WHAT'S NEW WATCHES
Men might not be shoppers, but it doesn’t mean they don’t know
how to choose the best things for themselves, especially when it comes to searching
for a great timepiece that is not only beautiful but also has a nice history behind it.
STORY: SOMPOL MINGKHUAN
PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF BRANDS
Mille Miglia is the most evocative classic car race in history, with over 1,000 miles travelled. In the past three decades, Chopard has always been an official sponsor and each year there’s a special edition watch for the occasion. This year, it’s the Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph, a sporty retro watch with a steel case, 42mm in size. The crystal sapphire caseback unveils its chronograph movement offering a chronometres’ precision. It comes with a blue dial and calfskin leather strap. Only 1,000 pieces are produced.
The legend of the Portugieser by IWC began in 1938. This big and sleek wristwatch equipped with a pocket watch-styled design. This timeless timepiece is now translated into the Portugieser Automatic, an automatic watch with an impressive 7-day power reserve. It has a sapphire crystal exhibition case back at the back of the 42.3mm stainless steel case, featuring an ultra-thin bezel and a wide dial. On the dial are two and a half hands and a visible power reserve display.
It was 88 years ago when the Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre came to life. The rectangular, reversible watch was created to withstand the polo matches of the British Army officers in India. The Reverso Tribute Calendar is a new member of this legendary family, with a 18K pink gold case, 29.9 x 49.7mm in size. It features a hand-winding mechanical movement and displays two time zones, a complete calendar, and moonphase, with a stylised day and night indicator on two faces.
Women can be into mechanical aspects of watches too. Women have also been wearing men’s watches for a long time, and that’s why today women’s watches also focus on fascinating mechanical properties.
The Ladybird has been an icon for Blancpain for a long time. The daringly avant-garde Ladybird by Blancpain was the world’s smallest round watch at the time of its birth in 1956. The new Ladybird Ultraplate carries its legacy inside the 21.5mm 18K red gold case featuring a 15.7mm automatic movement. It is decorated with diamonds and rubies around its mother-of-pearl dial, perfectly paired with a soft white leather strap that reflects luxury.
The Constellation collection from Omega stands out with its signature two bars on each side of the bezel. The new Constellation Petite Seconde is a Co-Axial Master Chronometre watch, with a crystal sapphire caseback and a 27mm 18K red gold case. It is water resistant to 100 metres and displays time with two and a half hands on a mother-of-pearl dial, decorated with beautiful diamonds that add luxury to its timeless design. Each watch comes with a 5-year warranty.
When it comes to slim designs, Piaget is second to none. The Piaget Altiplano 900P is a testament of this statement. At only 3.65mm thick, the 18K rose gold case is 38mm in size, containing a 900P ultra-thin hand-wound mechanical movement with 48 hours of power reserve. Piaget uses the back of the watch case as part of the movement and places all of the gears on the same plane as the dial. It is limited to 200 pieces only.
Your fashion style or lifestyle can be wild, but there’s nothing like simple and classic designs,
especially when it comes to watches. These are three perfect examples.
BAUME & MERCIER
Clifton Baumatic comes with a 40mm stainless steel case, great for both men and women. This watch by an old brand Baume & Mercier has many interesting aspects underneath its simple exterior. The automatic movement comes with 5 days’ power reserve, three hands, COSC-certified precision, and crystal sapphire caseback. It is water resistant to 50 metres.
La Grande Classique de Longines is a simple watch with timeless elements that have made it a favourite for a long time. Designed for women, the 24mm case and delicate polished steel bracelet are elegant, while the sunray blue dial is set with 12 blue diamonds as hour markers. It displays hours and minutes precisely with its quartz movement. The buckle comes with triple safety folding clasp and it is water resistant to 30 metres.
Simplicity is the philosophy behind Rado’s design. Coupled with top-notch materials, this is why the slim DiaMaster Ceramos Thinline watch is worth watching. It comes with a 41mm case, only 8.3mm thick, made of “Ceramos”, a mix of 90% high-tech ceramic and 10% metal alloy. Its rose gold colour shines beautifully while also offering durability, lightness and hypoallergenic properties. It displays hours, minutes and dates using an automatic movement.