited-edition Happy Sport, they dance joyfully upon a blue mother-of-pearl dial, encased in a sporty yet ultimately feminine 18k rose-gold bracelet and case, with a diamond-set bezel.

A. Lange & Söhne

1815 Annual Calendar Pink gold with dial in argenté
Ref: 238.032

The 1815 collection is named in honour of the company’s founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, who was born in that year. Lange was an outstanding individual; he studied hard to learn the craft of watchmaking and then established his company in the town of Glashütte, Germany, where he trained his own highly skilled workforce and reinvigorated the distressed region. When offered a title of nobility for his merits, he politely declined, saying “A worthy man ennobles himself.” One of the watch’s most prominent features is the railway-track minute scale, recalling an era of nascent rail travel. Also reminiscent of that epoch are the clear Arabic numerals on the solid silver dial, as well as the blued-steel hands. Analogue displays portray date, month, and day of week, as well as a moon-phase display calculated to remain accurate for 122.6 years. A sophisticated mechanism distinguishes between 30- and 31-day months.  

Photo Courtesy of  Patek Philippe, Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Chopard, A. Lange & Söhne
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